SkepSun #83 (03_23_2014)

On Freethought Radio, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor tell us about unholy mixing of religion and government in Green Bay (WI), Birmingham (AL), and Sand Point (ID). They welcome spring with music from Richard Rodgers and Yip Harburg, and celebrate the birthday of Elton John by hearing his freethought song “This Train Don’t Stop Here Any More.” Then we talk with prominent attorney Marci Hamilton, author of God vs. The Gavel, who argued and won a Supreme Court lawsuit challenging the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and who wrote FFRF’s Supreme Court amicus brief challenging Hobby Lobby’s refusal on religious grounds to honor the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Then two interviews from the new Inquiring Minds podcast, hosted by the former hosts of Point of Inquiry, Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas.  First, Joshua Greene he’s  director of Harvard University’s Moral Cognition Lab. His work focuses on the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and moral philosophy. He’s author of a new book entitled Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them. He talks to host Chris Mooney about the evolution of morality—and why humanity may, objectively, be getting better in the long run. Then, can we talk rationally about GM crops?  Indre Viskontas talks to Dr. Stephen Novella about GMOs and human health.  Are there legitimate health concerns about them, or are those fears a product of what he calls the “naturalistic fallacy”?

 

Moral Tribes

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