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Author Guy P. Harrison, honored guest of Atheists Talk, returns once again to discuss science, skepticism and critical thinking. His recently released book, Think: Why You Should Question Everything, is an easy to read work, accessible to learners of all ages and experience. In the book he defines what skepticism is and isn't and devotes an entire chapter to the concept of evidence. Harrison challenges readers to explore the differences between beliefs and believers, science and superstition, skepticism and intelligence, and simply, to think.
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It has been a while since palaeontologist Donald Prothero visited us on Atheists Talk, and he's been busy. We have some catching up to do. Just this summer, Prothero released two books to help us sort out good information and good science from poor information and pseudoscience. In Abominable Science!, he and Daniel Loxton sort through the nature and the quality of the evidence for and against creatures like Bigfoot and Nessie. They highlight the differences between science and pseudoscience and examine the will to believe.
In Reality Check, Prothero looks at science denialism and the topics that hit closer to home. While a belief in Nessie won't hurt most people, denial of the scientific consensus behind childhood vaccination or global warming has a much more serious effect. Prothero lays out the motives and methods of denialists.
This Sunday, he joins us to talk about both books.
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Philosopher Russell Blackford and bioethicist Udo Schüklenk are back with another book on atheism, 50 Great Myths About Atheism. From the publisher's description:
Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name.
An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief
Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument
Objectively considers each myth on its merits
Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist organizations, and an extensive bibliography
Explains the differences between atheism and related concepts such as agnosticism and naturalism
Russell Blackford joins us this Sunday to talk about the book.
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"Writer. Psychologist. Promiscuous Mind."
The tagline on his website summarizes this week’s guest, Jesse Bering, in a more succinct manner than we could ever hope to do, but we can certainly build on it: PhD, notable contributor to Scientific American, Slate, The New York Times, The Guardian and Discover Magazine, and author of the books Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? and The Belief Instinct. We are pleased to welcome Jesse Bering back to Atheists Talk to discuss his newest book Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All of Us. From his website:
"You are a sexual deviant. A pervert, through and through.” We may not want to admit it, but as the award-winning columnist and psychologist Jesse Bering reveals in Perv, there is a spectrum of perversion along which we all sit. Whether it’s voyeurism, exhibitionism, or your run-of-the-mill foot fetish, we all possess a suite of sexual tastes as unique as our fingerprints—and as secret as the rest of the skeletons we’ve hidden in our closets.