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"Deconstructing Mormonism" Thomas Riskas on Atheists Talk #149, Sunday, January 8th, 2012

***Due to unforeseen circumstances Thomas Riskas was not able to be interviewed on January 8th, 2012. A rerun of our very popular interview Good Sex Without God with Greta Christina (episode 133, 9/18/2011) was aired at this time.***

If you think you've learned all you need to know about Mormonism from South Park episodes and the broadway musical, Book of Mormon, you must join us this Sunday! Atheists Talk will be interviewing author, lecturer, and secular humanist, Thomas Riskas about his book Deconstructing Mormonism: An Analysis and Assessment of the Mormon Faith, which is introduced in the forward by philosopher and professor Kai Nelson.

Thomas Riskas converted to Mormonism as a young man and spent 20 years in the Church. He rose up through the ranks of leadership, acting an Elder, Seventy and High Priest. He was a missionary, a mission leader and mission president for seven years. He had a family and raised his children in the Church. Years later he came to believe that the claims made by Mormonism - and by all religions with similar belief systems - are not only untrue, but an empty nonreality. In Deconstructing Mormonism, Mr. Riskas examines in detail the Mormon concepts of God, the "Plan of Salvation", and faith in God and Christ, and then breaks down these ideas by illuminating the contradictions in Mormon faith and examining the psychosocial effects of the faith on its believers.

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Doug Pagitt on Atheists Talk #147, Sunday, December 25, 2011

Your radio show airs on Christmas Day, and the station is shutting down so everyone who wants to can spend the day with family. What do you do?

Well, if you're the Atheists Talk team, you pair up with the very liberal Christian radio show that airs later on Sunday and record a two-hour special program. From "Define god" to "Where do atheists and humanists have differences?" to "Don't you think science and religion should be conversation partners?", we demonstrate that friendly discussion and a fun time in the studio don't have to involve anything like agreement.

Featuring Doug Pagitt, John Musick, August Berkshire, Scott Lohman, and Stephanie Zvan. Part 2 of this episode will air January 1, 2012.

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"The Knowledge of Good and Evil" Glenn Kleier on Atheists Talk #146, Sunday, December 18, 2011

Glenn Kleier will join Atheists Talk this Sunday to discuss his rousing new suspense thriller, The Knowledge of Good and Evil. Kleier has a background in advertising, marketing and communication. In 1998 he published his first book, The Last Day, which received international acclaim from reviewers. His works of fiction are known for their suspense and controversial interplay of religion and politics in our modern global society.

In The Knowledge of Good and Evil, Kleier examines religious skepticism, belief and faith. The book's main character is Ian, a paranormal investigator and television report who was deeply damaged by the death of his parents when he was a child. He struggles with religion and his anger at God. When he learns of a journey that may prove the existence of God and Heaven, he becomes determined to undertake it. But while he seeks this knowledge, he is blocked by a secret society that will do everything in its power to keep him out.

Join us on Sunday as we discuss the inspiration behind and the creation of The Knowledge of Good and Evil with Glenn Kleier. Interview by James Zimmerman. Hosted by Brianne Bilyeu.

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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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"The Believing Brain" Michael Shermer on Atheists Talk #145, Sunday, December 11, 2011

Michael Shermer is the founder of the Skeptics Society and editor-in-chief of Skeptic magazine. He is the author of several books on the topics of belief and the history of science. His latest book is The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.

In this work synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist, historian of science, and the world's best-known skeptic Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. From sensory data flowing in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning. Our brains connect the dots of our world into meaningful patterns that explain why things happen, and these patterns become beliefs. Once beliefs are formed the brain begins to look for and find confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs, which accelerates the process of reinforcing them, and round and round the process goes in a positive-feedback loop of belief confirmation. Shermer outlines the numerous cognitive tools our brains engage to reinforce our beliefs as truths.

Interlaced with his theory of belief, Shermer provides countless real-world examples of how this process operates, from politics, economics, and religion to conspiracy theories, the supernatural, and the paranormal. Ultimately, he demonstrates why science is the best tool ever devised to determine whether or not a belief matches reality.

Join us on Sunday as we discuss why the processes that help our brains makes sense of the world also trip us up and make it easy to believe strange things. Interview by Carl Hancock and August Berkshire. Hosted by Stephanie Zvan.

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The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

"The Believing Brain: Why Science Is the Only Way Out of Belief-Dependent Realism"

The Believing Brain reviewed at Science-Based Medicine

Michael Shermer's main page

The Skeptics Society & Skeptic magazine

 

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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