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  • Episode 266 – God and Evolutionary Psychology

    brainThis week’s episode features guest Matthew Kessen.  Matt is a monster expert so naturally, he came on the podcast to talk about evolutionary psychology and how that ties into the possible benefits of religion.  We spend the podcast mostly listening to Matt talk about all the reasons humans are kind of wired to believe in god.  Belief in god and the development of religion may have been unavoidable offshoots of the evolution of our brain.  Or not.  What the hell do we know?  As you will hear, we clearly don’t know as much as Matt.


  • Episode 263 – Life After Death and Austria

    main-thumb-t-18145-200-vVlpOpOFKDnRmNEBrxSzORsf2E7S48fiThis week’s episode was recorded live at CONvergence 2017 for our fifth birthday!  We are joined by frequent guest Joseph Scrimshaw who tells us all about his work with a video game company in Austria.  We also talk about the idea of what we’d like to see in an afterlife and our concerns with the concept of an afterlife segregated into good and evil.  You may also hear an occasional word or two from Laura Okagaki-Vraspir!  We don’t totally remember.  We had cake flavored vodka.


  • Episode 262 – Death with Doctor LOV

    cancer-101-s1-what-is-cancer-cellThis week’s episode was recorded live at CONvergence 2017 with our good friend Laura Okagaki-Vraspir or, as we call her because of her initials, Doctor Lov!  You might remember her as one of our first guests way back on episode 8 when she talked about zombie fungus.  She’s back to talk to us about cancer!  Specifically, she talks to us about facing a potentially terminal disease as an atheist.  It is a super touching Geeks Without God in which we have a serious conversation – and also make jokes – about cancer.  Joseph Scrimshaw also says the occasional word or two.


  • Episode 261 – Collectable Cards and Cookies

    BrianDurkin1This week we are joined by Philadelphia comedian and podcaster Brain Durkin.  Brian was in town for a little while and we sat down with him to talk about his history making money playing collectable card games, his thoughts on religion, and his podcast Full Belly Laughs. We had a great conversation with him and hope you enjoy it!


  • Episode 259 – Mooks is in the House!

    Mooks is in the HouseThis week, our guest is Saymoukda Vongsay, the Refugenius!  She is a poet and playwright who is going to be a Guest of Honor at CONvergence 2017.  We have a far ranging conversation with her that covers her experiences as a refugee, her buddhist roots, her play “Kung-Fu Zombies” and just about everything else!  If you are coming to the convention this year, she is definitely going to be a guest you want to find and we hope our conversation helped to put her on your radar!

    If you missed the link above, click here to check out her web page!


  • Episode 258 – Luke Cage & Iron Fist

    Luke Cage & Iron FistThis week, we take a look at the latest original Marvel series on Netflix – Luke Cage and Iron Fist.  We are joined by our favorite Marvel expert, Mark Sherman.  Luke Cage, we all agree, isn’t perfect but is still pretty darn good.  Iron Fist, however, is a series about which none of us could find anything to recommend.  We compare the two shows and try to figure out what Luke Cage got right and what Iron Fist got so horribly wrong.  We do spoil some shit about both shows but take our word for it – Iron Fist was pretty much spoiled already.

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  • Episode 255 – Murmurs of Doubt

    perf6.690x9.610.inddFor this week’s episode, we got a sneak preview at the new graphic novella, Murmurs of Doubt, by writer/artists Rebecca Fox.  The book will be out the middle of June and available for purchase via Rebecca’s web page and also on Amazon.  It is twelve explorations of the moment when someone first experiences that moment of doubt that could lead to the loss of faith.  All three of us found different stories that really connected with who we are and with our own journeys to atheism.  We were very excited to get an advanced look at this book and recommend it highly.  Rebecca is a long time listener so you should definitely show some solidarity and take a look at her work!

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  • Episode 253 – Heartland Institute Bullshit

    whyscientists2dWebThis week, we are joined by bio anthropologist Greg Laden to talk about “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming,” a bullshit book distributed by the Heartland Institute to science teachers.  Being actually qualified to speak on the topic of climate change, Greg helps us unpack why the book is bullshit as well as why the Heartland Institute wasted money by distributing the book in the first place.  He also has a blog called “Greg Laden’s Blog” and he explains why it’s called that.


  • Episode 251 – Shut up Betty, I’m Trying to Pray to Mecca

    14924-200This week our guest is Dave Meyers, who won a guest spot on our podcast through a generous donation to Fearless Comedy during Die Laughing.  Dave wanted to talk to us about his belief that it takes a lot of strength to have faith in god.  We don’t all agree but we had a really interesting conversation about our differences.  We then engage in mutual round of five questions because he brought some for us and we already had some for him.  There wasn’t enough time for all ten so we came up with a compromise.


  • Episode 250 – X-Men Fools Gold

    hero_5This week, we take a look at the controversy surrounding the recent X-Men: Gold #1 comic.  Muslim artist Ardian Syaf stirred up a lot of anger after including some arguably anti-semitic “easter eggs” in his drawings.  To understand what is going on, it helps to know that the messages were in support of a movement against recently ousted Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.  He was charged with blasphemy for criticizing the Koran (although it would appear he didn’t actually do that but we’ll get into that during the podcast).  We talk about the whole mess with our guest, Marvel super fan Mark Sherman.  Mark also becomes the first guest to answer our new five questions!

    For more, here’s an article from Bleeding Cool with several relevant links.

    Also interesting is this piece by G. Willow Wilson, who is also a Muslim.

    And hey – here’s one of the panels in question.

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