Sunday, March 31, 2013

THAT'S in the BIBLE?! Return of the Dead Guy

The final episode in my Easter trilogy, where we examine the resurrection and the events that immediately follow.

Fred Luter Links North Korean Threats to Gay Marriage, Boy Scouts

Southern Baptist Convention leader Fred Luter tells host Rick Wiles it is "no coincidence" North Korea is positioning for war as country debates same-sex marriage and allowing gays into the Boy Scouts

March 27, 2013

Diana The Mourning After

Christopher Hitchens - Diana The Mourning After [1998]

The emergence of drug resistance: Tom Blundell & Richard Dawkins

British Humanist Association Darwin Day Lecture 2013: The emergence of drug resistance: Molecular evolution and new medicines for cancer and tuberculosis, presented by Sir Tom Blundell and chaired by Professor Richard Dawkins

Darwin Day Lecture 2013: The emergence of drug resistance - Sir Tom Blundell & Richard Dawkins

Sadly Tom Blundell is a very bad speaker.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Scientology: The Ex-files (documentary)

This is a documentary about the Church of Scientology.

With: L. Ron Hubbard
Hana Eltringham Whitfield
Tommy Davis

Reporter: Quentin McDermott
Broadcast: 08/03/2010

Scientology: The Ex-files (full documentary) by Four Corners.

Golden Crocoduck nominees ponder improbability

Sources are cited below. Please don't comment on the following two points, because I'll answer them here:

1) I know the lottery winning check in the video is made out to Andrew Whittaker, and I call him Jack Whittacker. In the time it takes you to point this out in the comments section, you could google the name and see why.

2) Yes, the story of the German bomber was true. My father survived, but the man standing next to him was killed. Whether or not the pilot spent a few seconds waving goodbye to a girlfriend I don't know, but if he had dropped his bombs just a split second earlier, the outcome might have been very different.

3) It's not clear whether VenomFangX runs the Horsewillbe channel. But the Horsewillbe video was the one that was nominated. Whatever he wants to call himself on YouTube, he's still the same guy.

4) Towards the end of the video, Jesse8857 shows a calculation at the bottom of the page, which is: "Chance of 1 million beneficial mutations occurring in 1 species raised to the number of species." He doesn't explain why he is doing this, or how it represents probability. That's the ya-da-ya-da-ya-da.

5) Thanks to all those who told me VenomFangX/Horsewillbe was not home-schooled by creationist parents. So my calculation of the chances of him reading a primary school textbook is based on fatuous information. Actually, I wasn't serious.

6) For any issues regarding my video "Evolution is like a box of chocolates" please see my video "Evolution is like a box of chocolates" on the Potholer54debunks channel.

Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?
21st March 2013
The Head of Steam, Liverpool

Nothing but glorified golf carts that take forever to charge and then run out of power on the way to the shops. Try finding somewhere to charge them. They cost a fortune to buy and another fortune to replace the battery when its range drops to half. You don't want to believe all that nonsense about them being environmentally-friendly. They are actually worse than petrol-powered cars because the batteries are made from dirty lithium and use electricity made from dirtier coal. There isn't even enough lithium in the world to make all the new batteries we'd need anyway. Electric cars are just rubbish. Aren't they? -- Robert says no. This evening he'll tell us why he thinks we need to put away our prejudices and think seriously about electric vehicles as the future of transport.

Robert Llewellyn is an actor, writer, comedian, TV presenter and self-described wishy-washy liberal best known for playing the android Kryten in the long-running BBC sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. He presented Scrapheap Challenge for 10 years and these days he can be seen on TV presenting the shows Car-Pool on Dave and How Do They Do It? on Channel 5. He is probably the UK's most prominent advocate of electric vehicles (EV) and presents a YouTube-based show called Fully Charged which documents current developments in the electric vehicle industry. He also writes a column for the EV website The Charging Point. He has been notably critical of BBC Top Gear's position on electric vehicles -- a case in point being the Top Gear "review" of the Tesla V in 2008 which is currently the subject of a lawsuit by Tesla. This February he debated the motion "This House Believes Electric Cars are the Future of Transport" at the Oxford Union. The motion was carried.


Who Killed The Electric Car

Alexandra Paul
Tom Hanks
Mel Gibson

Friday, March 29, 2013

Memory Matters by Elizabeth Loftus

"People sometimes remember things that never happened." The BHA, Centre for Inquiry UK, Goldsmiths' Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit present Elizabeth Loftus on Memory Matters, exploring how and why this happens.

Did Jesus Exist (with Dr. Richard Carrier)

In this episode, Richard Carrier lends his expertise as we tackle the question, did the Jesus of the bible exist?

Richard Carrier received a PhD in ancient history from Columbia University in 2008. He is author of the books "Sense and Goodness without God," "Proving History" and "Not the Impossible Faith," as well as numerous print and online articles.

TTA Podcast 101
Show date: March 26, 2013

Did Jesus Even Exist?

Learning Space w/ CosmoQuest: 20 March, 2013

Nicole Gugliucci and Georgia Bracey talk with Ryan Lynch on NANOGrav.

