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.