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"Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll" Rob Brooks on Atheists Talk #166, Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Much of what we see in our world today can seem hopelessly tangled or intertwined. It can be difficult to see from where problems originate and even tougher to think about how to resolve them.  This can lead us humans to conjure up some pretty strange worldviews, superstitions and spurious advice for each other. But our guest for this Sunday's show thinks he may have a way to help us sort out some of today's issues: Evolution.

In his book Sex, Genes & Rock 'n" Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World Rob Brooks shows how evolution may help us understand such seemingly disparate issues as political disagreements, obesity, declining fertility in industrialized nations and why men dominate the rock and roll scene.

Rob Brooks joins Atheists Talk this Sunday to discuss his book. It should be pretty entertaining - and maybe a little steamy. As he says in his official website, "My book is absolutely soaked in sex. The very first sentence states that my job is to think about sex. The word sex is found on 219 of the 310 pages." Evolutionary biology is sexy! 

We look forward to having with us this Sunday.

Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists and the Humanists of Minnesota. We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. This radio program is put together by dedicated volunteers and the generous donations of listeners. If you are able to help with a donation please consider doing so at our Radio Fund page.

 

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"Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms," Richard Fortey on Atheists Talk #165, Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Living fossil" is a term that might well have been calculated to drive evolutionary biologists insane. Evolution has stopped for no organism on Earth--except those that have gone extinct. However, some plants and animals have proved resilient enough that they still live on our planet in roughly the same forms they wore millions of years ago.

Richard Fortey is a distinguished writer and a BBC presenter. He is also a palaeontologist who is fascinated by the idea of seeing ancient history in our modern world. His latest book, Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind (in the UK, Survivors: The Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind) details and communicates that fascination, as does the BBC series Survivors: Nature's Indestructible Creatures, which Fortey presented.

This Sunday, join us on Atheists Talk as Richard Fortey shares that fascination with us.

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Human Evolution: John Hawks on Atheists Talk #164, Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

John Hawks is one of the nation's leading palaeoanthropologists and has lately been working with ancient DNA, recent and earlier Human Evolution, and an interesting project that is a sort of casting call for extinct humans and their relatives.

Most of you know John from his famous Internet site called "John Hawks Weblog: Paleoanthropology, Genetics and Evolution." John is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, which is one of the better known and respected for this sort of research.

Unless you've been living in a cave, you know that there are many interesting and exciting things going on in human origins research these days, and on Sunday morning, on Atheist Talk radio, John and Greg Laden will cover as many of them as they can. Were the Clovis people Solutreans? How many hominids were there in recent prehistory? And what do both ancient and modern DNA studies tell us about the Neanderthal side of the human family?

Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists and the Humanists of Minnesota. We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. This radio program is put together by dedicated volunteers and the generous donations of listeners. If you are able to help with a donation please consider doing so at our Radio Fund page.


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"Black Atheists of America" Ayanna Watson on Atheists Talk #163, Sunday, April 15th, 2012

On Sunday April 15th Ayanna Watson will join Atheists Talk to discuss Black Atheists of America (BAAm), the national organization that seeks to bridge the gap between atheism and the black community. The vision statement of BAAm:

Our vision is to build a stronger and more diverse atheist community. Our efforts will provide for a society where one can embrace the label "atheist", without the fear of being ostracized by family, friends, and members of their community. We envision a world where individuals embrace critical thinking, in lieu of faith.

Ayanna Watson will be interviewed by August Berkshire and Aly Jiselle Lajeune.

After the radio show, Ayanna will be presenting a talk at 2pm on Famous Black Freethinkers for the Minnesota Atheists Public Meeting.

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