This week, we'll be joined by Ryan Lynch of McGill University about outreach opportunities around the NANOGrav project. Like pulsars, radio telescopes, and ripples in time and space? This one is for you.

Ryan Lynch is a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Vicky Kaspi's pulsar group at McGill University. His research focuses on finding new and interesting pulsars in large-area radio surveys and learning everything I can from them. He is also a passionate educator with many years of outreach experience. Ryan Lynch's driven to foster a thirst for knowledge of astronomy and other areas of science among all people, especially children and young adults.

Pragna Patel at Secularism 2012 Conference

Pragna Patel of Southall Black Sisters speaking at the National Secular Society's Secularism 2012 conference in London, September 2012.

The universe isn't designed for us by Lawrence Krauss

Lawrenec Krauss presents his view about the universe for the Denkfest in Z├╝rich. Viewers who are interested in the subject should read his book "A Universe from nothing"

Thursday, March 28, 2013

QI: Adam & Eve

Aired on 11th September 2003

Shed Science: Six stories behind animal names

What's in a name? Quite a lot actually! I tell the stories behind six of the most interesting animal species names from the misconceptions around apes and monkeys to the downright bizarre Beyonce horsefly. I'm back in the shed for Shed Science (or am I...)!

Interesting 9/11 Truther Comments

In this video Myles Power talks about some of them ore interesting comments left on his videos over the past 6 months.

Part 1: Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists at ground zero

Feature length YouTube video

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Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists at ground zero
9/11 Conspiracy Road Trip
Psychology of Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy Theories - The Thinking Atheist Radio

THAT'S in the BIBLE?! A Jew Hope

Just in time for the start of Passover, the first part in my Easter trilogy. Enjoy!

THAT'S in the BIBLE?! Episode 4: A Jew Hope

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Should Britain become a secular state?

Nicky Campbell presents a pre-recorded edition of the programme from Manor CoE School in York asking just one question - should Britain become a secular state?

Among those taking part are:
philosopher AC Grayling
former Bishop of Rochester Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali
Prof the Baroness Afshar from York University
Symon Hill from Ekkelsia
Rabbi Jonathan Romain from Maidenhead Synagogue
Naomi Philips from Labour Humanists
writer and academic Myriam Francois Cerrah
Gita Sahgal from Centre for Secular Space
Pastor Mark Mullins from Strangers' Rest Mission
Dr Audra Mitchell from York University

Secularism 2012 Conference - Ted Cantle CBE

Ted Cantle speaking at the National Secular Society's Secularism 2012 conference in London, September 2012.

Ted Cantle established the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) in 2005 and this became the UK's leading authority on community cohesion and intercultural relations. Ted's work on is now carried on by the iCoCo Foundation which promotes interculturalism and community cohesion. Ted Cantle is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.

Cindy Jacobs' Prayers Can Cure Insanity

Cindy Jacobs recounts the time when she "bound the spirit of insaity" and cured a women in a mental institution.

Dan Barker Shares His Journey from Evangelical Preacher to Leading Atheist

Dan Barker at the Global Atheist Convention Melbourne March 2010. Dan is one of the founders of The Clergy Project.

Teresa MacBain on Her Transition from Minister to Atheist
The Clergy Project - The Atheist Experience 780
From Pastors to Atheists

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Christian morality

On the panel was AronRa. We were later joined by Alfred Mimms and many other callers raising many interesting topics which included religious/objective morality; the rape culture of the United States; what is means "to know"; using the human body as a carbon reservoir, is it better to be called Hovind or Phelps and more, much much more.

As this was the last show on blogtv we also talked about where future shows would be aired. We are likely to be using vaughntv. In order to find the direct link (which will be posted in the next few days please use one of the links below to follow us.

This show was broadcast on 24 March 2013.
The Magic Sandwich Show, Number 48

Mr. Deity & The Chaplain

Mr. Deity sits down with Lucy and her chaplain

End of life care and the right to die

Michael Nugent, Chairperson Atheist Ireland, opening speech in debate on End of Life Care with Prof. David Smith, lecturer in Ethics in Royal College of Surgeons Ireland as part of Culture and Religion week in RCSI, organized by RCSI Debating Society

End of life care and the right to die - Michael Nugent debating David Smith at RCSI

End of life care and Christianity

Coffee with Claire for March 24, 2013

This week, the mighty return of a "Dim Bulb Lifetime Achievement" recipient, as well as another creationist faux "PhD." And Claire have news on the health front ans well as two fine shout outs for you, including an exciting YouTuber with a great series on infectious diseases.

Monday, March 25, 2013

End of life care and Christianity

Prof. David Smith, lecturer in Ethics in Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, opening speech in debate on End of Life Care with Michael Nugent, Chairperson Atheist Ireland, as part of Culture and Religion week in RCSI, organized by RCSI Debating Society.

End of life care and Christianity - David Smith debating Michael Nugent at RCSI

Flight 93 and final thoughts on 9/11 conspiracy theory

Myles Power discusses why he made these videos, flight 93 and clears up a few points made in the comments.

Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists part 7 of 7 - Flight 93 and Myles Powers final thoughts.

Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theorists at ground zero part 1.
Psychology of Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy Theories - The Thinking Atheist Radio

Water Divining / Dowsing Tests 2013

Richard Saunders from the Skeptic Zone and Australian Skeptics takes you on an audio adventure (with photos) of the 2013 water divining tests at Mitta Mitta, Australia.

Dowsing test held at Might Mitta Muster, Australia. By Australian Skeptics 2013.

Watch The Mighty Mitta Muster Water Divining Test 2002

Ask God: Cain & Abel's Wives

QUESTION: How did Cain and Abel find wives and therefore reproduce?

Mike Aus: A Pastor's Journey to Atheism

Mike Aus, Clergy Project member, discusses his progression from believing Lutheran pastor to spokesperson for Freethought. As he puts it, he was "not falling from faith" he was "rising to reason." This hour-plus video, including a long Q&A segment, was taped during a meeting of the Humanists of Houston, where Mike had most recently been pastor of a progressive, nondenominational church.

Teresa MacBain on Her Transition from Minister to Atheist
Sex, politics and religion hours: From Pastors to Atheists
Former Methodist Pastor Speaks About The Atheist Community

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Randi Show - Coincidence

James Randi tells the tale of a very coincidental elephant sighting and why it's so easy for laypeople to assign paranormal cause to random events that seem suspiciously contrived.

The Randi Show - Coincidence, March 2013

See you in Hell

This video is The Jinn And Tonic Show, March 2013

The Atheist Experience #804

The Atheist Experience #804 March 10th 2013

The Atheist Experience is a weekly, live, call in talk show discussing issues related to Atheism. The show is sponsored by the Atheist Community of Austin, TX. The Atheist Experience TV program is now in its 15th year!

Two Ships at Night - Science & Religion Lecture

At best, science and religion have very little to do with one another. At worst, they are completely incompatible. And what little connection between the two even in the best of cases involves a one-way street. Science may enrich faith, but not vice versa.

Dr. Lawrence Krauss' Science & Religion Lecture - "Two Ships at Night" - October 23, 2008

Dr. Lawrence Krauss will discuss modern misunderstandings of this limited connection, coming both from science as well as religion, as well as modern abuses that demean both science and faith. The origin and evolution of the universe will serve as a good (or bad) example.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Environmentalists May Cause the Deaths of "A Couple Billion People

Pat Robertson warns that environmentalist policies may cause billions of people to die.

Baseball, the road to God

The president of NYU believes that baseball, like Catholicism or Buddhism, can be a road to God and that the real meaning of life can't be put into cognitive terms.

The Colbert Report. Thursday March 7, 2013

John Hagee: Smoking is a sin

John Hagee tells a viewer that smoking is a sin, just like gluttony.

Within Five Years, Some European Country Will Be Run By The Nazis

Glenn Beck says that within the next five years, the world will see the rise of a new Axis Powers as at least one European country will be run by Nazis.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sodom And Gomorrah Was God's 'Pilot Study' For Dealing With 'The Homosexual Society'

John Hagee says that if the people ever accept gay marriage, then God's judgment will fall upon this nation, just as it did on Sodom and Gomorrah.

Christians Must 'Rise Up' And 'Resist' If SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA

Matt Barber and Steve Crampton say that Christians must rise up and resist any effort to legitimize gay marrige if the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Video from Liberty Counsel, March 2013

Robertson: Beware Religious Scamsters

Televangelist Pat Robertson tells viewers of the 700 Club to beware religious scamsters, seriously

Glenn Beck: It's All About Hidden Clues

Mormon Glenn Beck and Rabbi Daniel Lapin reveal the "hidden clues" that President Obama's trip to Israel is being done to send a message to the Arab world that Obama does not recognize the legitimacy of Israel.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Speaking Freely about Scientology

"Speaking Freely" - Greg Barnes and Debra Barnes were long time members of Scientology and on OT 7 when they tried to apply KSW and found themselves declared SP (Suppressive Person).

Scientology: Greg Barnes & Debra Barnes formers members of the Chruch of Scientology.

Podcast 100 by The Thinking Atheist

This show marks The Thinking Atheists 100th podcast!

Join us as we take a look back at the origins of the TTA podcast, review some highlights from some of our most memorable shows and mark the triple-digit milestone of The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast.

Teresa MacBain:
Steve from Tennessee and more!

Women In Combat, Sexual Attraction, And Emotional Vulnerability

The FRC's Jerry Boykin explains that it is dangerous to allow women to serve in combat will lead to complications when soldiers become emotionally vulnerable.

Video from Today's Issues on AFA Channel, March 2013

Global influence of the Catholic Church

Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society (UK), discusses the global influence of the Catholic Church during BBC World's coverage of the inauguration of Pope Francis.

Issam Ikirmawi, BBC Arabic
Keith Porteous Wood

Video from BBC World News 2013-03-19

God's Absolute Morality

Don examines the failure of God's absolute morality.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #803: God's Absolute Morality

Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-Host: Don Baker 2013-03-03

The Atheist Experience ( is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.

