SkepSun #67 (12_01_2013)

On a weekend during which we are thankful for friends, family and food, but also trying to manage holiday stress, we reflect upon where we naturalists get relief from stress, pain and suffering in a universe without the false comfort of an afterlife. According to Sam Harris, you get there by paying close attention to the present moment. Listen to Sam as he gets an enormous auditorium of atheists to meditate: that’s no mean feat! We’ll hear the talk he gave at the April 2012 Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, Australia entitled “Death and the Present Moment,” in hour two of Skeptical Sunday.  But first on Freethought Radio, we’ll  listen to Shelley Segal’s ode to Christopher Hitchens, “Apocalyptic Love Song,” and then hear two speakers at the recent Freedom From Religion Foundation Convention, journalist Jamila Bey and student activist Zack Kopplin.  In between, we’ll hear a song from Monty Python, the living members of which have announced a reunion show next summer in London and we’ll hear about the logical fallacies of the Slippery Slope and “post hoc ergo propter hoc” on the Skeptic’s Guide 5 x 5.


Always look on the bright side of life: Monty Python’s Eric Idle and Graham Chapman from the 1979 movie “Life of Brian.”