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Re: Re: [humanism-174] Fwd: Tues Nov 18 Sunsara Taylor in Cleveland on "Away With All Gods"

From: Lee T.
Sent on: Sunday, November 23, 2008 3:20 PM
Hi all,
 
For anyone who attended the Sunsara Taylor talk at Macs Backs (or at CSU) on "Away With All Gods! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World", I'd love to hear what you thought.  Good, bad, indifferent.  I thought the talk was very compelling, and particularly fascinating was the conversation about religion vs science! 
 
There was a lot of discussion on: if you don't have religion (becuase there is NO god), then is all you're left with 'scientific reductionism?'   What is the difference between science and rationality?  Is there necessarily a divide between science and partisanship- where the former tells you the actual nature of something and the latter is about what you choose to do in the face of that reality.  And it was part of this discussion where the question of communism and atheism came up-- that atheism is important in it's own right (becuase it's true), but for Sunsara, the importance of atheism resides also in the context of the possibility of emacipating humanity, and the need to struggle against the enforced ignorance that is endemic to capitalism. 
 
So, those are some of my thoughts.  What are yours?
 
Has anyone picked up the book yet?  If so, what do you think?
 
Lee
 
PS. If you'd like to comment directly to Revolution newspaper, you can do so at http://revcom.us/commentform-en.php
 
 

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