SkepSun #160 (10_18_2015)

On Freethought Radio, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor tell us about the unveiling of FFRF’s northern “Atheists in Foxholes” monument and the first-ever “Atheist Marquee” at their national headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. We hear the welcoming remarks of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin at FFRF’s annual “Non-Prayer Breakfast” during the 38th annual convention that took place last weekend. Then we will listen to Bangladeshi atheist author and poet Taslima Nasrin talk about the fatwah and death threats she has been facing for decades because of her outspoken criticism of Islam.

Gordon Bonnet will read a column from the Skeptophilia blog for us entitled “The Science of Beauty.” Does having a biological explanation for human tastes, preferences and desires diminish our experiences, or enhance them?

The Skeptic Rogues of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe have a look at chelation therapy, its legitimate and illegitimate uses.

Then, in hour two, how do you tell science from non-science? Karl Popper thought that the falsifiability of a hypothesis was the defining criterion. Massimo Pigliucci doesn’t think so and discusses his take on the “demarcation problem” with Nigel Warburton on the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Finally, talking with Josh Zepps on the Point of Inquiry podcast about the threat posed by the anti-vaccination movement and what we can do to stop it are Sarah Levin and Ed Beck. Sarah Levin is the Legislative Associate of the Secular Coalition of America and Ed Beck is the senior policy analyst for the Center For Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy. CFI is working with Secular Coalition to launch a new campaign called Put Kids First.

Rates 14 illnesses in the U.S. before and after availability of vaccines.

Rates 14 illnesses in the U.S. before and after availability of vaccines.

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