*BONUS* Diversity in Skepticism

*BONUS* Diversity in Skepticism

Hey Kids,

Today’s bonus content is a meditation on a very important issue in the skeptical movement (whether you are aware of it or not), and that is diversity. I won’t bother going into the issue here in this post; instead I will let the guests of our podcast do the talking.

The show begins with a clip from our Diversity in Skepticism panel from our recent Skepticamp conference, which began a large discussion within out own local community. YouTube video of the panel: Part 1 and Part 2.

Diversity in Skepticism Panel

left to right: Logan Baxter, Joel Guttormson, Amy Maass, and Jamie Folsom

Diversity in Skepticism panel

Joel's face compelled me to upload this picture

Our fearless moderator

We speak to Joel Guttormson, the atheist firebrand of Colorado (in my opinion).

Joel Guttormson

We also speak to my wife, Cassandra (or “Kasi”) Yoder for her take on the panel and the issue of diversity in skepticism as a whole.

Kasi in Rocky Mountain National Park

Kasi and Seth

Lastly, we speak to Jamie Folsom (who sounds suspiciously like Joan Cusack)  for her reflective thoughts on the panel and the phrase “people of color.”

Jamie Folsom

That’s it folks!

Here’s our iTunes link for all you Apple fanboys and fangirls http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/leaders-in-free-thought/id426025086


Best of Skepticamp Part 1: Mark Edward

Mark, Seth, and Jeff (l to r)

Click HERE to listen to an interview with the great Mark Edward on the greatest podcast ever created.

This week begins a series of episodes on the Fort Collins Skepticamp held at CSU not too long ago. Our first of these episodes features the venerable Mark Edward, brilliant mentalist, magician, and skeptic. Here’s a clip featuring Mark on Penn and Teller’s Bullshit! debunking a slimy “psychic.” Visit his website at themarkedward.com for more info and to check out his new book Psychic Blues.

Mark gave a talk titled Guerrilla Skepticism at Skepticamp . You can view it here: Part 1 and Part 2. I apologize for the poor cinematography. I had no time to set up the tripod prior to the talk, so I had to do it on the fly.

That’s about it. Listen to the show for all the skeptic-y goodness. Oh, if you’re one of the millions of people out there who sold their soul to Steve Jobs for a sleek-looking Apple product, take heart! You can now get the show via iTunes.

Mark Edward, Jeff and Seth

Photos courtesy of Susan Gerbic

Episode 3 with Dr. Darrel Ray

CLICK HERE to listen to Episode #3!

Noor Almaleki

Jeric begins the podcast by bumming everyone out with news of an honor killing in Phoenix, Arizona. Noor Almaleki, a beautiful young woman with most of her life ahead of her, was killed in 2009 when her father ran her over with his Jeep Grand Cherokee. The father was recently convicted of 2nd degree murder.

On our show today we have special guest Dr. Darrel Ray, author of The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and our culture. It’s truly one of the best books on the psychological tools religion uses and its impact on the individual and on society. Ray has been a psychologist for over 30 years, practicing counseling and clinical psychology for 10 years then moved into organizational psychology and consulting. He has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a MA degree in religion as well as a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and a Doctorate in psychology.

In early 2009, he founded the rapidly growing movement Recovering from Religion. You can learn more about this movement at www.recoveringreligionists.com.

You can watch the talk he gave at Colorado State University on YouTube.