October 20, 2007 – Nobel Laureates & Atheism
It’s no surprise to me that a majority of Nobel Laureates are Atheists. I’m still not sure why a majority of the population isn’t.
2006 Archive episode.
October 21, 2006 – State/Church Entanglement Prevented and Secular Reasons Against the Death Penalty
Richard Dawkins on the Colbert Report:
“You can’t disprove the Flying Spaghetti Monster; You can’t disprove Thor with his hammer, you can’t disprove Zeus, or Poseidon. You’re an Atheist about all those gods. Everybody here is an Atheist about all those gods. Some of us just go one god further.”
Jean Gams was an interesting interview. It’s clear that the people who wanted to place a Christmas box angel in her city park saw the monument as a religious monument; but I have to say that angels have morphed over the years into fantasy creatures more than religious creatures (if they aren’t fantasy creatures, then why are the majority of the angels found in today’s works of art female, while the angels in scripture are predominantly male?) I daresay if a group wanted to place a (Invisible Pink) Unicorn monument on public property, someone would have a problem with that.
I think I’ve also blogged on the subject of the Death Penalty before, which was the subject of the second interview. The social costs are beside the point for me, it’s a philosophical issue.