Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Reason Project by Sam Harris

The Reason Project will soon be a 501(c)(3)
charitable foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society.
The Reason Project will draw on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers in a wide range of disciplines — science, law, literature, entertainment, information technology, etc. —
to encourage critical thinking and wise public policy.
It will convene conferences, produce films, sponsor scientific research and opinion polls, award grants to other non-profit organizations, and offer material support to religious dissidents and public intellectuals —
all with the purpose of eroding the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.
The Reason Project was founded by Sam Harris and Annaka Harris.

Advisory Board includes:

Daniel C. Dennett
Richard Dawkins
Peter Atkins
Christopher Hitchens
Bill Maher
Ian McEwan
Steven Pinker
Salman Rushdie
Steven Weinberg

Friends and Readers -

We are happy to say that the advisory board of The Reason Project now includes some of the most talented and committed secularists to be found anywhere--and more are on their way.

While it will probably be two months before we launch The Reason Project website, we are now faced with the task of building a large archive of online resources.
To facilitate this process, we are hoping to create a network of volunteer editors. If any of you would like to become part of this network--by submitting links to good articles, websites, or videos--your help would be greatly appreciated at this stage.
For those who want to make a submission, please review the content and style guidelines at the following link:

For the moment, we are only looking for volunteers to collect archive materials, but there will undoubtedly be many other opportunities to contribute to the Reason Project in the future. Our website will provide more information about such opportunities as they arise as well as ways for you to network with like-minded people in your own community.


Sam and Annaka Harris
Guidelines for Editors of The Reason Project Archive

1. Please avoid material that is too topical or trivial. There will be a daily newsfeed on the website covering recent intrusions of religion into politics, etc. For the archive, we are looking for material that will stand the test of time: the best examples of critical thinking, rational ethics, etc. (think Darwin, Twain, Russell, Orwell, Sagan, Dawkins, etc.) For videos, we want quality documentary footage, or great (and relevant) comedy. We are hoping to dig very deep here and quickly gather a lifetime's worth of fine reading and viewing.

2. Please submit all articles in the following form: Author (Date). Title. Periodical. Followed by URL. For example:

Pinker, S. (2008, January 13). The Moral Instinct. The New York Times Magazine. ... ker&st=nyt

3. Please submit all videos with an appropriate title and the link to YouTube, Google Video, etc. For example:

Ricky Gervais - The Bible

4. Please submit all websites with the name of the organization and the link. For example:

The Middle East Media Research Institute

5. Please include at least one (perhaps several) key words with each submission. For instance: Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Eastern Religion, Religion and Politics, Science, Ethics, Comedy, Cults and New Religions, Hall of Shame*. And, once again, please keep your standards of quality and relevance high.

*The Hall of Shame category should contain egregious examples of unreason on the part of otherwise reasonable people. Nicholas Kristof seems to offer frequent examples:

Kristof, N.D. (2008, February 3). Evangelicals a Liberal Can Love. The New York Times. ... 0&emc=eta1

Please send all submissions to:

v1ktor said "I submitted an article called "Are we still evolving?" from New Scientist mag. It was pretty interesting, talking about evolution that takes place right now as we speak. I recommend it for any atheist."


and another said
"Here is an excellent artice from Peter Watson published in The Times on Dec 28th 2007.

It argues that the spread of secularism will do more to help progress and should be prioritised even ahead of trying to spread democracy." ... 980287.ece

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