Episode #196 – Matt Thornton & Lawrence Krauss
We broadcasted today on Father’s Day and have a very atheist type show lined up. Not intentionally. It just sort of worked out that way. (Wait until next week…oh boy…). We talked about some Father’s Day memories we each had. Bobby talks about his Father’s Day present and Korbus recounts a story of how his dad debunked a sea monster story based on the proponent’s big boxy computer monitor. It’ll make sense when you hear it. Also, we make a whole bunch of fun of Tim Yancey’s “Haunted Survivor Network” and how the survivors he is so fond of sound like people who have serious mental disorders. Finally, we debuted a new segment we are affectionately calling “Bobby’s Bible Study” where he can talk about arguments he gets in with theists on message boards. It’s great.
First up on the show today, we talked to Matt Thornton. Matt is a mixed martial artist and coach whose concept of “aliveness training” changed the way many thought about tradition martial arts training in the United States. We started off discussing with him the intersection of skepticism with MMA and why so many skeptics and atheists speak highly of the discipline. From there, we got into why faith is an unreliable means of aligning one’s beliefs wih the truth. We also talked about his own background and how he shed his faith and why. But why is it so difficult for many people to do the same? All in all a very interesting and engaging discussion on why “having faith” is not a good thing at all.
After the break, we welcomed physicist Lawrence Krauss on the program today to talk about his latest book, “A Universe from Nothing” which has caused little controversy in the science world, but plenty among philosophers and theologians. Lawrence quips that “theologians are experts at nothing.” Ha! We got into the religious implications of the book and also how he defines the concept of “nothing,” something that seems simple but people have many different definitions of, it seems. We also talked about how we are all made of star stuff and Krauss explained how the universe is expanding. But what is it expanding into? The answers are awe-inspiring and mind boggling all at once. Fascinating!