Mar 8, 2015
We round up some of the best examples of what’s available in atheist media. We discuss 5 short selections from atheist youtubes and podcasts, including pieces from Mr. Deity and Richard Dawkins, Noah Lugeons of The Scathing Atheist podcast, youtuber Qualia Soup, TJ Kinkaid, aka The Amazing Atheist, and we close with an excerpt from Christopher Hitchens’ last public speech on earth.
This show was taped on March 4th, 2015.
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" introduction by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
"Never Know" by Jack Johnson
“Auratune” off Master Plan by Dave Weckl
“Mr. Deity and the Atheist” featuring Brian Keith Dalton and Richard Dawkins
Noah Lugeons, The Scathing Atheist Podcast, Episode 103, the Diatribe: Post-Secular
QualiaSoup “Lack of Beliefs in Gods”
TheAmazingAtheist, TJ Kincaid, “Atheists Are Just As Bad.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n8d_KCUtrs
The End ~Christopher Hitchens, by Scientific Unity
The edited portion of Hitchen’s speech transcribed:
I’m not as I was. Something I urgently felt I ought to do or say…and one mustn’t repine or give in to self pity about that, but at this present moment I have to say, I feel very envious of someone who is young and actively starting out in this argument. Just think of the extraordinary things that are happening to us. Go, for example, to the Smithsonian museum (I hope you’ve done this) to the new hall of human origins-- magnicificanty curated in a new exhibition--which shows, among other things, the branch, or branches along which perhaps three, certainly three, maybe four if you count Indonesia, humanoid, shall we say, anthropoid species died out not very long ago, within mearuable distance of 75,000 years or so. Possibly destroyed by us, possibly not, we don’t know. We know they decorated their graves. We think they probably had language ability. We don't know if they had souls (I'm sorry I cant help you there). But I so envy those who could glimpse...I've only mentioned three or four of the things that have magnetized and charmed and gratified me to think about in the recent past, and how much I hope that each of you form some such ambition this evening and carries it forward. In the meantime, we had the same job we always had, to say as thinking people and as humans that there are no final solutions, there is no absolute truth, there is no supreme leader, there is no totalitarian solution, that says if you would just give up your freedom of inquiry, if you would just give up, if you would simply abandon your critical faculties the world of idiotic bliss can be yours but we have to begin by repudiating all such claims. Grand rabbis, chief ayatollahs, infallible popes, the peddlers of surrogate and mutant, quasi-political religion and worship. The Dear Leader, the Great Leader, we have no need for any of this. And looking at them and their record and the pathos of their supporters, I realize that it is they who are the grand imposters. And my own imposture this evening was mild by comparison. Thank you very much. –Christopher Hitchens, 2011