The Atheist Community of Austin ( is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ralph Reed Makes "The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage"

Ralph Reed has some anecdotal evidence supporting the need to intact, loving familes ... but it apparently doesn't apply to gay families.

The Infidel; News for the Damned (2013-03-18)

Welcome to The Infidel; News for the Damned. A daily news show for Atheists.

Pope Benedict Chooses to Keep Vatileaks Results Secret
Banana Man Ray Comfort Wants Help Countering Atheists On Facebook

9/11 Conspiracy Road Trip

This is the trip which converted Charlie Veitch; and popular and outspoken conspiracy believer of 9/11, to believing the official version of events.

Charlotte Scott-Hayes
Rodney Chavrimootoo
Emily Church
Shazin Nurse
Charlie Veitch


Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

How to Become Pope

How the new pope is elected after Benedict XVI's resignation.

James Randi and Psychic Crime Solving

A professed psychic Nella Jones who claims to be able to identify items used to commit crimes demonstrates this claim and fails.

psychic Nella Jones

.. there is no recorded instance of psychics solving a criminal case or providing evidence or information which led directly to its solution."

From episode 1 of 'James Randi - Psychic Investigator' (1991)

Despite claims to the contrary, there are no known cases where information provided by a psychic has played a direct part in solving a crime (which is probably also why there are no official police psychics).

Despite apparently good intentions, psychics can actually hinder or harm a criminal investigation, tying up valuable time and resources of police investigators,spent in pursuing useless leads. This can potentially put lives at risk.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Homosexuality is sin... but Christ can set you free

Report on the billboard in Ohio with the message "Homosexuality is sin... but Christ can set you free" sponsored by the Southwest Baptist Church.

Pastor Greg Davis, Southwest Baptist Church

Christian Billboard - Brunswick, OH - Southwest Baptist Church.
Aired on February 21, 2013

It's People Using Religion To Justify Their Bigotry

PVPA Theater Department Presents: "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told".

David Webb, radio host, The David Webb Show
David Silverman, President, American Atheists

Video from America Live, Megyn Kelly, 3-18-2013, on Fox News

Coffee with Claire for March 17, 2013

Starting with Mike Frey on AIDS
Brad Harrub

Has the Pope Ever Made a Mistake?

With the transfer of power between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis I, there are several questions about what's going Pope Francis suddenly infallible, and is Pope Benedict suddenly fallible? When does one cease being able to communicate with God and the other start? Cenk Uygur ponders the questions.

Video from The Young Turks, March 2013

CISPA is back

Last year, right on the heels of our historic victory against SOPA, a piece of really nasty legislation almost passed that would have radically undermined online privacy.

It was called CISPA. And it raced through the US House of Representatives, passing before any of us had a chance to react. We stalled the bill in the Senate, but now CISPA is back, and we don't want to make the same mistake twice. Before there is *any* movement on the bill, we want to send a strong message to Congress that CISPA shouldn't pass.

Wait, what is CISPA? And why does it matter so much?

CISPA (the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) would give companies complete freedom to share your personal data with the US government. It doesn't *require* them to do so, but if the government asked it would be hard to say no, and they'd have no reason to-- CISPA would free them from any promises made to customers in public statements or privacy policies.

Your emails, your Facebook account, your bank statements, the websites you visit, your real-time location (courtesy of your cellphone company)-- all of it could soon belong to a slew of government agencies and even local police, who could use it against you without a warrant.

More: CISPA is Back: FAQ on What it is and Why it's Still Dangerous

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Progressive Pope?

"Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a 76-year-old Argentinean, was chosen as the first Latin American pope on Wednesday. He will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics as Pope Francis. While his selection may be historic, it may also mean more of the same when it comes to gay rights in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis is a conservative who is anti-gay marriage and anti-gay adoption. He has described same-sex marriage as the work of the devil and a "destructive attack on God's plan." He has also said that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children."*

What can the world expect to hear from the newly chosen Pope? Will it be more of the same, or will we hear some progressive ideas? Cenk Uygur explains what's in store with Pope Francis I.

Mike Frey on AIDS

A Minnesota resident Mike Frey speaking before the House Civil Law Committee offered a shockingly inaccurate testimony in an attempt to thwart the approval of same-sex marriage in the state.

Mike Frey, a "concerned" father and husband, spoke in front of the committee on Tuesday and cited Minnesota's sodomy law, struck down in 2001, which defined sodomy as both anal and oral sex. Mike Frey attempted to argue that gay sex poses a danger to citizens of the state because it results in the spread of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

The Young Turks video on Mike Frey

Mike Frey claimed that heterosexual sex could be safer because the vagina has a "barrier of cellular tissue that doesn't allow the sperm ... to penetrate the blood flow," but anal sex doesn't have such protections.

"When ejaculation occurs inside of a colon, it's highly absorbent material, the cells do not have a barrier for the sperm and those enzymes to enter into the blood flow," Mike Frey said. "When the enzymes enter into the blood flow, and a continued, prolonged environment of that happens, these enzymes in the blood flow, it causes what we know as AIDS."

