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Episode 11 - Talking Cosmology with skydivephil
Andrew and Matthew and joined by Phil Halper, who own the YouTube channel skydivephil where he posts excellent videos on cosmology. Phil also wrote two chapters of our book Still Unbelievable! and has appeared on other podcasts, including Unbelievable? Before the big bang playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry_pILPr7B8&list=PLJ4zAUPI-qqqj2D8eSk7yoa4hnojoCR4m Cosmology playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ4zAUPI-qqrC4ce700XI8JjeeC3l70NZ QLC video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgwJmWXoWWI Black Holes and Dark Matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFJtDLR4bTo Send feedback to reasonpress@gmail.com Our theme music is by Holly: https://soundcloud.com/holly-bishop
1:36:38
September 23, 2020
Episode 10 - Being Excellent with Chris Matheson
Andrew and Matthew are joined by Chris Matheson to discuss his latest book, The Buddah's Story and upcoming film Bill and Ted face the music. We also talk about his previous book, The Story of God. Links to Chris's books and the mentioned YouTube videos are below. The Story of God: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-God-Biblical-Comedy-about-ebook/dp/B013AGFK8C/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&qid=1597221618&refinements=p_27%3AChris+Matheson&s=digital-text&sr=1-3&text=Chris+Matheson The Buddha's Story: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Buddhas-Story-Chris-Matheson-ebook/dp/B08CL54RZ5/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1597221579&refinements=p_27%3AChris+Matheson&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&text=Chris+Matheson Satan's Story: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Satans-Story-Postscript-God-ebook/dp/B01LW69FFN/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&qid=1597221640&refinements=p_27%3AChris+Matheson&s=digital-text&sr=1-8&text=Chris+Matheson God's Art Museum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHxEz7E-d9w The Garden of Earthly Delights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4jpYwQa64o Our theme music is by Holly: https://soundcloud.com/holly-bishop Send any and all feedback to reasonpress@gmail.com.
1:36:55
August 12, 2020
Episode 9 - Talking Bayes
In this epiosde, Andrew and Matthew invite Dr Brian Blais back to talk about Bayes, what it is and how to apply it. Send any and all feedback to reasonpress@gmail.com. The Local Maximum podcast episode with Brian Blais: https://www.localmaxradio.com/episode/119 The theory that would not die: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Theory-That-Would-Not-Die/dp/0300188226/ref=sr_1_1?adgrpid=52739743843&dchild=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjww_f2BRC-ARIsAP3zarELmGnuZIPBf6qQU6X2uTo48x48UKQIMQebVA0ySBx1pt4zH-jV-zAaApcpEALw_wcB&hvadid=259090065524&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9045658&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=17755329661608651506&hvtargid=kwd-297773962310&hydadcr=24436_1816131&keywords=the+theory+that+would+not+die&qid=1591617385&sr=8-1&tag=googhydr-21 Brian's Website: https://bblais.github.io/ Links to Brian's book Statistical Inference for Everyone : https://github.com/bblais/Statistical-Inference-for-Everyone https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/statistical-inference-for-everyone UFO sightings linked to movie releases: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8205424.stm The Monty Hall problem: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem#:~:text=Suppose%20you're%20on%20a,3%2C%20which%20has%20a%20goat. Monkeys choosing M&Ms study: https://science.slashdot.org/story/07/11/07/2340255/monkeys-and-cognitive-dissonance Monty Hall error in Monkeys study: https://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/science/08tier.html#:~:text=After%20identifying%20three%20colors%20preferred,choice%20between%20two%20of%20them.&text=Like%20Monty%20Hall's%20choice%20of,information%20that%20changes%20the%20odds. Our theme music is by Holly: https://soundcloud.com/holly-bishop
1:53:43
June 28, 2020
Episode 8 - Let's Talk Racism - Two white guys chat with two black guys
This episode contains swearing, profanity, blunt talk about racism and laughter.  David from Skeptics and Seekers brings Chase along to join Matthew and Andrew for an open and frank discussion on racism. Washington Post Police Shooting Database https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/ Project Implicit — Implicit Bias Testing https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html Our theme music is by Holly: https://soundcloud.com/holly-bishop
