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Making Sense with Sam Harris #157 – What Does the Mueller Report Really Say? (with Benjamin Wittes)…


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Date: May 23, 2019

01) Making Sense with Sam Harris #157 – What Does the Mueller Report Really Say? (with Benjamin Wittes)


“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Benjamin Wittes about both volumes of the Mueller Report.

Benjamin Wittes is a legal journalist who focuses on issues of national security and law. He is a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he is the Research Director in Public Law. Benjamin is also the cofounder of Lawfare, a blog devoted to discussion of U.S. national security choices, and a cohost of the Rational Security podcast. His books include The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting A New Age of Threat (coauthored with Gabriella Blum), Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor after Guantánamo, and Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror.

Website: https://benjaminwittes.com/

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PragerU Dismantled by an Evolutionary Psychologist…


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Date: May 18, 2019

01) PragerU Dismantled by an Evolutionary Psychologist


“PragerU posted a video called “Why God is a He,” hosted by Dennis Prager himself. He argues that the biblical god is considered male for practical reasons. Prager asks, “Is God a man, a woman, or a genderless force that cannot be identified by masculine or feminine traits?” Dr. Hector Garcia, a clinical and evolutionary psychologist, author of Alpha God, joins me here to debunk Prager’s claims, and show how evolutionary psychology explains the biblical god’s gender. That god is a typical alpha male primate, which in the old and new testaments, acts with jealousy and aggression, like any male ape would. Thanks for working with me on this PragerU response, Doc!”

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Making Sense with Sam Harris #156 – The Evolution of Culture (with Nicholas Christakis)…


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Date: May 15, 2019

01) Making Sense with Sam Harris #156 – The Evolution of Culture (with Nicholas Christakis)


“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about his new book, Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society.

Nicholas Christakis is a sociologist and physician known for his research in the areas of social networks and biosocial science. He is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University, where he directs the Human Nature Lab. His books include Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care and Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (coauthored with James H. Fowler). He was on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009.”

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Matt Dillahunty – Extended Dialogue on Veganism – Cosmic Skeptic Podcast #3…


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Date: April 03, 2019

01) Matt Dillahunty – Extended Dialogue on Veganism – Cosmic Skeptic Podcast #3


“Matt talks to Alex about veganism for an extended period, following a discussion about his meta-ethical framework. This is something he has not done before, and so is an exclusive conversation to this podcast. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.”

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Appeals Court Reinforces Discrimination Against Atheists…


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Date: April 27, 2019

01) Appeals Court Reinforces Discrimination Against Atheists


“FFRF Co-President Dan Barker discusses how the U.S. House chaplain can continue barring atheists from delivering invocations. He also explains why this sends a message to freethinkers across the country that they are political outsiders. Learn more about the Freedom From Religion Foundation at ffrf.org.”

Maybe Dan should get ordained by the Universal Life Church?

I did this in 2012.

I’m a secular humanist chaplain!

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Steve Shives’ Character Assassination of Sam Harris – Debunked…


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Date: April 26, 2019

01) Steve Shives’ Character Assassination of Sam Harris – Debunked


Citation:
1). Steve Shives’ Waking Up to Sam Harris Not Making Sense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z92RVCXKxWY

2). Mehdi Hasan’s article titled Don’t Just Condemn the New Zealand Attacks – Politicians and Pundits Must Stop Their Anti-Muslim Rhetoric: https://theintercept.com/2019/03/15/new-zealand-shooter-manifesto/

3). Sam Harris’ article titled Response to Controversy: https://samharris.org/response-to-controversy/

4). Harris and Hasan’s Twitter feud: https://twitter.com/SamHarrisOrg/status/1112858707166093313

5). PEW Research Center’s survey of 38,000 Muslims from 39 countries: https://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-exec/

6). 52% of British Muslims want homosexuality to be illegal: https://www.ipsos.com/sites/default/files/ct/publication/documents/2018-03/a-review-of-survey-research-on-muslims-in-great-britain-ipsos-mori_0.pdf

7). Harris article on why he left Pangburn Philosophy: https://samharris.org/thoughts-implosion-pangburn-philosophy/

What Sam Harris does…is provide a forum where unique, and even controversial, things can be shared and discussed in a clear way.

What this does…is it allows us to get a more personal feel for the individual…probably allowing us to read into their personality…and it allows them to explain their experience and rational.

Many of us want this exact sort of forum, because we recognize that most media is lacking this type of integrity.

I don’t care that the person being interviewed may have warts [we all do, it’s just that some people hide them better than others]…I will always choose to hear it from the mouth of the original source, over having to be told some [often biased and distorted] version of “what they said”, by someone who deeply dislikes them and is probably celebrating their lack of access to popular media platforms.

Thinking and intelligent people generally want this sort of thing…and generally despise the self appointed gatekeepers, who want to stand in the way of it…

…which, I believe, is why Steve Shives is so widely reviled…particularly among atheists.

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Supreme Victory for FFRF…


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Date: April 22, 2019

01) Supreme Victory for FFRF


“On this episode of Ask an Atheist, FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel and Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne will be joined via Skype by Plaintiff David Steketee to discuss the recent win for FFRF in a case about unconstitutional governmental funding of churches in New Jersey. They will elaborate on the background of the case, and why this victory is vital for state/church separation. If you have questions please comment below or email askanatheist@ffrf.org.”

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