Rebecca Goldstein is a philosopher, professor, and the award-winning author of nine books, including “36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction” and her latest book, “Plato at the Googleplex,” which was released in 2014. Goldstein became a MacArthur Fellow in 1996, receiving the prize popularly known as the “Genius Award.” She has been designated a Humanist of the Year and a Freethought Heroine. Goldstein is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a research associate at Harvard University. She has previously taught at a number of universities including Barnard College, Columbia University, Rutgers University, and Trinity College.
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Rebecca Goldstein argues, “Science is the best at answering what exists; the humanities aim to tell us what matters.”
“To a certain extent… our society is becoming much more secular. So the question about how we find meaning in our lives, given that many people no longer look to monotheism as much as they used to in terms of defining the meaning of their life.”
“Leaving aside Sam Harris's condescension and Christopher Hitchens's pugilistic tone, Goldstein has created a kinder, gentler atheist. Cass, she tells us, is the perfect spokesman for ‘the most distrusted minority,’ and she weaves him right into the fabric of our contemporary debate.”
“Let people freely and rationally think about how best to organize human society — with a view toward diminishing turmoil and augmenting the realization of individual potential — and eventually they’d separate church and state.”
“Even though we live in a world where science and technology dictate more and more how we live our lives, religious belief remains widespread in this and most countries.”
Rebecca Goldstein discusses, among other things, “human mattering” in human terms rather than religious terms.
Goldstein discusses growing up in a very religious household, what it means to exist, and God’s place in modern philosophy.