Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Philosopher and author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
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About Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a novelist, philosopher, and professor whose career bridges the cultural divides between the humanities, the arts, and the sciences. She is an important voice in the current active debates between religion and science, and has been called one of the “new New Atheists”—a class that discusses religion with greater respect than some other contemporary atheists. Goldstein lectures all over the world and has spoken at the World Science Festival in New York, the London School of Economics, the Bath Literature Festival, and Cambridge University.
Goldstein graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College and immediately went on to graduate work at Princeton University, receiving her Ph.D. in philosophy. Her first novel, The Mind-Body Problem, was a critical and commercial success. Nine more book have followed, seven of them fiction, including 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, and two of them philosophical biographies, Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, and Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. Goldstein’s latest book Plato at the Googleplex was published in 2014.
Goldstein has won prestigious awards and posts in recognition of her many achievements, both literary and scholarly. In 1996, she was named a MacArthur Fellow, the prize popularly known as the “Genius” award. In 2005 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2006 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Radcliffe Fellowship. In 2008, she was designated a Humanist Laureate by the International Academy of Humanism, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Emerson College, where she gave the commencement address.
God and Current Events
Why has religion suddenly burst onto the American public square, with Religionists and Secularists arguing over everything from the educational requirements in public schools to the nature of morality?
Science vs. Religion
Can science and religion be reconciled, or is there a fundamental tension between them? If atheists have the best arguments, why does religion still function as such an important source of meaning, comfort, and self-identity in so many lives?
A Match Made in Science
Rebecca and her husband, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, have been called "the brainiest power couple in America" by Salon magazine. Hear from Rebecca on how they weave their separate and intensely academic professional lives into a shared personal life.
Truth in Fiction
Goldstein discusses the difference between writing nonfiction and fiction. How much reality is found in fiction, and specifically in her book 36 Arguments for the Existence of God.
Praise for Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Praise for 36 Arguments for the Existence of God
Brainy, compassionate, divinely witty.— The Washington Post
Dazzling, and sparked by frequent flashes of nonchalant brilliance.— The New York Times
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Plato at the Googleplex
"This could be one of the best ever demonstrations of the value and utility of philosophy. Richly insightful, beautifully written, it is at once introduction, exploration and application, revealing the fascination and significance of philosophical ideas and their relevance to life." — A. C. Grayling, author of The God Argument