ACA Lecture Series
Dr. Victor J. Stenger
October 29, 2009
Topic: The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and ReasonAbout the speaker
Dr. Victor Stenger, physicist, philosopher, and author, will be giving a lecture in Austin at Opal Devine's Freehouse (700 W 6th St.), 6pm, Thursday, October 29th. The lecture is titled "The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason", which is based on his new book, "The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason". The lecture is a joint event with the ACA and Center for Inquiry Austin.
Vic Stenger, is the author of the New York Times best seller, "God: The Failed Hypothesis", and other books concerning what science has to say about religious claims. He is widely known as an advocate of philosophical naturalism, skepticism, and atheism. He is a prominent critic of intelligent design and the aggressive use of the anthropic principle. He maintains that consciousness and free will, assuming that they in fact do exist, will eventually be explained in a conventional scientific manner that invokes neither the mystical nor the supernatural. He has repeatedly criticized those who invoke the perplexities of quantum mechanics in support of the paranormal, mysticism, or supernatural phenomena. His other books include, "Quantum Gods", and "The Comprehensible Cosmos".
Stenger was a member of the Department of Physics at the University of Hawaii until his 2000 retirement. He has held visiting positions on the faculties of the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Oxford University (twice), and has been a visiting researcher at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in England, the National Nuclear Physics Laboratory in Frascati, Italy, and the University of Florence in Italy. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of physics at the University of Hawaii, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and a research fellow of the Center for Inquiry.
The lecture is available as mp3 audio or video.
Dr. Stenger did an interview with us while he was in Austin. The interview is available as mp3 audio or video.
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