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Dogma Debate with David Smalley #180 – Smalley vs. Dr. Michael Brown

Echo and Buzz at Sorrel

"How does a writer go about capturing the true essence of an artist? Which traits do you focus on when the defining characteristics that create that person are so diverse?"

These questions and more are from the article in Echo and Buzz, "One Artist to Another", written by fellow artist, Johny Ray Price.

I am performing with a slew of fantastic songwriters tonight at Sorrel in Temecula, including: Nathan Rivera,Jessie Andra Smith, Matt Folkmuse Stone, George Miguel, Larry Thompson, Tim Moyer, Joe Gillaspie, and author of the before-mentioned article, Johny Ray Price.

You can pickup your copy of the local music zine, Echo and Buzz, and read all about me on page 3, for free at Sorrel. Can't make it out tonight? No worries! Echo and Buzz is available at several fine establishments in the Temecula Valley area, and I will be hand delivering copies to all my favorite Coffee Shops in Downtown Riverside. Do you live in Corona? I will be dropping off some copies at Corona…

Peter Singer: Maximizing Morality with Reason | Point of Inquiry

Peter Singer has revolutionized the way we think about morals and values. He’s lead the way in providing evidence for some of the toughest moral controversies such as animal rights, abortion, and wealth inequality. Singer’s newest book is entitled The Most Good You Can Do, and it's an exploration of the philosophical movement known as effective altruism; the desire to make the world its best possible version using reason and evidence.

 This week on Point of Inquiry, Singer discusses how opinion and fact are not mutually exclusive, and how effective altruism uses science-based evidence and critical thinking to uncover moral facts and open a dialogue about what values are objectively going to benefit us the most.


TTA Podcast 219: My Family Thinks I'm Going To Hell

Are you an atheist (or perhaps an adherent to a religion apart from that of your parents, siblings, children or distant relatives), and your loved ones are terrified that you're sliding the slipper slope toward damnation?

This podcast is about the fears of the faithful, the damage done by religious concepts of Hell and torment, and the liberation that comes in living without fear.

Neil Carter's blog, "You're (Not) Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone?"

The Collision Between Religious Freedom and Gay Rights | eSkeptic

The Collision Between Religious Freedom and Gay Rights

Imagine for a moment that you are a Jewish baker who owns a small bakery. One day a couple enters your establishment and orders a wedding cake to be adorned with swastikas and the likeness of Adolf Hitler. They explain that they are neo-Nazis inspired by the marriage of the Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, attended by the Führer himself. You are of course offended and decline the job. Is it your legal right to refuse service to a neo-Nazi couple? If you answer in the affirmative, would you apply the same reasoning to a gay couple who requested a wedding cake adorned with two men or two women? Are these not the same moral and legal issues?


Nepal Earthquake | Humanist Disaster Recovery | Donate Now!

Humanist Disaster Recovery is now raising funds to help with the recovery effort underway in the wake of the Nepal Earthquake. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The area surrounding Kathmandu was hardest hit, while an avalanche was triggered on Mount Everest and deaths have been reported in surrounding countries. The government of Nepal has confirmed more than 3,000 deaths and is accepting international aid. CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Talk Nerdy Episode 59 - Taryn O'Neill

Cara sits down with actress, writer, and producer Taryn O'Neill (Granite Flats, After Judgment) to talk about her love of scifi and her STEM advocacy group SCIRENS. Also discussed: why we need more strong female characters on screen, including scientists and engineers. Hear hear! Follow Taryn: @tarynoneill.

Showcase The Documentary

The story of Corona's Showcase Theatre isn't over yet...
Two days ago, I received a Facebook invite to like Showcase The Documentary. I was so stoked, but I was simply thinking it was just a novelty; some folks reminiscing of the glorious crucified savior of Corona's fallen music scene. Hoping to connect to some sentimental millenials, I reached out and asked if there was anything I could contribute. Come to find out, there is a grassroots campaign to tell the story of the venue and try to reopen the Showcase! It is starting with a little promo/teaser (for which I, and several others are going to be interviewed) that will be used to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund "Showcase The Documentary".

