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"Written in Stone" Brian Switek on Atheist Talk #93, Sunday, November 21, 2010

 Paleontology is a set of tools of discovery in science.  Explorers look to the rocks, and the quarries and the fossils encased within to read the story of the evolution of life on Earth, from which single-celled beings radiated to what Darwin described as "Endless forms most beautiful."  Brian Switek is a science writer and blogger whose new book explains the processes by which paleontologists from the 17th century forward analyzed the bones of past eras and eons to give us avian dinosaurs (we call them birds), whales, elephants and more. 

 Despite creationist claims, there are transitional fossils.  Brian's book is written clearly and with an entertaining voice and I have been thoroughly enjoying it.

 Written in Stone: Evolution, The Fossil Record and Our Place in Nature by Brian Switek

 The Original Laelaps Blog

Laelaps on ScienceBlogs 

Laelaps, the Wired Science Blog

  The Paleobiological Revoluiton: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleobiology, edited by David Sepkoski and Michael Ruse

Wonderful Life:The Burgess Shale and the Natgure of Hisotry; by Stephen Jay Gould

 
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"At the Dawn of Personal Genomics" Misha Angrist on Atheists Talk #92, Sunday, Nov 14, 2010

Although its been ten years since publication of the first draft of the Human Genome, scientists still seek to understand and apply the data. As we enter 2011, genetics research is getting more audacious and a lot more personal. One ambitious plan, the "Personal Genome Project" (PGP), was started by Dr. George Church to discover the relationship between our genotype, phenotype and environment. Dr. Church invited Misha and eight other people for complete sequencing of their genomes and to make the information public. Misha will explain this fascinating leap into the future — the technology, the research personalities and how it impacts our privacy and well being.
 
Misha Angrist, PhD, is an assistant professor at Duke University's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy. He also holds an MS in genetic counseling, and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. In 2009, as participant number four in the PGP, he had his entire genome sequenced. "Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics", published by HarperCollins in 2010, is Misha's adventure of being an early adopter of the brave new world of personal genomics.

Lynn Fellman is a visual artist who also speaks and writes about the intersection of art and science; most recently at the "Personal Genomes" meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Lab. A frequent interviewer, Lynn invites scientists, science educators, and journalists to talk about their current research.
Links for Misha:
Misha Angrist's blog "Genomeboy"
Misha Angrist at Duke University
Personal Genome Project (PGP)
Misha's book at Amazon
 
George Church:
 
 
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"Jesus Lied" CJ Werleman on Atheists Talk #91, Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Lunatic, Liar or Lord?" is referred to as Lewis' Trilemma.  C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity looked at the life of Jesus to conclude that he couldn't have been either a lunatic or a liar so he must have been God.  Not so fast, according to our guest. C. J.Werlemen checks out he story of Jesus as according to the gospels and the epistles and the Acts of the Apostles and based on the contradictory stories and versions of stories told in the New Testament Jesus was more likely a liar.  If Jesus existed at all, CJ finds, there is no way we can say that he was Lord.
  I am going to talk to C.J. about his new book from Dangerous Little Books.  Jesus Lied - He Was Only Human: Debunking the New Testament is one of the most entertaining examples I have ever read of good Christian Unapologetics.  It also contains some swear words, so be forewarned if you are offended by such things.  We won't allow C.J. to swear on the radio.  Also of note, we will be calling to his home in Indonesia, which is the farthest-flung guest shot we have ever had on the show.
C.J. is a native Australian. He's an atheist in a majority Muslim country and a funny writer who also penned God Hates You, Hate Him Back.   If you are seeking a solid review of the full Bible, C J. goes after the Almighty with both guns ablaze.
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"Tom Flynn on Robert Ingersoll" on Atheists Talk #90, Sunday, October 31, 2010

  Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 – 1899) The Great Agnostic
 
On Halloweeen, nothing is as scary to a Christian as a discussion of Robert Ingersoll...
 
MNA members Jim Barri and Steve Petersen will interview Tom Flynn, Executive Director of Center for Inquiry and Editor of Free Inquiry and Manager of the Ingersoll Birthplace Museum in Dresden, NY. We will discuss the life and legacy of Robert Green Ingersoll, The Great Agnostic. Ingersoll is one of America’s great freethinkers. He was born in Dresden, NY. He was the son of a minister, had a photographic memory and was college educated. He became a lawyer and served as Illinois first Attorney General and during the Civil War he was given the rank of Colonel and the command of the 11th Illinois Calvary.
 
He was quoted as his role in the Civil War was to “break the chains from the bodies of men.” Later, he would redefine his role in society to free people from the “phantoms of the soul.” Ingersoll was a successful lawyer and the premier orator of his time and Eugene Debs gave him the title of the “Shakespeare of Oratory.” He traveled the country speaking to large gatherings and politicians requested his endorsement. Ingersoll challenged the religious orthodoxy; he was a contemporary of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, he endorsed women’s rights for the vote, equal pay and equal opportunity to employment, and the right for birth control. Margaret Sanger admired his progressive philosophy. His writings on religion, ethics and other related topics are American Classics and are relevant today.  
 
 
 
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