Episode Archive for May 2007

Jennifer Michael Hecht - The Happiness Myth

May 25, 2007

Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of award-winning books of philosophy, history, and poetry. Her Doubt: A History (HarperCollins, 2003) demonstrates a long, strong history of religious doubt from the origins of written history to the present day, all over the world. Hecht’s The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism and Anthropology (Columbia University, 2003), won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2004 prestigious Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity. Hecht’s first poetry book, The Next Ancient World won the Poetry Society of America’s 2002…

David Koepsell - Why Secular Humanism?

May 18, 2007

David Koepsell is the Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, North America’s leading organization for nonreligious people. An author, philosopher and an attorney, David’s work focuses mostly on the nexus of science, technology, ethics and public policy.
 
In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, David explores the relationship between secular humanism and religion, whether secular humanism is just a religion for the nonreligious, the “tenets” of secular humanism, and addresses many challenges to the worldview both from Christian activists and from those in the “atheist movement.” He also justifies it as a viable naturalistic life-stance,…

Joe Nickell - The Relics of the Christ

May 11, 2007

The world’s leading paranormal investigator, Joe Nickell is a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquiry science magazine. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1983, 1998) and most recently, The Relics of the Christ (2007).
 
In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, Nickell talks about his new book, Relics of the Christ, and various Holy Artifacts he has scientifically investigated over the years. He details current skeptical thinking on the Shroud of Turin, purported to be Jesus of Nazareth’s original burial cloth, certain relics cults throughout history,…

Hemant Mehta - I Sold My Soul on Ebay

May 04, 2007

Hemant Mehta is an honors graduate from the University of Illinois, and has been involved in secularist student activism for years. Early on, he attended one of CFI’s summer sessions on scholarship, becoming that year’s student volunteer president of CFI’s campus outreach program. He is now in graduate school at DePaul University. Mehta once held an unique auction on eBay wherein the highest bidder could send Mehta to a church of his or her choice. This led to his writing his new book, I Sold My Soul On Ebay.
 
In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, Mehta…