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Episode 89 Dr. Jeremy Koons DEC 16, 2012

This week on Think Atheist Radio we have our chat with Dr. Jeremy Koons. Dr. Koons received his BA in the philosophy of religion from Virigina's Hampden-Sydney College, graduating Summa Cum Laude, before receiving a PhD in philosophy, with distinction, from Georgetown University. He has held positions at Auburn University, the American University of Beirut, Hong Kong University, and Massachusetts' Stonehill College. Dr. Koons is now an associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Affairs in Qatar. With a particular focus on ethics and epistemology, his areas of interest include the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and logic. The author of Pragmatic Reasons: A Defense of Morality and Epistemology, he has also published numerous papers and presented at several conferences, while being recognized repeatedly with awards and fellowships. We asked Dr. Koons to join us to discuss a recently published paper (pdf) of his that asks the question, "Can God's Goodness Save The Divine Command Theory from Euthyphro?" We discussed whether Christian ethics can be rescued from a dilemma for the theist where choosing one side results in meaninglessness, while choosing the other side results in an arbitrary morality that says that something is or isn't moral– including, for instance, the torture of infants– only insofar God says it is. Theist philosophers of religion recognize the risks here and have tried to come up with some ways to get around the dilemma. Can one solution in particular succeed?

Episode 88 Dr. Addy Pross DEC 9, 2012

A distinguished chemist and co-author of the acclaimed Pross-Shaik model, Dr. Pross received both his BSc and PhD from the University of Sydney. He did his postdoctoral work at Kings College, London and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem before taking a position at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel where he was ultimately made Professor of Chemistry. Even while maintaining his position at Ben-Gurion University (indeed, while serving as the Chair of the Chemistry Department) he has held visiting positions at the world's foremost institutions. These include the Lund University, Stanford University, Rutgers University, University of California at Irvine, University of Padova, the Australian National University Canberra, and his alma mater, the University of Sydney. He has the distinction of having been the invited plenary speaker to more than 60 conferences and universities. Until more recently, most of Dr. Pross' research has focused on chemical reactivity and organic reaction mechanisms. Switching focus, he has become interested in investigating the mechanisms of the emergence of life from simple chemicals to complex biology. He is the author of over 100 research papers and an influential text on organic reactivity. We asked Dr. Pross to join us to discuss his newly published book, What is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology. It's a fascinating subject with implications for several issues of relevance to freethinkers. Don't miss it!

Episode 87 Dr. George Church DEC 2, 2012

Dr. Church performed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Zoology at Duke University before moving on to Harvard University for his MA and PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is now a Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work has led to advancements in the next generation of genome sequencing and synthesis of cell and tissue engineering, with the result being that he has either founded, co-founded, or advised 22 biotechnology companies. He has started the Personal Genome Project to seek volunteers to have their personal genome made publicly available. He is Director of the US Department of Energy Center for Bioenergy at Harvard and MIT and Director of the National Institutes of Health Center for Genomic Excellence at Harvard. With 50 patents and 270 papers published, 2011 saw Dr. Church's election the National Academy of Science. He recently released a book, co-written with Ed Regis, titled Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves. We asked Dr. Church to join us to discuss how advancements in synthetic biology will impact our lives, the challenges left to overcome, and the ethical considerations involved. Do listen in!

Episode 86 Dr. Peter M. Hoffmann NOV 25, 2012

Dr. Hoffmann did his undergrad work in physics and mathematics at Technische Universität Clausthal in Germany before receiving an MS in physics at Southern Illinois University and a PhD in materials science and engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Previously a Research Fellow at Oxford University, he is a Professor of Physics and an Associate Dean at Michigan's Wayne State University. One of the founders of Wayne State's Biomedical Physics Program, he conducts research in the Nanomechanics Laboratory using Atomic Force Microscopy to peer into the internal machinery of cells. Dr. Hoffmann is the author of the just released book Life's Ratchet: How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos. We asked Dr. Hoffmann to join us to discuss his new book. During the course of our discussion we discovered just how deeply the physical laws that govern the universe underlie life's processes. It's a fascinating topic and we're thrilled Dr. Hoffmann could join us. Give a listen!

Episode 85 Dr. John Allen Paulos NOV 18, 2012

Dr. Paulos received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and is now a professor of that same subject at Temple University. Mathematical logic and probability has been the focus of of his academic work and the subject of many scholarly papers. The recipient in 2003 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Award for Promoting the Public Understanding of Science and Technology, Dr. Paulos has been a long time contributor to print, radio, and television media, including the New York Times, the London Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, ABC's 20/20, CNN's Larry King Live, and more. He is the author of several popular level books, among which are Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (a New York Times Best Seller), A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper, and Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up. We asked Dr. Paulos to join us to get the thoughts of a mathematician on critical thinking and the arguments for God. Join us!

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Comment by Jin-oh Choi on June 13, 2009 at 8:59pm
Hey Guys,

Just so you know that because you've moved the Show from Saturday to Sunday night "your time". It's moved from Sunday to Monday "my time".

So I can't hear it live as I'll be at work. :(

Just letting you know.

Comment by Morgan Matthew on May 17, 2009 at 12:06am
Great show! :] Enjoyed it!
Comment by Luke on April 28, 2009 at 12:47am
I've tried to listen to the podcast via iTunes but there is too much noise. It sounds like the mic is bumped or popped (I think the term "popped" refers to the noise of the air flow over the mic from saying the letter P). My wireless Sennheiser headphones take this peak to be the new sound level and automatically reduce the volume. As a result I can't hear anything said for a second or so after the bump/pop while they adjust back up to the presenter's normal level. The bump/pops occur often enough to make the popcast uncomforatble to listen to.

I like the podcast and support the idea but I can't listen to it with this basic production fault. Hopefully future podcasts will be of a higher quality so I can tune in.
Comment by Morgan Matthew on February 22, 2009 at 12:37am
I know Johnny you have some good topics :) Make a request in this forum post for next weeks show.
Comment by Frink on February 22, 2009 at 12:29am
Johnny, you should listen more often. Things you blogged about have been the basis for a couple shows now.
Comment by Morgan Matthew on February 22, 2009 at 12:14am
Again guys fantastic show!
Comment by Johnny on February 22, 2009 at 12:11am
Nice work tonight guys. This was the first one I've tuned for; I'll be back for sure!
Comment by Flip on February 20, 2009 at 9:03pm
In fact that might be a great talk show subject.... hint hint*
Comment by Flip on February 20, 2009 at 9:02pm
kyrsis, the jesus image that is depicted in the earliest roman catacomb walls is strongly resembling apollo as the new religion tried to present itself as a "update" in the same way it had with the jewish cults beforehand.

Knowing the church... if the FSM gained a stronger following... you would start to see a morphing if the icongraphy to include "christ" into the FSM in an attempt to co-opt the new "religion".
The same was done in certain parts of latin america the mixing of the christian and the pre-Columbian.
Comment by Krysis on February 20, 2009 at 8:25pm
What if God actually is a spaghetti monster? But christians totally got the image wrong o.o
Gues we'll NEVER know...

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