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Beyond Belief

Season 2006 2006

  • 2006-11-05T05:00:00+00:00
  • 60 mins
  • 10 hours, 0 mins
  • Special Interest

Just 40 years after a famous TIME magazine cover asked "Is God Dead?" the answer appears to be a resounding "No!" According to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in a recent issue of Foreign Policy magazine, "God is Winning". Religions are increasingly a geopolitical force to be reckoned with. Fundamentalist movements - some violent in the extreme - are growing. Science and religion are at odds in the classrooms and courtrooms. And a return to religious values is widely touted as an antidote to the alleged decline in public morality. After two centuries, could this be twilight for the Enlightenment project and the beginning of a new age of unreason? Will faith and dogma trump rational inquiry, or will it be possible to reconcile religious and scientific worldviews? Can evolutionary biology, anthropology and neuroscience help us to better understand how we construct beliefs, and experience empathy, fear and awe? Can science help us create a new rational narrative as poetic and powerful as those that have traditionally sustained societies? Can we treat religion as a natural phenomenon? Can we be good without God? And if not God, then what?

10 episodes

2006x01 Steven Weinberg, Lawrence Krauss, Sam Harris & Michael Shermer

  • Season Premiere

    2006-11-05T05:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

Topics: Cardinal Schonborn, Catholicism, Clash Of Cultures, Darwin, Einstein, Evolution, Galileo, God, Intelligent Design, Islam, Morality, Newton, Richard Dawkins, Two Cultures, Religion

2006x02 Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • 2006-11-05T05:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

Topics: Astronomy, Cosmology, Darwin, Evolution, George Bush, Intelligent Design, Islam, Newton, Physics, Ptolemy, War, religion, science education. Discussion: Tyson, Weinberg, Krauss, Harris & Shermer.

Topics: Astronomy, Bible, Buddhism, Cosmology, Darwin, Evolution, Francis Crick, Intelligent Design, Morality, Sexuality, gender, religion.

2006x04 Stuart Hameroff & V.S. Ramachandran

  • 2006-11-05T05:00:00+00:00 — 60 mins

Topics: drugs, Hallucinogens, Kant, Mental State, Platonics, Prayer, Quantum Coherency, Quantum Mechanics, Sexuality, consciousness, neuroscience, religion