One of the usual arguments of those who advocate the existence, not only of a god, but of one endowed with the qualities of kindness and goodness, is that such a conviction is bound to serve as a consolation to a large number of people when great calamities attack them and threaten their Continue reading
I must have authored about a dozen books on different aspects of the movement ‘Eradication of Superstition’ by now. I am also fortunate enough to have received a large audience calling for publication of several editions of each book, at times over even a dozen; I wrote on this subject in the newspapers Continue reading
It is generally presumed that most of the rationalists are easy chair philosophers who never bother about what is happening in and around their surroundings. But this may not be true. There are many rationalists in present day India who are confronting the superstitious elements in the society and while doing so, are Continue reading
The sudden appearance of Prophet Mohammed’s alleged footprint in the sleepy village of Dharabi near Chakwal has sent a wave of religious excitement across Pakistan. At a three-hour drive from Islamabad, Dharabi is now attracting tens of thousands of visitors from Swat to Karachi. They seek blessings, spiritual enlightenment, miracle-cures, and relief from Continue reading
By now it’s safe to say that the Great Yoga Takeover of America is complete. According to a 2008 Yoga Journal study, 15.8 million Americans engage in some form of the ancient Indian physical and meditative practice, spending almost $6 billion a year on yoga classes, mats, DVDs and exotic retreats. There’s yoga Continue reading
Twenty years back, the city witnessed the making of a Guinness Book of World Record, but for a social cause. Milind Deshmukh, a Maharashtra Andhashrdha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) activist walked a distance of 65 km balancing a half litre milk bottle on his head. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his record, Milind has Continue reading
This past weekend the world darkened with the loss of one of its brightest lights: Martin Gardner, polymath extraordinaire, founding father of the modern skeptical movement, and a friend.. The following is an interview between Martin Gardner and Michael Shermer that appeared in Skeptic magazine Vol. 5, No. 2 (1997).
WHILE many institutions collapsed during the Great Depression that began in 1929, one kind did rather well. During this leanest of times, the strictest, most authoritarian churches saw a surge in attendance. This anomaly was documented in the early 1970s, but only now is science beginning to tell us why. It turns out Continue reading