Tracie Presenting in Philly – Oct 13-15, 2017

People sometimes ask me where they can find out if I’ll be presenting anywhere outside of the show, and I say “Oh, I’d probably post info like that at the blog.” Then I sometimes forget to do it. But someone involved just pinged me to remind me to do it. So, I’m going to be at the Pennsylvania Atheist/Humanist Conference, speaking on Saturday afternoon.

You can visit the conference site for more information. My presentation will use identity and social behavior models to help explain how indoctrination influences people to adopt and maintain a religious mindset.

If you’re there–come by and say “hello.”

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.