Project Reason

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The Reason Project was a U.S. charitable 501(c)(3) foundation that was officially devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. When it closed, Sam Harris sent an e-mail out explaining that the remaining funds would go to The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, The AHA Foundation, and The Quilliam Foundation.

The website stated:

The project will draw on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers from a wide range of disciplines — science, law, literature, entertainment, information technology, etc. — to encourage critical thinking and wise public policy. It will convene conferences, produce films, sponsor scientific research and opinion polls, award grants to other non-profit organizations, and offer material support to religious dissidents and public intellectuals — with the purpose of eroding the influence of dogmatism, superstition and bigotry in the world.[1]

Advisory board[edit]

The project has been spearheaded by philosopher, neuroscientist, and author Sam Harris, and has so far succeeded in attracting the following to its advisory board:

  • Clifford S. Asness - Managing and founding principal of AQR Capital Management
  • Peter Atkins - Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford
  • Jerry Coyne - Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago
  • Richard Dawkins - Former Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford
  • Daniel C. Dennett - Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University
  • Brent Forrester - Emmy Award-winning television writer
  • Rebecca Goldstein - philosopher and novelist
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Former member of the Dutch parliament; author of The Caged Virgin and the New York Times best selling memoir Infidel
  • Christopher Hitchens - author, journalist, and literary critic; author of God Is Not Great
  • Harold Kroto - Chairman of the Board of the Vega Science Trust
  • Bill Maher- Comedian, actor, host of Real Time With Bill Maher
  • Ian McEwan - award-winning novelist
  • Steven Pinker - Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University
  • Salman Rushdie - Booker Prize-winning author
  • Lee M. Silver Professor at Princeton University in the Department of Molecular Biology
  • Ibn Warraq - senior research fellow at the Center for Inquiry specializing in Koranic criticism
  • Steven Weinberg - Josey Regental Chair in Science at the University of Texas at Austin[2]; Nobel laureate in Physics 1979

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