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Posted: 15 December 2006 03:45 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m almost always floored by PoI, especially Ibn Warraq, Salman Rushdie, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.  Still, I’m curious, is there anyone that anyone elses wants to hear on PoI?

I’m a major fan of Richard Carrier, and have read a number of his writtings on infidels.org, to which he’s a major contributor.  He seems, at least in my mind, to be one of the strongest atheist philosophers of modern times, and his style never ceases to amaze me.

I can only hope that they choose to bring him on someday.

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Posted: 15 December 2006 04:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Welcome Umoja. I can say there are any number of people I would like to have DJ interview, starting perhaps with Dr. Stephen Barrett, M.D., of Quackwatch.org. For those who don’t know the site, quackwatch is THE clearinghouse of information about quackery, and Barrett deserves all the kudos in the world for his tireless work in exposing these chiselling frauds to the light of day.

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Posted: 15 December 2006 05:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Posted: 11 January 2007 01:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’d love to hear an interview with Marvin Minsky (and he has a new book out, so now’s the time)


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Posted: 11 January 2007 06:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Posted: 11 January 2007 09:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Re: Who do you want to hear on PoI?

[quote author=“Umoja”]I’m almost always floored by PoI, especially Ibn Warraq, Salman Rushdie, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.  Still, I’m curious, is there anyone that anyone elses wants to hear on PoI?

I’m a major fan of Richard Carrier, and have read a number of his writtings on infidels.org, to which he’s a major contributor.  He seems, at least in my mind, to be one of the strongest atheist philosophers of modern times, and his style never ceases to amaze me.

I can only hope that they choose to bring him on someday.

Penn (and teller, but…you know)

Judas (I’d like to hear his side of things)

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Posted: 11 January 2007 10:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I have a few recommendations…

Diana Henriquez, of the NY Times, who has done excellent journalistic work in a continuing feature called “In God’s Name”.  She would have a lot to say about economic and social rifts in the separation of church and state.

Edward O. Wilson, biologist at Harvard, big-time secular humanist.  Probably the most influential public intellectual on our side, on this side of the Atlantic.

And most importantly, I’d really like DJ to get guests who aren’t entirely in agreement with him / CFI / most of us.  The “groove” of head-nodding, self-confirming interviews would make speaking with supernaturalists somewhat uncomfortable, but it needs to be done.  People like evangelist Rick Warren or new-ager Deepak Chopra are in the public eye, and I’d suggest we’d all gain from increased contact between the scientific naturalist community and the so-called “believers.”

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Posted: 11 January 2007 04:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Colin,

Great idea. You will like some of our plans for upcoming shows, we are working to get Kirk Cameron, David Nobel, and other Christian apologists on POI. And through a connection we have in Tucson, to get Andrew Weil on the show.

DJ suggested I try and get Dennett and Rick Warren to have a debate like one of Dennett’s speechs about The Purpose Driven Life, and I have slated a discussion moderated by DJ between a leading Muslim apoligist and one of our people like Taner Edis or Ibn Warraq on whether Islam is compatible with the west, or doe sit lead to violence, a quiestion like that.

All of this is in addition to future guests planned (some of these recorded) such as another appearance by Niel DeGrasse Tyson, EO WIlson, Steven Pinker, Susan Haack, Ray Hyman, Peter Singer, and others. There are almost too many interesting people to be only having one show a week!

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Posted: 12 January 2007 01:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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That’s a great lineup, Thomas. Excellent news!

Dennett is certainly someone to have back, whether in debate format or on his own. And really glad you will have Neil Tyson again (one of my favorites), as well as Pinker, Wilson and Singer.

Plenty of good listening ahead!

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Posted: 13 January 2007 11:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I’d actually like some interviews with the every day followers of religion.  Maby get one of them in and put someone like Dennet or Harris in there and let them talk to each other with DJ moderating the conversation. I think that if there is a chance to get someone to question there own faith on air and have that interview recorded that would just be amazing smile

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Posted: 14 January 2007 03:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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It might also be interesting to get a debate between two atheists or agnostics over the right approach to the issue: Harris and Dennett, or Scott Atran and Dennett might be interesting. (Harris and Atran would be less so).

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Posted: 15 January 2007 09:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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in on an b. alan wallace kick right now having heard two very good podcasts on ‘truth-driven thinking’ and ‘skeptics guide to the universe’ and then having finished reading two of his books, ‘taboo of subjectivity’ and ‘attention revolution.’ i would specifically like to hear a POI into his treatise on the limits of scientific materialism as it relates to the modern study of conciousness.

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Posted: 22 January 2007 05:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Posted: 22 January 2007 03:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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How about The Infidel Guy, Reginald Finley?

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Posted: 22 January 2007 05:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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POI - guests

Thomas said:

DJ suggested I try and get Dennett and Rick Warren to have a debate like one of Dennett’s speechs about The Purpose Driven Life, and I have slated a discussion moderated by DJ between a leading Muslim apoligist and one of our people like Taner Edis or Ibn Warraq on whether Islam is compatible with the west, or doe sit lead to violence, a quiestion like that.

Tom:  If you get Warren at all - I have been trying to - let me know how to contact him.  I have been emailing his webpage to no avail.  I’d rather contact him first by email before I try the tele.  I am trying to arrange for my radio show a debate between him and Robert Price.. the best person I think you and I should get to debate Warren because of Bob’s new book: The Reason-Driven Life!  Keep me informed!

Thomas again:

All of this is in addition to future guests planned (some of these recorded) such as another appearance by Niel DeGrasse Tyson, EO WIlson, Steven Pinker, Susan Haack, Ray Hyman, Peter Singer, and others. There is almost too many interesting people to be only having one show a week!

Yes, too many guests, not enough show!  Same problem with ETFF!  Tyson is great and so is Singer (only he was not so interesting about his book ‘The President of Good and Evil.’  If I had Pinker on, it would have to be a debate on Evo Psych with someone like philospher David Buller, but Buller is tired of being asked to debate Pinker.  An EO Wilson/Niles Eldredge debate on sociobiology would be fun!

Here are some truly good guests:

Hector Avalos (origins of religious violence)
David Sloan Wilson
Lauren Sandler (evangelical youth movement)
Stephanie Hendricks (Christain Right and the Environment)
Chris Hedges
Thomas Clark (about naturalism and free will)
Robert Dreyfuss (on how political Islam was unleashed)
Larry Pintak
Douglas Fry (anthropologist on the human potential for peace)
Julia Scheeres (Jesus Land)
Anatol Lieven (on amerian nationalism, religion, and democracy)
Stephen Bronner (on reclaiming the Enlightenment)
Robert Pape (on the roots of terrorism)
Erik J. Wielenberg
John Ralston Saul
Maughn Gregory - Institute for - Advancement of Philosophy for Children
Joseph Graves: The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America
David Detmer (on postmodernism)
Doug Rushkoff - Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism
Norton Mezvinsky - Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel
Riane Eisler, director of the Center for Partnership Studies
Marlene Winell, specialist in recovering from religious indoctrination
Betsy Reed, - Nothing Sacred: Women Respond to Religious Fundamentalism and Terror

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Posted: 22 January 2007 05:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Chomsky on POI

Chomsky has a great interview in The Humanist this month!

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