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Our guest this week on Think Atheist Radio is Dr. Erik Wielenberg. Dr. Wielenberg is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Indiana's DePauw University. He spent a year at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Philosophy of Religion while doing his graduate work at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Wielenberg's research interests include moral psychology and epistemology plus the philosophy of religion. He is the author of two excellent books: Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe and God and the Reach of Reason. We asked Dr. Wielenberg to talk to us about the subject covered in these books– why the case for God fails, and the answers to the questions of how to have meaning and morality in a world like ours where God doesn't exist. Enjoy!
Jerry Coyne wrote to describe some things that would disprove evolution.
Two new papers, just released, show definitively now that life cannot live on arsenic. Done and done.
When it comes to morality, why do atheists answer a question no one is asking?
Scientists use x-rays to raise the chemical ghost of a 120 million year old bird.
What do thoughts of mortality do to a person's religious beliefs and, more interestingly, their lack of religious belief?
A woman, wanting to dispel the vision people have, thanks to anti-abortion protesters, of an abortion necessarily involving tiny dismembered fetuses, secretly takes photos of her own abortion. Thisismyabortion.com is the result. Her reasons for doing so are published in the UK's Guardian newspaper.
The great "detox" deception. On this idea that there's something we need to detox from and that our bodies couldn't do it on its own even if there were.
The US just endured its hottest 12 month period on record. Again.
Different parts of the brain are linked to religious practice, spirituality, and fundament....
Why do we judge others to be careless but ourselves as just unlucky? It's about cognition.
Scientists watch as E. coli bacteria evolves after they insert a 500 million year old gene into its DNA.
Hilarious: Katie Holmes, in divorcing Tom Cruise, and on subsequent news that she is returning to the Catholicism she was raised in, has embraced a more conventional lunacy.
Mormonism: turning capitalism into a religion.
The marketing gimmick conservative Christianity uses to try to keep old-time religion afloat.
A new moon has been discovered in orbit around Pluto, its fifth.
As both are uniquely American, Scientology and Mormonism have a good deal in common.
Chicken vaccines merge to form a live virus, cause an outbreak. Why the translation of this to fear about human vaccines is wrong.
New Gallup polling has it that confidence in organized religion is at an all-time low.
How many church/state violations can one school district be guilty of? Turns out... a lot!
The leading cause– 40%– of homelessness among children is down to rejection by their family due to gender or sexuality issues.
Taste, nutrition, and safety; the scientific evidence of conventional versus organic foods.
Michael Shermer runs down 12 answers to the Something From Nothing question.
The discovery of the Higgs will help shed light on the missing 96% of the universe.