Renowned Academics Speaking About God

Well I don’t know what I am more flattered by?  Being regarded as a “renowned academic” or being squeezed in between Richard Dawkins and Marvin Minksy – two brilliant thinkers that have had a major impact on my own thinking. If you can’t be bothered with all the other great minds, I’m on around 11:50, but there are some very smart things being said worth listening to.

1. Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate in Physics, MIT
2. VS Ramachandran, World-Renowned Neuroscientist, UC San Diego
3. Bruce C. Murray, Caltech Professor Emeritus of Planetary Science
4. Sir Raymond Firth, World-Renowned Anthropologist, LSE
5. Alva Noë, Berkeley Professor of Philosophy
6. Alan Dundes, World Expert in Folklore, Berkeley
7. Massimo Pigliucci, Professor of Philosophy, CUNY
8. Bede Rundle, Oxford Professor of Philosophy
9. Sir Richard Friend, Cambridge Professor of Physics
10. George Lakoff, Berkeley Professor of Linguistics
11. Sir John Sulston, Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine
12. Shelley Kagan, Yale Professor of Philosophy
13. Roy J. Glauber, Nobel Laureate in Physics
14. Lewis Wolpert, Emeritus Professor of Biology, UCL
15. Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard Professor of Social Ethics
16. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Professor of Practical Ethics, Duke University
17. Richard Dawkins, Oxford Evolutionary Biologist
18. Bruce Hood, Professor of Experimental Psychology, Bristol
19. Marvin Minsky, Artificial Intelligence Research Pioneer, MIT
20. Herman Philipse, Professor of Philosophy, Utrecht University
21. Michio Kaku, CUNY Professor of Theoretical Physics
22. Dame Caroline Humphrey, Cambridge Professor of Anthropology
23. Max Tegmark, World-Renowned Cosmologist, MIT
24. David Parkin, Oxford Professor of Anthropology
25. Robert Price, Professor of Theology and Biblical Criticism
26. Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Psychology, Virginia
27. Max Perutz, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
28. Rodolfo Llinas, Professor of Neuroscience, New York
29. Dan McKenzie, World-Renowned Geophysicist, Cambridge
30. Patricia Churchland, Professor of Philosophy, UC San Diego
31. Sean Carroll, Caltech Theoretical Cosmologist
32. Alexander Vilenkin, World-Renowned Theoretical Physicist
33. PZ Myers, Professor of Biology, Minnesota
34. Haroon Ahmed, Prominent Cambridge Scientist (Microelectronics)
35. David Sloan Wilson, Professor of Biology and Anthropology, SUNY
36. Bart Ehrman, Professor of Religious Studies, UNC
37. Seth Lloyd, Pioneer of Quantum Computing, MIT
38. Dan Brown, Fellow in Organic Chemistry, Cambridge
39. Victor Stenger, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Hawaii
40. Simon Schaffer, Cambridge Professor of the History of Science
41. Saul Perlmutter World-Renowned Astrophysicist, Berkeley
42. Lee Silver, Princeton Professor of Molecular Biology
43. Barry Supple, Emeritus Professor of Economic History, Cambridge
44. Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Professor of Law
45. John Raymond Smythies, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatric Research
46. Chris Hann, Max Planck Institute For Social Anthropology
47. David Gross, Nobel Laureate in Physics
48. Ronald de Sousa, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Toronto
49. Robert Hinde, Emeritus Professor of Zoology, Cambridge
50. Carolyn Porco, NASA Planetary Scientist


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8 responses to “Renowned Academics Speaking About God

  1. Gerard Simons

    The Lord has come to mankind since times immemorial. Always with Divine Love.The little red robed, afro haired form was His most recent on Earth. Full of total unconditional Love for us all, with the same teachings as in previous Forms.

  2. The FSM has come to mankind since times immemorial. Always with Al Dente Love. The little red-sauced, noodly-appendaged form was His most recent on Earth. Full of total unconditional All-You-Can-Eat Pasta for us all, with the same toppings as in previous Forms.

    • Gerard Simons

      His birth was stated in the Upanishads of India 5000 years ago, including His 3 successive births on Earth. The red robed avatar form was born as a ball of blue light in 1926 and this too is in the Upanishads. I’ve not seen these ancient texts.

      • Arno

        Red robed avatar with an afro born in 1926? Yeah, sounds like Leslie Nielsen alright.

        Wait, don’t tell me you mean boy-groper and con artist “I am gonna die at age 96 and live a healthy life until my death, even though I died at age 84 and suffered from respiration problems” Sathya Sai Baba? If so, he got his own date of death wrong. How will that influence the search for the third Sai Baba, I wonder?

        “The red robed avatar form was born as a ball of blue light in 1926 and this too is in the Upanishads. I’ve not seen these ancient texts.”
        Kinda pointless to mention it then. But here is a link to the texts. Come back when you have found the section in question:

  3. All 50 academics and history besides may very well have the God question wrong! The first wholly new interpretation of the moral teachings of Christ for two thousand years is on the web. Radically different from anything else we know of from history, this new ‘claim’ is predicated upon a precise and predefined experience, a direct individual intervention into the natural world by omnipotent power to confirm divine will. “correcting human nature by a change in natural law, altering biology, consciousness and human ethical perception beyond all natural evolutionary boundaries.” Like it of no, a new religious claim testable by faith, meeting all Enlightenment criteria now exists. Nothing less than a religious revolution appears to be getting under way. More info at

  4. Tim

    Hello – Interesting video. I should say I am an atheist but have a research background in Ancient History. From my angle in this subject, I think that while your particular point about Mind/body dualism is broadly true – it does not apply to for example, Christianity, in terms of the original texts and beliefs (it does however apply due to such Platonic dualism slowly creeping in and shaping the beliefs over the years).

    I would refer you to, for example, N.T. Wright’s ‘The Resurrection of the Son of God’ which consider’s the various different worldviews from which the Christian idea of the Ressurection might have emerged, and indeed what that belief looked like in within the culture of the time. It is very clear that the idea of ressurection as originally conceived by Jesus’ earliest followers held that the Ressurection was not a spiritual/mind phenomenon but the body itself was central. Indeed there was a complete rejection of this notion that the two were seperate.

    • brucehood

      Thanks for the clarification Tim. I expect there are always going to be variations/exceptions to general principles and that in itself is interesting as to how cultures rework and reshape previous accounts. After all, religions evolve as narratives based on previous accounts.

  5. awais

    gjj ,

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