Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 2: Dr. Karen Stollznow

Thank you all for tuning in to our new podcast!

Our latest guest is Dr. Karen Stollznow.

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Ann Druyan Reflects on the New ‘Cosmos’ and Asking the Big Questions

Whenever Ann Druyan appears in the media, you want to pay attention. The co-creator of both versions of Cosmos and wife of the late Carl Sagan, she has a way of communicating the beauty and wonder of science and inquiry that is utterly compelling. Despite that, very few know who she is. That subject was touched upon in an interview she just did with Andrew O’Hehir at Salon, where she seems to mainly find the fact that she’s overshadowed by celebrity men of science men amusing.

I am a little bit surprised when critics, who I think are more likely to read the credits with some degree of attention, talk about the show as if Neil has had something to do with its inception or its writing. In the case of Carl it was different. Obviously Carl was the senior partner in conceiving the show with me and [astronomer] Steven Soter. And so, I mean, I am kind of taken aback. But then I look at the brilliance of Neil [deGrasse Tyson]’s performance, and how unexpectedly he has taken what I wrote and given it its best possible expression on the show. So I love the guy. I guess that’s the plight of the writer. It is coming out of someone else’s mouth; people think it must be theirs. It’s a natural reaction. … [Read more...]

Bill Maher: President Obama is “Drop Dead Atheist, Absolutely”

On last night’s Daily Show, comedian Bill Maher said something he’s said on his own show many times before: President Obama is a “drop dead atheist, absolutely.” (You can see the full clip at Mediaite, or on the Daily Show‘s own website, whenever they get around to updating it.)

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The Curator for a New Religious Art Exhibit is a Nonbeliever

You can’t appreciate art history without recognizing how many of the classical works were religious in nature. That’s partly because religion provides ample and universal material and partly because of the types of people funding the pieces.

The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City has a new exhibit called “Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Master of Claude de France,” which is almost entirely religious in nature, and here’s the kicker: The exhibit’s curator, Roger S. Wieck, isn’t religious at all.

Still, he says, that doesn’t stop him from appreciating great art:

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Despite Overwhelming Pushback Against It, Mobile County Commission (AL) Approves “In God We Trust” Plaque

Last Thursday, the Mobile County Commission (in Alabama) voted 2-1 to put the words “In God We Trust” on a plaque in the city’s Administration Building. (The most surprising thing about that? Until now, “In God We Trust” wasn’t on a government-issued plaque in Mobile, Alabama.)

Here’s where it gets interesting: Before the vote took place, eight people spoke to the commissioners about the plaque — and seven of them opposed it. Here’s just a taste of what they said:

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