Atheism 2.0. What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt?                                                   

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TED Talk Presenter: Alain de Botton  Moderator: Larry Herbison  

Alain de Botton suggests a “religion for atheists” – call it Atheism 2.0 – that incorporates religious format and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

Alain de Botton has written seven non-fiction books, the most well-known of which are How Proust Can Change Your Life and Consolations of Philosophy. He has also made a number of TV documentaries and recently helped found The School of Life ( and an architectural organization ( In 2009, Alain did a TED Global talk in Oxford, saying “It changed my life, bringing me into contact with so many valuable and interesting people.”