This week I present the second part of my discussion of atheism and freethinking in the Caribbean with Freethinking Island’s David Ince. I plan on inviting David back in the future to discuss alternatives-to-medicine island style!
This week fellow podcaster David Ince joins me (and Haysn, till the Skype connection died on our first attempt). David is one of the hosts of Freethinking Island (http://freethinkingisland NULL.com/), a podcast available on iTunes discussing atheism and skepticism issues particular to the Caribbean Islands. I talked with David for some time and decided to split this episode into two parts. In this first sub-episode, David shares with us his journey to skepticism and atheism, as well as some of the special problems of spreading critical thinking in the lands of rum, sand and palm trees.
But first, I want to make our listeners aware of an important project that we should all be backing with our wallets. Recovering From Religion, an organization started by Darrell Ray, is attempting to start a 1-800 number for those questioning their faith and they need to raise $30,000 for the phone equipment. It’s not clear if this will be the case, but I’m hoping this can cover North America. For those wishing to donate, you can head over to www.recoveringfromreligion.org/hotline-project (http://www NULL.recoveringfromreligion NULL.org/hotline-project).
We have another guest with us this week! I’ve been looking to get Portland University’s Peter Boghossian on with us for some time, now, and we have finally succeeded in getting him on the podcast following his talk at Imagine No Religion 3 in Kamloops to talk street epistemology and sci-fi! At INR 3 Peter outlined a positive approach to getting people to think critically about their beliefs. This is something that has been conspicuously missing from discourse on how to deal with believers, and his upcoming book A Manual For Creating Atheists (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Manual-Creating-Atheists-Peter-Boghossian/dp/1939578094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370280349&sr=8-1&keywords=a+manual+for+creating+atheists) is an evidence-based discussion Peter wrote to fill that gap. He’s also a big sci-fi fan, and during that discussion I reveal yet another dark secret about myself.
But first I’d like to pay tribute to a voice for humanism in Canada that went silent this past week. Dr. Henry Morgentaler (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/politics/story/2013/05/29/pol-morgentaler-changed-canada NULL.html) tirelessly fought for women’s reproductive rights.