The Showcase meant the world to me. It was my stronghold, my chapel, my civic center, my town hall, my college, my gallery, my pulpit, my podium, and my escape. I don't think I could have survived adolescence without it. I went to so many shows, hung out outside for …

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Science of the Mind

An oldie...  ...but a GOODIE!!!

StarTalk hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil & co-host Eugene Mirman are joined by Wyatt Cenac ("The Daily Show"), Cara Santa Maria (HuffPo's "Talk Nerdy To Me") and neuroscientist Heather Berlin at the Bell House in Brookyn to discuss the science of the mind.

Co-host: Eugene Mirman 
Heather Berlin
Wyatt Cenac 
Cara Santa Maria

Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions

OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS, “no religion” has become the fastest-growing religion in America. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people have turned away from the traditional faiths of the past and embraced a moral yet nonreligious—or secular—life, generating societies vastly less religious than at any other time in human history. Drawing on innovative sociological research, Dr. Zuckerman—a Pitzer College professor who founded a Department of Secular Studies, the first of its kind—illuminates this demographic shift with the moral convictions that govern secular individuals, offering crucial information for the religious and nonreligious alike. Living the Secular Life reveals that, despite opinions to the contrary, nonreligious Americans possess a unique moral code that allows them to effectively navigate the complexities of modern life. Zuckerman discovered that despite the entrenched negative beliefs about nonreligious people, American secular culture is grounded in deep morality a…

SGU Podcast #510 - April 18th, 2015

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe:

Special Guest: Bill Nye
Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Lise Meitner and Ida Tacke
News Items: Parents No Longer Anti-Vaccine, Noticing Spiders, Solar Sail, NASA-ET Life in 20 Years, Lava Tubes on the Moon
Special Report: Bill Nye on GMOs
Science or Fiction

TTA Podcast 215: Unholy Trinity Down Under - Matt Dillahunty "Why Won't ...


In March of 2015, the Atheist Foundation of Australia hosted atheist activists Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra and Seth Andrews (under the tongue-in-cheek tour title, "The Unholy Trinity Down Under").

The speakers' presentations from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are posted on AFA's tour website:

Talk Nerdy Episode 58 - Natalie Panek

Rocket scientist, explorer, and champion for women in engineering Natalie Panek connects with Cara across international borders to talk about how we can attract more women to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and then retain them. They also discuss the state of modern television as it relates to science literacy and what we can do about all that space junk orbiting planet Earth. Follow Natalie: @nmpanek.

Chomsky & Krauss: An Origins Project Dialogue (OFFICIAL) - (Part 1/2)

Join intellectual giant Noam Chomsky and noted physicist and public intellectual Lawrence Krauss for an intimate evening of conversation at the Origins Project Dialogue. Science, Mind, and Politics is a candid and unscripted conversation on contemporary issues on the nature of humanity, the power of science and the mind, and global social justice.

Chomsky & Krauss: An Origins Project Dialogue (OFFICIAL) - (Part 2/2)

Talk Nerdy Episode 57 - Chris Mooney

Cara speaks with Chris Mooney, Energy And Environment Reporter for the Washington Post, about all things climate change. Topics discussed include: how personality and psychology play into the decisions we make about the environment, how understanding liberal vs. conservative viewpoints can help us affect environmental change in a more meaningful way, and the difference between sea ice and land ice in ever-warming Antarctica. Follow Chris: @chriscmooney.

SGU | Podcast #508 - Going Clear - April 4th, 2015

SGU | Podcast #508 - April 4th, 2015
Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Sandra Faber
News Items: Radio Bursts and Alien Signals, Peer-Review Scandal, Is The World Greener, Gravity Tunnel Revisited
Special Report: Going Clear
Who's That Noisy
Dumbest Thing of the Week
Science or Fiction

TTA Podcast 213: Christian Music - Behind the Curtain

James Randi on Being An Honest Liar | Rationally Speaking Podcast

The Amazing Randi, famous magician and a pioneer of Skepticism, joins this episode of Rationally Speaking for a conversation about the past and future of the Skeptic movement. Massimo and Julia's questions for Randi include: Do you think Skepticism has shaped public opinion in any significant ways? What do you want the JREF to look like several years from now? And what have you changed your mind about, and why? Randi's pick: "An Honest Liar"

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO)

