Open thread on AXP #827, with guest, Rob Poole, MB BS, FRCPsych

I’ve embedded a number of links below, and I would urge you to explore them. I initially had included far more quoted material, but the post became too long, and I finally decided that links and brevity were best. However, the linked information is highly relevant. Most of the links are to summaries or small items I think you can investigate without too much time lost—so please review them if this topic interests you.

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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!