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Video recordings of the Beyond Belief II conference are available online

As the announcement on PZ Myers’ blog, Pharyngula, states, the recordings of the Beyond Belief 2: Enlightenment 2.0 conference on religion, culture clash and science are online! I have not started watching them, but for sure I will enjoy all the sessions in the following weeks.

To give you a quick description, I’ll quote their website:

The aim of Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0 is to invite participants

to undertake together an ongoing reconnaissance of Enlightenment ideas

in the light of advances in primarily cognitive neurosciences,

evolutionary biology, physics etc. though not by any means scanting

history, philosophy, law. The word reconnaissance is used advisedly.

Although reconnaissance now usually means a military

information-gathering exercise, the preference is for original root –

recognoscere – which roughly suggests ‘to get to know again’. The hope

is to explore our current sense of Reason, Truth, Belief, Human Nature,

Progress, Virtue and the Good Life in this light. It could be argued

that the Enlightenment was not quite the disaster that some critics

have suggested, and that version 2.0, and subsequent releases, could

conceivably be a dynamic improvement if we set our minds to it, guided

by that eudaemonic impulse.