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Ep. 11 – Evolution: Only a Theory? with Ken Miller

Is evolution just a theory? Why is creationism unscientific? In this episode of the podcast, we look at some of the common questions and problems in the creation-evolution debate. Ken Miller is the Professor of Biology and Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence at Brown University. He was the lead expert witness for the plaintiff in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case of 2005 that challenged the teaching of intelligent design in schools. Dr...

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Ep. 6 – What is Naturalism? with John Shook

What is naturalism? For episode six, I take up this broad topic in conversation with John Shook, a research associate in philosophy and instructor in science education for the University at Buffalo. Dr. Shook holds a Ph.D in philosophy from the University at Buffalo, served as professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000-2006, has worked for several secular and humanist organizations – including the Center for Inquiry and the American Humanist Association – and he is the author and editor of numerous books, including The God Debates and The Future of Naturalism.

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The Unbelievers

The Unbelievers

The “Nones” are on the rise, according to a recent study published by the Pew Research Center.1 In the last 8 years, the number of Americans identifying as non-religious has gone up from 16% to 23%. Although the Nones do not consist exclusively of atheists and agnostics (many profess a belief in some sort of god or spirituality, but eschew traditional religious labels), the study does show there to be a growing number of those who claim to believe in no deity...
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Ep. 5 - How Did the Universe Begin?

Ep. 5 – How Did the Universe Begin? with Aaron Adair

For episode five, I speak with physicist Aaron Adair about the Big Bang, the origins of the universe, and the relationship of modern cosmology with religion. Adair is Assistant Professor of Physics at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, earned his Ph.D and Masters from Ohio State University, his Bachelor’s from Michigan State University, and is the author of a 2013 book, The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View.

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Did a Miracle Occur at Fatima?

According to many believing Catholics, a strange and miraculous event occurred on October 13th, 1917 near the town of Fatima in Portugal.1 In the months before the purported miracle, three children named Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco had allegedly received visions of an apparition of the virgin Mary. One of three predictions made by the children was that this apparition, known as “Our Lady of Fatima,” would reveal herself through a miracle that would take place on October 13th...

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Ep. 3 – What About Science? with Massimo Pigliucci

This third episode focuses on the nature of science, broadly speaking, with Massimo Pigliucci. What is science, how does it work, and where do certain phenomena fall in relation to it? Dr. Pigliucci is both a scientist and a philosopher of science, is currently Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College, and co-hosts the Rationally Speaking podcast with Julia Galef. He has published numerous articles on science, skepticism, and philosophy, and authored multiple books, including Denying Evolution, Nonsense On Stilts, Answers for Aristotle, and his most recent work, Philosophy of Pseudoscience

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The Cosmos of the Bible

The Cosmos of the Bible

The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us – there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.
-Carl Sagan, Cosmos

The question of the world that we find ourselves in, as well as our role within it, is one that has fueled debate for many centuries. What answer we give to it will have implications about who we are, why we are, and perhaps even how we ought to be...

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From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible

Contrary to what some fanatics may say, the Bible does not have all the answers. In fact, a number of questions arise from its pages, particularly when we compare the biblical portrait to our world of today. Many Bible stories end with a bit of mystery. We are told that Noah’s Ark came to rest on a mountain after the flood, and then we never read of its whereabouts again in scripture. The Ark of the Covenant is said to have been kept in the temple, but did it survive the temple’s destruction in the 6th century? From Eden to Exile goes in search of some of the Bible’s great mysteries, giving u...

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Scientific Miracles in the Qur’an?

A very popular way that Muslims argue for the divine origin of the Qur’an is by pointing to numerous ‘scientific miracles’ scattered throughout its pages. According to believers, Allah revealed information in the Qur’an that was only stumbled upon by scientists in the last few centuries, serving as a sign of the truth of Islam’s sacred text. There are too many websites and YouTube videos devoted to these alleged miracles to be counted here, but a few examples will be considered from one site, MissionIslam.com, as we examine the evidence and consistency of science in the Qur’an.

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Judgment Day: Intelligent Design On Trial

,”Teach the controversy” was a fairly popular slogan to hear in the debate over intelligent design versus evolution, and if there’s one thing this documentary does well, it’s teaching the controversy. Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial follows the 2005 court decision of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, wherein 11 parents in Dover, Pennsylvania sued the school district over the required reading of a statement to ninth-grade science classes...

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