SkepSun #131 (03_22_2015)

After reporting on the success of FFRF’s national ad featuring Ron Reagan on CNN, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker announce FFRF victories stopping prayer and bible reading in public schools in Texas and Maryland. They celebrate the birthdays of nonbelievers Elton John, Stephen Sondheim, Keira Knightly, Richard Dawkins, and freethinking feminists Matilda Joslyn Gage and Gloria Steinem. Then they talk with journalist and author David Seidman about his new book, What If I’m an Atheist: A teen’s guide to exploring a life without religionAfter Freethought Radio, Gordon Bonnet of Skeptophilia has a look at privilege in our society and at some people who don’t seem to get it. Then, in hour two, in a continuation of our subject from last week, we hear two, local, free will skeptics make their case.  First, Cornell Professor Derk Pereboom argues that  free will is an illusion, but not to worry: this doesn’t undermine the core elements of morality, value and meaning in life.  Then Greg Caruso of Corning Community College contends that we’d have a more humane society if we gave up the notion of free will in a recent TEDx talk entitled “The Dark Side of Free Will.”

Cornell Professor of Philosophy and Free Will Skeptic Derk Pereboom

Cornell Professor of Philosophy and Free Will Skeptic Derk Pereboom

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