In this episode Christine and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson are joined by superstar cosmologist Lawrence Krauss. Lawrence is director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University in Phoenix. He’s also involved with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock, recently set back to 2 and a half minutes to midnight. In his quest to communicate science to the laity, he has published a number of books including The Physics of Star Trek, A Universe from Nothing and on Tuesday next week The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far, which attempts to answer the question “Why are we here?”.
Welcome to Part II of our deconstruction of Ray Comfort’s most recent comedy, The Atheist Delusion. After a short break, we descend deeper into inebriation and wax philosophical. Ray keeps on with his “a book can’t write itself” nonsense, and we keep laughing and eye rolling. I’m still an atheist, Ray! We start with Lawrence Krauss answering Ray’s leading questions that were posed to university students in Part 1…
Here is the 143rd episode presented by the Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less-than-critical world! In this installment, we discuss an interview with University of Calgary professor Patrick Finn who tells us in his new book called Critical Condition that critical thinking needs more love. We rip him a new one. From there we move on to the recent spate of bullshit masquerading as religious freedom in the workplace, and finish off with a recent opinion piece by our friend Lawrence Krauss on why scientists the world over should be militant atheists.
Welcome to yet another episode of the Legion of Reason! In this installment, Kris, Haysn and I discuss a myriad of topics: Muslim nurses in the UK are allowed to compromise hygiene in favor of ‘modesty’ (http://www NULL.telegraph NULL.co NULL.uk/health/healthnews/7576357/Muslim-staff-escape-NHS-hygiene-rule NULL.html), Lawrence Krauss (who we interviewed in Episode 8) nearly walks out of debate with Muslims at University College London because of gender segregated seating (http://www NULL.examiner NULL.com/article/lawrence-krauss-nearly-walks-out-of-islam-debate-over-segregation), William Lame Craig’s visit to the University of Calgary (http://www NULL.faithbeyondbelief NULL.ca/events/2013_be_ready/overview NULL.html), Christopher Hitchens’ painting of Mother Teresa as less than a saint is vindicated in a new journal article examining the PR surrounding her (http://sir NULL.sagepub NULL.com/content/early/2013/01/15/0008429812469894), “dirty dozen” list of cardinals (http://www NULL.vaticancrimes NULL.us/2013/03/snaps-dirty-dozen-list-papabile-who NULL.html) with dubious involvement in the ongoing child molestation claims is released by a victims’ advocate group, an antivaccination group is presenting a ‘conference’ on the campus of Simon Fraser University (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/health/b-c-university-criticized-for-hosting-anti-vaccine-summit-1 NULL.1193586) and the Vatican joins forces with Iran to fight a UN resolution denouncing violence against women (http://www NULL.theglobeandmail NULL.com/news/world/vatican-joins-iran-resists-un-effort-to-fight-violence-against-women/article9281726/). But first, it would have been Douglas Adams’ 61st birthday this week, and I’d like to start with the reading of a quote from him given by Richard Dawkins at his eulogy:
Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!” This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for. We all know that at some point in the future the Universe will come to an end and at some other point, considerably in advance from that but still not immediately pressing, the sun will explode. We feel there’s plenty of time to worry about that, but on the other hand that’s a very dangerous thing to say.
Eat that, William Lame Craig.
Another week, another episode. Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss was in town last Thursday evening to give us a glimpse of the current state of answering the ultimate origin question, “How did the universe begin?” We interview Professor Krauss and get his views on secularism and critical thinking in the pubic arena and how best to instill the value of science in school children. We also visit yet again the anti-vaccination claims presented to inquiring parents by representatives of Xerion Homoeopathie in another episode of the “As My Stomach Turned…” saga. Enjoy!