Mike Frey speaks tuesday, March 12, 2013

Louis Theroux - The Nazis (BBC Documentary)

Louis Theroux travels to California to get to know some of the key personalities of the American neo-Nazi movement.

White Arian Resistence

BBC Documentary

Ethos - Time to Unslave Humanity

Presented by twice Oscar nominated actor & activist Woody Harrelson, this powerful new documentary blows the lid off our corrupt system.

From criminal conflicts of interest in politics, to unregulated corporate power, to a news media in the hands of multi-national conglomerates, to a military industrial complex that effectively owns our government.

We cannot fix our system until we know how it works.

Ethos looks at the systemic issues that work against democracy, the environment, democracy, justice and our own personal liberty.

However, it is not all bad news. Ethos offers a solution. A simple but powerful way that you can have your voices heard as they have never been heard before. Watch the film, spread the word, change the world.

Woody Harrelson Presents: Ethos (2011) Director: Pete McGain

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dan Barker and Oprah Winfrey about atheism

Dan Barker Shares in 1984 about his Atheism and Meets Annie Laurie Gaylor for First Time with Oprah Winfrey.

Dan Barker is one of the founders of The Clergy Project.

Lawrence Krauss on Q&A - Science vs Religion

Professor Lawrence Krauss on the Q&A panel with Tanya Plibersek, Greg Hunt, Dr John Dickson & Dr Cindy Pan: A lively interactive discussion hosted by Tony Jones where the audience at home and in the studio questions political leaders and opinion makers.

Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist and comsmologist

Lawrence Krauss on Q&A - Science vs Religion - 18 Febuary 2013

Video from Q&A on ABC TV 18 Febuary 2013 © Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2013.

Being WISE about Asteroids

Emily Lakdawalla of The Planetary Society is joined by Amy Mainzer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory out of Pasadena, California to talk about Asteroids, Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and the WISE mission.

The Planetary Hangout: 14 March, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Jesus & Young People: A Christian's Story

part 1: Jesus & Young People

Deconversion part 2: Addiction, Love and Sustainability

Deconversion part 3: A Christian's Story

Deconversion part 4: I Am the Only One to Blame for This

Deconversion part 5: Sacrifice of Hiding in a Lie

Deconversion part 6: What is Supposed to Be

Science Refutes Religion: The Science vs God Debate

This is another fascinating debate brought to us by Intelligence Squared Debates. This is the full "Science Refutes Religion" debate.

Lawrence Krauss and Michael Shermer are representing the science side of the argument. Dinesh D'Sousa and Ian Hutchinson represent the God or religious side of the debate.

Sorry about Dinesh D'Sousa just skip ahead every time Dinesh D'Sousa speaks.

Sam Harris, The View from the End of the World

"The end is at last near!" It's a tremendously appealing story, widely held now and in history. It has consequences, and that's the subject of this Seminar About Long-term Thinking by Sam Harris, author of the incendiary, reverse-apocalyptic book, THE END OF FAITH.

The Long Now Foundation
Speaker: Sam Harris
Production: The Long Now Foundation

Learning Space: Global Astronomy Month

Pamela Gay and Georgia Bracey host Learning Space with CosmoQuest, with special guest Mike Simmons from Astronomers without Borders about Global Astronomy Month.

Originally recorded live on 13 March, 2013.

Superstition [HD]

Friday, March 15, 2013

Does society need religious faith? Nugent debate Waters

Does society need religious faith? Michael Nugent in debate with John Waters

Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland, opening speech in debate with John Waters of the Irish Times, at NUI Galway on Wednesday 13 March 2013, organized by NUI Galway Atheist Humanist Society.

Vaccines: Science VS Superstition

Abbie Smith is a virologist and host of In this clip, she addresses the science (and anti-science) behind vaccinations.

Robert M. Price exposes William Lane Craig

Writer and New Testament scholar Robert M. Price exposes some of the flawed reasoning of Christian apologist William Lane Craig.


Is Religion Outdated in the 21st century? Lawrence Krauss / Davos

While religions are the oldest institutions in the world, they are the slowest to respond to modern issues such as drugs, homosexuality and changing family relationships. As we move into the second decade of the 21st century, it is important to re-examine the place religion holds in the world today.

Lawrence Krauss speaks at: 9:00 45:30 56:20 1:00:00 1:05:30 1:08:20 1:12:20 1:17:00 1:30:40

Dimensions to be addressed:

Are we becoming a multi-faith society or one where many have no faith at all?
How are religious institutions helping instil tolerance and values in society?
How can we reconcile the trends in society’s evolution with religious beliefs?
How can we foster freedom of speech and at the same time religious freedom?

Original Is Religion Outdated in the 21st Century?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hement Mehta (The Friendly Atheist) interview

Hemant Mehta is host of the blog, "Friendly Atheist," former Chair of the Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors, current Chair of the Foundation Beyond Belief and author of the book, "I Sold My Soul On Ebay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes."

Hemant Mehta is also an educator.

Hemant Mehta joins us to talk about his blog, his perspectives on the most effective ways to draw attention to church/state issues, and on the importance of students in the fight against superstitious thinking.

Pigs Will Fly

The OIC assault on free speech continues.

