The reason for fighting I never got straight But I learned to accept it Accept it with pride For you don’t count the dead When God’s on your side
I just discovered this song the other day, although it’s 5 years old (and, what’s more, it’s a cover of a Bob Dylan song from 1963), but it’s a good tune about the dangers of using religion to justify warfare. The full lyrics are in the video’s description on youtube if you click through.
In the generation born since 1982, variously referred to as Generation Y, the Millennials, or Generation Next, one in five people identify as nonreligious, atheist, or agnostic. In the youngest cohort, the trend is even more dramatic: as many as 30% of those born since 1990 are nonbelievers
Circumstances predict religiousness. Difficult circumstances lead more strongly to people being religious. And in religious societies and in difficult circumstances, religious people are happier than nonreligious people. But in nonreligious societies or more benign societies where many people’s needs are met, religious people aren’t happier — everyone’s happier.
psychologist Ed Diener, on findings from a recent Gallup World Poll
This should be pretty exciting news to any Carl Sagan fans and/or science nerds out there. Astrophysicist (and non-believer) Neil deGrasse Tyson is signed on to host Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which will be developed by Ann Druyan and Steve Soter, both of whom worked on the original Cosmos, along with Family Guy creator (and fellow atheist) Seth McFarlane. The new Cosmos will air in primetime on FOX, which is pretty much unprecedented for a science documentary series, with encore airings on the National Geographic Channel, which will help produce the series.
There’s only one downside to this story, though: you’ll have to wait ‘til 2013 to see it.