2:12:30
June 14, 2020
Episode 7 - Brenden Weber - The Philosophy Guy
In this episode, Matthew talks with Brenden Weber from The Philosophy Guy podcast about consciousness, thinking, materialsim, panpsychism and more. Did you disagree with any points raised? Did you learn anything?  Please send feedback to reasonpress@gmail.com. The book that Brenden mentions during the conversation is: https://www.amazon.com/Case-Against-Reality-Evolution-Truth/dp/0393254690 To find out more about about Breden and to subscribe to The Philosophy Guy visit: https://thephilosophyguy.fireside.fm/ Our theme music is by Holly: https://soundcloud.com/holly-bishop
2:00:07
June 5, 2020
Episode 6 - What Does It Mean To Think
Andrew is joined by Darren and Doug to discuss dualism, but the conversation rapidly turns to what it means to think at all. What do we know about thought? How does that apply to free will? Can sophisticated software think, and if so, does it make decisions like humans? The answers may surprise you, and the boundaries may not be as clear as you "think". As always send your feedback to Reason Press reasonpress@gmail.com
1:51:15
April 27, 2020
Episode 5 - Lock down special - Teens Talk Exams and COVID19
Andrew and Matthew are sidelined for this special episode where we invite young adults to share their experiences, concerns and hopes in this time of global shut down. Send feedback to reasonpress@gmail.com Our theme music is written by Holly, find more of her music here: https://soundcloud.com/holly-bishop
1:38:31
April 12, 2020
Episode 4 - Is Vegan Hard To Swallow?
Andrew and Matthew take a challenge and ask Alex J. O'Connor to come and talk about being Vegan. Alex makes a very strong case for going Vegan and clarifies why it's a lifestyle, not a diet. It was a genuine pleasure having Alex talk with us, he presents his case well and doesn't hold back from challenging existing norms. We cover as much as we can, but we can't cover everything so if you want to hear more from Alex,  submit comments and questions to reasonpress@gmail.com and we'll beg him to return. Alex's YouTube channel is Cosmicskeptic: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7kIy8fZavEni8Gzl8NLjOQ The video Alex mentions is at Earthling Ed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnQL-brI-9I Our theme music was written for us by Holly: https://soundcloud.com/holly-bishop
1:52:55
March 27, 2020
Episode 3 - What is Panpsychism?
In this 3rd episode of Proscenium, Andrew and Matthew invite Dr. Brian Blais and Prof. Philip Goff to discuss Panpsychism. What is it, why should we take it seriously and can we test it? To send feedback email us at reasonpress@gmail.com  Buy Philip's book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Galileos-Error-Foundations-Science-Consciousness/dp/1846046017/ref=sr_1_1?adgrpid=77634469403&gclid=Cj0KCQiA7aPyBRChARIsAJfWCgLkkgADn_iSNknjEg_cvafIwV9kjwUeFoFojGJPAfLQMkoVTek9cCIaAsFDEALw_wcB&hvadid=381611807008&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9045659&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=b&hvrand=4363389538117231407&hvtargid=kwd-716842592764&hydadcr=5055_1827803&keywords=galileos+error&qid=1581853245&sr=8-1 Brian's response to Philip's 'black and white Mary' thought experience can be read here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2crwv2jcv0b33hr/Response%20to%20Goff%20on%20Black%20and%20White%20Mary.pdf?dl=0  Our theme music is written by Holly, find more of her music here: https://soundcloud.com/holly-bishop
1:41:41
February 16, 2020
Episode 2 - Spotlight on Rev Steve Chalke MBE
REV Steve Chalke MBE is founder of the Oasis Trust. He joins Andrew and Matthew to talk about his life and goals, what motivates him and what it means for him to be a Christian. Steve's compassion comes across very strongly in this conversation. To learn more about Oasis and Steve's latest book, The Lost Message of Paul, visit these links. https://www.oasisuk.org/ , https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07S2X7V1K/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Out theme music is by https://soundcloud.com/holly-bishop
1:59:24
February 2, 2020
Episode 1 - Andrew and Matthew Discuss Politics
In this opening episode of Proscenium, recorded soon after the 2019 UK General Election, Andrew and Matthew talk about their political expectations and worries, what does the current political climate mean to them? Do they support Brexit? What are their hopes and concerns for the coming year? Listen to find out.
