American Freethought Podcast


American Freethought Podcast

The American Freethought Podcast, hosted by John Snider and David Driscoll.

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One for all, or one for one?

Started by Morgan Greenwood. Last reply by James Turkia Jan 14, 2010. 6 Replies

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Comment by IAmTheBlog on July 4, 2009 at 10:41pm
I thought your interview with Robert Wright was very interesting. Wright did seem to go into the interview with a preconceived notion of atheism as some unified movement hell-bent on attacking religion. I think you did very well dealing with this: accepting some (but not all) of his remarks as valid for a few vocal members of the community, but not representing all atheists.

It sounds like he also has a preconceived notion about God. I haven't read the book, but based on the interview and your review, it seems like Wright assembles all of these facts about the non-supernatural explanations for religion, but then says he still believes there is some vague "greater purpose" or God-like force despite all of the proof he's just presented.

I find this very frustrating. He's free to believe what he wants, but he should either be silent on his beliefs if he wishes not to share them, or just come out and explain what he actually means instead of cryptic, vague statements that appear to be aimed at not offending readers. I think by doing this, he must actually alienate more people than if he just came out and said what he believes!

In any case, thank you for another interesting interview.
Comment by Dan Courtney on July 3, 2009 at 10:03am
I really enjoyed your interview with Bruce Hood, author of "Supersense". This type of interview helps advance understanding, and is critical to building a better society. I'm not excusing irrational, religious thinking, but if we can approach the religious with kindness and empathy, we can be more effective at helping them adopt a rational world view. By reinforcing that theists and non-theists all have common ground in our bias toward the supernatural, it is more likely that both sides will be open to their particular bias and be willing to adopt a more honest investigation of what they believe and why. This cannot help but advance the case for rational thought.

Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful podcasts!

Comment by Kristin Jones on June 30, 2009 at 2:17pm
I just listened to your latest podcast today. If you are still in touch with the woman who wrote in wondering how to raise a freethinking child, you might direct her here. I believe there is a group on Atheist Nexus that focuses on that.
Comment by John C. Snider on June 30, 2009 at 2:08pm
Hey folks! A couple days late putting out the notice, but our latest podcast episode is available, and it features an interview with cognitive science researcher Bruce M. Hood (author of "Supersense"!).
Comment by Pinko Knitter on June 20, 2009 at 5:17pm
I just listened to the latest podcast. It was excellent, as usual, but, come on, David, how much time would it have taken to look up the word "timbrel" in the dictionary? LOL
Comment by John C. Snider on June 19, 2009 at 11:53am
Good luck spinning up your podcast! I look forward to listening to it. Let me know if you need any more help. (Not sure how helpful I was to start with but, hey, I try!)
Comment by on June 19, 2009 at 11:45am
Great episode, sirs. We're still working on getting our podcast going. Brandi and I ended up having to move a week or two after we met with you, so that put us behind schedule. Have a good weekend!
Comment by John C. Snider on June 19, 2009 at 11:40am
Oh, I see. LOL. I actually schedule most episodes to go online at midnight. No particular reason. Anyway, it's my computer that's pulling the all-nighter, not me. :)
Comment by NH Baritone on June 19, 2009 at 11:32am
Yes, it was 8 AM then, but according to iTunes, episode 56 was downloaded at about 1:30 AM. (Perhaps that's just an artifact of iTunes delays.)
Comment by Kristin Jones on June 19, 2009 at 8:17am
I'm looking forward to hearing the interview with Tim Farley. I find his website fascinating.

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