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Astronomy Saves the World!

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]

Meat Without Misery

February 20, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris offers a few more thoughts on Clinton vs Sanders, as well as on the ethics of strong encryption. He then speaks with Uma Valeti, cardiologist and CEO of Memphis Meats, about the future of food produc... [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]

Ask Me Anything #3

February 12, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about free will, meditation, Noam Chomsky, the illusion of the self, Clinton vs. Sanders, the de-platforming of Richard Dawkins, wealth inequality, and other topics. [MORE]

Noah’s Lark: The Ark Encounter

February 9, 2016

SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: The Phil Ferguson Show http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/polaris-blog/the-phil-ferguson-show-podcast/ Ken Ham (of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum) prepares to unleash his "Ark Encounter" upon the public. The road toward completion has been a rocky one, with controversies about tax incentives and discriminatory hiring practices often leading the heated discussions for and against its existence. In this broadcast, we speak with several people who have followed the story closely: Mikel and Ed Hensley of the Kentucky Secular Society, and author Dan Arel. Video version of the podcast interview: https://youtu.be/SLNsKOxbxns Tracey Moody's article "What Ken Ham Isn't Telling You About Ark Encounter Funding:" http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/11/11/what-ken-ham-isnt-telling-you-about-ark-encounter-funding/ Noah's Ark: God, Giraffes & Genocide: https://youtu.be/CccaGaKOlSI NCSE: The Impossible Voyage of Noah's Ark: http://ncse.com/cej/4/1/impossible-voyage-noahs-ark [MORE]

Noah’s Lark: The Ark Encounter

February 9, 2016

Ken Ham (of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum) prepares to unleash his "Ark Encounter" upon the public. The road toward completion has been a rocky one, with controversies about tax incentives and discriminatory hiring practices often leading the heated discussions for and against its existence. In this broadcast, we speak with several people who have followed the story closely: Mikel and Ed Hensley of the Kentucky Secular Society, and author Dan Arel. There's a video version of this interview on YouTube: [MORE]
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