1:47:26
January 22, 2020
Special Podcast Announcement
This episode is a special announcement from Andrew and Matthew on the future of Ask An Atheist Anything and what comes next in our podcasting adventures. Please listen to learn more about Proscenium and what we have planned, search your podcast feed for Proscenium to keep up with what we will be producing in 2020 and beyond. Thank you for subscribing and for listening over the past year, our adventures are not over yet.
1:04:00
December 7, 2019
BB4: Episode 25: Atheist is Not a Noun
Matthew makes another Baby Bite, this time explaining why he doesn't consider atheism or atheist to be nouns.
05:01
October 16, 2019
Episode 24: What made Sam go back to Christianity?
Andrew and Matthew chat with Sam about his early Christianity, why he abandoned that and called himself atheist for a while before going back to Christianity again. What ultimately convinced him and how is his Christianity different to that of his early years?
2:05:45
August 26, 2019
Episode 23: Talking Philosophy
In this episode, Andrew and Matthew welcome returning Christian guest Dale from the Skeptics and Seekers podcast and Paul, a philosophy teacher. We talk freedom of speech, where philosophy and empirical science meet, and more. And yes, Andrew throws more punches for team mac! For the PhilPapers site visit  https://philpapers.org/  For more on Paul visit  https://www.ryerson.ca/philosophy/facultystaff/bali-paul/ 
2:13:47
August 13, 2019
Episode 22: Dave Warnock - Dying Out Loud
Matthew chats with Dave Warnock, a former pastor, who is Dying Out Loud. Diagnosed with ALS, he is hitting an enormous number of of podcasts and it was a genuine pleasure to talk to him for Ask An Atheist Anything.  During the conversation, Dave mentions the Final Exit Network. Visit http://www.finalexitnetwork.org/ to find out more about them and to support their work.
57:33
July 29, 2019
Episode 21: Rebekah, The Curious Atheist
Matthew is joined by Sarah, one of the co authors of the book Still Unbelievable!, to interview Rebekah, who blogs at  https://thecuriousatheist.blog/, talking about her experience of conversation at a young age, telling her family and what it is like to blog as an evolving atheist.
1:40:43
July 17, 2019
Andrew Leaves Christianity: David from The Graceful Atheist podcast interviews Andrew
Divid, The Graceful Atheist, interviews Andrew about his journey out of Christianity. Like the interview with Matthew, we are only publishing half the interview. For the second half, pleas subscribe to The Graceful Atheist. We would again like to thank David, we look forward to future collaboration. To get in touch, please email: reasonpress@gmail.com To leave us a voice message click this link: https://anchor.fm/still-unbelievable/message
40:13
July 8, 2019
Matthew Leaves Christianity: Interview with David from The Graceful Atheist
David, The Graceful Atheist, interviewed Matthew abut leaving Christianity, and David has been kind enough to allow us to use that interview. To support David's work, we are only publishing half the interview, and we hope that you will go to your podcast software and subscribe to The Graceful Atheist to hear the rest. We thank David for his work and his friendship. To get in touch, send us an email:   reasonpress@gmail.com. or send us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/still-unbelievable/message
46:00
July 8, 2019
Episode 20: Are Moral Values subjective?
Doug comes back to join Andrew and Matthew in discussing moral values. Doug caused some amusement during the Ask An Atheist Day Question Show Special by suggesting that moral values were in fact Objective. This episode discussing the issue further and asks what it means to have objective moral values when there is no Christian god to give them. Ask us a question by leaving a voice message here:  https://anchor.fm/reasonpress/message The Cosmic Skeptic episode on morality that is recommended during the show can be found here: http://cosmicskeptic.libsyn.com/4-rationality-rules-is-morality-objective 
2:04:20
June 24, 2019
Episode 19: What is the value of Polemic?
