How worried should we be about Ebola? On his Quackcast, infectious disease M.D. Mark Crislip puts this scary virus into context for us and suggests that the Ebola epidemic might be the perfect opportunity for homeopaths to prove the efficacy of their alt-medicine. Then, Sam Harris, author of the End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation has a new book out, it’s called Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion. In the book Harris maintains that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally admit and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Harris talks with Josh Zepps on the Point of Inquiry podcast. But we get underway with Freethought Radio. Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor report on FFRF state/church victories including stopping prayers over the loudspeakers at high-school football games. After celebrating the birthdays of two freethinking songwriters, they talk with Nikki Muongo, a Missouri mother who successfully convinced her city not to display “In God We Trust” on government property.
The new book by author and neuroscientist Sam Harris
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.”