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"Science and Reason 2011: Future Watch" on Atheists Talk, #98, January 2, 2011

As 2010 rolls out, we all hope the future is bright for 2011. Along with hope, there's always hype. Bringing us a reality check from their areas of expertise are these savvy thinkers:

Greg Laden, bio anthropologist and bogger for Scienceblogs.com
 will give his top ten list of science stories for 2010, with commentary on the new field of paleogenomics
Maggie Koerth-Baker, science journalist and writer for BoingBoing.net, will talk about the Future of Energy in the US
Steve Borsch, 
media trend expert at Connecting the Dots, has insights for a year of accelerating change
Will Steeger, WillSteeger.com, arctic explorer and eyewitness to the on-going catastrophic consequences of global climate change will tell us the latest observations 
Interviewer Lynn FellmanFellmanStudio.com, is an artist communicating science through art, and a frequent science interviewer on "Atheist Talk". 
Host Brent Michael Davids, FilmComposer.us, is an award winning composer and creator of the music for the "Atheist Talk".
About the show:
 
"Atheists Talk" is produced by The Minnesota Atheists.  August Berkshire is the director and Brent Michael Davids is the host for the show.
 
 
 
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"The Amazing World of Quantum Mechanics!" James Kakalios on Atheists Talk #97, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010

Quantum mechanics make no sense.  It is a set of propositions that prove that something can  be in more than one place at one time.  It is a set of propositions that show that light is both wave and particle.  Yet, with all the contradictions shown in by quantum mechanics, our modern life would not be modern without an understanding of how the tiniest particles of matter behave.  Think of life without computers, lasers, cell phones, CDs and DVDs, MRIs and now e-readers.  Life would be positively primitive!  Fortunate we are that James Kakalios of the University of Minnesota has found a way to communicate physics and quantum mechanics to the general public using science fiction.  He answers the questions about how things work in the tiny world to make them work in our world.  Dr. Kakalios has a new book on the shelves now:  The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics.  A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made our World.  
 
Scott Lohman, the president of the Humanists of Minnesota and a voracious reader of all things science fiction and fantasy, has invited Jim Kakalios back for an interview on this new book.  It is a lot of fun to read, (but there is actually a tiny bit of math) and Kakalios is a fun guest to listen to.  Listen for his sly and dry wit if for nothing else!
 
 
 
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"The Trouble With Christmas," Tom Flynn on Atheists Talk 96, Sunday, Dec 12, 2010

August Berkshire, President of Minnesota Atheists, and Steve Petersen, Associate Chair, will interview Tom Flynn, whose Wikipedia page describes him as "an author, journalist, novelist, entertainer, folklorist, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, and Editor of its journal Free Inquiry magazine. He is also director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum.

"Much of his work addresses church-state issues, including the best-selling book The Trouble With Christmas, about which he has made hundreds of radio and TV appearances in his role as the curmudgeonly "anti-Claus." He is also the author of the critically acclaimed anti-religious black comedy science fiction novel, Galactic Rapture (2000) and its sequel, Nothing Sacred (2004). His latest work, The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (2007), is a comprehensive reference work on the history, beliefs, and thinking of America's fastest growing minority: those who live without religion. He is currently writing a third science-fiction novel set in the Galactic Rapture universe."

Tom is affectionately known as the Anti-Santa Claus and Scrooge. A happy curmudgeon, he will discuss his book The Trouble With Christmas. His book and research put into historical context the Western celebration of Christmas. He challenges his fellow atheists and freethinkers to leave this holiday alone and raise the consciences of everybody.

We will discuss what many secular humanists celebrate - The Winter Solstice, HumanLight, or Festivus - and talk about those who just ignore the religiosity of the holiday and celebrate the togetherness of one another and humanity. Oh, yes, we will also cover the culture war of Christmas, Happy Holidays, and government's enchantment of supporting religious displays. So Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Eid, Happy Holidays, Happy Festivus, or Bah Humbug everybody!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_W._Flynn

http://www.centerforinquiry.net

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/about/council_for_secular_humanism

http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/ngoldwe_2000/troubxmas.html

http://www.pointofinquiry.org/tom_flynn_the_real_war_on_christmas

http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Christmas-Tom-Flynn/dp/0879758481

http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/2007/12/trouble-with-christmas.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus

 

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"Fossils, Genes and Art," Atheists Talk Radio #95, Sunday Dec 5, 2010

The religious despair for atheists that with nothing but science and rationality for inspiration, we can't appreciate the beauty of art, music, poetry, prose nor the weaving of a rainbow.  By unweaving a rainbow, we are told that we miss out on the deepar beauty that underlies the "mystery of being."  Don't try to tell that to my guests on this show.  They will look at you, baffled, because they both draw inspiration for their art from the wonders of science.  Lynn Fellman is a frequent guest on the show, interviewing scientists she has met through the course of her art career.  She rarely gets the chance to talk about her own specialties in art and so I asked her to be an interviewee.  I also asked one of my friends I haven't met, but only know through internet interactions, Glendon Mellow of Toronto, Canada.  Glendon digs the artistic inspiration of fossils and trilobites.
 
Both artists are highly inventive in the ways thet they draw science into their art and I will mostly be listening in to the conversation as Glendon and Lynn talk about atheism, science and art.
 
Lynn Fellman is an artist bridging science and humanities through art. Working in multiple media to make complex concepts accessible, she I
 also speaks and writes about the intersection of art and science; most recently at the "Personal Genomes" meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Lab. See examples of her work at: 

"Unfolding the Natural History and Science of Life" commission from BioBusiness Alliance
Fellman's current art exhibit "Deep Ancestry Portraits of a Diverse Community"
 
Glendon Mellow is a freelance artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario.  His work has been chosen for magazine covers and the book cover for The Open Laboratory 2008.   Glendon's websites:
 
Twitter:  @flyingtrilobite  (half my traffic comes from Twitter these days)
Also can find my fan page on Facebook by searching for Flying Trilobite.
Glendon's big project was to gather the RSS feeds of science artists in one place, and he maintains it at ScienceBlogging.com
 He did the artwork for Dan Rhoads'  blog Migrations.   Dan is an atheist living in Cyprus.
 
Some additional art and science links:
 
1. "Strange and Charmed: Science and the contemporary visual arts " and "Science and Art" are written by Sian Ede. She is Deputy Director of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation which has pioneered projects bringing artists and scientists together
2. Dr. Martin Kemp, Professor of history of art. Writes articles for "Nature" on science and art and best known for his writings about Leonardo da Vinci.
3. The Welcome Collection: a free destination for the incurable curious is another British contribution. The Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. Check out this article on their site:

Science and art: Symbiosis or just good friends ? The meeting of creativity's 'twin peaks'. by Ken Arnold, the Wellcome Collection's Head of Public Programs.  
4. And for something American, visit "Design for the Elastic Mind" at MOMA online .   It was an exhibit at MOMA of concepts  by teams of designers, scientists, and engineers from all over the world, ranging from the nanoscale to the cosmological scale.
 
 
"Atheists Talk" is produced by The Minnesota Atheists.  August Berkshire is the director and Mike Haubrich is the host for the Show
 
 
 
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