Matthew and Andrew invite David from Skeptics and Seekers to talk about Polemic and its value in discussions on religion. Does comedy count as polemic and is what we say more important than how we say it? This episode includes audio clips to demonstrate some of the points being discussed.  Ask us a question by leaving a voice message here:  https://anchor.fm/reasonpress/message 
1:38:15
June 10, 2019
Episode 18: Ask An Atheist Day Question show special - part 3 of 3
In this final hour long episode, Matthew, Andrew and Doug get to the end of the questions they've been answering for the Ask An Atheist Day special. Is our existence contingent and are there questions science can't answer? Do you agree with our answers? As always, feedback, questions, comments, challenges, and to come onto the show, find us at ReasonPress.net Ask us a question using this link:  https://anchor.fm/reasonpress/message
54:36
May 26, 2019
Episode 17: Outtakes from a recent recording
Dear listeners, we hope you enjoy this pre episode chatter from the recorded conversation Andrew and Matthew had with David as part of an upcoming episode on polemic. Consider this a taster. Enjoy.
08:19
May 12, 2019
Episode 16 - Ask An Atheist Day Question show special - part 2 of 3
Matthew and Andrew and Doug continue answering questions for Ask An Atheist Day 2019.  In this second section we address the best arguments for god, is the world getting better and is morality objective. The giggles continue. This is part 2 of 3. 
1:35:21
April 29, 2019
Episode 15: Easter Round Table with Skeptics and Seekers
Andrew and Matthew are joined by Dale and David from Skeptics and Seekers for another round table. This time fielding questions about Easter.
2:14:05
April 21, 2019
Episode 14 - Ask An Atheist Day Question show special - part 1 of 3
Matthew and Andrew are joined by Doug for a monster 4 hour session answering questions for Ask An Atheist Day 2019.  In the first hour we address the fire at Notre Dame, questions on deconversion, precious beliefs and flying poop! Join us for the giggles. This is part 1 of 3.
1:04:57
April 17, 2019
Episode 13: The Burden of Proof, Bayes Theorem, and Molinism
In a fairly technical episode, Matthew and Andrew chat with Dale Glover from Skeptics and Seekers on a variety of topics having to do with the burden of proof. When we talk in a semiformal or formal setting, there are issues of burden of proof, who has the responsibility of proof, and how it changes hands. Along with this burden, we should consider what constitutes evidence, and who should provide it. To take burden of proof seriously, we must consider the ways we establish that some bit of evidence is reliable and how we might come to think of some aspect of it as unconvincing. To do this, we talk about Bayes Theorem, Molinism, deduction, induction, and much much more. Come along with us for a satisfying exploration of how skeptics and Christians differ and where they agree on the burden of proof and how to think about evidence.
2:13:31
April 11, 2019
Episode 12 - Can atheism explain Consciousness?
In November 2018 Ernest Massey wrote a blog post, for UK Christian website Premier, on consciousness and how it demolished his atheism, saving his faith. Andrew and Matthew have a fabulous conversation with him on the question of can atheism explain consciousness. Ernest demonstrates his honesty and his integrity in this discussion as well as his wonderful sense of humour. This is a perfect example of the kinds of conversation we at Ask An Atheist Anything wish to promote. Find Ernest's blog post here: https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Unbelievable-blog/How-consciousness-demolished-my-atheism-and-saved-my-faith The 9 minute video of  David Chalmers discussing consciousness, that Andrew mentions during the episode, can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5DfnIjZPGw As always, for comments, feedback, questions, or to appear on the podcast visit ReasonPress.net
1:37:40
March 17, 2019
BB3 - Episode 11 - Do I adhere to scientism?
Matthew addresses the accusation of scientism. Do he, and atheists like him, adhere to scientism?
