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"Atheist Universe" David Mills on Atheists Talk #193, November 11, 2012

In 2006, when David Mills published Atheist Universe, there weren't many books like it available. Atheist books were science books and philosophy books. GoodReads explains how Mills' book is different.

Clear, concise, and persuasive, Atheist Universe details exactly why God is unnecessary to explain the universe and life's diversity, organization, and beauty. The author thoroughly rebuts every argument that claims to "prove" God's existence - arguments based on logic, common sense, philosophy, ethics, history, and science.

Atheist Universe avoids the esoteric language used by philosophers and presents its scientific evidence in simple lay terms, making it a richly entertaining and easy-to-read introduction to atheism. A comprehensive primer, it addresses all the historical and scientific questions, including: Is there proof that God does not exist? What evidence is there of Jesus' resurrection? Can creation science reconcile scripture with the latest scientific discoveries?

Atheist Universe also answers ethical issues such as: What is the meaning of life without God? It's a spellbinding inquiry that ultimately arrives at a controversial and well-documented conclusion.

This Sunday, Mills will join us to talk about his book and the impact it has had.

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"Top American Science Questions" Shawn Lawrence Otto on Atheists Talk #192, Sunday, November 4, 2012

We've heard the major-party candidates for president debate on the economy, on their philosophies of government, on foreign policy. What you won't hear in televised debates is much attention given to scientific issues. However, these issues make a difference to our lives and to our country's future.

This is why 14 science and technology questions were presented to both campaigns. Each was given a chance to answer such questions as:

  • What policies will best ensure that America remains a world leader in innovation?
  • What is your position on cap-and-trade, carbon taxes, and other policies proposed to address global climate change—and what steps can we take to improve our ability to tackle challenges like climate change that cross national boundaries?
  • Given that the next Congress will face spending constraints, what priority would you give to investment in research in your upcoming budgets?
  • In an era of constant and rapid international travel, what steps should the United States take to protect our population from emerging diseases, global pandemics and/or deliberate biological attacks?

And many more. Their answers were published in early September.

This Sunday, Shawn Lawrence Otto, one of the founders of the organization than ensures that science questions are asked and answered, joins us to compare the candidates' answers to these important questions. Even if you already know where your vote will be going, listen to find out what your candidate's science priorities are.

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Campus Atheists Skeptics and Humanists on Atheists Talk #191, Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Campus Atheists, Skeptics and Humanists – more often known as CASH to its members – is an active student group at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and an affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance. CASH has a mission to foster a socially and intellectually engaging community for nontheists, and to promote tolerance and understanding for all, regardless of belief. Through their activities, CASH strives to address negative stereotypes, misconceptions about, and discrimination against nontheists.

Although they have not yet finished the first half of the 2012-2013 school year, CASH has already participated in several events which have garnered them prominent media attention. Early this year CASH partnered with other student groups to protest the disruptive demonstrations of evangelical campus preacher George Edward Smock, aka Brother Jed. Late this September, CASH hosted an "Everyone Draw Mohammed Day" event which protested anti-blasphemy laws and the overreach of religious laws.

This spring, CASH is hosting a large conference called SkepTech, which is drawing big name speakers from the secular community such as PZ Myers, Greta Christina, Hemant Mehta and Zach Weinersmith.

Current CASH board members Bryan Carver and Joshua Brose will join Atheists Talk this Sunday to discuss their experiences with CASH and atheist activism at the University of Minnesota.

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"Science Left Behind" Alex Berezow on Atheists Talk #190, Sunday, October 21, 2012

Is it true that progressives are just as anti-science as conservatives? According to Alex Berezow, editor of RealClearScience and associate editor of RealClearReligion, and Hank Campbell, founder of the Science 2.0 network, say they are. From the publisher's description of their book Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left:

 

To listen to most pundits and political writers, evolution, stem cells, and climate change are the only scientific issues worth mentioning—and the only people who are anti-science are conservatives. Yet those on the left have numerous fallacies of their own. Aversion to clean energy programs, basic biological research, and even life-saving vaccines come naturally to many progressives. These are positions supported by little more than junk-science and paranoid thinking.

Now for the first time, science writers Dr. Alex B. Berezow and Hank Campbell have drawn open the curtain on the left’s fear of science. As Science Left Behind reveals, vague inclinations about the wholesomeness of all things natural, the unhealthiness of the unnatural, and many other seductive fallacies have led to an epidemic of misinformation. The results: public health crises, damaging and misguided policies, and worst of all, a new culture war over basic scientific facts—in which the left is just as culpable as the right.

 

This Sunday, Berezow joins us on Atheists Talk to discuss his book.

 

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