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." - George Washington.

OIC coming back with another attempt to stamp out free speech

Saudi king demands global blasphemy law

Arab League demands global blasphemy law

Saudis call for internet censorship, The Telegraph

Sec-General of Gulf Co-operation Council calls for blasphemy law

Islamic states to reopen quest for global blasphemy law, Reuters

Atheists face extensive discrimination, UN rights council told, The Guardian

End blasphemy laws threatening minorities: UN faith expert, Reuters

Nearly half Saudi women are beaten at home, Emirates 24/7

Sudan government amputates man's hand and foot, Emirates 24/7

OIC set up Islamic human rights commission

Sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan for complaining about noise from Muslim ceremony.

Saudis bribe UNESCO to let them influence school textbooks., Fox News

Religion: What a wonderful thing to have

Robertson: Environmentalists are Religious "Fanatics"

Pat Robertson claims environmentalist "crazies" are "unreasonable" religious "fanatics" who are too "doctrinaire."

Video from CBN

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Andy Rooney on Religion & Atheism

Andy Rooney in an interview with the Humanist Hour podcast in 2008.

Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Why do some people believe unproven and implausible conspiracy theories? What's the harm if they do? And just what is a conspiracy theory, anyway? Rob Brotherton provides a psychological perspective on the peculiar phenomenon of conspiracy theorising.

Rob Brotherton is a doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. His ESRC-funded PhD concerns the measurement and cognitive correlates of conspiracist ideation. Rob is Assistant Editor of The Skeptic, the U.K.'s longest running sceptical magazine. Rob blogs about the psychology of conspiracy theories at

The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories
21st February 2013
The Head of Steam, Liverpool

Hosts: The Head of Steam, Liverpool
twitter: @HeadofSteamLiv

Merseyside Skeptics
twitter: @merseyskeptics
Merseyside Skeptics on facebook

Video Production - Mark & Heather Pentler

Go Godless Instead

Report on the billboards in Texas with the message "Go Godless Instead" sponsored by the American Atheists.

Political Gold Presents greatests hits: Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Robert Jeffress.

OMG! Video from March 4, 2013

Michael Nugent debates Shari'a with Mufassil Islam at TCD

Extracts from lunchtime debate organised by Trinity College Dublin Theological Society on Thurs 7 March 2013 with Mufassil Islam, PhD Law (Candidate) and Michael Nugent, Chair of Atheist Ireland.

Magic Sandwich Show - No. 47. 2013

There was not a set topic for the show but the callers kindly raised several interesting topics ranging from "Who is your favourite Dr Who?" to "Is dna evidence of god?"

On the panel were c0nc0rdance and thunderf00t.

This show was broadcast on 10 March 2013.

The Magic Sandwich Show website is here:

To follow the Magic Sandwich Show on twitter: @THEdprjones

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Homeopathy The Test

Does Homeopathy really work? Some studies have shown promising results of homeopathy. Watch this exciting video

BBC Horizon

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cosmology in the Quran

The universe according to Islam.

The Jinn And Tonic Show, March 2013

Robertson Successful Million Dollar Prayer

Pat Robertson says a 700 Club viewer from the Gulf region received $1 million from BP just as he had predicted. Coincidentally, BP is handing out checks to businesses to compensate for the Gulf oil spill.

Video from The 700 Club on Christian Broadcasting Network

Islam and Women

What does the Qur'an say about women? Why do we so often see news reports of females oppressed by Islamic regimes, and are those stories representative of the Muslim religion? What is the reality for the woman born and raised in a devoutly Islamic culture?

Special guest Maryam Namazie is the spokesperson for Equal Rights Now, One Law for All, a campaign against Sharia Law in Britain. She founded Iran Solidarity and works closely with the International Committee Against Stoning. She was also selected one of the top 45 women of the year by Elle Magazine Quebec 2007, "Iranian of the Year" by in 1997-98 and received the Julie B. Friedman Humanitarian Award in 1987. Mirror
In this compelling discussion, Maryam and others lend their perspectives on the subject of Islam and Women.

TheThinkingAtheist Radio Podcast March 5, 2013

Christopher Hitchens/John Lennox:

WAFA SULTAN: WOMEN IN Islam: CFI's Women in Secularism Conference 2012

(Edited for time and content)

Fighting Creeping Creationism. Bill Moyers

Anti-creationism activist Zack Kopplin joins Bill Moyers to talk about fighting laws and voucher programs that let publicly-funded creationist curriculum in the back door of American classrooms.

Also on the program, journalist and historian Susan Jacoby talks about the role secularism and intellectual curiosity have played throughout America’s history.

Bill Moyers: Fighting Creeping Creationism Aired on March 1, 2013.

The Blessings of Atheism by Susan Jacoby in New York Times
Susan Jacoby: The blessings of atheism in The Dallas Morning News

Glenn Beck is under attack from the Forces of Darkness

Glenn Beck reveals that he and his inner circle have come under attack by the forces of darkness, which is a sign that America is headed for a depression and civil unrest.

Glenn Beck is a Mormon Christian.

