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"God and the Folly of Faith" Victor Stenger on Atheists Talk #169 Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Many religious people claim that religion and science are compatible. This raises the question, what do we mean by compatible? A person may hold both science and religion in high regard, but this tells us nothing about their values as ideas. People can and do hold plenty of contradictory beliefs.

Where some people turn solely to philosophy to tell us whether religion and science are compatible, physicist and author Victor Stenger took a broader view in his new book, God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion. As you can imagine from the title, things do not go well for the compatibility argument.

In a sweeping historical survey that begins with ancient Greek science and proceeds through the Renaissance and Enlightenment to contemporary advances in physics and cosmology, Stenger makes a convincing case that Christianity held back the progress of science for one thousand years. It is significant, he notes, that the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century occurred only after the revolts against established ecclesiastic authorities in the Renaissance and Reformation opened up new avenues of thought.

The author goes on to detail how religion and science are fundamentally incompatible in several areas: the origin of the universe and its physical parameters, the origin of complexity, holism versus reductionism, the nature of mind and consciousness, and the source of morality.

In the end, Stenger is most troubled by the negative influence that organized religion often exerts on politics and society. He points out antiscientific attitudes embedded in popular religion that are being used to suppress scientific results on issues of global importance, such as overpopulation and environmental degradation. When religion fosters disrespect for science, it threatens the generations of humanity that will follow ours.

Join us this Sunday as Dr. Stenger joins us to talk about his book.

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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"Meaningful Shoes" David Bonney on Atheists Talk #168 Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Once upon a time, a shoemaker had the fun idea of creating a line of shoes that would allow a person to declare themselves an atheist. So the shoemaker put his idea up on Kickstarter. Lots of people loved the idea, supported the Kickstarter, and got the fun shoes. Everyone lived happily ever after.

If the idea of a successful, openly atheist businessman selling blatantly atheist products sounds a bit like a fairy tale, that may be because you live in the United States. David Bonney, who created the Meaningful Shoe Company, lives in Germany. Join us this Sunday as we talk to him about his business and what it's like being an atheist in a country where religion has much less political sway.

 

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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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Ron Lindsay on Atheists Talk #167 Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Tune in this Sunday May 13th when we interview Ronald A. Lindsay, the president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. Ron Lindsay is a philosopher, lawyer and the author of Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogmas. He blogs on important current issues that affect the atheist and skeptical movements at No Faith Value as part of the Center For Inquiry's blog network "Free Thinking".

During Dr. Lindsay's time as CFI's president and CEO, the organization has been involved with campaigns that have garnered significant media coverage. In 2011 the CFI launched two phases of a popular billboard and bus ad campaign. They also submitted petitions to the FDA (which were authored by Lindsay and collegue Barry Karr) requesting that the FDA require homeopathic medications to be tested for efficacy.

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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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"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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