Just a reminder that we're eagerly after your experiences with cancer– are you or a loved one fighting now? have you lost someone? are you or a loved one a survivor?– for our marathon charity drive later this year. We hope to have a selection of your experiences to read on the air. Our goal in this, as I've said, is to keep the focus on the real people's lives that have been impacted as there's a tendency to look on the goal of finding a cure for cancer as a sterile clinical problem for researchers in a laboratory. Help us please guys. Help us fight!
This week on Think Atheist Radio we're featuring our interview with Dr. Leslie Cannold. Dr. Cannold is an ethicist, writer, author, and well-known public intellectual in Australia. Though born and raised in New York, she left for Australia in her twenties where she completed her graduate work, ultimately attaining her PhD in Education at the University of Melbourne. She writes and speaks on ethics, politics, and reproductive rights, plus feminism generally. A fixture on Australian radio, print, and television spaces, she was selected by The Age newspaper as one of the top 20 public intellectuals in 2005 and was chosen by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies as Australia's Humanist of the Year in 2011. Her books include The Abortion Myth: Feminism, Morality, and the Hard Choices Women Make; What, No Baby?: How Women Are Losing The Freedom To Mother And How ...; and her most recent title, The Book of Rachael. We asked Dr. Cannold to talk to us about abortion, feminism, diversity, and a host of topics related to each. Join us!
Skeptics infiltrate the recent Autism One conference to report on the bullshit.
The influence of climate science deniers is all out of proportion to the science.
Was humanity born in the mother of all plagues? Genomic evidence indicates yes.
David Niose wrote this week on the question of nonbelievers who refuse to identify as atheists.
More Americans believe that President Obama is a Muslim than accept evolution.
New study shows Generation X has grown less religious over time.
Picked up uncritically, and therefore irresponsibly, by numerous news outlets was a new study purporting to connect antidepressants in drinking water with autism. As you might have suspected, as soon as you scratch the surface the claimed connection goes up in smoke. Tom Chivers explained why the study doesn't support the claims made. Neuroskeptic too. Dianthus Medical posted some commentary too, critiquing the study but also directing some criticism toward the media's coverage of the study.
Christian apologists will often point to a greater good when trying to respond to the Problem of Evil. But do "greater good" theodicies work?
There are similarities between coming out as an atheist and coming out gay, but there are quite important differences.
Adam Lee wrote this week on the dangers of "free-floating certainties". Great stuff here.
Last week I linked to Richard Carrier's response to a series of 20 questions for atheists posed by an apologist. This week Jeffery Jay Lowder posed his own set of questions for theists.
Even given that fundamentalists outbreed the nonreligious, biopsychologist Nigel Barber still concludes that atheism will win out over religion by 2038.
No doubt you heard that Venus transited the Sun. It was the only time in our lifetimes (barring some sort of fantastic medical advancements) that anyone was going to see this. Phil Plait has a great recap of images from the transit. And if a time lapse is more your style... I got you covered.
Is America's first and only openly-atheist Congressman lose his seat this November?
Matt McCormick wrote this week about the problem with religious disagreements... and the problem with that problem.
There's been a settlement in the case against Boiron for peddling homeopathic "treatments". There is nothing active and there are no ingredients in homeopathy.
Still missing in the continuing aftermath of the Catholic Church abuse scandals is any kind of accountability on the part of the Bishops.
Neutrino researchers admit Einstein was right. Faster than light neutrino excitement is truly done.
Jonah Leher offered a piece about how recent brain science explains why we don't believe in science.
The Spitzer space telescope picks up ancient radiation from the universe's first fireworks.
Christian mega pastor Creflo Dollar gets arrested for beating his daughter, his fans online defend him.
Last week PZ Myers offered this thoughts on the apologist's demand for an explanation for how an atheist has objective morality. This week Jeffery Jay Lowder responded to explain why Myers' had missed the target.