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?”.
Kris, Twylla, Haysn and I have a lively discussion on the recent Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate on creationism and what its effects might be.
We are very pleased to have with us today particle physicist Victor Stenger, who received his PhD in that arena from UCLA and whose research was focused on gluons, quarks and neutrinos. Even though he was a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii till his retirement in 2000 (where he is still Emeritus Professor), he lives in Colorado where he is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy. He has authored a dozen books for lay audiences on physics, quantum mechanics, cosmology, religion and atheism, and pseudoscience, and their intersection and have greatly influenced my own thinking. “God The Failed Hypothesis” had the most impact on me, getting me to realize that the absence of evidence of the existence of god IS evidence of absence if one has looked for the evidence and removing a blind spot that I think is prevalent. “The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason” showed me that atheism is no longer limited to the realm of philosophy. And his most recent book “God and the Atom: From Democritus to the Higgs Boson” demonstrated something I had not realized, that atomism is an inherently atheistic concept, and was the subject of his talk at last year’s Imagine No Religion conference in Kamloops.
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!
Merry Christmas all!
I needed a MP3 to upload in order to get some practice in how to get an podcast out there. This is part 1. Part 2 will be getting it onto iTunes.
I had long wanted the name The Legion of Reason for a podcast and recorded a solo episode in October of 2010. I start off looking at homeopathy and then moved on to a something that really, REALLY pissed me off. CTV Calgary News – notoriously bad for reporting woo as if it were evidence-based medicine – presented a piece on Nambudripad’s allergy elimination technique. I criticize one of the most egregious examples of irresponsible reporting. Not only is woo being presented as if it were an alternative for getting rid of allergies, there was no representation of the medical community’s opinion on this.
And I called bullshit.
CTV Calgary News’ atrocious report on NAET (http://calgary NULL.ctv NULL.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100506/CGY_Allergy_Food_100506/20100506/?hub=CalgaryHome)