challenging religious privilege in public life

John G. Messerly


America Is Growing Apart, Possibly for Good

When we think about the US, we make the error of imagining it as a single nation, a marbled mix of Red and Blue people.

Religion and Transhumanism

Religious people want to overcome the limitations of the body and mind and live forever, as do transhumanists.

The Supposed Dangers of Techno-Optimism

There is no risk-free way to proceed into the future. In the end, only science and technology properly applied have the power to save us.

A Glorious Future

Humans are not an end, but a beginning. They need not fear imaginary gods, but need instead to create minds more powerful than the gods.

Western Philosophy – The Beginnings of Rationalistic Thinking

We can only speculate as to the extent of our scientific knowledge today had the spirit the first Greek philosophers continued unabated.

Is There an Afterlife?

The scientific winds are blowing against these ancient beliefs. So while immortality is logically possible, it’s easy enough to see it isn’t plausible.

Transhumanism – How Science Will Make Us Immortal

The opponents of progress may have legitimate fears about future technologies, or they may be guided by ignorance and irrationality.

Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism

Recent trends reveal that the USA is becoming more authoritarian, totalitarian, and fascist. The very survival of the republic is now in doubt.

The Value of Philosophy

Philosophical thinking protects us against unsupported ideology, unjustified authority, unfounded beliefs, and questionable cultural values.

Science and the Meaning of Life

There is simply no way to understand anything about ourselves without understanding evolution – not our bodies, our behaviors, or our beliefs.