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"Enountering Naturalism" Tom W. Clark on Atheists Talk # 100, January 16, 2011

 

- Statement On Naturalism -

Naturalism is the understanding that there is a single, natural world as shown by science, and that we are completely included in it. Naturalism holds that everything we are and do is connected to the rest of the world and derived from conditions that precede us and surround us. Each of us is an unfolding natural process, and every aspect of that process is caused, and is a cause itself. So we are fully caused creatures, and seeing just how we are caused gives us power and control, while encouraging compassion and humility. By understanding consciousness, choice, and even our highest capacities as materially based, naturalism re-enchants the physical world, allowing us to be at home in the universe. Naturalism shows our full connection to the world and others, it leads to an ethics of compassion, and it gives us far greater control over our circumstances.
 
Tom Clark's short book Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses is a great introduction to naturalism.  I have read it a few times, and while the concepts may seem obvious upon reflection, the implications are enlightening.  Many people have difficulty understanding the concept of free will and why it doesn't exist, often confusing "Free Will" and "Free Choice."  It has clear implications for the definitions and deriving of morality, and yes, a worldview.  Tom will explain how naturalism can help you fit into your world more accurately and help you determine your courses of action.
 
 
Mike Haubrich is one of the hosts for the show and a director-at-large of The Minnesota Atheists.
 
"Atheists Talk" is produced by The Minnesota Atheists.  August Berkshire is the director and Scott Lohman  is the host for the show.
 
 
 
 
 
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"The Humanist Institute" Kristin Wintermute on Atheists Talk #99, January 9, 2011

For over 28 years, The Humanist Institute has trained the next generation of leaders for the humanist movement, graduating over 100 students, many of whom work as Ethical Culture Leaders, Unitarian Ministers, Humanist Counselors, professional administrators in our national organizations, and as officers and other volunteers leaders in humanist fellowships, chapters, associations.
 
Kristen Wintermute is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humanist Association, and the director of the Humanist Institute. She will discuss with Scott Lohman the programs of studies and the goals of the Institute as a whole.  
 
 
 
"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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"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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