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"World Population Balance." David Paxson on Atheists Talk #128, August 14, 2011

David Paxson is a national leader on the issue of population growth and stabilization and founder and president of World Population Balance. From their vision statement: "We envision a world where no one suffers in dire poverty and misery for lack of enough food, water, and other basic needs. We see a world where all species thrive and where lower consumption and population are in balance with Earth's finite resources."World Population Balance is further defined by their Mission Statement. "We alert, inform and educate that overpopulation is a root cause of resource depletion, species extinction, and rising poverty. To avoid more misery, catastrophe, and death, we advocate and support a smaller, truly sustainable population."

David Paxson has spoken to audiences across the country and the world including the 1994 UN Population Conference in Egypt. Paxson has dedicated his life to educating the public on population issues. His philosophy is:"He believes that as people learn the realities about the current impact of rapid population growth upon declining global resources, they will take fair and humane action to help stop world and national population growth in order to maintain a viable planet for our children of the future." Paxson believes all people regardless of religious, political and social views can work together to solve overpopulation, and today he talks with the atheists, humanist and freethinkers.

This is David's second appearance on Atheists Talk.

World Population Balance
World Population Balance Mission Statement
Word Population Balance Exponential Growth Tutorial
Population Information Card

Scott Lohman will interview David, and Steve Petersen is the host for today's show. Production and direction by committee.

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The New Atheist Books Atheists Talk #127, August 7, 2011

  Scott and I will be discussing the two big watershed books for the New Atheism:  Sam Harris' The End of Faith and Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion.
 
  The topic for this show turned out to be a broad range of approaches to atheism and skepticism.  Rather than try to summarize it, I would invite you to listen to the podcast if you weren't able to stream it live.
 
  Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists, the Humanists of Minnesota and the generous support of our members and donors.  We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. 
 
Today's show is produced and directed by Mike Haubrich
 
 
 
 
Listen to AM 950 KTNF on Sunday at 9 a.m. Central to hear Atheists Talk, produced by Minnesota Atheists. Stream live online.  Call in to the studio  952-946-6205, or send an e-mail to radio@mnatheists.org  during the live show.  
 
 
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"The Science of Global Warming." Science v Denialism on Atheists Talk #126, July 31, 2011

Kevin Zelnio and John Abraham Discuss Climate Change 
 
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has released new temperature norms based on 30 year historical data.  These are the "normals" that meteorologists compare the days' weather to the mean for any particular day.  The temperature norms are higher than they were ten years ago, and ten years ago the norms were higher than those of the prior decade. Denialism has to be very strong in a person in order to pretend that the global climate is not getting warmer.  The data accumulate in the air and in the sea, and on land and indicate with very little uncertainty that human activity is the leading cause of global warming. This is the scientific consensus.  The seas are showing the effects of warmer water, as the level of carbonic acids absorbed into the water are having a dangerous effect on the biosphere under the waves.  Reefs are bleaching. 
 
At a time when solutions need to be discussed in the public, scientists are facing an increasingly shrill level of "debate" and denial from those who claim that they are alarmists who are crying fire in a crowded theater when there is no need to worry.  Denialists claim the atmosphere is too big and chaotic for us mere humans to have an effect. 
 
Those of us who are familiar with creationism's means and methods recognize the tactical similarities between creationism and global warming denialism.  Our guests for this show are Dr. John Abraham and Kevin Zelnio.
 
John Abraham is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics) at St. Thomas University in St. Paul,  He responded to a presentation made by Chrisopher Monckton at Bethel University.   Monckton is a leading denialist who has many convinced that scientists are lying about global warming, but Abraham showed how this charge is false.   
 
Kevin Zelnio is a science journalist and blogger at Scientific American Blogs  and at Deep Sea News.    He has written on the effects of the change in climate on the ocean (and our fisheries,)  in addition to far-ranging subjects involving sea invertebrates .  Greg Laden  and Mike Haubrich  will co-host today's show.
 
 
 
 Abraham Reply to Monckton  by John Abraham
 
 
 
 Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists, the Humanists of Minnesota and the generous support of our members and donors.  We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. 
 
Today's show is produced and directed by Mike Haubrich
 
 
 
Listen to AM 950 KTNF on Sunday at 9 a.m. Central to hear Atheists Talk, produced by Minnesota Atheists. Stream live online.  Call in to the studio  952-946-6205, or send an e-mail to radio@mnatheists.org  during the live show. 
 
 
 
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"The Ledge" Matthew David Chapman on Atheists Talk #125, July 24, 2011

The Ledge  is a feature film that sets an atheist against a fundamentalist in a deadly love triangle.  The plot and subplots examine in a taut, well-paced drama the conflicts that lie beneath in a society that assumes faith provides a firmer foundation for ethics and morals than does a secular, atheistic worldview.  Matthew Chapman, today's guest, wrote, directed and co-produced the film, which debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  
 
Chapman is a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, and is the president of ScienceDebate.org.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists, the Humanists of Minnesota and the generous support of our members and donors.  We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. 
 
Today's show is hosted by Scott Lohman and produced by Mike Haubrich. 
 
 
 
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