Join FORA.tv next week as we cover two important events on religion and international affairs. Plus, in Boston, there’s a fascinating conference taking place on learning and the human brain.
People around the world find comfort in religious practice, but there are many who also manipulate religion to serve themselves. On November 15, an Intelligence2 debate, presented live on FORA.tv, will discuss the pros and cons of religion in a program titled “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion.” A pair of outspoken voices from the atheist movement, journalist Matthew Chapman and professor A.C. Grayling, will square off against scholars Dinesh D’Souza and David Wolpe. Among the many questions they will ask: Has religion been a source for good, or is it merely a breeding ground for evil?
After the September 11th attacks, the United States looked to Pakistan as an important ally. Ten years later, many are wondering if Pakistan is not so much an ally as an antagonist in the War on Terror. On November 16, the Monitor Breakfast Series will host Husain Haqqani, the Pakistani ambassador to the United States, who will discuss bilateral relations between the two countries and why his country needs to placate militant tribal groups who could destabilize the country.
You’ve probably heard this saying before: “Humans typically use only 10 percent of their brains.” If we can push ourselves to use more, what could we achieve? Scientists and educators will ask that question and more at the Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston on November 18. Researchers will present current findings on how innovate cognitive tools and teaching techniques can help students learn and succeed in the 21st century.