Ep#19 – Alom Shaha

Alom Shaha, Science teacher and author of ‘The Young Atheist’s Handbook’ joins me on The #GSpodcast. We talk the conflict between science & religion, what that pesky word ‘theory’ actually means, identifying as an #ExMuslim and most importantly, Alom weighs in on #BatFleck.  Warning:  Hearing Alom talk about his mother may cause uncontrollable blubbing.  You have been warned.

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Guest: Alom Shaha (Twitter: @AlomShaha) www.alomshaha.com

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Relevant Links:
Buy ‘The Young Atheist’s Handbook’ From Amazon

Buy ‘The Young Atheist’s Handbook’ for Kindle
Watch ‘Demo: The Movie’ on YouTube
Article: ‘Atheist Shoes Go Missing in God-Fearing US’


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PatronA huge thank you to everyone that has supported the podcast so far.  The feedback has been wonderful and the audience continues to grow.  You can now support the show by becoming an official patron!  By doing so you will help subsidise the hosting & production costs and make all the hours spent researching, scheduling, recording and editing worthwhile.

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‘The Hitch’ – Indie Christopher Hitchens Documentary

SPECIAL FOR THE WASHINGTON POSTAre you a fan of Hitch? Of course you are.  The below documentary was brought to my attention last week, and it’s wonderful. Kristoffer Hellesmark has managed to put together a lengthy film chronicling the life of the great late polemecist.  It’s a superb blend of archive footage, Hitch voiceover from his autobiography audio book and Kristoffer’s own impressive visual style.  Highly recommended.  A thoroughly decent way to spend a Sunday in my opinion.  Please share your thoughts in the comments section.  Enjoy.

Kristoffer’s note:

I was looking for a documentary about The Hitch to watch but
I could never find one. I waited and waited. Finally I figured:
“Why don’t I just make one?”. That was the inspiration for this project.
I did not make it to gain financially as I do not own most of the
footage used.

I simply wanted to in my own small way, further the legacy of Christopher Hitchens.

Thanks for watching.

 

‘The Hitch’- Christopher Hitchens documentary from Kristoffer Hellesmark on Vimeo.

Ep#18 – A Conversation with an #ExMuslim

I’m proud to be joined by an #ExMuslim from New York on The #GSPodcast.  Going under the pseudonym ‘Wall In Space’, we talk pre and post-9/11 New York, the backlash and how leaving the faith has affected his family life. We also find the time to talk about the late, great, Christopher Hitchens.  Yes, I ask him about bacon too.  Happy now?

Guest: ‘Wall In Space’

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Relevant Links:

Buy ‘God Is Not Great’ – Christopher Hitchens
Buy ‘Mortality’ – Christopher Hitchens
Buy ‘Perfect Soldiers’ – Terry McDermott
Read the comments section of ‘The Crazy Nigerian’ Blog post ‘Religion Is For Sinners’.


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Who Does Mo Ansar Think He Is?

No Ansar

Update 15/05/14: It seems time has truly been called on Mo Ansar’s ‘career’.  Numerous sources have now compiled articles exposing his deception.  Please see the appendix at the bottom of this post for a collection & the #MoCV Hashtag I created.

“Picture all experts as if they were mammals” – Christopher Hitchens

I’ve always liked these words of wisdom from Hitch, but I’ve found them particularly resonant over the last few years.  Social media has, for better or worse, afforded everyone a soap box of sorts.  A digital arena where ideas can be propagated or challenged.  It’s also equipped us common-folk with a direct line of access to so-called ‘Public Figures’.

Don’t like their opinions?  Well, now we can let them know without so much as a postage stamp.
The ‘Public figures’ I’m referring to in this instance are those frequently wheeled out onto our telly screens for topical news segments.  They confidently share their ‘valuable’ insight into “escalating tensions…” concerning some such thing or other, or press the “importance of tolerance…” etc etc. Sometimes they inform us with authority that  “Men are raised to hate women”. You know the sort.

They know what they are talking about.  Of course they do.  They’re on our telly screen after all.
This brings me to my fascination with Mo Ansar.  And it is truly a fascination.  The mystery surrounding the existence of his UK media profile brings me such joyous puzzlement I want to embrace and squeeze him.
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Ep#17 – Dan Arel – 9/11 Memorial Cross

Dan Arel, Correspondent for The American Atheists has his lunch break unceremoniously stolen by The #GSPodcast.  We talk The American Atheists Convention 2014, the controversial 9/11 memorial cross and share our mutual love for Maryam Namazie.  Dan also spills some details on his upcoming Secular Parenting book.

Guest: @DanArel  Website: www.danarel.com

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