Tuesday 19 May 2009

A reasoned response

As an antidote to the muddled thinking scrutinised in the last post, here's something to welcome with open arms. The Reason Project is a new nonprofit foundation 'devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society'. It 'draws on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers in a wide range of disciplines to encourage critical thinking and erode the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.' And if that's not enough to make you want to sign up, then perhaps some of the names on the advisory board will. They include Salman Rushdie, Ibn Warraq, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Anthony Grayling, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Ian McEwan.

In the interests of balance: a cautious welcome to the project, with some thoughtful caveats, is offered by Philip Hall here.

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