SkepSun #127 (02_22_2015)

On Freethought Radio hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor report that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s office confirms he has no record of communications with a deity, they analyze the dangers of school voucher expansion and after sharing astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s interview with “God,” they talk with Madison city council woman Anita Weir about her proposal to expand the city’s protected class ordinance to include atheists. Last week, the Oklahoma House Common Education Committee voted 11-4 to eliminate the teaching of AP US History in the state, because the course curriculum “eliminates the idea of American exceptionalism,” and instead focuses on “what is bad about America.” Trumansburg High School teacher and author of the Skeptophilia blog Gordon Bonnet has some choice words for the Oklahoma Common Education Committee. Then we hear Sam Harris who responds to those who’ve claimed that the “New Atheist” authors such as himself who promote “anti-theism” bear some culpability in the recent Chapel Hill murders of three young muslims by a middle-aged man who described himself as “gun-toting atheist.”  He also defends himself from criticism from religion scholar Resa Aslan (also see here) and journalist Glen Greenwald. Then, do we have a soul? Josh Zepps talks to Julien Musolino, psychology professor and author of The Soul Fallacy: What Science shows We Gain From Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs on a recent Point of Inquiry podcast. Musolino discusses why there isn’t room for belief in the soul in modern science, and how moving past that belief might just make the world a better place. Click here for an excerpt from Musolino’s book.

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/s/852a5g0e9gvo755/SkepSun_02_22_2015.mp3]
Time to let go of the soul? Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in the 1990 movie "Ghost."

Time to let go of the soul? Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in the 1990 movie “Ghost.”

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