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Astrobiology is necessarily still a largely speculative field, which could make it difficult to write a book on the topic. That didn't phase journalist and performer Jacob Berkowitz, who has a passion for science that has started from a disadvantaged position. In his book The Stardust Revolution: The New Story of Our Origin in the Stars, Berkowitz chronicles the histories of astronomy, chemistry, and evolutionary biology that have come together to demonstrate that we humans are, as Carl Sagan famously said, "made of star stuff". From there, Berkowitz goes on to speculate about how what we know about our own origins may inform what we can determine about life elsewhere in our universe.
Join us this Sunday to talk with Berkowitz about our celestial past and possible future.
Rebecca Hale has been promoting humanism for almost two decades as one of the owners of EvolveFISH, providing easy ways for nonbelievers to identify themselves and insert their ideas into the public discourse. She helped found the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs in the early 1990s, before atheism was "big", and more recently, she helped to found Colorado's Coalition of Reason. Until early this year, she served as the Vice President of the American Humanist Association. In early January, she was elected AHA president.
Hale joins us this Sunday to talk about her work, her passion for humanism, and AHA's priorities under her leadership.
People throw off the mantle of supernatural belief in all sorts of ways, to all sorts of end results. Not everyone who leaves belief behind identifies as an atheist or gets involved with activism. Every person's story is different.
Dan Riley is the author of the book Generation Atheist. Riley was a campus organizer for the Center of Inquiry, and during that time he worked with many secular students. He was fascinated by their unique journies, and decided to pull these deeply personal and enlightning stories into a collection of narratives that he could share with all of us.
Dan Riley will be joining Atheists Talk this Sunday to discuss his inspiration for Generation Atheist as well as some of the insight he's gained during the production of this project.