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Taking The Myth – 15 April Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight and A Scotsman Abroad discuss the big topics. We talk about: Batfleck, touring the Vatican, What British Muslims Really Think, the murder of an Ahmadiyya shopkeeper in Scotland, integration, ISIS bomb cakes, Sarah Palin and much more! And of course, The ASLAN Awards.

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Ep#65 – Francesca Stavrakopoulou

 

Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou (@ProfFrancesca) is this week’s excellent #GSPodcast guest. We talk the historicity of Jesus, Sunday morning television barneys, Richard Dawkins, Feminism, faith schools, the destruction of ancient temples in Palmyra, the Qur’an pages found in Birmingham and why she loves corpses! Also, Star Wars or Star Trek?

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Ep#54 – Dr Christian Jessen – ‘Gay Cures’

The excellent Dr. Christian Jessen (@DoctorChristian) joins me on this week’s #GSPodcast. He’ll be telling us all about the ridiculous notion of ‘gay cures’, what they involve and what motivates their proponents (SPOILER: religion). Dr Christian underwent some of these ‘therapies’ as part of his superb documentary ‘Undercover Doctor: Cure Me I’m Gay’. Some are horrific, others are just plain absurd. He’ll be guiding us through them and explaining why they’re harmful and unscientific.

We also touch on the notion of ‘no platforming’, quackery, homeopathy, Embarrassing Bodies, the lack of ‘out’ professional football players and much, much more!

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#Ep51 – Goodbye God? – Sean Michael Wilson

 

Joining me on this week’s #GSPodcast will be comic book writer Sean Michael Wilson (@SeanMichaelWord). He’ll be telling me all about his book ‘Goodbye God? An Illustrated Exploration of Science vs Religion‘. We’ll be getting some insight into the process behind producing a comic and I’ll be asking Sean how one goes about drawing Hitch. Also: Kindle or Physical copy?

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#BBCTBQ Debrief – Does Religion Make You Happier?

Another special edition debrief of BBC’s ‘The Big Questions’A Scotsman Abroad will be joining me to discuss Episode 11 of Season 8. Topics include: ‘Are we too afraid to talk about race?’ and ‘Does religion make you happier?’

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London School Prevents School Kids From Watching Eclipse For ‘Religious & Cultural’ Reasons

Image Credit: www.independent.co.uk

Image Credit: www.independent.co.uk

There was a bit of a buzz around my office on the morning of Friday the 20th of March.  Soon enough, we’d be able to view an eclipse – and as the time approached we gathered near a 4th floor window and attempted to locate the sun in a gloomy Manchester sky.  No easy feat, let me assure you.

As the clouds parted just long enough for us to catch a glimpse of this beautiful natural event, I was filled with a sense of awe and contentment at having experienced something truly ‘special’. I felt lucky to be around, and to be around in a time where we can understand why these things occur no less. Then back to my desk and reality.

I check-in with BBC news on my first break of the day to discover the article ‘Can religion and science bury the hatchet?’ It’s not long before I’m tutting at the usual mix of “But how can Science explain awe?” and – “both science and religion compliment each other” type sentiments. The fact remains that so long as religion makes objective claims about our reality – not only will it trespass upon the domain of science, but it’ll have its trousers pulled down by it. Read more

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