Episode 3 – October 3rd, 2009

Today we gathered up the entire Outreach Committee of the Greater Worcester Humanists and spoke late into the night about 5 ways to seem nicer, the Pope’s infallibility, and preaching masquerading as news.

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Links Mentioned:
Rob made reference to an opinion piece on the powerlessness of the right wing media on the the podcast. Wizard of Beck found in the New York Times.

Photo gallery of the line waiting to see Glenn Beck at the Barnes & Noble in Worceser, MA

Upcoming Events

Lots of cool events in Worcester, including:
Roy Zimmerman: Real American Concert
Greg Epstein: Good Without God book signing & appearance
Dr. Jeremy DeSilva, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, presenting “Apes, Bones and Genes: The Science of Human Origins”

2 Responses to “Episode 3 – October 3rd, 2009”

  1. admin Says:

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  2. Ken G. Says:

    Thanks for another episode; I look forward to each one! I’d like to offer my own thoughts on some notable moments in this latest installment.

    It was said that “The opposite of faith is taking things seriously.” That may be so, but I’d like to suggest that the opposite of faith is skepticism.

    To that effect, Chris mentioned that sometimes a discussion continues to the point where he does not have the scientific details necessary to offer a conclusive answer, and so he relies on saying, “I think science has proven this to be so.” Isn’t that also a kind of faith? I’m not suggesting he independently verify scientific data through his own experiments — but a skeptical reading of the published facts is necessary to reach an informed conclusion. (and, as global warming has taught us, not everyone reaches the same conclusions… and not all of those people are familiar with the facts, either!)

    Also, you were right that the “5 Things” article got the purpose of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wrong, but I don’t think the right purpose was mentioned in the podcast, either. It wasn’t meant as a mockery of all religions; it was meant as an argument against the teaching of evolution in public schools. The gist was, “If you can teach your theories, then so can we.”

    Hope to hear from you again soon!

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