Lawrence Krauss, iERA, and secular assumptions and prerequisites

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This post is about a row that transpired some weeks ago, when the atheist professor Lawrence Krauss stormed out of a debate hosted by the Islamic Education and Research Academy due to a voluntary gender-segregation arrangement made by the iERA. (The news article describing this row has been archived here).

Now, I really do not think highly of public debates, for the simple reason that there are too many factors at play other than the content of the debate in deciding which side has taken the upper hand in debates – and this incident was a very good example of how such factors are used to skew the debates on topics not centrally related to the topic at hand. Continue reading