Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Alive Mind is pleased to support Pangea Day, which is on May 10th. Join us and filmmaker Jehane Noujaim as she uses film to explore global perspectives and tell untold stories from around the world.
Starting at 18:00 GMT on May 10, 2008, locations in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro will be linked for a live program of powerful films, live music, and visionary speakers. The entire program will be broadcast – in seven languages – to millions of people worldwide through the internet, television, and mobile phones. The 24 short films to be featured have been selected from an international competition that generated more than 2,500 submissions from over one hundred countries. The films were chosen based on their ability to inspire, transform, and allow us see the world through another person's eyes. The winning films will be announced in late April. The program will also include a number of exceptional speakers and musical performers. Queen Noor of Jordan, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, musician/activist Bob Geldof, and Iranian rock phenom Hypernova are among those taking part. Our latest initiative is our Host a Screening Program. Do you belong to a group that is interested in women and spirituality, whether wiccan, pagan, goddess, pangaian or eco feminist? Let us know and we will send you an episode gratis from the Women and Spirituality trilogy to screen for your friends. Likewise, do you belong to a group dedicated to secularism, agnosticism or atheism? Interested in the ideas of Richard Dawkins, Colin McGinn or Daniel Dennett? Let us know and we will send you a screener of three episodes from The Atheism Tapes to show and discuss. The only thing you have to provide is the pop corn, the friends and the DVD player. And last, but not least, are two exciting new publications from Alive Mind's very own Colin McGinn and Richard Smoley. Colin’s latest book, Mindfucking, promises to be a provocative read: What I really think about religion is that the less said about it the better. I'd rather discuss almost any other topic. Debating it always leaves me feeling faintly nauseated. However, religious belief does connect with a topic that does interest me: psychological manipulation. As it happens, I have a new book (very short) coming out on it next month, called--wait for it--Mindfucking. In it I analyze this concept, just as we analytic philosophers are supposed to. Read more here...

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