Just Like Judas, Liberals and Obama Don't Care About The Poor

Bryan Fisher says that liberals and President Obama are just like Judas, because they are greedy and do not care about the poor.

Video from Focal Point on AFA Channel, 2013

Bryan Fisher is a crazy Christian.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Corpus Christi atheist debate

Report on the atheist billboards in Corpus Christ, Texas, with the message "Don't believe in God? You are not alone" sponsored by the South Texas Coalition of Reason.

Listen to talkback from the viewers and the prist Ronny Marriott from First Baptist Church of Corpus Christ.

Ronny Marriott: "I hate to see it when groups use that freedom that we have of speach to put a negative message to spread what I believe to be lies".

Once again: The message on the billboards is "Don't believe in God? You are not alone". What the negative and lie is in that message, I think you have to be Christian to find.

Video from March 7, 2013

When Bad Things Happen To Good People

Why do bad things happen to good people? This week, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Founder of NJOP, discusses the important philosophical concept of theodicy which explores why the righteous suffer and the wicked flourish. Last weekend, we learned of the tragedy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when a young, Hasidic couple were killed in a car accident by a suspected drunk driver. Their baby, who was delivered via c-section soon after, died the next day. Why did God allow this to happen? We have to go to the story of Creation. When was evil introduced into the world? On the 6th day, God saw what he created and it was good. It was when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit that evil, pain and suffering were introduced to the world. God gave humans free will and it was they who brought in evil. But God also gave us an incredible gift. A gift to heal illnesses and to remove evil from the world. It is up to us.

So let's take this devastating story of the young lives cut short. We have the capacity to enforce laws better. Perhaps this convicted offender shouldn't have been allowed back on the streets. Perhaps cars that won't start if the driver is inebriated should be more widely available. Cars can be built safer. There is also technology to cure many serious illnesses. It is really a question of whether we are determined to do it. While we express our condolences to the families of the deceased, we need to also speak to ourselves and understand that the committment is ours to make. We must perfect the world. We have to work harder to eliminate the evil, injustices and illnesses. We can do better.

How To Tell You're An Atheist, Daniel Dennett

Philosopher Daniel Dennett was one of the stars of the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne and gave a brilliant and whimsical talk on defining the atheist. He is the uber-philospher of the mind and a great provocateur, though he was speaking to 4000 non believers at this convention.

He talks specifically about The Clergy Project in the middle of his talk at 19 min 15 sec.

Full Length Talk by Daniel Dennett - 'How To Tell You're An Atheist'

Abbie Smith: Evolution and HIV

Abbie Smith is a virologist and host of In this clip, she speaks about her own introduction to the alien world of viruses and the tireless struggle to develop an HIV vaccine.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Darwin's Shadows: Family, Friends, and Influences with Greg Bole

You probably know some interesting things about Darwin himself, but how much do you know about the people that surrounded him and supported him? Exploring the family and friends who influenced the life of Charles Darwin.

What is the origin of The Origin of Species?

Greg Bole received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Stony Brook University. For the past ten years he has been teaching with the Biology Program at UBC and was awarded the 2007/08 Faculty of Science Killam Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He is now an Instructor teaching Evolution, Ecology and Genetics in the departments of Zoology and Botany. Greg started acting when he was 12 years old and continues it as a hobby. He has been portraying and speaking about Charles Darwin for the past eight years on the radio, to public groups, classes and conferences in a wide variety of locations.

By Centre for Inquiry Vancouver
Recorded: Feb 28th 2013

Darwin's Shadows: Family, Friends, and Influences with Dr. Greg Bole

Does hell exist?

Paneldebate held by BBC in Southampton.

The Christian Liz Weston has no problem with her friends being in hell while she herself is in heaven.

Liz Weston, Christ Church Southampton
Mohammed Ansar, Muslim Interfaith Adviser

The Big Questions: Does hell exist?
BBC One 24 February 2013

Atheist Experience #802: Viewer Calls

Matt and Jeff take callers on The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #802.

Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-Host: Jeff Dee
Show date: 2013-02-24

The Atheist Experience ( is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.

The Atheist Community of Austin ( is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals. DVDs of the Atheist Experience can be purchased via our products page (

Protect Persecuted Atheists

Think Again! TV explores some of the problems and limitations of the new initiative, examining the manner in which the Office was created to argue that the government has shown no genuine interest in protecting atheists and agnostics subject to persecution and rights violations around the world.

On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, the Canadian government officially opened the Office of Religious Freedom.

God's God

God does have a creator, but it might not be who you think it is. Ironically, it was God who was intelligently designed - not us.

Royalty-free music used:

"Desert Flower" by Doc

"Dark Music" by BrunoXe

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Atheist Billboards - Corpus Christi, TX

Report on the billboards in Texas with the message "Don't believe in God? You are not alone" sponsored by the South Texas Coalition of Reason.

How Cindy Jacobs' Prayers May Have Saved David Barton's Life

Cindy Jacobs reveals how her intercessory prayer prevented the wheels from falling off of David Barton's van.

Religious TV show 'risking lives'

TV shows - the Miracle Hour - made in London that encourage viewers to believe they are cured of life-threatening illnesses by prayer have been condemned by charities.