05:19
March 10, 2019
Episode 10 - Answering Questions on CARM Website
Andrew and Matthew tackle a list of questions for atheists from the CARM website from apologist Matt Slick. The list of questions can be found here: https://carm.org/atheism/questions-for-atheists2 The news story that Andrew mentions in one of his answers is this story: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/01/world/european-colonization-climate-change-trnd/index.html To get involved in the conversation or to send feedback, visit us at https://www.reasonpress.net/
1:24:00
February 11, 2019
Episode 9 - Round Table 4 - The Christmas Discussion
Matthew and Andrew join David and Dale from Skeptics and Seekers for another Round Table. This time discussing Christmas for a comically depressing show. Is Christmas always a happy time and how does it change when people stop believing in the Christian god? There is also a surprise special guest appearance. At the end of the episode, Andrew gives out hotline numbers for those in crisis; they are (US Suicide Hotline) 0800 273 8255, (US Secular Hotline) 844 368 2848, (UK Childline) 0800 1111, (UK Adult helpline) 0800 585858. 
1:14:14
December 23, 2018
BB2 - Episode 8 - Do I Think Christians Are Stupid?
I this second Baby Bites episode, Matthew addresses the question, "Do I Think Christians Are Stupid?". visit reasonpress.net to give feedback.
09:34
December 10, 2018
Episode 7 - discussing the kalam cosmological argument.
In this episode, Andrew and Matthew invite Dave Pegg back to continue their discussion on the beginning of the universe. This time focusing on the philosophical aspects. Andrew gives the announcements and Dave closes with a song he wrote and recorded. Listen to Dave's music here: https://g.co/kgs/4pDJe9
1:09:58
December 5, 2018
Episode 6: Round Table 3 - Child Birth, The Shroud of Turin, Statistics, and Much More
Matthew, Andrew, David, and Dale tackle the child birth curse, the relevance of The Shroud of Turin, baptism, whether Christian ethics can be assigned a statistical value for being likely, and much more. If you would like to ask a question or get involved, please visit: https://www.reasonpress.net
1:37:00
November 10, 2018
BB1: Am I closed to Christian claims?
Baby Bites 1: in this first bite size short, Matthew addresses the question of being open to Christian claims being true and what it means to reach a conclusion when you've examined the available evidence.
07:26
November 8, 2018
Episode 4 - Round Table 1 with Skeptics and Seekers
Andrew and Matthew join David and Dale from Skeptics and Seekers to discuss Andrew and David's appearance on the Unbelievable? podcast. David, Andrew and Matthew contributed to the Still Unbelievable! book, which is a response to the Unbelievable? book by the podcast host Justin Brierley. Dale, being the Christian in the group, sets questions for the others to answer. Still Unbelievable! can be read for free at reasonpress.net, you can also use the site to submit a question to Ask An Atheist Anything.
1:45:06
October 8, 2018
Episode 1 - Why We Don't Believe
In Episode 1, Andrew and David tackle the questions; why don't you believe in god, and, what is atheism. Plus, the news.
38:42
October 3, 2018
Episode 3 - The Beginning of the Universe
In this episode Dave Pegg talks with Matthew and Andrew about a Christian perspective on the nature and origin of the universe. Is the universe contingent or eternal? What constitutes sufficient cause for our universe? Is ex nihilo a sufficient explanation? What role does logic and philosophy play in unraveling these mysteries? This episode pushes into the corners of Christian and atheist thinking on how our universe came to be. If you have a question for us, please contact us at www.reasonpress.net
1:01:28
October 2, 2018
Episode 2 - The Origins of Language
In this Episode, Andrew answers questions about the origins of language. To begin to understand the evolution of language, we needed to look deeply into the history of language, the science of evolution, and some cultural misunderstandings. The references that follow are some of the resources we found useful, and we hope you do as well. Some history 40,000 years ago https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5525259/ The FoxP2 Gene https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5525259/ Shared DNA with Neanderthals https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5525259/ Facts about human language http://www.faculty.ucr.edu/~legneref/bronze/evolut.htm Brain structures and language https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/brocas_area_is_the_brains_scriptwriter_shaping_speech_study_finds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4691684/ Get Involved Ask a question, read more from our staff, or participate in the show. Visit us at: https://www.reasonpress.net
51:06
September 12, 2018