Richard Dawkins Discusses What Leads to a Meaningful Life

At the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, Richard Dawkins spoke with Jane Shaw of Stanford University about what constitutes a “meaningful life.” A lot of it is a preview of his next book, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science (the second half of his autobiography).



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Attack Survivor Rafida Ahmed Bonya Talks About the Problems with Religious Freedom in Bangladesh

Back in February, author Dr. Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Bonya Ahmed were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka (Bangladesh) where they were promoting Roy’s latest work when two assailants came after them with cleavers and “hacked them mercilessly.”

Roy died shortly afterwards. Ahmed, who’s getting better, has been criticizing the government response ever since.



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Turkish Gay Pride Parade Broken Up By Police

The Istanbul police’s violent response to the local gay pride parade last Sunday is a chilling reminder that the victory for marriage equality in the United States does not necessarily improve the lives of LGBT people around the world. In the short term, it might even make it worse for some.

Marchers and onlookers at the parade, which began in historic Taksim Square, dodged rubber bullets and water cannons shooting streams laced with tear gas. When revelers moved the parade to nearby streets, police troops in riot gear followed them, sometimes grabbing marchers and hurling them to the curb, as this CNN video shows.



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The Cover of Richard Dawkins’ Next Book, Brief Candle in the Dark

In 2013, Richard Dawkins released the first half of his autobiography: An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

We now have more details on the sequel, the part that will likely focus on his career as a public atheist and communicator of science:



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Christians Can Benefit from Social Media by “Capturing Miracles,” Says Ordained Minister

The site World Religion News posted a pretty generic article about how social media can help religious people spread their message to a younger generation. For the most part, it’s what you’d expect: Share sermons on YouTube! Use prayer apps! Quote the Bible on Twitter!

And then there’s this:



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