Diversity of Non-Religiosity PhD and Some Odds and Ends

Thanks to Per Smith over at irritually for drawing my attention to three PhD positions in the “Diversity of Non-Religiosity” Research Group at Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main. If you’re interested in applying, you should have a master’s degree (M.A.)  in anthropology, religious studies, sociology, or a related discipline. The deadline for applications is July 31st.

Johannes Quack is the principal investigator of the project. His book Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India is pretty awesome for examining the contemporary Indian rationalist movement. I came across his work while researching the skeptical movement in India and its responses to the late South Indian guru Śri Sathya Sai Babaand.

Now, onto other matters.

I’m still following the Watson/Grothe fiasco, though not as much as I was earlier. I’ve mainly been looking for different angles on the debate, and A. J. Mass at Mass Confusion did not disappoint, arguing that the controversy is an  uncivil war over semantics.

Finally, I just got around to watching this very interesting talk given by Sean Faircloth, Dir. of Strategy & Policy, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science. Check it out.