THIS WEEK - Rationalism and Atheism, Cynics and Skeptics ... and a Jesus Cap
SI, thinking about conspiracy theories, brings up the topic of atheism being more about rational thinking than being "against" any particular god. He wonders why we're unable to get that message across to theists. The Herd challenges SI's notion. Can some people be atheists, dislike religion, and yet not necessarily use reason in other parts of their lives? Evo asks, how did atheism start for each of us - as a dismissal of god or as a rational process. (00:00)
We discuss the search for evidentiary enlightenment, regardless whether it's focused on science, politics, or philosophy, and the tendency towards an atheistic world view. What parts do cynicism and skepticism play in the process? (And is there a difference between cynics and skeptics?) (17:46)
Is your atheism part of "who you are"? Do you take any religious statement as an "in your face" attack that demands a response? Ex tells about a Christian who stole some artwork. Why do we think it was a Christian? You'll have to listen and find out! (33:07)
Poll results and a bow to Robert G. Ingersoll. (55:55)
Opening Music [00:00]: excerpt from "Another Goddamned Draft"
Bridge Music [16:48]: excerpt from "Latin Down the Hatches"
Bridge Music [32:47]: excerpt from "Arkansas Traveler"
Bridge Music [54:52]: excerpt from "Swing to the Left"
Closing Music [1:02:26]: excerpt from "As Jazzy as I Get"
(All music: copyright 2008 by Rachel Murie)