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Welcome friends, to a podcast for a darker timeline. Maybe the darkest of all timelines. Definitely not one of the good timelines. Maybe it’s always been a dark timeline, maybe the Hadron collider screwed us over. Science may never know. What we do know is that we live in the void. The void, a place where a chittering mass of void crabs can infest a person suit and win the presidency. The void, a place where we're just clever enough to know that climate change is happening, but not quite cle ...
 
The Atheist Experience is a weekly show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist and atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin. The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separatio ...
 
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Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, JMike is joined by Jim Barrows & Student Doctor Ben! First up is Chris from NY who cites a project at Princeton that allegedly has found a link between the pattern of random numbers and major global events. Jon from Canada is calling to talk about Christian oppression, citing K…
 
My guest this week is Yassine Meskhout (@ymeskhout), a Public defender and infrequent host of The Bailey podcast. Yassine argues for anarchy perspectives also writes on substack and for Jesse Singal’s newsletter on topics related to the criminal justice system as well as some culture war issues. His articles include “Eleven Magic Words” and “I am h…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, JMike is joined by MD Aware! Nicol from Armenia is wondering how atheists organize their marriages compared to that of biblical Christians. Joe from KA is calling to express frustration with atheists’ answer to Christians with regards to God creating a world where humans can pe…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Forrest Valkai is joined by Dave Warnock! Our first caller of 2023 is Greg from TX who is wondering why it would be useful to prove the existence of God? What is the purpose of the “why” question that is always asked by host’s on this show? Carlos from Argentine is calling to d…
 
My guest this week is Jonathan Church (@jondavidchurch), a chartered financial analyst, government economist, and author. His recent books include Reinventing Racism: Why White Fragility is the wrong way to think about racial inequality, and Virtue in an age of identity politics: A stoic approach to social justice. From my perspective his works aim…
 
The Midshow Promo clips. You like them! You love them! You want more of them! Well, consider your prayers answered, because we present some of the best moments from our past season. The video elves have been working overtime to bring you this collection of some of the funniest, most intense, and overall best segments. We’ll be back to live producti…
 
As we wind down 2022, we wanted to take a look back at all the best moments of the current season, and we've chosen the Top 5 calls, as determined by your viewing. Relive some of the most memorable and favorite moments from this past year of The Atheist Experience. We are also compiling this collection so that we could give you something interestin…
 
My guest this week is Helen Lewis (@helenlewis), a staff writer at the Atlantic and author of the book Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights. Helen has a project with the BBC coming out December 19th about internet gurus. We discuss her book, her article on wokeness as a religion, and debates around trans rights and gender self-ID. He…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Jim Barrows is joined Student Doctor Ben at the Freethought Library! Kevin from GA disputes the reliability and double standards of social constructs. From a social perspective, the caller asks why it isn’t acceptable to kick down someone’s door to steal food from others if we …
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, JMike is joined by Dave Warnock! Davis from CO is calling to ask about what God or what kind of God atheists are rejecting. The caller states that they do not have enough faith to ascribe to “the atheist worldview” whatever that is. Julian from FL has a question about Job 38:16…
 
My guest this week is Matt Dillahunty (@Matt_Dillahunty), longtime activist for skepticism and atheism and former host of The Atheist Experience. Matt has engaged in public debates on contentious issues like religion and reproductive rights with contentious individuals like Ray Comfort and Jordan Peterson. We discuss his 16 year stint on the Atheis…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Forrest Valkai is joined by JMike! Muhammad from CA wants to discuss their views that naturalism takes away the characteristics that make humans unique. But a lack of uniqueness and predetermined purpose doesn’t necessarily correlate with value or worthiness? Sheep of God, beca…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Student Doctor Ben is joined Adam Elmasri! Jon from Canada is calling to ask what is one’s purpose in life if the person doesn’t believe in God or if there isn’t a god? And also education about trans people is apparently the equivalent of genocide, and no they won’t defend that…
 
My returning guest this week is Stephanie Lepp (@stephlepp), a conceptual artist and the incoming executive director at the Institute for Cultural Evolution. We discuss her recent project, Deep Reckonings, a series of videos using deep fake technology to imagine what it would look like if famous individuals apologized for harms they've caused. Note…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Forrest Valkai is joined by Christy Powell! First up is Damien from WA who wants advice on how to explain to their family that they don’t enjoy the religious inquiries and love, and that their non-belief is not an attack on them. Jay from IA asks why Atheists feel the need to t…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Forrest Valkai is joined by Dave Barrows! First up is Victoria from Chile is wondering if religion or religious practices, given their predominance across modern cultures, may have first formed prior to the emergence of homo sapiens. Next is King from AK is calling to present e…
 
My guest this week is Alfred Mele, the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmesiter Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, and author several books on free will, most recently Free Will: An Opinionated Guide. Mele argues for a soft compatibilism, claiming he's not convinced by either the compatibilist or incompatibilist positions, but feels t…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Kenneth is joined by the one and only Dave Warnock! Michael from CA is calling to claim the prophecies in the Bible are in fact accurate because the Euphrates River is drying up, waters in China are turning blood red (not actually turning to human blood.) and that there are war…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Jim Barrows is joined by Johnny P. Angel! First up is Kevin from Canada who claims that there are other dimensions, among many other claims. So. Many. Claims. Next up is Sarah from Belgium who is beginning to question their faith, and asks out hosts if there is any truth to Jud…
 
My guest this week is David Berstein (@DavidLBernstein), author of Woke Antisemitism. In the book he argues that wokeness poses a threat to Jews because it promotes an illiberal society and the view that Jews are white oppressors. We discuss the merits and potential pitfalls of his argument. Woke Antisemitism: https://jilv.org/book/ Convocation: Fa…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, JMike is joined by Jim Barrows! First up is Kevin from GA, a theist who disagrees with slavery in the Bible, especially the constant Christian defense. The issue is, the caller also admits that God’s commands are perfectly justified and should be followed, therefore contradicti…
 
In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Shannon Q is joined by Kenneth! First up is Mark from CA who wants to write a letter to their young relatives who have been raised in a fundamentalist environment and would like advice from our hosts on what to open the letter with. Next is Troy from WA who doesn’t necessarily believe in a God, but is c…
 
My guest this week is Reverend Todd Eklof, author of The Gadfly Papers: Three Three inconvenient essays by one pesky minister. Rev Eklof was removed from fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist church as a result of complaints made by members of the church in response to his dissemination of The Gadfly Papers at a Unitarian Universalist Alliance…
 
Welcome back to the show! In today’s episode of the Atheist Experience, Forrest Valkai is joined by Dave Warnock! Charles from TX is calling to claim that Revelations 17:5 is the reason for all of the evil done in the name of Catholicism. Next is David from Australia who after decades of indoctrination is hit head on with the prospect of the religi…
 
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