good to see you all once again for another Sunday! thanks for counting on me to find you some good stuff to read for your Sunday and the week ahead.
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if you checked the list last week you'll notice on checking again that i've added a very well known name to the list of upcoming shows. the original preacher-turned-atheist, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. we recorded the interview this week and plan to air on an upcoming episode!
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tonight we'll be playing our interview with Dr. John Teehan. Dr. Teehan is a professor at Hofstra University teaching courses in the philosophy of religion, with a special focus on the problem of evil, religious skepticism and the history of ideas. he has published on moral theory, ethical naturalism, and the impact of evolutionary theory on moral theory. he is the author of In The Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics an.... during the interview Dr. Teehan talked to us about the subject of his book; how prosocial behavior and in-group/out-group thinking leads to religious violence.
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if religion makes you happy, why are people turning away from it in droves?
what will happen when the Sun reaches the end of it's lifespan and swells out to reach the Earth?
last week i linked to news that police in Montreal were finally taking seriously the threats of violence and death that have been leveled against skeptics and scientists for years by "Dave Mabus".
well, they've certainly taken the threats seriously. as i type this "Dave Mabus" (real name Dennis Markuze) is in a psychiatric facility undergoing a 30 day evaluation to see if he's fit to stand trial, having been arrested earlier this week. the best recounting of the entire story is here, at Tim Farley's site. Markuze has been charged with 16 counts of making death threats. each charge apparently carries a penalty of some jail time so it's conceivable he could end up in jail for a good while. though, it doesn't seem that jail would be the best place for someone obviously mentally troubled. to their credit, people like PZ Myers and others, the object of Markuze's violent obsession for so long, hope that he gets the help he needs to get better, rather than simply being punished.
is evolution predictable? if you go back in time and change things is there reason to believe evolution would follow along the same path?
Luke Muehlhauser had some interesting thoughts on why he doesn't care about atheism/theism arguments anymore.
whether or not someone believes a miracle has transpired depends on their knowledge of psychology and statistics
(Perry's also walking around tossing out lies about climate change too.)
i'm definitely with Larry Moran in recommending Maarten Boudy's dissertation, titled Here Be Dragons (pdf). i see a lot of parallels with Gregory Dawes's Theism and Explanation. great stuff on the subject of pseudoscience, "intelligent design", and methodological naturalism.
if anyone is skeptical of the existence of dark matter, well okay, but, this is what a replacement for dark matter in our astrophysics would have to do in order to be a viable replacement.
why we care about chimpanzees. the origins of human morality.
Paula Kirby wrote against the practice on the part of so many of referring to "psychological and emotional well-being" as "spirituality" when of course it means nothing of the sort.
a company that makes homeopathic products is suing a single Italian blogger for saying critical things about their product. Steven Novella has his say.
homosexual zebra finches form long term bonds with each other.
can't get something from nothing? well, yes, you can. how to get the universe from nothing.
searching for the the first replicator, trying to crack the story of how life arose on Earth.
states whose education system doesn't include the teaching of evidence based sex education are those same states with the highest rates of STD infections and teen pregnancy.