SkepSun #137 (05_03_2015)

Some welcome news on Freethought Radio: the Venice, Florida, city council rejects “In God We Trust;” Doug Marshall’s Reason Station goes up in Warren, Michigan, city hall; creationist teacher disciplined in Arroyo Grande, California, public high school. After celebrating the birthdays of Peter Tchaikovsky and Pete Seeger, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker talk with Princeton history professor Ken M. Kruse about his eye-opening book, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America. I have four different post-Freethought Radio  segments for you on today’s show. First, Relativism: can what’s true for me not be true for you?  The idea has popular appeal, but why? Tim Williamson the Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford University discusses this question with host Nigel Warburton on the Philosophy Bites podcast. Then infectious disease M.D. Mark Crislip has a look at some of the latest research on probiotics.  How much of it is science and how much just marketing and hype? Then, ever notice how believers seem quite sure they perfectly know the wishes of the strangely silent omnipotent creator superbeing?  Gordon Bonnet has noticed and we’ll hear his ruminations on this phenomenon with a column from his Skeptophila blog entitled “My Will Be Done.” Finally, Andrew Copson, Chief Exec. of the British Humanist Association, explains Humanism – the radical idea that we can put human beings at the center of our morality instead of nonexistent supernatural entities – in only about 28 minutes. See how well he does.

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/s/2he42mh54exc0u0/SkepSun_05_03_2015.mp3]
Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association

Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association

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