Thursday, June 3, 2010

GOD DELUSION PODCASTS


Oxford University Dept. of Continuing Education

PODCASTS ON DAWKINS' THE GOD DELUSION, by myself and Marianne Talbot. From the God Delusion weekend we ran a short while ago. Available here: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/#conted-unit
PLEASE NOTE: type "stephen Law" or "God delusion" into the search window within the webpage to locate the relevant podcasts, as there are so many.

These are also available as VIDEOS from itunes - under PODCASTS - Oxford University - Continuing Education - God delusion Weekend - videos.

If you listen to just one of these podcasts, I'd make it "Attacking the God Hypothesis in Other Ways".

DIRECT LINK TO ITUNES HERE.


DIRECT LINKS TO Video:


1 "A Scientific Hypothesis?" by Marianne Talbot. (89:47) mp4


2 "The Strengths and Weaknesses of The God Delusion" by Stephen Law. (86:12) mp4

3 "Has Dawkins shown that God is Redundant?" by Marianne Talbot. (68:22) mp4

4 "Attacking the God hypothesis in other ways" by Stephen Law. (62:15) mp4

5 "The God Delusion: Questions and Answers" with Marianne Talbot, Stephen Law and Tom Fisher (74:42) mp4

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyable stuff. I nearly choked, though, when Marianne Talbot essentially claimed that the deaths of 100,000 children from a volcanic eruption should be viewed as God's way of 'stimulating' the production of early warning systems.
Mental.

The Atheist Missionary said...

Thanks for the link - downloading them right now.

Big news here on the home front. I have convinced the editor of our local newspaper to let me start writing a regular column that I plan to entitle "Irreligiosity". I had to come out of the closet sooner or later. I guess I can kiss that retainer from the local Presbytery goodbye. Best, TAM.

TaiChi said...

Thanks Stephen, looking forward to listening to this, as I hope to write a blog post on Dawkins' argument.

By the way, I thoroughly enjoyed your earlier (2009) debate with Marianne Talbot on this topic.

The Atheist Missionary said...

Just listened to "Attacking the God Hypothesis in Other Ways". That evil god hypothesis is hilarious. It would make a great stand-up routine. I'm going to suggest that Bill Maher contact your agent.

Jake The Snake said...

Your work on the contrapositive evil deity hypothesis is great to hear in your own voice. It seems this epistemic wrecking ball is lost a bit on a lot of theists.

DM said...

HIJACKING IN PROGRESS!!!

http://hawaiiwebgroup.com/maui-design/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/website-hijacking.jpg


HIJACKING IN PROGRESS!!!

how can these HEADLESS IDIOTS BET AGAINST GOD!!!
________________________________________


what happens when you LOSE Pascal's Wager...


http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics/pascals-wager.htm

_____________


you FIGHT PAPER MONSTERS...

the blood and bodies of the atheist movement...


you mofos killed MICKEY MOUSE!!!!


this has more TRUTH then what Dawkins, Randi, Harris, Myers, and Shermer combined have said in their entire lives...


http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=5R2wE8Sduhs&playnext_from=TL&videos=hht1U_19anc&feature=rec-LGOUT-exp_fresh%2Bdiv-1r-3-HM



they tried to BULLDOZE the entire METAPHYSICAL DIMENSION...

they LOST THE WAR......

you have FORFEIT YOUR SOUL, shermer... you have become an object in the material world, as you WISHED...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUB4j0n2UDU

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/7/11792994_ffaaee87fa.jpg

we're gonna smash that TV...

They had become ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE AND OF GOD...
you pushed too much and *CROSSED THE LINE*

degenerates (PZ) or children (HEMANT) - ATHEISTS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRRg2tWGDSY

do you have anything to say, you STUPID LITTLE F*CKER?

how about I tell you, Mr. Shermer, EVERYTHING YOU THINK ABOUT THE WORLD is

*WRONG*

THE BOOBQUAKE - 911!

http://dissidentphilosophy.lifediscussion.net/philosophy-f1/the-boobquake-911-t1310.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx7XNb3Q9Ek

RUN, ATHEISTS, RUN!!!

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TaiChi said...

I've just listened to the second mp3, and I have a comment regarding your adaptation of Mellor against Dawkins:

Mellor distinguishes physical and epistemic probability, but it seems to me that there is another kind of probability: logical probability. So just as you have logical, physical and epistemic possibility and necessity, you have probabilistic varietals of these.
Now, the thrust of Dawkins argument is, as you note, having to do with the complexity, the multiplicity of parts, which a designer would have to consist in. But, given a certain number of parts, there are great many number of ways to permute the structural arrangement of these parts, and the number of such arrangements will increase exponentially relative to the number of parts. By the principle of indifference, we can accord these arrangements an equal probability, and this means that any single arrangement will be unlikely. Assuming that only a few of these are minds capable of the designing required, then we can say that the logical probability of a designer is very low.

Billy said...

I think another answer to why an evil god allows "positive experiences" could be because it alienates other believers who have not been "delivered" from their problems and leaves them feeling rejected even by god. This is something I have observed in others in my former life as a christian. Of course, these "miracles" were always of the friend of a friend of a friend once overheard on the bus type of thing, but it left others wondering why they had not been cured or comforted (it also raises question about how healthy beliefs in miracles can be).

Are there any studies done on this?

Stephen Law said...

Not to my knowledge. Interesting thought though.

DM said...

see, I am going to give you a taste of PZ Myers' GARBAGE...

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/06/sunday_sacrilege_imagine_no_he.php


HIJACKING IN PROGRESS!!!

http://hawaiiwebgroup.com/maui-design/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/website-hijacking.jpg


HIJACKING IN PROGRESS!!!

how can these HEADLESS IDIOTS BET AGAINST GOD!!!
________________________________________


what happens when you LOSE Pascal's Wager...


http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics/pascals-wager.htm

_____________


you FIGHT PAPER MONSTERS...

the blood and bodies of the atheist movement...


you mofos killed MICKEY MOUSE!!!!


this has more TRUTH then what Dawkins, Randi, Harris, Myers, and Shermer
combined have said in their entire lives...


http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=5R2wE8Sduhs&playnext_from=TL&videos=hht1U_19anc&feature=rec-LGOUT-exp_fresh%2Bdiv-1r-3-HM



they tried to BULLDOZE the entire METAPHYSICAL DIMENSION...

they LOST THE WAR......

you have FORFEIT YOUR SOUL, shermer... you have become an object in the
material world, as you WISHED...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUB4j0n2UDU

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/7/11792994_ffaaee87fa.jpg

we're gonna smash that TV...

They had become ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE AND OF GOD...
you pushed too much and *CROSSED THE LINE*

degenerates (PZ) or children (HEMANT) - ATHEISTS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRRg2tWGDSY

do you have anything to say, you STUPID LITTLE F*CKER?

how about I tell you, Mr. Shermer, EVERYTHING YOU THINK ABOUT THE WORLD is

*WRONG*

THE BOOBQUAKE - 911!

http://dissidentphilosophy.lifediscussion.net/philosophy-f1/the-boobquake-911-t1310.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx7XNb3Q9Ek

RUN, ATHEISTS, RUN!!!

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Mike said...

Thanks for providing the direct links. Those really help.

Hal said...

As I listen to these, I find myself annoyed at the extensive interruptions by members of the audience who seem to think they are on the speakers' list. One of them (especially in Stephen's first lecture) won't even let him respond to the question (usually off-topic) he raises. Most annoying.