Center for Inquiry: How Does Religion Benefit from Science and Secularism?

T-shirts on sale at the conference included these that say, “I am one of millions living happily without religion.” Photo by Brandon Withrow/Toledo Faith & Values.

T-shirts on sale at the conference included these that say, “I am one of millions living happily without religion.” Photo by Brandon Withrow/Toledo Faith & Values.

This last weekend I covered (for Toledo Faith & Values) “Science Peers into the Future,” a conference hosted by Center for Inquiry in Cleveland, Ohio. The first aim of the conference was to offer an educated look into the future of science itself, as it spanned disciplines from artificial intelligence to climate change to nanoscale medicine.

I also asked members about the mission of CFI, which includes a society which runs on secularism and bases its policies on science and evidence, rather than religion and pseudoscience. Here’s some excerpts from my article (“Brighter future through science, not religion, says Cleveland chapter of Center for Inquiry“):

“….Nicole Steinmetz, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, offered a hopeful look at the advances of biomedical nanotechnology. Named in the “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Cleveland Business, Steinmetz’s work pushes into new frontiers in materials science and medicine by manipulating plant viruses and turning them into nanoscale delivery mechanisms for drugs treating tumors. There has been significant success in using this technique in fighting breast cancer, she told the crowd.

While “Science Peers into the Future” focused on the future of science, the Center for Inquiry is hopeful that this sort of education will be helpful in combating the negative effects of “science denial” today…..

“….Secularism helps everyone live their lives as they want to live them,” says Richards. “Atheists, freethinkers, agnostics may live their lives without the imposition of someone else’s religious beliefs. The religious may practice their religions without the interference of the state. There are many flavors of god worship in the U.S. If the state benefits one, it detracts for the rest….” Read the full article at Toledo Faith & Values…

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