SkepSun #159 (10_11_2015)

This week on Freethought Radio, Lisa “Miller” Treu, FFRF’s Director of First Impressions, sits in for Dan and Annie Laurie who are busy with the 38th Annual Freedom From Religion Foundation’s National Convention in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend. Lisa will discuss her inspiration to becoming a freethinker, John Lennon, who would’ve turned 75 on Friday of this past week and we’ll hear lots of John Lennon’s music.

Skeptophilia’s Gordon Bonnet weighs in on a resolution before the County Commission of Blount County, Tennessee imploring Almighty God not to smite them for being forced to issue same-sex marriage licenses by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brian Dunning on Skeptoid looks into the question of whether it’s true that climatologists in the 1970s believed we were headed into an ice age.

To what degree is reality socially constructed? To help answer this question Jesse Prinz, Distinguished Professor of philosophy af the City University of New York joins  Nigel Warburton on the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Finally, joining Josh Zepps on Point of Inquiry, Mathew Crawford editor of The New Atlantis talks about the difficulty of unplugging our brains from our media-drenched world. Crawford is a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and the author of The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction. Crawford explains how our brains are susceptible to distractions produced by social media and advertising in ways that give us very little control in escaping them.

On Sunday, October 18, the newly-formed Central New York Coalition for Reason is presenting a screening of “A Better Life” with Chris Johnson, the movie’s director and creator. Click below for more information on the Central New York Humanists page.

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