“The Atheist Camel Returns”, Bart Centre on Atheists Talk

This Sunday, tune in as friend of the show Bart Centre joins us once again to catch us up on what he’s been up to.

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“Pathfinders Project” Ben Blanchard on Atheists Talk

Minnesota Atheists members have a long tradition of supporting and participating in charitable works, volunteerism and otherwise lending a hand where we can. For those of you who enjoy this time of activity and social engagement, you’re going to want to tune in to this weekend’s episode of Atheists Talk.

Ben Blanchard recently returned from a year abroad. He was one of the first participants of the Pathfinders Project, the purpose of which is described by their website as so:

Pathfinders Project is a yearlong international service trip sponsored by Foundation Beyond Belief, a nonprofit created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate humanist generosity and compassion. Through Pathfinders Project, humanist volunteers (the Pathfinders) are supporting clean water, education, human rights, and environmental conservation work around the globe.

Ben served in Africa and South America, and in those places he met and worked alonside people in numerous countries, participated in cultural exchange and shared in the lives of new friends. Before his trip, Ben was well-known known for his work with the Secular Student Alliance and was involved with the Campus Atheists, Humanists and Skeptics at the University of Minnesota where he was a student.

Please join us this Sunday to hear Ben’s stories and lessons learned, and why the idea of humanist service is so vital to our movement and to the world.

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“Accessible Philosophy for Everyone”, Dan Fincke on Atheists Talk

Philosophy is a process of thinking critically that has been used by humans since before the Greeks used it to try to figure out how the world works and how best to live within it. It is the foundation of science, morality, and ethics and a means to satisfy our curiosity in a logical fashion. Recently a few well-known physicists have said that philosophy is unnecessary because now we have the means in our technological age to answer questions that metaphysicists attempted to resolve without fancy tools. Philosophy and science, however, are mutually dependent on each other.

Dan Fincke is a professor who has moved out of the university setting to teach philosophy online through Hangouts, making the vast field accessible to busy and curious and yearning people worldwide. He joins us to talk about all the whys and hows of his classes.

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“Atheists in America”, Melanie E. Brewster on Atheists Talk

Dr. Melanie Elyse Brewster is a professor in counseling psychology who studies the mental health effects of marginalization, including marginalizatoin of atheists. In her new book, Atheists in America, Dr. Brewster collects more than two dozen stories from atheists across the country, illuminating both what atheists have in common and how atheism interacts with other aspects of our identities.

From the publisher’s description:

These narratives illuminate the complexities and consequences for nonbelievers in the United States. Stepping away from religious belief can have serious social and existential ramifications, forcing atheists to discover new ways to live meaningfully without a religious community. Yet shedding the constraints of a formal belief system can also be a freeing experience. Ultimately, this volume shows that claiming an atheist identity is anything but an act isolated from the other dimensions of the self. Upending common social, political, and psychological assumptions about atheists, this collection helps carve out a more accepted space for this minority within American society.

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“Greater Minnesota Freethinking”, Amy LaValle Hansmann and Ken Kressin on Atheists Talk

What’s it like to be a humanist, an atheist, a freethinker in outstate Minnesota?  How do atheists find each other in a small town, where they risk exposure leading to the loss of friendships or even business if word gets out that they aren’t religious?  On Sunday, July 27, Atheists Talk has invited Amy LaValle Hansmann from Brainerd and Ken Kressin from Cannon Falls. These two have taken the initiative to form groups for atheists to gather, to talk, to have fun and to provide mutual support in areas that can be less than supportive.  We will talk about their struggles, their successes and a bit about what sorts of activities they have engaged in.

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“Pop Culture Chemistry”, Raychelle Burks on Atheists Talk

Since we had a snafu during CONvergence, we’ve rescheduled this interview for this Sunday.

Dr. Raychelle Burks is better known as Dr. Rubidium, forensic chemist and smart alec extraordinaire and the developer of the recent (entirely hypothetical) zombie-repelling perfume. She is in the Twin Cities this weekend to participate in SkepchickCon, the science and skepticism track at science fiction and fantasy convention CONvergence. At the conference, she’ll be talking about the science of zombies, Breaking Bad, and Song of Ice and Fire.

She’s kindly agreed to get up early this Sunday and join us in the studio to talk about using fantasy and snark to hook people on the fun of science and about her crusade against chemophobia.

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“39 Unconvincing Arguments for God”, August Berkshire on Atheists Talk

How many bad arguments are there for the existence of god(s)? Well, there are probably a lot more than 39, but that’s the number that Minnesota Atheists past president August Berkshire addresses in his latest publication. Inspired by his interactions with students over the years he’s been a guest lecturer on atheism and humanism, he’s been building a list of common lay apologetics and their counters. These are just a few of the topics he covers:

  • God Is Intangible, Like Love
  • The Argument from Motion
  • The Argument from Embarrassment
  • Free Will

This Sunday, he joins us in the studio to talk about the kinds of bad arguments people make and the ways that they’re flawed.

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“Greece v. Galloway”, Linda Stephens on Atheists Talk

In November of last year, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the government-sponsored prayer case, Town of Greece v. Galloway. Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, who is an atheist, argued that the Christian prayers sponsored by the town of Greece, NY were a discriminatory exclusion of non-Christian citizens who attended town council meetings in order to do business with the city. On May 5, the court narrowly ruled that these sectarian prayers did not discriminate because they were “traditional”.

This Sunday, we’ll speak with Linda Stephens about her experiences with the council and her involvement with the case.

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“Grief Beyond Belief”, Rebecca Hensler on Atheists Talk

In many ways, religious people “own” death and bereavement. They are rarely so confident, or feel they are on such solid ground, as they are when someone dies. But the comfort offered by believers is often the last thing a grieving atheist needs. Talk of life after death or God’s plans offers little comfort to those who don’t believe.

A few years ago, facing her own grief and the religious assumptions of her support group, Rebecca Hensler started Grief Beyond Belief, a support group for grieving non-believers. She joins us this Sunday to talk about the group and the challenges that deaths of our loved ones provide for atheists.

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“The Galapagos: A Natural History”, Henry Nicholls on Atheists Talk

Our guest this week on Atheists Talk is Henry Nicholls, a celebrated journalist, author, editor and broadcaster with specialties in evolutionary biology, conservation and history of science. He will be joining us to discuss his recently published book, The Galapagos: A Natural History

The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, west of their parent mainland, Ecuador. They are a beautiful paradise comprised of several islands, and are dedicated to preserving the bountiful natural wildlife contained among them. They also conjure memories of Charles Darwin’s voyage on the H.M.S Beagle, where he did so much of the research that went in to the writing of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. In The Galapagos: A Natural History, Henry Nicholls explores the many roles that this collection of islands has played in our human history – from wilderness, to research spot, to tourist destination – and he explores what The Galapagos can tell us about our future.

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Listen to AM 950 KTNF this Sunday at 9 a.m. Central to hear Atheists Talk, produced by Minnesota Atheists. Stream live online. Call in to the studio at 952-946-6205, or send an e-mail to [email protected] during the live show. If you miss the live show, listen to the podcast later.

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