Just released today is the first of what will hopefully be a series of articles of mine about science and religion on Seed magazine’s online edition. “Agnostic machinery,” it’s called. The idea is this: I went and saw the Bill Maher New Atheist movie Religulous (aided by trusty friend Jake), noticed that the religion biologizers (Andrew Newberg and Dean Hamer) in the film were given short shrift, so I called them up and asked what gives. I enjoyed talking with both of them very much. Turns out, Bill Maher wasn’t happy with what their versions of the latest science is saying about religion.
If Maher had consulted me, I would have suggested some other scientists doing interesting work whose views might be more amenable to his. Scott Atran and Pascal Boyer, for instance. Atran is always a riot. I’d like to see what he’d do to Maher.