Monthly Archives: July 2010

Podcast #97 – The Essential Freethought Library

We discuss the Essential Freethought Library, the result of a poll of dozens of notable personalities in the freethought community.  We asked them one simple question: “What ten books must the well-read freethinker have read?”

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Help make Songs From the Science Frontier a reality

I got this message from singer/songwriter Monty Harper.  Sounds like a project worthy of our support! “Songs From the Science Frontier” will be a CD of unique science songs for kids ages 8-12, and I’m using Kickstarter.com to try and … Continue reading

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Do you have “acedia”?

If you haven’t already, you should subscribe to Dictionary.com‘s Word of the Day service.  Helps build the old vocabulary from the convenience of your email inbox. Anyway, today’s word got my attention: acedia \uh-SEE-dee-uh\, noun: 1. Sloth. 2. Laziness or … Continue reading

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The Essential Freethought Library

We polled several dozen notable freethinkers, atheists and skeptics and asked them to recommend essential books for the well-read freethinker.  Find out what they think you should be reading here.  (Note that this is a new addition to our permanent … Continue reading

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Podcast #96 – Michael Largo (God’s Lunatics)

We talk with Michael Largo, author of the entertaining, enlightening, encyclopedic tome God’s Lunatics: Lost Souls, False Prophets, Martyred Saints, Murderous Cults, Demonic Nuns, and Other Victims of Man’s Eternal Search for the Divine.  His previous nonfiction works include Genius … Continue reading

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Podcast #95 – Hitch-22

Writer/activist Christopher Hitchens has announced he’ll be stepping out of the public light to undergo chemotherapy to treat esophageal cancer.  This is bad and scary news and we’re hoping for a speedy and relatively painless recovery. Meanwhile, Hitchens has just … Continue reading

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Ed Buckner stepping down from AA

Ed Buckner has announced that he’ll be stepping down after two years as president of American Atheists.  A press release on the AA website says he’ll retire as early as September, assuming a suitable replacement can be found.  I’m sorry … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Independence Day!  We spent ours in the Atlanta tradition: running the Peachtree Road Race 10K with 55,000 of our closest friends strangers, pausing long enough to get the requisite photo-with-the-sun-in-our-faces, then home for a long midday nap.  We’re beat.  … Continue reading

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Podcast #94 – John W. Loftus (The Christian Delusion)

We talk with minister-turned-atheist John W. Loftus, editor of The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, a collection of essays from contributors including Dan Barker, David Eller, Robert Price and Richard Carrier.  The Christian Delusion is published by Prometheus Books.  You … Continue reading

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Bad news for Hitch

Christopher Hitchens has announced that he will undergo chemotherapy to treat esophageal cancer.  He has suspended his current tour in support of his newly-published memoir Hitch-22.  (In fact, we were looking forward to seeing him here in Atlanta in June … Continue reading

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