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038: Taner Edis - Science and Nonbelief

Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot

I interview physicist Taner Edis about science and religion.

44mins

5 May 2010

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Taner Edis - Science and Nonbelief

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Taner Edis, born and raised in Turkey, is associate professor of physics at Truman State University and the author of The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science and Science and Non-belief, among other publications. His latest book is An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam. Inthis conversation with D.J. Grothe, Taner Edis explains reasons hethinks religion persists, and explores the complex relationship betweenscience and nonbelief, detailing how the institutional interests ofscience may prevent some in the science community from working todiminish religion, the New Atheists excepted. He talks about howscientific theories are often misused by paranormalists orsupernaturalists to advance their cultural position, focusing on theNew Age movement's use of quantum physics and on the intelligent designmovement. He examines differences between science and pseudoscience,arguing that often it is not possible to demarcate what is uniquelyscience. And he surveys various scientific approaches of examiningreligion, such as rational choice theory, the secularizationhypothesis, and various evolutionary approaches, such as groupselection theory, the byproduct theory of religion, and memeticapproaches (that religion is a "virus of the mind").

41mins

6 Jun 2008

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rd10 Islam, Science and Modernity Part Two with guest Taner Edis

Reasonable Doubts Podcast

Join us as we conclude our interview with Taner Edis, author of "An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam." Muslim immigrant communities continue to grow throughout Europe and in some cases they continue to grow more isolated and hostile towards western secular values . Are the teachings of Islam to blame? Or do socioeconomic factors provide a better explanation? And how should concerned skeptics respond? Difficult questions seldom yield to simple answers, and even freethinkers need to be on their guard for those who would offer superficial rhetoric over real understanding. Reasonable Doubts: Your skeptical guide to religion offering news and commentary of interest to skeptics, atheists, humanists, apologists looking for a challenge and freethinkers of all persuasions.

22 Feb 2008

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rd09 Islam, Science and Modernity Part One with Guest Taner Edis

Reasonable Doubts Podcast

Taner Edis, author of "An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam" joins us on the show to discuss the rise of Islamic pseudoscience in the Muslim world, in this first installment of a two part series. We explore why a growing number of Muslims believe the Qur'an prefigures many scientific discoveries of today, and what this reveals about Muslim attitudes towards science and modernity in general. Also featured: Where to get premium bottled holy water for believers who live an active lifestyle (sadly that’s not a joke). And Dave geeks out on his blasphemous music playlist. Reasonable Doubts: Your skeptical guide to religion offering news and commentary of interest to skeptics, atheists, humanists, apologists looking for a challenge and freethinkers of all persuasions.

3 Feb 2008

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Taner Edis - Science and Religion in Islam

Point of Inquiry

Taner Edis, born and raised in Turkey, is associate professor of physics at Truman State University and the author of The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science and Science and Non-belief, among other publications. His latest book is An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam.In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Taner Edis explores whether the Koran anticipates the modern scientific understanding of the world, the intelligent design creationist movement within Islam, and whether science is even compatible with the Muslim faith. He also shares his views about the future of Islam, especially in relation to the secular, more scientific West.

24mins

27 Apr 2007