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Machettes, fundamentalism and rationalism: what does history tell us? Video of Rafida Ahmed Bonya’s presentation at UC Riverside

Within the last year five Bangladeshis who have promoted rationalism and free thought, including authors, bloggers, and their publishers, have been brutally murdered for professing their views. Rafida Ahmed, herself savagely attacked as her husband was murdered, will reflect on issues associated with these murders within the wider context of history of free thinking and […]

Revolution in our solar system

A recent science news item has caught the imagination of public: astronomers hypothesize the existence of a hitherto unseen planet that might be lurking in the vast space beyond Neptune. There are thousands of small icy bodies that stretch out beyond the orbit of Neptune from a distance of 30 AU all the way to […]

By |February 16th, 2016|Astronomy, Science|0 Comments

Maths or strings?

On December 12, the publishing house fri tanke with its CEO Christer Sturmark organized, together with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the so called “Pi symposium”. This 2015 edition of a series of events got the title “Nyfikenhet & Förundran” (“Curiosity & Wonder”).

The event was held in Stockholm and was completely sold out. About 1600 […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Philosophy, Religion, Science, seminar, Society|0 Comments

Murderous Attacks on Bangladeshi Science Writers and Publishers

This year to date, six people in Bangladesh who have promoted a natural and observation-based view of humanity’s place in history have been hacked to death by those who seek to impose a particular supernatural view of humanity’s origins and destiny. Other “free thinkers” in that country have been severely injured and threatened. Previously confined […]

Rafida Ahmed Bonya on the UN panel “Ending Impunity for Crimes against Journalists”

The panel was organized on the 2nd International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, and just 2 days after the attacks on Avijit’s publishers Faisal Arefin Dipon and Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, the attack that killed Dipon. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/EndImpunity

Metaphysical Concept of Life & Afterlife

 

Various religious denominations (mots), such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, etc., were born out of ancient metaphysical concepts of those spiritual thinkers (Sages and Rishis) across India. Such concepts were derived from lifelong meditations in quest of knowledge. Metaphysical subjects deal with nonphysical abstract, supernatural, and mystical aspects of life and universe around us, which […]

By |October 25th, 2015|bangalee freethinker, Philosophy, Religion, Science|16 Comments

You Are Not Even Worth Despising

Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 35 issue 5

Every day I try to grow more alive. The wounds on my body stare at me; I don’t want to think of the wounds in my life yet. The life I had built bit by bit for many years, I left that on the sidewalk of the Dhaka […]

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