POI Podcast | Phil Zuckerman: Those Normal, Upstanding Nonbelievers

Phil Zuckerman: Those Normal, Upstanding Nonbelievers Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology at Pitzer College, and among the world's leading experts in the growing field of secular studies, with a deep understanding of how people's lives are lived without religion. He’s the author of the books Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old QuestionsSociety without God, and Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion. There is a wide range of secular people, from hardcore atheists and secular humanists to those for whom religion is simply unimportant, and Zuckerman distinguishes between the vast majority of nonbelievers who live normal, upstanding lives, and the small minority for whom secularism is an organizing force. He discusses with Point of Inquiry host Lindsay Beyerstein how empathy, rather than belief in the watchful eye of a deity, is the guiding force of secular morality, and how religion can actually hinder society’s larger moral understanding. It’s a fascinating i…

Echo and Buzz - Riverside County's New Music Zine

Echo and Buzz Indie Music Newspaper is a free monthly press, complete with stories of what’s happening in our area. Echo and Buzz also includes advertising, an events calendar, local press releases, music and concert reviews, critiques, and much more. Echo and Buzz is currently delivering it's first issue, April 1, 2015. Supporters of the music scene in Temecula Valley and surrounding communities are coming together to generate coverage for independent artists, labels, shows, and events.

But Echo and Buzz is not just taking over Temecula Valley, it is also spreading accross Riverside County, and featuring artists all over the Inland Empire. I am one of those artists and last night, I was interviewed for the May 1st edition of Echo and Buzz.

Johny Ray Price met me at Back to the Grind in Downtown Riverside for some Coffee and tea. The interview continued as we explored the Riverside ArtWalk that happens every first Thursday of the month. With my guitar on my back, I entered the Life A…

Riverside's Saturation Fest 2015

I am so excited. Riverside's own DIY festival is coming again! And my band is playing.  Stay tuned for updates! Saturation Fest is a DIY art and music festival that occurs annually in Riverside, CA. Events are held at venues around downtown Riverside, with a majority of the participants based in the Inland Empire. Saturation includes concerts, films, workshops, exhibitions, guerilla shows, organized bike rides, and handcrafted art.

Saturation Fest was started by Alaska Quilici in 2001. "I launched Saturation Fest as a weekend event of every local band and artist I knew, and people were really excited about it," says Quilici. The audience has steadily grown over the years, going from a few hundred the first year to about 10,000 in 2008. "It has grown to the massive project it is now because people believe in it, they look forward to it, they get involved, contribute and play."

As a mostly all-ages and largely cost-free festival, Saturation pushes for the de-commod…

NPR | Southern Baptist Minister: Religious Liberty Law Permits Denial Of Some Services

Southern Baptist Minister: Religious Liberty Law Permits Denial Of Some ServicesIndiana's religious freedom law is the subject of national debate, and for many its wording is a problem. Steve Inskeep talks to the Rev. Tim Overton of Muncie, who is in favor of the measure.

The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happ...

IN THIS ENTERTAINING AND PERSUASIVE LECTURE based on her new book, psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity. From birth to death, human beings are hardwired to connect to other human beings. Face-to-face contact matters: tight bonds of friendship and love heal us, help children learn, extend our lives, and make us happy. Looser in-person bonds matter, too, combining with our close relationships to form a personal “village” around us. Not just any social networks will do: we need the real, in-the-flesh encounters that tie human families, groups of friends, and communities together. Marrying the findings of the new field of social neuroscience with gripping human stories, Susan Pinker explores the impact of face-to-face contact from cradle to grave, from city to Sardinian mountain village, from classroom to workplace, from love to marriage to divorce. Creating our own “village effect” makes us happier. It can…

Inquiring Minds Podcast | 79 Ken Caldeira - Can Geoengineering Save the Planet?

On the show this week we talk to Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist working for the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. He investigates issues related to climate, carbon, and energy systems. In the interview, we focus on geoengineering—the process of making big changes to the Earth’s climatic system in an attempt to solve issues related to climate change.

Lamb Born With A Human-Like Face | IFLScience

NPR | Minimal Sierra Nevada Snowpack Will Not Ease California's Drought

The latest figures on the California drought are expected to be released on Wednesday. The state's snowpack, a major source of water for the rest of the year, is at the lowest level on record. Morning Edition.