secular ethics

SkepSun #174 (01_24_2016)

On Freethought Radio, Aleta Ledendecker tells co-hosts Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker about the secular invocation she delivered before the City Council of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, that was rudely cut off by the mayor and boycotted by city council members. Then they talk with California attorney Michael Newdow about his new federal lawsuit challenging “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency.

Try to do research on the Holocaust online and you’re bound to get bogged down by claims that are difficult to check out by Holocausts denialist who protray themselves as courageous mavericks challenging orthodoxy and censorship. Brian Dunning has a look at the industry of Holocaust denialism on Skeptoid.

Gordon Bonnet has a look at another form of denialism, anthropogenic climate change denialism. A guy named Ross McLeod has demonstrated that if you can throw around fancy sounding terms like the  you can get people to believe you know what you’re talking about, even if your math is way off.

Campbell Soup Company will soon start voluntarily labelling their products for GMO content. A good idea, or not? The Skeptic Rogues of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe have a look at the question.

In the final segment of the show, we’ll hear Susan Jacoby’s lecture entitled “The Conscience of an Atheist” delivered at the Center For Inquiry’s Reason for Change conference in Buffalo, NY last June. Jacoby explores how we should approach opposition to secular ideas of morality, and the personal comfort she has found through her atheism and secular views, even in times of great loss and sadness. Jacoby is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Freethinkers (2004 ) and the New York Times bestseller, The Age of American Unreason (2008).

Campbells Soup GMOs

Campbell’s soup to voluntarily label products containing GM ingredients: a smart move to inform consumers, or perpetuating groundless fears?



SkepSun #156 (09_20_2015)

On Freethought Radio, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker report on FFRF’s many victories this week. Then, after “welcoming” the visit of Pope Francis to America with Dan’s “Stay Away Pope Polka,” Annie Laurie and Dan talk with Carlos Mendoza of the Guatemalan Secular Humanists about being booed and booted from the Guatemalan Congress while testifying against a bill to introduce mandatory bible reading in the schools.

Then, some parents think their children are better off never being exposed to other religions and worldviews. Gordon Bonnet, author of the Skeptophilia blog, reads a column of his from the past week entitled “The Perils of Indoctrination.”

And we finish our look at the ethics of eating and otherwise using animals with the final portion of Ken Kaufman’s Myoclonic Jerk Podcast on eating animals. We’ll hear many different perspectives on the subject, from vegans to meat producers.

What about a cogent defense of meat eating? A couple years ago, the New York Times Magazine Ethicist column asked its readership to send in 600-word essays defending the practice of meat-eating and asked a panel of judges consisting of Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Light, Michael Pollan, and Peter Singer to pick a winner. Thousands of entries came in. Here’s a link to the 600 word essay that won the contest and those most popular with readers.

Factory farming and eating animals: ethical?

Factory farming and eating animals: ethical?