A history of life on Earth, compressing 4 billion years into 1 hour or so. Starting with the origin of life, through to the origin of animals, then onto the colonisation of land, through the first insects, dinosaurs, their extinction, then the rise of mammals, and finally ending in the Ice Ages and the origin [...]READ MORE »
Is evolution really the foundation of modern biology? Does evolution explain the origin of humans? Why is evolution taught in school but not creationism? Is the idea of Intelligent Design valid? These questions and more will be answered by palaeontologist Marc Srour in this relaxed and discussional lecture. The lecture is open to all and [...]READ MORE »
It is with great concern that we witnessed the Minister of Education Mr. Kyriakos Kevenezos, warranting the right to intervene in state affairs to the Church of Cyprus.
We find the Minister’s statements particularly worrying because they undermine the secular, non-dogmatic role which the educational system of a modern, European state should have; the statements blur the separation between church and state, and thus strike a blow to any attempts for modernization and secularization.
We would like to remind the incident which occurred a few months ago with regards to biology textbooks, and which caused the reaction of the Commissioner for Children’s Rights, public figures, the media and other organizations. The particular incident demonstrates the dangers lurking whenever personal convictions, religious or otherwise, are allowed to interfere with the objectivity demanded by the educational system and the scientific process. In our view, the minister’s statements increment such dangers rather than diminish them, and we feel this is in contrast to the important role education has to play in a multicultural, complex modern environment.
In our opinion, education should promote critical thinking, rationality and scientific inquiry, as well as respect towards diversity, without being discriminatory or exclusive. By contrast, it seems to us that defining education on national and religious terms creates dangerous conditions which discourage critical thinking, allow dogmatism-religious or otherwise-to creep in, and may lead to social unrest and decoherence.
We believe in order to have a future where individuals are well educated, freely thinking and emancipated from the shackles of dogmatism and ghosts of the past, it is imperative to have a clear separation between church and state.
For the reasons state above, Cyprus Free Thinkers calls upon the Ministry of Education and the government to ensure they will not allow any interference of any form that would undermine the objectivity, credibility and universality of the educational system.
On behalf of Cyprus Free Thinkers
Petros Attas, Christos Evaggelou
Youth and Church
TV show “Magazino”, 23/01/2013.
- Yianna Lazarou – Teacher, Cyprus Free Thinkers
- Θεόδωρος Κυριακού – Teacher, Theologian
Satan, Demonic Possession, Exorcism
TV Show “Magazino”, 16/01/2013. Video in Greek
- Antonis Alexopoulos – Cyprus Free Thinkers
- Theodoros Kyriakou – Theologian
An eye for an eye does not leave the whole world blind as Gandhi mistakenly assumed. It always leave one guy with one eye ruling everyone else.READ MORE »
In this post, we will go from the formation of the Earth to the origin of life and its earliest fossil record. This is an excerpt from a lecture I gave at the University of Cyprus a couple of years ago. Diagram: Becerra, A., Delaye, L., Islas, S. & Lazcano, A. 2007. The Very Early [...]READ MORE »
The image above was designed as a billboard to be put up during the Christmas period by Cyprus FreeThinkers. From left to right, it shows Isis and Horus, Devaki and Krishna, and Mary and Jesus. The slogan reads, “The myth repeats itself,” as a reference to accepted historical and anthropological scholarship concluding that the stories [...]READ MORE »
Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by the Templeton Foundation to answer the question; “Does the Universe Have a Purpose?”. Click along to discover the rather astonishingly comprehensive response.READ MORE »