The Religion of Science? – Part 1
What does it mean to be open-minded vs. closed-minded? We experienced some kind of “open vs. closed” clash of ideologies when we challenged and deconstructed the dogmas of Mormonism, right? So what do we do with that now? And what about the accusations that some of us simply substituted the cultural dogmas of Mormonism for the cultural dogmas of Science?
Listen in as Randy totally keeps his cool (eh hem…) while joining Glenn, John, Lindsay, and Matt in a discussion of Rupert Sheldrake’s 2012 “Banned Ted Talk” about the 10 dogmas of a Scientific Materialist Worldview. And don’t miss the special easter egg parody about the press conference announcing the new LDS Prophet at the end.
The REAL Antichrist
Glenn has figured out who the actual anti-christ is and what “anti-christ” actually means. And it’s not what you think! Unless, of course, it is. It’s really hard to tell being as obnoxiously cryptic as I am being. Just listen. You’ll like this one. I promise.
EDM Music & Culture: The Calderwood’s Path to Healing and Connection
How do you heal after an excommunication? Matt talks with Carson and Marisa Calderwood about finding healing and community through EDM music and culture.
LDS Prophet Thomas S. Monson recently passed away. Bob, Jake, Heather and Tom get on to discuss his passing.
And according to Bob, he wasn’t no Gordon B. Hinckley… #NotMyProphet
Sapiens: More Fiction about Fictions – Part 2
Could a scientific mythology could bring balance to the force and peace & harmony to the galaxy? Listen in to Part 2 of this panel discussion of the book Sapiens with some responses to listener comments about “fiction” and “myth.”
A source about the common characteristics of mythology:
Matt’s Christmas Story: Putting the Jesus back in X-Mas
Matt shares a recording that he made with his family on Christmas eve, where he discusses his recent rediscovery the value of Jesus.
Sapiens: The Fiction about Fictions – Part 1
Glenn shares a piece of the previously unpublished Sapiens discussion with Heather, Jake, Randy, John Dehlin, and Andrew Evans to talk about the question of fiction. What is a fiction? What is a myth? How does the Mormon “War in Heaven” story function in Mormon culture? How does the “Big Bang” story function in secular culture? Are they both fictions? Are they both myths? Listen in as the Infants discuss, and then weigh in yourself on the debate by filling out the following brief survey:
The Mormon Cultural Membrane
Glenn and Matt discuss Jonathan Haidt’s 2014 TED talk titled “Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence.” I know, I know. We had you at ecstasy!
2018 Listener Essay Contest
Do you have something you want to say on Infants on Thrones? Now is your chance to say it, and possibly win a cash prize for doing it.
This episode contains 4 example essays:
“Testimony” by Glenn Ostlund (from 2008)
“Obedience” by Tom Perry (from 2008)
“Tangled” by Scott Rowley (from 2009)
“Testimony Update” by Glenn Ostlund (Dec 2017)
Click here for more details about the essay contest.
The Spiritual (sort of) Brain (kinda) Episode that Rocked the World of All Those Who’s World it Rocked
Why do otherwise smart and intelligent people defend really bad ideas? How does our brain respond to perceived threats? What are mirror neurons? Glenn shares a kookie but fascinating video about the brain and tells a lot of stories along the way. Could this video possibly contain the seeds of answers to some of the biggest existential questions we still ask ourselves, even after a faith crisis?
This episode was produced as a video podcast first. You will get more out of it watching than you will listening. You can watch the video here:
After watching the video, please also take a few moments to fill out this survey:
A link to the original video, without Glenn’s commentary: