Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 20: TAM2014: Steven Novella and Jon Armstrong

Our latest podcast guests are Skeptics Guide to the Universe host and neuroscientist Steven Novella and magician Jon Armstrong

Jessica sat down with them to talk about skepticism and the brain, our faulty memories, and how the placebo effect is not what you may think.

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NBA Star Blake Griffin: “Creationism, That Sounds Good!”

Blake Griffin grew up in Oklahoma so it’s hardly surprising that the NBA star and dunker-extraordinaire is religious. But in a new GQ interview, the Clippers star spoke (I use that word loosely) at length about why he’s a Creationist… even though he “believe[s] in science”:



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In the Least Surprising News You’ll Hear Today, Stephen Hawking is an Atheist

Physicist Stephen Hawking has always had a somewhat squishy view of God. The author of books like God Created The Integers, he always seemed to be on the fence, saying that science and religion weren’t incompatible without admitting that he didn’t believe in a higher power. In a book called The Grand Design, Hawking said God was “no longer necessary” because we knew so much about the origins of the universe… but, again, that wasn’t a definitive statement.



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Researchers Who Studied Seeing Jesus in Toast Awarded for Their Work… Sort Of

At yesterday’s annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard, where hilarious-but-very-real research is celebrated, a team of Chinese and Canadian scientists won the neuroscience prize for their work titled “Seeing Jesus in toast: Neural and behavioral correlates of face pareidolia“:



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Ken Ham is Writing a Tell-All Book About His Debate with Bill Nye

Ken Ham still thinks we’re all talking about his debate with Bill Nye.

Seriously. He thinks we’re all rethinking evolution because of stuff he said.

And he’s finally getting around to writing a tell-all book that will impress nobody.

I can’t believe he didn’t call it I Was There

#MissedOpportunity

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