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The Religion of Science? – Part 1

Panel Discussion

Posted January 16th, 2018

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHUaNAxsTg&t=611s

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The REAL Antichrist

Posted January 10th, 2018

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.

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Sapiens: More Fiction about Fictions – Part 2

Panel Discussion

Posted December 31st, 2017

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:

https://faculty.gcsu.edu/custom-website/mary-magoulick/defmyth.htm

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Sapiens: The Fiction about Fictions – Part 1

Panel Discussion

Posted December 24th, 2017

Glenn shares a piece of the previously unpublished Sapiens discussion with Heather, Jake, Randy, John Dehlin, and Andrew Evans to talk about the question of fiction.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:

https://proprofs.com/survey/t/?title=8ipem

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The Mormon Cultural Membrane

Posted December 16th, 2017

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MYsx6WArKY&t=3s

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2018 Listener Essay Contest

Listener Essay

Posted December 10th, 2017

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.

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The Spiritual (sort of) Brain (kinda) Episode that Rocked the World of All Those Who’s World it Rocked

Review

Posted November 30th, 2017

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:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/15643003

After watching the video, please also take a few moments to fill out this survey:

https://www.proprofs.com/survey/t/?title=v8jvs

A link to the original video, without Glenn’s commentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbBA14Adydw

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Infants on Louis C.K., Sexual Misconduct, and Moral Panic

Panel Discussion

Posted November 19th, 2017

Bob is joined by Glenn, Tom, Matt, Randy, and friend-of-the-show Lindsay Hansen Park to discuss comedian Louis C.K.’s sexual misconduct in the context of “the reckoning,” the post Harvey Weinstein moment. See below for a couple of resources mentioned in the episode.

When Does a Watershed Become a Sex Panic?
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/when-does-a-watershed-become-a-sex-panic

 

How We Can End Sexual Harassment at Work
https://www.ted.com/talks/gretchen_carlson_how_we_can_end_sexual_harassment_at_work

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The Spiritual Brain – Part 2

Interview

Posted November 12th, 2017

What does it mean to be spiritual? Is “spirit” just a supernatural idea? A bedtime story parents tell to their children to make them believe in God? Or is there something physical, tangible, measurable to spirit?

Glenn is joined by Kevin & Campbell Oleson to discuss these questions with neuroscientist Dr. Michael Adam Ferguson, to preview Michael’s upcoming project “The Spiritual Brain Podcast,” and to better understand his scientific approach to spirituality.

A video of this conversation can be found here:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/spiritual-brain-15107895

The Spiritual Brain Podcast website:
https://www.spiritualbrainpodcast.com

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The Spiritual Brain – Part 1

Interview

Posted November 5th, 2017

What does it mean to be spiritual? Is “spirit” just a supernatural idea? A bedtime story parents tell to their children to make them believe in God? Or is there something physical, tangible, measurable to spirit?

Glenn is joined by Kevin & Campbell Oleson to discuss these questions with neuroscientist Dr. Michael Adam Ferguson, to preview Michael’s upcoming project “The Spiritual Brain Podcast,” and to better understand his scientific approach to spirituality.

A video of this conversation can be found here:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/spiritual-brain-15107895

The Spiritual Brain Podcast website:
https://www.spiritualbrainpodcast.com

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