Welcome, welcome yet again! I want to say thanks to everyone for your FB LIKE's, your +1's on Google+, your thumbs up on StumbleUpon, and your tweets on Twitter. That you would find Sunday School so valuable that you would want to share it with others makes the time spent on putting each edition together absolutely worth it! Thank you!
First, I want to make some announcements:
Tonight we're featuring our interview with Professor of Archaeology and Human Evolution, author of The Fact of Evolution, Dr. Cameron M. Smith. Dr. Smith joined us to talk about evolution and the effective communication of evolutionary concepts. It's a great interview and I think you'll come away with some handy rhetorical tools to use when engaging anti-evolutionists!
We're in the process of setting up an Amazon.com store front specifically for the Think Atheist Radio Show. The store will feature books written by our guests as well as recommendations from (the show's host) Greg and myself (the show's producer) on subjects of interest to freethinkers. We'll have more information and a link to the store soon but for now I wanted to say that when the store goes live the titles there won't cost any more than if you were to purchase them directly through Amazon but in purchasing them through the Think Atheist Radio Show store you're able to contribute a fraction from each purchase to support the show! Stay tuned...
We recorded two interviews for the show this week. The first was with Philosopher of Science and Ethics, 2008's Canadian Humanist of the year, and guest on the most recent episode of Mr. Deity, Dr. Christopher DiCarlo. Dr. DiCarlo joined us to talk about his new book How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass. The book is a fantastic handbook on critical thinking, offering the tools to enable anyone to keep themselves and others honest about how they think and behave. We're so impressed with the book, in fact, that we pressed Prometheus Books, the book's publisher, to let us do a contest to accompany the airing of the interview! So look for that coming up soon!
Now, I've been waiting since we recorded the second interview to be able to tell you all about it today. We're so incredibly excited because this man doesn't do very many interviews and he's an absolute treasure and a giant in the skeptical movement. We're simply thrilled to be able to tell you that we're soon going to bringing you our interview with none other than James Randi! I haven't locked down the schedule for October yet but I can tell you it will be sometime during that month. As soon as I lock it all down I'll be sure to let you guys know. Hopefully you're all excited as we are! In the meantime, do check out our past and future guests.
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Okay, thanks for reading! Your reward is....................... LINKS! :)
Babies develop an ability to distinguish pain from normal touch in the last two weeks of gestation.
Here's your primer on the evolution of vertebrate life. (Read this. Do it. Trust me.)
This image is fantastic. Right on the money. Couldn't agree more. (Alert guest Andrew in the comments below has pointed out that there may be some technical problems at the site featuring the image. Here's a second link to the same image if you have problems with the first.)
Please welcome our new (old!) ancestor into the family! Australopithecus sediba. 1.98 million years ago! The Knight Science Tracker has the pick of articles on the find. But do make sure and read Carl Zimmer's piece too.
Jason Rosenhouse wrote on some of the theological moves made in order to square Christian doctrine with the scientific fact that there was no Adam and Eve. Jerry Coyne comments on those attempts and Rosenhouse's piece. Rosenhouse responds. An interesting exchange on an interesting subject, but not a positive one for theists...
Meteorites delivered gold to Earth during the formation of the planet.
Young Americans have a more favorable view of atheists than senior citizens do.
So there's this virus that liquefies caterpillars after making them crawl high up in the tree to their destruction. And all with a single gene!
It's usually the Sun (and/or the Moon) that animals use to keep a circadian rhythm. But what do you do when you're a cave fish in the Somalian dessert? Adapt. (And tell us something about animal's cycles generally)
How old is the Earth? Who knows? We do!
Bird fossils and clueless Creationists. Recently a new fossil discovery has us rethinking the precise relationship between some of our bird>dinosaur transitional fossils. Creationists have seized on this to... well, be Creationists.
17 misconceptions of evolution and the responses. A great resource.
This study is absolutely fascinating. See how our preconceptions effect our perceptions. (And get an insight into how the evolution of physical and moral disgust are related.)
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently took some incredible shots of a few of the Apollo landing sites with equipment and footprints clearly visible. Amazing.
Scientists rely on faith when it comes to the origin of life? Yeah, no.
Elaine Ecklund has continued to battle her own data that says that scientists are just as frequently atheists as we think because she doesn't like that conclusion apparently. This time she's trying to label atheists as "spiritual". Doesn't really hold up though when you take a closer look.