Open thread for episode 21.36: Tracie and Guest Mitchell Diamond

Tracie is joined by Mitchell Diamond, author of Darwin’s Apple: The Evolutionary Biology of Religion.

Diamond will be presenting a lecture before the show, where he will discuss “how hallucinations have a basis in our biology”.

Links of interest in this week’s program:





And if anyone can find that cat study I discussed in the show, that someone else mentioned in comments, I’d love to see that again, as well. I really wish I could find that one.

Donation to Humanist Disaster Recovery

Image retrieved from (Army National Guard Photo / Lt. Zachary West)

On last Sunday’s show, Clare Wuellner — a board member for both the Atheist Community of Austin and Foundation Beyond Belief — announced that we would be giving all donations that day to FBB’s Humanist Disaster Recovery team, and also matching the first $1,000 from our own treasury. HDR is raising funds to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

As a result of your donations, we have donated a total of $3,674.25  to HDR. Thank you for your generous support! If you missed the announcement, you can still donate directly to HDR by going to their donation page.

Open thread for episode 21.34: Tracie and John

All donations sent to the ACA today will be sent to the Foundation Beyond Belief / Humanist Disaster Recovery for Hurricane Harvey relief and will be matched dollar for dollar by the ACA (up to $1000). Click the yellow donate button at .

Links of interest in this week’s program:
Most importantly: Hurricane Harvey Relief Donations
Kumare – documentary about cult building.
Simulation Universe – theory about the construct of the universe.
Sleep Paralysis – sleep disorder that can result in hallucinations.
Migraine Aura – visual disturbances sometimes associated with migraines.