Friday, December 2, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson's plan to save humanity

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explores aliens, black holes and planets in his new book "Welcome to the Universe." Tyson joins CBSN to discuss the book and why humans need to figure out how to stop an asteroid from hitting Earth.

November 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Richard Dawkins and Matt Dillahunty In Conversation

One of the most respected scientists in the world and the biggest draw in secularism, Richard Dawkins always generates impressive crowds when visiting North America. Secularism is sweeping America as a movement, and Richard Dawkins is the catalyst who galvanizes it.

From 1995 to 2008 Richard Dawkins was the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. Richard Dawkins is an internationally best-selling author. Among his books are The Ancestor’s Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth and The Magic of Reality. Richard Dawkins most recent books are his two-part autobiography. Part 1 An Appetite for Wonder, released in 2013 and A Brief Candle in the Dark released in 2015.

Richard Dawkins is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Literature. His around-the-world speaking tour is the focus of a recent documentary “The Unbelievers” which also features appearances by Woody Allen, Stephen Colbert, Cameron Diaz, Ian McEwan, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Hawking, Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman, and Sarah Silverman.

Richard Dawkins will be in conversation with Matt Dillahunty.

Matt Dillahunty is the current host of the webcast and cable access television show "The Atheist Experience TV Show," and from 2006 to 2013 served as the president of the Atheist Community of Austin. He is also a founder of the comprehensive counter-apologetics Wiki "Iron Chariots."

Matt Dillahunty is an outspoken atheist and fierce advocate of the concept of separation of church and state. Having been raised as a fundamentalist Baptist and having studied with the intent of going to seminary and becoming a minister before his bout of apostasy, Matt Dillahunty is familiar with the Christian fundamentalist mindset, and very knowledgeable about both the history and the text of the Bible. While he is not formally educated in any scientific field, it's clear from watching his shows that he has amassed enough of a working knowledge of biology, cosmology, and geology to defend these fields from creationists, including Ray Comfort.

Matt Dillahunty does not claim to have any expertise in any of these fields and will frequently admit that his knowledge is limited, even as he soundly schools creationists who declare their own willful ignorance of science.

Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions XVI

I like spicy food, but just so I can sweat without having to exercise.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS, November 2016

Holy Bible

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kickstarting a bicycle safety revolution: Kent Frankovich

As an avid cyclist, Kent Frankovich wants more people to take to two wheels, but understands that lack of visibility is a safety concern for many would-be riders. His desire to increase nighttime bicycle rider safety and visibility, coupled with his electromechanical engineering background, inspired him to co-found Revolights, Inc.

Originally invented as a way to improve on the industry standard for a headlight, visibility benefits of the patented Revolights bike lighting system quickly catapulted it to national attention through CNN, Mashable, the BBC, WIRED, the New York Times and numerous other media outlets.

While at NASA-JPL, Frankovich provided electromechanical design support to Mars' Curiosity rover mission. He also worked to improve GI Tract Diagnostics as a researcher at the Stanford BioRobotics Laboratory. Kent now hopes to use his unique perspective to shed new light on the issue of bicycle safety, ensuring a better future for urbanites in the City2.0.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


Kickstarting a bicycle safety revolution: Kent Frankovich at TEDxSacramento TEDxCity2.0

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Atheist Experience 20.47 with Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker

The Atheist Experience episode 20.47 for November 27, 2016, with Matt Dillahunty and Don Baker. Troubling Theology. Don and Matt discuss some troubling theological questions and athests' responses to them.

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Matt Dillahunty has a Heated Debate with ID Proponent

Is quantum mechanics supernatural?

Is intelligent design plausible?

Is god the same thing as farting pixies?

hopefully this wild exchange should shed some light on these most important questions!

November 13, 2016

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Monday, November 28, 2016

People looking like Jesus

Extended version. Jo Brand hosts the satirical current affairs quiz, joined by team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, with comedian Josh Widdicombe and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron on the panel.

People looking like Jesus - about 30 min. into the program

Alos: Monks claim Jesus visited Glastonbury as a boy

Have I Got A Bit More News For You - S50E08

Pedaling Towards a Healthier Planet

In her book Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, Mia Birk tells the dramatic story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation. She has spent over 21 years creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe and fun daily activities. Former bicycle program manager for the City of Portland, Mia is currently teaching urban studies at Portland State University and is the president of Alta Planning + Design.

TEDxPortland 2011 - Mia Birk - Pedaling Towards a Healthier Planet
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