The Good Atheist 076


As you may recall, last bonus podcast Ryan promised that it would be ‘his show’, and I’m happy to report he has indeed fulfilled it. This week, we’ll be talking about celebrities coming out of the closet, where atheism should go next, and why certain ‘atheist regimes’ are still making us look bad. It’s 50 minutes of TGA goodness you don’t want to miss.

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    Andrea

    Denmark is 95% Evangelical Lutheran; on the show you said it was mostly atheist. I love you, but please don’t make shit up.

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    Jacob Fortin

    this is what happens when Ryan runs the show, lol. We’ll issue a correction next podcast.

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    Jacob Fortin

    According to this poll, that 95% is bullshit: http://www.kirainet.com/images/religiones.gif

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    Tim Tempest

    Ryan briefly spoke of the need for a non-faith based ethics and morality, but there is such a core going back several thousands years. In fact, both of you sideswiped this ethical foundation with your comments on ancient Greece and humanism, and I thought for a moment you were going to pursue it. And maybe that’s part of your cunning plan to draw listeners back next week. However, the British philosopher A. C. Grayling addresses this issue of a human base for ethics in most of his works – and they’re mostly short essays aimed at the general reader and not the heavy technical stuff. His two most recent tackle the subject directly – Against All Gods and The Choice of Hercules. Or you could take a fresh look at Canadian John Ralston Saul’s Unconscious Civilization, or Greg Epstein’s Good Without God: What A Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, or Richard Joyce’s The Evolution of Morality and … there are a fair number of people working on these issues right now. A lot of it is taking a fresh look at Aristotle’s approach to ethics as well as Daoism and neuroscience. So Ryan doesn’t have to worry about starting the discussion, he’s already participating in the discussion – just coming at it from a different angle. On the other hand, Grayling, Saul, etc. are all ‘serious’ people dealing with a serious topic in a serious way unlike two guys podcasting from a garage who successfully disguise their serious intent.

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    Jacob Fortin

    Not all discussions need to be deadly serious. After all, you have to laugh at life, since none of us will escape the cruel clutches of death!

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    kat.minionette@gmail.com

    There are 2 types of ‘serious; people in the world … those that have a sense of humor and those who don’t.

    You need different ways to spread awareness as for some demographics, the above still IS ‘technical stuff’, particularly to the still-not-fully-indoctrinated young people.

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    Paddy

    Hey guys,

    Great show … intense as hell though!

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    Tim Tempest

    Open mouth, remove foot. Repeat. I was trying to make a compliment when I wrote that TGA is different from technical publications. Not lesser, just coming at the issues from a different angle. kat.minionette is right that there are different ways to spread awareness, and humour can be a really good way to encourage critical thinking and getting people considering issues from fresh perspectives. I happen to think that TGA is tackling really important questions as well as the bizarre and the silly. Humour doesn’t preclude hard serious thinking and passionate intensity. And the thinking and intensity doesn’t preclude humour, if anything humour can help the message across. That was certainly apparent when Mr. Fortin was talking about the burkha recently. Richard Dawkins is not only serious, but to my mind, he’s overly zealous and dreary. TGA is never dreary.

    Now being old enough to have one foot in the grave means that I’m probably not TGA’s prime demographic – and that I tend toward formality when writing (it’s an age thing). However, age doesn’t prevent me from enjoying TGA and appreciating what you’re doing with the show.

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    Minionette

    Mr Tempest

    Well put – we are well served with your articulate wisdom!!

    And I do agree that on the other hand we need to keep Jake & Ryan on their toes and challenge each other’s thinking, as we wouldn’t want our boys to start sounding like Beavis’n’Butthead … (especially when that Ryan leads the show) >wink<

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