Open thread for episode #768

I wasn’t sure — coming back after two weeks out of town caring for a pair of ailing parents (all is well on that front) — that I was entirely on my game for yesterday’s show, but I’ve gotten a lot of compliments about it already, so that’s nice.

Later on at dinner I was talking with one of our studio audience (forgive me for being lousy with names) about one remarkable and highly consistent trait you always see from callers like Matt from Oslo: the grandiose nature of what they claim to be able and about to do — like, oh, debunk evolution — set against the ludicrous lack of preparation that always makes them faceplant pathetically when they try. Matt from Oslo could not even articulate a clear definition of the scientific theory he claimed he was ready to demolish, and his attempt to demolish it was nothing more than a gaggle of logical fallacies weakly trotted out in a way that made it embarrassingly obvious he was just winging it. And he just as obviously hadn’t so much as Googled any real science websites to see if there was, in fact, any information on the evolution of these “unusual” animals he was on about. The theist who called directly after Matt from Oslo was very quickly reduced to stubbornly insisting he had a rational basis for what he believed, while admitting he was falling back on faith at the same time! It’s like they just cannot even get a single thought straight.

On the whole I was satisfied with the way the calls played out. Matt was firm with the theists without blowing up as a lot of folks criticized him for doing last weekend. Though I must admit that Heads or Tails Oreos aren’t my favorite flavor. But isn’t that what diversity is all about?

Open Thread on TAE 767/NPR 11.7

Lots of theist callers on the TV show yesterday.  Matt was in “a mood.”

This Non-Prophets and the previous one have been done as Google Hangout videos. We intend that they’ll find their way to the podcast as audio eventually, but for now you might want to subscribe to Matt’s YouTube feed if you’re keeping an eye out for new shows. We’ve been scheduling them for Thursday Tuesday nights, since we don’t all have to be physically together. Keep an eye on the Non-Prophets chat room and the Atheist Experience Facebook page this Thursday to catch advance warning of how to watch the stream when it’s live.

Open thread on AETV 765

Tonight on the show, Don talked with Russell about the failure of Christian morality, then we immediately followed it up with a caller claiming that only Christians can have real morality.  Follow it up with a guy advocating learning about the spiritual realm through the use of psychedelic drugs, and it was a fairly interesting evening.

Open thread on AETV 763/764; NPR 11.6; GB 2.13

Sorry for the lack of open threads lately..

  • Atheist Experience episodes had Matt and Jeff; and Matt and Jerry DeWitt visiting, respectively.
  • There was one or perhaps three Godless Bitches episodes since the last open thread.
  • We did a seemingly successful experiment streaming a Non-Prophets episode over Google Hangouts.  The audio podcast isn’t posted as I write this, but you can see the video for now here.

 

Open thread on AETV #758

Dear people who have been writing in to explain that the “I worship the sun guy” was riffing on a George Carlin theme: Yes.  We know.  If we did not already know that, we would have gotten the message after the first three.  You can stop telling us about it now.

Dear people who are surprised that Jen and Martin did not recognize the prank immediately, when the entire chat room was saying it: Hosts do not read the chat room.  Live TV is live TV; you go with your instincts, and sometimes you make mistakes.  There are two people on screen, and they do not have the luxury of bouncing theories off of a hundred chatters before arriving at a conclusion.  Since it would be counterproductive to automatically assume that every caller is faking, any potential fake is treated seriously until such time as a definite judgment call can be made by the people with their fingers on the call buttons.  Sometimes they don’t make the same judgment as the chatters.  We are sorry, but just barely.

Dear people who call the show to practice their comedy routines: You are bad at it.  Seriously, go practice in a local club first, and when you do, come up with some original material rather than ripping off people who are funnier than you.  The TV audience obviously does not like you, and the hosts do not need to be wasting their energy trying to second guess the intention behind every call.  Taking your call involves a certain amount of good faith that you will represent your opinions honestly, and that the conversation will be interesting and contribute to an enjoyable episode.  It’s one thing if you are trying to sabotage the show because you want it to fail, I suppose.  But if you are an atheist who likes the show, please stop and ask yourself the question: Would I enjoy listening to someone else making the call that I am now making?  If you think it is funny to impersonate a theist, I will repeat: You are almost certainly bad at funny.  Please do not waste our time in this manner again.

Thanks!

Open thread on episode #757

Have at it.

[Edit by Russell:]

After the main show ended, Jeff said to me that this was one of the weirdest shows he’s ever done.  I can’t really disagree, and it’s pretty unusual that we wound up with so many calls in a row about Eastern religions.  I suppose it was kind of a refreshing change from our show being all Christianity all the time.

Open thread on episode #756

Sorry about whatever the hell was going on with UStream today, but it was nothing the control room could control. It was really nice to be back on, the calls felt good (it’s very helpful when a Christian caller will just come right out and admit that Christianity is neither logical or rational — saves time), and I found it a very pleasurable experience on the whole. Glad to the see the UT SSA gang in the audience, too. Here’s the info about this Thursday’s Sean Faircloth talk on-campus. To anyone in the area, please consider working that into your schedule.

Open Thread on AETV #755

A bit late, but I know you want to talk about it.

I don’t think Matt and Tracie were aware of this, and some commenters may not be either: Dale, the Australian guy who took up half the show, was not kidding — or if he was, he kids a lot.  He used to be a persistent troll at The Atheist Experience and The Non-Prophets – Fans page on Facebook, before he got himself banned.  The members taunted him to call, and it sounds like they were not disappointed.

Of course, Dale managed to spin this train wreck of a call in an astonishingly dishonest way: he recut the video to only include the last minute where Matt finished up and hung up on him, maybe hoping people wouldn’t realize that they spent a good 20-30 minutes on him first.  He’s got open comments on this video,  so I’m sure that means he would welcome people stopping by and explaining more details about the call, perhaps linking to an uncut version, etc…