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Homeschool Cults

April 5, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education says that over 1.7 million children in the United States are homeschooled. But what happens when homeschooling stops being about education, and instead becomes insulation? Isolation? Inodctrination? This broadcast isn't a referendum on the concept of homeschooling. It's an exploration into some of the more extreme religious homeschool environments, and into the lives and personal stories of those who experienced them. [MORE]

Evil Western Medicine

March 15, 2016

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.hellofresh.com (promo code thinkingatheist) It's a topic we've addressed in various forms, but this is an entire show dedicated to medicine. Science-based medicine. Alternative medicine. The names and claims of many so-called "natural" cures. And the charge that medical science should be distrusted in favor of unlicensed "healers" who operate outside the checks and balances of regulatory agencies, and who - in so many cases - are making a pretty penny. Joining us for the show are Dr. Harriet Hall (the "SkepDoc") of Science Based Medicine: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org, and Dr. Stephen Barrett of QuackWatch.com. Dr. Hall's 10-course lecture series: http://web.randi.org/educational-modules.html BOOK: "Inside Chiropractic:" http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Chiropractic-Patients-Consumer-Library/dp/1573926981/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458131680&sr=8-1&keywords=inside+chiropractic [MORE]

Matt Dillahunty: We’re Just Talking

March 1, 2016

Sponsored by The Phil Ferguson Show: http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast/ Matt Dillahunty is one of the hosts of The Atheist Experience television show, he is a frequent speaker and debater, and he hosts the ... [MORE]

Astronomy Saves the World!

February 23, 2016

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.evolvefish.com Science has proven the Big Bang. So why is it so difficult for the everyperson to communicate the how/why of that event? Perhaps, it's because the universe is a mind-bogglingly huge thing for us to grasp. Overwhelmed, we sometimes check out of necessary conversations about cosmology, our origins, and the observable, natural world. Dr. Dan Batcheldor has a Ph.D in astrophysics and is Head of Physics and Space Science at the Florida Institute of Technology. He's a user of NASA's Hubble telescope, and he studies heavy subjects like supermassive black holes. He is also eager to provide resources to the rest of us that can be understood and explained, making us better educated, and making us more effective in our discussions with creationists and pseudoscientists who claim that our universe bears the mark of a Divine Hand. There's a video of this exchange on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Z5-AdCAVgE4 Support Dan's book via his website: http://www.danielbatcheldor.com [MORE]

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (with Dan Barker)

February 16, 2016

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: http://www.naturebox.com/thinkingatheist Dan Barker's new book (titled after the famous Richard Dawkins quote) doesn't exactly cast a flattering eye at the biblical god. Truth be told, the Bible itself doesn't flatter God, either. Not-so-hidden inside the pages of scripture is the profile of a deity so ugly, brutish, bloodthirsty and petty, he would be condemned by the faithful as a monster in another context. Join us, as we speak with Dan Barker about his own personal story, and we examine The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction. VIDEO VERSION: https://youtu.be/comqy3lQNVM Dan's book on Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/god-daniel-barker/1122409434 On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/God-Most-Unpleasant-Character-Fiction/dp/1454918322/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455027296&sr=8-1&keywords=the+most+unpleasant+character+in+all+fiction [MORE]
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