Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends! :) 'Preciate you guys stopping in so we can recap the week together!
Fill the hole in your soul by checking out the latest episode of the Think Atheist Radio Show! When I learned about God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World I thought it'd be a great opportunity to hear some actual facts about this dark part of history that is the responsibility of religion. For instance, did you know that The Inquisition was still doing its thing into the 20th century? I didn't! The author, Mr. Cullen Murphy, spent 20 years with The Atlantic Monthly, serving as Managing Editor, before he became the Editor-at-Large for Vanity Fair magazine. The author previously of The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible in Ancient Times and Our Own and Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America, in this, his newest book, he puts The Inquisition under the microscope. What were the conditions that gave rise to it, was there one inquisition or several, was The Inquisition always about heretics, how many people died at the hands of The Inquisitors?
And if you missed last week's interview with physicist and author Dr. Lawrence Krauss, dry your tears! Just as with all of our past shows, it's still available! Hear Dr. Krauss discuss his new book, A Universe From Nothing! You can stream or download the show at any time from the archive or from our iTunes page! Stream it on the computer, burn it to CD for the car, listen while at the gym on your iPod. Don't let the terrorists win!!
Alright, let's give you some links!
Edge magazine asked scientists what they thought was their favorite deep, elegant or beautiful explanation. 192 responses as of this moment, and they're fascinating!
William Lane Craig points to a set of criteria that indicate that the New Testament can be relied upon as history. Do they hold up?
How would Jesus vote? Christian politics in the state of lost causes.
Ever hear the one about how the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year? Yeah, that's a myth.
Evolution: The Rise of Complexity.
Used to dealing with denialism and denialists tactics when it comes to evolution, The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is branching out into climate science.
In atheists we distrust: subjects believe that people behave better when they think that god is watching over them.
Jerry Coyne was called unsophisticated for his ideas about free will. He replies with some interesting points.
Unsafe abortions rise as contraceptive funding is cut.
Remembering things that never happened. On the reliability of memory.
Climate change disbelief and the collision between human and geologic time.
Secular Coalition for American flunks more than 50% of the US House of Representatives.
Does the thrifty use of neural resources in the brain make better minds?
The misunderstanding of memes (pdf): The biography of an unscientific object (1976-1999)
The top 400 highest-income filers paid only 18% in taxes, in many cases well lower than your ordinary worker.
Kentucky's governor arranges to cut taxes by about the same amount as he's giving to a bat shit crazy creationism theme part in the shape of the "actual" ark.
A comprehensive review of the causes of global warming.