Charities criticised an episode of the Miracle Hour show, on Faith World TV, during which a diabetic caller was told he was "set free" from the disease.

BBC London News - 21 February 2013

Religious satellite TV show Miracle Hour 'risking lives'. By Andy Dangerfield BBC News, London

Atheist Experience: Responding to a Viewer E-mail

Matt Dillahunty responds to a viewer e-mail.

The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #801: Responding to a Viewer E-mail
Host: Matt Dillahunty
Co-Host: Martin Wagner

The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin.

The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals. DVDs of the Atheist Experience can be purchased via their products page.

Christian Clusterfuck

A response to a collaboration of arrogance, stupidity, & hypocrisy.

QI - Hocus Pocus

QI - Season 8 - Episode 14 - Hocus Pocus - XL

QI Master - Stephen Fry
Wizards - Alan Davies, Lee Mack, Grahm Norton and Daniel Radcliffe

Friday, March 8, 2013

Neil DeGrasse Tyson - TAM 6

From The Amaz!ng Meeting 6 in Las Vegas, NV. Keynote address by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Good Samaritan Scam

Jessica-Jane Clement takes advantage of some poor unsuspecting good Samaritans who try to help her with her broken down car.

Why Atheists Love FOXNews

David Silverman, President of American Atheists talks about why he loves going on FOXNews, and why he loves when they get mad at him.

He also talks about why Atheists need to watch more FOX News.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Kevin Warwick presents The Cyborg Experiments

An incredible talk delivered by the creator of 'Project Cyborg', Kevin Warwick, on the experiments that he has been conducting to further the exploration of Cybernetics, and on how he became "the 'world's first cyborg'".

BHA Annual Conference 2012

Overwhelming Evidence for Jesus Christ!

Can you still be an Atheist after watching this? Overwhelming Evidence for Jesus Christ!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Secular Student Alliance 2013 Annual Conference Trailer

This coming summer, students from all over the nation will attend the 2013 Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference! This will be the undoubtedly be single greatest weekend of your entire life because of our amazing speaker line ups, opportunity to network with other leaders from across the nation, and the opportunity to receive the best grassroots leadership training around.

Find out more at

Like what you see? Consider becoming a supporter of the Secular Student Alliance! The SSA is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit that relies on the generous support of individuals. With your help we can ensure that more videos like these are available for everyone! Go to for more information on how you can help secular students.

Piggyback Rides are for Children

Stream of consciousness musings on the destruction of the individual that is advocated by religion.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

CIA Nominee John Brennan Converted To Islam

Disgraced former FBI agent John Guandolo claims John Brennan, nominated to head the CIA, converted to Islam as part of as part of a Saudi "counterintelligence operation against him to recruit him."

John Guandolo: CIA Nominee John Brennan Converted To Islam

Philip Pullman discusses the Bible, Koran and other works

Teaching resource/educational video for Humanism 4 Schools.
Tracts: Philip Pullman discusses the Bible, Koran and other works.

KS3 : Age 11-14

Humanism4Schools - Tracts: Philip Pullman discusses the Bible, Koran and other works.

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Fight We Can Win :: David Silverman

David Silverman, President of American Atheists, tells us how the Atheist Movement will succeed in the face of opposition and encourages us to be strong, come out of the closet, and work to strengthen the movement.

Coffee with a Methodist Minister

ob, a minister in the Methodist Church, agreed to join Seth Andrews for an hour of friendly yet direct conversation on the issues of God, spirituality, scripture and the supernatural.

This casual "over coffee" exchange won't be a shouting match between adversaries, nor should it be. This is a civil, friendly dialogue between two people standing on opposite sides of the God argument in an attempt to better understand each other and (hopefully) to reveal some satisfactory answers on a controversial issue.

Plus your calls and emails

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Michael Nugent challenges Youth Defence on disruption of abortion clinics by fundraiser Scheidler

At a debate last week about abortion, Atheist Ireland chairperson Michael Nugent challenged Youth Defence about the substantial financial support that they get from Joseph Scheidler, an American pro-life activist who promotes the disruption of the work of abortion clinics.

Youth Defence declined to give us permission to publish video of their contribution to the debate, so this is an edited video of Michael Nugent asking their speaker questions about Scheidler, along with a written summary of his replies.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Shermer on Larry King Live with the UFOlogists

A couple of times a year, in between his celebfest of stars, Larry King hosts the UFOlogists who regale the talk show king with an endless parade of blurry photographs, grainy videos, and breathless tales of government coverups and conspiracies. This night Larry included a couple of skeptics: Michael Shermer of Skeptic magazine and Buzz Aldrin, of Apollo 11 fame, who described his own UFO experience during his trip to the moon (it turned out to be one of the rocket panels carried out with them).

D.J. Grothe: How to Be a Bad Skeptic

D.J. Grothe of the James Randi Educational Foundation tells us all how to be a great skeptic (or not) at QED 2012 in Manchester.

Music: Milton Mermikides
Editor: Mike Hall

D.J. Grothe: How to Be a Bad Skeptic (2012)
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