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Columbia University: Religion and the State in Islam: From Medieval Caliphate to the Muslim Brotherhood

A lecture with Columbia University Professor, Richard Bulliet. Sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and the Religious Studies Department at the University of Denver. Professor Bulliet is a Professor of History at Columbia and author of numerous books on the Middle East and Islam, including “Islam: The View from the Edge” (1993) and …

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Simon Fraser University: Niall Christie: The Crusades

Media portrayals of the Crusades depict them as fierce battles between Christian knights and Muslim warriors. Others suggest that they were an episode in a wider clash of civilizations between the Western Christian world and the Muslim Middle East. But are these depictions accurate? In this forum, which took place on September 11, 2011, at …

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Big Think: “Hey Bill Nye, Is Human Empathy an Evolutionary Advantage?”

. A young Norwegian has a burning question about evolution and human feelings. Is it only our bodies that evolve, or do our emotions adapt to the world, too?  

Australian National University: Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing

Critically-acclaimed author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and world-renowned theoretical physicist and author Lawrence Krauss discuss biology, cosmology, religion, and a host of other topics at this event entitled ‘Something for Nothing’. This video was recorded at The Australian National University on 10 April 2012. Richard Dawkins FRS is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the …

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University of Chicago: Sir Christopher A. Bayly | “Making Hinduism a ‘World Religion’: Before and After Swami Vivekananda”

Sir Christopher A. Bayly Indian Ministry of Culture Swami Vivekananda Visiting Professor, University of Chicago Emeritus Professor of Imperial and Naval History University of Cambridge The term ‘world religion’ derives from Max Weber, and by implication from Hegel, but both these thinkers denied this status to Hinduism itself, seeing it respectively as a ‘dream religion’ …

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Het Denkgelag: Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss share their passion for Science and Reason

Clinton Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008. Lawrence Maxwell Krauss is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth …

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Intelligence^2: Debate | “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion”

The topic of this Intelligence Squared debate is “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion”. In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should …

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Christopher Caldwell: Can Europe be the same with different people in it?

Speaker: Christopher Caldwell Chair: Maurice Fraser This event was recorded on 5 May 2009 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House After a half-century of mass immigration, has Europe overestimated the need for immigrant labour and underestimated the culture shaping potential of religion? Christopher Caldwell is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard, and a regular …

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Scientist Bill Nye debates creationist Ken Ham

Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era? Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham is joined at the Creation Museum by Emmy Award-winning science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society Bill Nye.

Niel Price: The Children of Ash: Cosmology and the Viking Universe

Professor Neil Price delivers the first of three lectures (part II, part III) focusing on the fundamental role that narrative, storytelling and dramatization played in the mindset of the Viking Age (8th-11th centuries), occupying a crucial place not only in the cycles of life but particularly in the ritual responses to dying and the dead. The …

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Discussion: Can Morality Exist Without God?

Author Christopher Hitchens debates the Reverend Al Sharpton on the question of whether morality can exist in the absence of God. A Debate: God Is Not Great with Al Sharpton and Christopher Hitchens. Taking on possibly the greatest issue of our time – the malignant force of religion in the world – Christopher Hitchens makes …

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