The Good Atheist 088

Another week goes by, and what better way to celebrate the weekend than by listening to another episode of TGA’s podcast? This week, Ryan and I talk about why the atheist movement is still a sausage fest, why men and women think differently, and why I’m a terrible outdoorsman. Don’t miss it!

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Comments (8)

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    jules

    Since listening to this episode, I have been trying to find research showing what percentage of atheists are female, I haven’t had any luck yet. Do you know where I can find this info?
    I think that it is dangerous to make broad generalizations about either gender, such as, “Men are more rational,” or “Women are more gullible.” I think you have just alienated most of your female audience (which you may not have even been aware that you had) and only contributed to the problem.

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    Jacob Fortin

    If you want to read about religiosity rates, I strongly suggest reading The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond, or Why People Believe Weird Things by Shermer.

    I haven’t received one email from female fans expressing any form of anger or resentment regarding what I said, so far so good.

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    RtPt

    Women are more sociable. It is the cultural environment that we are raised in. Religion is also more emotionally based. Religious organizations are about relationships. Again, women are raised in this environment.

    Are there some genetics involved? Yes, men and women different general stereotypes are genetically influenced.

    Culture, environment and genetics/evolution are the sociological/psychological influences on all human beings. The great thing is that we have control over our environment and culture…and it has been shown if we around the right stimuli we can change.

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    jules

    Thank goodness I’m not one of those women who are gullible enough to be persuaded to join a church, or to join Amway, or to spend $20 just to listen to two boys curse like sailors and call women “gullible” and “irrational.”

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    Jacob Fortin

    It’s a good thing we aren’t forcing you to, then!

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    Matthew

    You guys are right on with the talk about learning multiple religions in one class. I went to Catholic high school and we had to take a world religion class and it was a real eye opener. Not only did it show the similarities between them all, but I really learned a lot about why people around the world think the way that they do. This is really important, especially in the post 9/11 anti-muslim culture in north america to learn what Islam is for teenagers that are now old enough to draw their own conclusions. Also, looking back my teacher was definitely a closet atheist, which was awesome.

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