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  1. Host: Chris Mooney In this show, we talk to two founders of ScienceDebate, a nonprofit organization that in the last two election cycles has pushed to get the presidential candidates to talk about and debate science policy. So far, there has been no actual presidential science debate. But this year, ScienceDebate got Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to answer 14 top science policy questions, leading to some revealing results. And with the election less than a month away—an election whose winner will guide science policy at a time when international research competitiveness, climate change, and o
  2. Russell Glasser and Tracie Harris. Atheism in Egypt. Tracie talks about a correspondent who is an atheist in Egypt. View the full article
  3. Russell Glasser and Tracie Harris. Atheism in Egypt. Tracie talks about a correspondent who is an atheist in Egypt. View the full article
  4. Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris. Viewer Calls. Matt and Tracie take viewer calls. View the full article
  5. The discovery that children have a natural inclination to believe in invisible, immortal, super-knowing agents has some religious apologists boasting that science has found the sensus divinitatis. Despite possessing this inner sense of the divine, John Calvin declared children to be morally corrupt by nature. This doctrine of total depravity has served as a justification for authoritarian child-rearing practices aimed at instilling obedience in strong-willed children. But a close look at the data suggests our theistic inclinations are byproducts of our cognitive development and not a special
  6. The discovery that children have a natural inclination to believe in invisible, immortal, super-knowing agents has some religious apologists boasting that science has found the sensus divinitatis. Despite possessing this inner sense of the divine, John Calvin declared children to be morally corrupt by nature. This doctrine of total depravity has served as a justification for authoritarian child-rearing practices aimed at instilling obedience in strong-willed children. But a close look at the data suggests our theistic inclinations are byproducts of our cognitive development and not a special
  7. Jeff Dee, Steven Olsen and Russell Glasser View the full article
  8. Jeff Dee, Steven Olsen and Russell Glasser View the full article
  9. Host: Chris Mooney Our guest this week is Lisa Randall, the Harvard theoretical physicist and one of the most heavily cited and influential researchers in her field. She's a member of a number of distinguished scientific societies, including the National Academy of Sciences—but she's also a very popular science author, behind the bestselling Warped Passages: Unraveling the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, and more recently Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, which is just out in paperback. Between the hardback and paperbac
  10. Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. They Don't Believe That. Don points out a number of things that believers clearly don't believe about their own religion. View the full article
  11. Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. They Don't Believe That. Don points out a number of things that believers clearly don't believe about their own religion. View the full article
  12. Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. They Don't Believe That. Don points out a number of things that believers clearly don't believe about their own religion. View the full article
  13. Host: Chris Mooney Our guest this week is a return guest of the show, Massimo Pigliucci. We last heard about his book Nonsense on Stilts, which was about how to distinguish between science and pseudoscience. But his newest effort is in some ways even more ambitious. It's called Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life. And in it, Pigliucci lays out an approach that he calls "sci-phi." It involves assessing the science of an issue—like, say, the biology of romance—and then also weighing an array of philosophical considerations, before figuring o
  14. Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples. Test Episode. Matt and Jen do a test episode from our own studio. View the full article
  15. Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples. Test Episode. Matt and Jen do a test episode from our own studio. View the full article
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  17. <p>We spoke to Desiree Schell, host of the Skeptically Speaking radio show, and Rebecca Watson, fearless leader of Skepchick.org and co-host of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, about skepticism and critical thinking. We focused on how religion can often keep us from examining claims critically, and how freeing (and fun!) it is to learn and hone those skills after leaving thought-stifling religions behind.</p> <p><a href="http://skepticallyspeaking.ca/">http://skepticallyspeaking.ca/</a></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/SkepticalRadio">ht
  18. We spoke to Desiree Schell, host of the Skeptically Speaking radio show, and Rebecca Watson, fearless leader of Skepchick.org and co-host of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, about skepticism and critical thinking. We focused on how religion can often keep us from examining claims critically, and how freeing (and fun!) it is to learn and hone those skills after leaving thought-stifling religions behind. http://skepticallyspeaking.ca/ https://twitter.com/SkepticalRadio https://twitter.com/teh_skeptic http://skepchick.org/ http://www.theskepticsguide.org/ http://www.twitter.com/rebeccaw
  19. Host: Indre Viskontas There is no doubt that our world is populated with cheats and liars. Most of us, slaves to the availability heuristic, think of major cheaters like Bernie Madoff, Tiger Woods, and Barry Bonds as inflicting the most damage onto society. But just how honest are we, with others and with ourselves? The surprising finding from several studies conducted by Dan Ariely and his collaborators is that we all cheat. What's worse, the consequences of these little everyday deceptions can sometimes far outweigh the ill effects of even the biggest lies. Following up on his previous book
  20. Matt Dillahunty with guest Teresa MacBain. The Clergy Project. Teresa MacBain talks about her experience coming out as an atheist minister. View the full article
  21. Matt Dillahunty with guest Teresa McBain. The Clergy Project. Teresa McBain talks about her experience coming out as an atheist minister. View the full article
  22. Matt Dillahunty with guest Teresa MacBain. The Clergy Project. Teresa MacBain talks about her experience coming out as an atheist minister. View the full article
  23. The Unification Church was virtually unknown in America until the 1970's when concerned parents, anti-cult groups and members of congress raised alarm about the powerful "brainwashing" techniques used by "moonies" to lure new converts into their dangerous cult. Now that the self-proclaimed "messiah" Sun Myung Moon has died a group of sociologists are defending the Unification Church. While their beliefs and practices may strike most as odd they are hardly the predatory cult some have made them out to be (these sociologists claim). In particular, researchers of new religious movements object t
  24. The Unification Church was virtually unknown in America until the 1970's when concerned parents, anti-cult groups and members of congress raised alarm about the powerful "brainwashing" techniques used by "moonies" to lure new converts into their dangerous cult. Now that the self-proclaimed "messiah" Sun Myung Moon has died a group of sociologists are defending the Unification Church. While their beliefs and practices may strike most as odd they are hardly the predatory cult some have made them out to be (these sociologists claim). In particular, researchers of new religious movements object t
  25. Host: Chris Mooney How many atheists are there in the world? Where do they live? What kind of people are they, and how do they get that way? Are they happy? Are they prosperous? Do they drag their societies down into a cesspool of immortality—as is often alleged—or, is it precisely the opposite? All of these questions are amenable to scientific study. With, like, data. It's just that people didn't much bother—until now. One pioneer in the sociological study of atheists is Phil Zuckerman, professor of sociology at Pitzer College. He's the author of Society Without God: What the Least Religi
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