Why We Believe in God[s] by J Anderson Thomson

- A Review – R.K.Sudan

At the first glimpse, one wonders why this 140 paged small format was brought out in a book form when all this could well have been published online as an essay. However, the author explains that he wanted to write a small book which the reader can go through in a couple of hours. Point taken, but you certainly need more than that a couple of days actually.

Anderson tries to explain scientifically how faith evolved in human mind whereas it has been proved that no ‘god centre’ existed in the brain. Darwin’s Natural Selection is based on the concept of adaptation to the environment.

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Many of us don’t know how to seek happiness for ourselves and how to utilize it for our enjoyment. Often we don’t realize the value of what we have at hand and that it is a great opportunity to sustain our joy. We miserably lose this by an unwanted comparison with the status of the others around us. Jealousy creeps in unaware. This eventually begins the process of sorrow.

Some years back, many philosophers and historians jointly conducted a seminar in the U.S. The purpose of the seminar was to seriously study if we all returned to a family life pattern that existed some two hundred years back, would it be a better life than the present one. They had serious discussions on them.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party may have once spearheaded the Ram temple movement but its controversial Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani has no qualms about describing the hero of the Ramayana as a “bad husband.”

Speaking at a function on Thursday to launch a book on man-woman relationship, Mr. Jethmalani said, “Ram was a bad husband. I don’t like him at all. Just because some fishermen said something, he sent that poor woman [Sita] to exile.”

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Atheist A new perspective

- Dr. K. Veeramani

We are happy and we do feel at home in participating in the Centenary Celebrations of Saraswathi Gora organized by Atheist Centre, Vijayawada. Periyar Movement and Gora Movement are atheist movements striving for social change.

They are the two rationalist organisations akin to the two sides of a coin.  In foreign countries, the identities of atheists, rationalists and humanists and their meanings and actions are of versatile nature.  But in India, a humanist in a deep sense  and in rendering service has to be necessarily an atheist. 

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Savita Halappanavar was failed by the Irish Constitution, which is based on religious dogma that is discriminatory and leaves no room for rational argument. It is in need of urgent reform

The death of Savita Halappanavar in a hospital in Galway, Ireland was untimely and tragic. While septicaemia has been identified as the official cause of death, the entire set of circumstances that led to it can only be confirmed subsequent to a probe by the Irish authorities.

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