After discussing atheism in the news over the past week, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker celebrate the birthday of freethinking composer Burton Lane by playing his irreverent song “The Begats,” from Finian’s Rainbow. Then they talk with skeptical author Michael Shermer about his new book, The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom. The skeptic rogues from the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe podcast discuss irrational opposition to the genetically modified crop known as “golden rice” Then, in the aftermath of last week’s winter storm Juno, Gordon Bonnet of Skeptophilia delves into the political Right’s paranoia that the National Weather Service and the even weather itself has been corrupted by liberals who want to destroy America. Finally in hour two, we’ll hear Dr. Phil Zuckerman from Pitzer College in Claremont, California explain the dramatic increase of Americans who report they eschew religion. Back in the 1950s, fewer than 5% of Americans described themselves as nonreligious. Now approximately 30% identify as such. What factors are contributing to this unprecedented wave of secularization? And what are some likely consequences? Zuckerman’s latest book is entitled Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions.
Check out the Ithaca Darwin Days schedule of events right here. Events begin this coming Friday.