skepticism

The Conceptual Penis Interview w/ James A. Lindsay

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James A. Lindsay joins us to discuss the “The conceptual penis as a social construct” paper that he co-authored with Peter Boghossian. James is an author and outspoken atheist voice who holds degrees in physics and mathematics, including a doctorate in the latter. Motivated by a love of knowledge and learning, along with his life experience of growing up and living in the Southeastern United States--on the buckle of the Bible Belt, as they say--he writes and speaks in an attempt to clarify our religious and cultural landscape and by doing so to help heal the related harms.

He is the author of the detailed book God Doesn't; We Do: Only Humans Can Solve Human Challenges, self-published in 2012, and Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly, and Everybody is Wrong About God. 

The Arc of Morality w/ Dr. Michael Shermer

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His new book is “The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom”. He is also the author of “The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies”, “The Mind of the Market”, “Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design”, and “The Science of Good and Evil”. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a transdisciplinary course for Ph.D. students on Evolution, Economics, and the Brain. As a public intellectual he regularly contributes Opinion Editorials, book reviews, and essays to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. 

Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, and Larry King Live (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!). His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 1000 TED talks.

Brian Edward and Mario Quadracci host as they discuss Dr. Shermer’s new book “The Moral Arc” as well as everything else he is currently working on. We touch on religion and politics in this very informative interview. Don’t miss it!