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This week on Think Atheist Radio we have our chat with Dr. Theodore Schick. Dr. Schick received his B.A. from Harvard and his PhD in Philosophy from Brown University. He is a Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania's Muhlenberg College while serving as the Director of the Muhlenberg Scholars Program. He has a place on the editorial board of the philosophy journal Philo and has published repeatedly on the nature of knowledge, reality, and value. His main interests include the philosophy of mind and science plus biomedical ethics. He has authored or co-authored three books: Doing Philosophy: An Introduction Through Thought Experiments; Readings In The Philosophy of Science: From Positivism to Postmoder...; and How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age. This last book, How to Think About Weird Things, is considered required reading by many when what is sought is a formalized philosophical approach to critical thinking. We asked Dr. Schick to join us on this very subject. The resulting discussion, we're sure, will help the listener be a better critical thinker while helping to better justify a reliance on critical thinking to others with questions. Listen in!
Scientology's secret wife-auditioning process of finding a match for Tom Cruise prior to his marriage to Katie Holmes has been revealed.
Jerry Coyne addresses the purported evidence from evolution of God offered by paleobiologist Simon Conway Morris.
Mitt Romney's comments on climate change in his responses to the ScienceDebate.org questions left some people surprised that the Republican candidate for president seemed to get it. But he doesn't.
A new study has found no negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention, or morale following the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
A new model predicts more many more planets could harbor life, further out from its star, under an ice crust.
A Republican Virginia state legislator claims that children with disabilities are God's punishment against women who have previously had abortions.
Tom Rees posted on a new study that aimed to answer the question of just when people invented the notion of a moralizing god.
Valerie Tarico asks whether prayer is selfish given that a request for God's action on your behalf is a request for him not to act on someone else's behalf.
New results may show that Mars wasn't as wet and warm as previously thought with implications for the search there for evidence of past life.
Advice columnist Carolyn Hax responds to a mother worried about her daughter's coming out as an atheist. I cheered.
A new meta-analysis of studies into the effectiveness of acupuncture shows that– surprise– it doesn't work.
New findings show that forcing people to read in a difficult to read font forces them to use more brain power, thereby reducing bias with regard to the content of what they read.
Jason Rosenhouse addresses the lulzy assertion that evolution is somehow in crisis.
Ron Lindsey at the Center for Inquiry writes on Atheism+ and divisiveness in the secular movement. He writes that the misogyny and hate that can be found in the movement has already been repudiated. Ophelia Benson disagreed, asking has it in fact been repudiated? PZ Myers had the same question. Adam Lee found some points of contention in Lindsey's post as well.
An article at the New Statesman casts a skeptical eye on the rise of a genre of science writing that aims to describe every thing in terms of the latest neuroscience.
Steven Novella asked who's to blame for the bad science reporting that's so common.
A recent study shows that childhood memories serve as a moral compass, leading people to behave more ethically.
John Danaher has begun a series of posts on the desirability of immortality. It's an interesting topic because in discussions of heaven it's just left assumed that we should actually want to "live" forever.
NASA's Curiosity rover has been sussed out and is ready to start the job of exploring Mars.
The principal of a Texas public vocational school shut down a cosmetology class because of a student in the class who looked gay. Then he fired the teacher who went public about it.
This new Atheism+ initiative has people talking about social justice issues. So what would an atheist be interested in if she was interested in social justice issues.
Financially troubled parts of Europe consider taxing church properties.
Religion is standing in the way of thousands of Virginia kids getting an education.
Atomic bonds visible in single molecule image after new technique developed.
Massimo Pigliucci writes on the problem with ad hoc hypotheses.
The Dalai Lama posted to his Facebook page to say that religion is no longer adequate to ground ethics. Well. When was it ever adequate?
In light of the violence erupting across the Muslim world the last few days The Onion has posted this image pointing out that no one has been murdered over it.
In discussions of the Bible's view on slavery the skeptic will usually go only so far as to say that the Bible doesn't condemn the practice, actually providing regulations for how the institution is to go. But Chris Hallquist points out that the Bible can actually be found to command slavery.
Fraud and misconduct are threatening scientific research.
One day soon human-kind will achieve the most amazing feat and you won't even notice.
Virgin birth confirmed............... in wild North American vipers.