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Adam Lee

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  • Located in New York, NY
  • author of the blog Daylight Atheism
  • cited in Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion
  • won first prize in a science-writing contest judged by Steven Pinker
  • was singled out in campaign attack ads in 2008 run by a Republican senator
  • lifetime member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation
Adam Lee holds a graduate degree from Columbia University and is the
author of Daylight Atheism, one of the largest and most popular
weblogs devoted to atheism and related subjects. He's been an atheist
since his freshman year of college, when a Christian friend motivated
him to delve into the world's religions to find out which one was
true. As it turned out, none of them were. Ever since, he's made it
his mission to bring freethought out of the shadows and into the
daylight to take its rightful place!

On Daylight Atheism, he writes about atheism as a positive worldview,
humanism, rational spirituality, science and skepticism, feminism, and
American history and politics. One of his essays, "The New Ten
Commandments," was favorably cited in Richard Dawkins' blockbuster
The God Delusion. In the 2008 election season, he was quoted
and attacked in campaign ads run by Republican senator Elizabeth Dole,
who lost the race despite this brazen appeal to anti-atheist bigotry.
He's also written for atheist publications including Secular
Future, Canadian Freethinker, Free Inquiry,
and
Freethought Today
.
You can find Adam on Vimeo.
 
Adam is happy to speak on the following topics:
  • What science tells us about the soul. A discussion of how recent findings in neurology demonstrate the inextricable unity of the conscious mind and the healthy brain, and rule out any notion that our consciousness is a supernatural entity. Based on my essay on Ebon Musings, "A Ghost in the Machine".
  • The march of progress. Every social reform movement is demonized by the religious conservatives of its day as an evil, godless conspiracy, and then, when it wins out and achieves its goals, is claimed to have been a pious, faith-based movement all along by the religious conservatives of the next generation. Some examples of this remarkable trend.
  • The importance of speaking out. Why atheists should criticize religion passionately and uncompromisingly, and how we can do it intelligently so as to win the greatest number of supporters. Based on my essay on Ebon Musings, "Unapologetic".
  • Atheism and morality. Can an atheist believe in objective morality, and if so, where do we find it and how do we define it? How does atheist morality differ from religious morality? Based on my essay on Ebon Musings, "The Ineffable Carrot and the Infinite Stick".
  • Building the secular community. Atheism is growing, in numbers and in influence, throughout the industrialized world. What's behind this trend, and how can we build an infrastructure to absorb this growth and create a community of nonbelievers who can support each other and speak with one voice on the issues that matter to us?

  • Adam is happy to also participate in debates.
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