Conversations of Belief: Shawna Bowen
Thoughts on the Documentary "Enlighten Us" and Spiritual Gurus
In a series of previously unreleased interviews, we are presenting a series called "Conversations of Belief". These are interviews that were originally to be included with the documentary "Reasons To Believe", but didn't make the final cut. Some of them shared a different perceptive than the director.
So we decided to release the full conversation, unedited and uncut for our viewers. To show the other points of views.
What do we believe and why? | A lecture by Ben Fama Jr.
After watching the documentary Enlighten Us about guru James Arthur Ray, I wanted to give my thoughts about the film, and why we need to ween our selves of this addiction to spiritual self help gurus.
Rep. Juan Mendez | Secular Day at the Capital 2016
This was a talk I gave at Yavapai College in Clarksdale, AZ about what we believe and why, and the importance of questioning our beliefs.
Lawrence Krauss | Secular Day at the Capital 2016
Representative Juan Mendez from Legislative District 26 in Arizona, talks about secularism in government in the Secular Day at the Capital in Phoenix AZ hosted by the Secular Coalition For Arizona.
Interview with Larry Decker | Secular Day at the Capital 2016
Lawrence Krauss speaks at the Secular Day at the Capital in Phoenix, AZ., hosted by the Secular Coalition For Arizona about the importance of defending secular values in our governments.
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum (Or Bullshit Scientology Propaganda)
We had a chance to interview Larry Decker, the Executive Director at the Secular Coalition For America while in Phoenix, AZ at the Secular Day at the Capital, hosted by the Secular Coalition For America. We talked about the important issues facing secularism in society and government.
The Rising Cult of the AntiScience Community
My wife and I had a chance to visit Los Angeles a few days ago to interview Associate Professor Jennifer Whitson from UCLA for our upcoming documentary film about beliefs. While we were there, we decided to go check out a museum that makes claims about the "harm" in the field of psychiatry. I wasn't about to leave until I saw this place. Most people know that this is just a Scientology propaganda museum posing as a "human rights" organization. But we wanted to see for ourselves what all the madness was about.
Is Freethinking and Skepticism a Revolutionary Act?
There is a rising cult in our country from people who think they can be armchair loudmouths about being "antiscience". I see a lot of people in this community (Sedona, AZ) who seem to do the same thing. It's okay to have an opposing point of view, even in science, the ideas are brutally challenged. This helps weed out the bad ideas from the good ones. And there are a lot of bad ideas.
Chains of Fear are Stupid as Fuck
There is an old saying that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. So when it comes to questioning belief systems, whether they are religious in nature or conspiracy theories, it flies in the face of conventional thinking that maybe these systems could be wrong.
On The Battlefield of Ideas (A Response To "Crossing Enemy Lines") by Betsy Chasse
There are chains, in everyone's minds, that stops us from moving forward with our lives. We all have them, whether we realize or not.
The question is, why it's so hard for some of us to break free from these mental chains. It doesn't matter if you are trying to be a better mom or build a successful company. It doesn't matter if you trying to find love or lose weight. It doesn't matter if you are fighting against bad ideas or outdated thinking.
The Power of Being Wrong About Your Beliefs
"My enemies are my coach, they teach me how to be strong and wise."
I am not sure of the original person of that quote, but in my own life it rings very true. Recently, friend and fellow filmmaker Betsy Chasse (What The Bleep Do We Know?) wrote an article in the Huffington Post entitled "Crossing Enemy Lines", where she talks about her encountering me as a skeptic and atheist who quote "pretty much despised like with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns despised everything I held dear".
Understanding the Illusion of Certainty
My, how much has changed in such a short period of time. It's amazing to look back on your beliefs and see how far you've come when you've challenged them. It really was't that long ago when I saw my worldview much diffrent than I do today. It's amazing how much I have learned. I want to present to you a blog I wrote in 2011 called "Wake The Fuck Up. And Tell Your Friends." This is when I still considered my self a "spiritual" person. Although now I don't hold these beliefs, I just want to show the world that it is okay to be wrong, and that there is a power in being wrong, to find truth, and change what you believe about it. So here is my rant about a "spiritual awakening".
The Deep Seated Fear of What We Cannot Control
The illusion of certainty. The anxiety you experience in your life is based upon uncertainty and the unknown. Yet we know more now than we ever have. But there will always be a level of uncertainty that we will have to deal with. I believe most systems of politics, religion, spirituality and civilization were created as a way to lessen uncertainty. Yet in the mix of that, we may have created even more uncertainty. How does this effect you?
What Would It Take To Change My Mind About God?
While it may seem like many atheists and freethinkers are angry, the deep frustration of understanding things that other people either do not want to know, do not know, or claim that they do but do not want to change their minds, can become a big reason for frustrations to boil over to what appears to be anger. When justifications for harm and injustice are disguised as reasons to accept things that do not justify reality, it gets increasingly difficult not to feel like confronting. You cannot help but be angry when you see people creating and believing in injustice, while criticizing those fighting and working so hard to understand the world, and trying to make it a better place for us to live.
Belief Systems Are Not Off Limits To Challenge
I often ask people what it would take for them to change their mind about God. Often times, there isn’t a lot of things that would change their minds. They think that their beliefs are infallible and aren’t subject to error. I have even heard people say there would be nothing that changes their mind. Why is that? Isn’t it just as important to know things as it is to believe them?
A Skeptic in Sedona
When someone makes the claim (i.e. The Holocaust did not happen; the Moon Landings were staged; 9/11 was an inside job), the person making the claim must be able to provide sufficient evidence to support his positive claim.
Who would have thought that moving to Sedona would turn you into even more of a skeptic?