Divides Aside podcast
By Emily Graslie and David Dault
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This podcast is about science and faith. It is about laying down differences and finding new ways to understand each other. In these deeply personal conversations, Emily Graslie and David Dault talk about their ways of seeing the world, and why they often disagree. As the episodes unfold, suspicion gives way to a growing friendship, as listeners glimpse the difficulties and rewards that come when we put our divides aside.
||Clean#3 - Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny||What you need to know about this episode is that once, years ago, Emily may have actually met Santa Claus, though David is somewhat skeptical.||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 - Demons||David and Emily discuss the weird tensions of living in what Carl Sagan called a "demon-haunted world"||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 - Where We Come From||The first episode, in which we find out why it took Emily and David nearly two years to work up the courage to have this conversation||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#0 - Testing, Testing||This is a quick teaser to test the feed, and a chance for Emily to tell you about vinegar pie.||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Incredibly fresh and honest
Science vs. Religion. We've all been conditioned to understand that this is simply how things are in society.... right? Emily and David don't accept that, and each go out on a limb away from the safety of their own camps in a genuine attempt to understand the other side of the aisle. What struck me about this podcast is the courage with which Emily and David talk to each other. They seem to be absolutely transparent about their own beliefs and preconcieved notions about "the other side" in a way that's really refreshing.
It's been clear to me in recent months that people are starting to understand that there's a vast divide in our societal tribes and there is an increasing need to "join the conversation".
David and Emily lead by example and literally start the conversation that everyone else it talking about joining. This is an awesome podcast that makes you really think about why and HOW we disagree with other people. I'm a better person because I listened to it.
Everyone should listen to this
This podcast feels like it really does bring together some of the toughest discussions about science and religion in an open and approachable way. I connect with it deeply and I'm sure many many others do as well.
Thanks for putting yourselves out there guys. We appreciate it.
A review of the first 2 episodes and how I came to it, in case anyone cares.
TLDR: I find the show compelling and can't wait to continue along this intellectual journey with both hosts. This kind of open, honest, and respectful dialogue is exactly what we need more of in today's society. I was referred to Divides Aside by Destin and Matt on No Dumb Questions.
Note: I'm a former Catholic, complete with Jesuit secondary education, now atheist (i.e. more-or-less opposite of David's journey). Post-Catholicism I went through an evangelical Christianity phase that morphed into an evangelical anti-theist phase, that has now settled back into a mostly non-confrontational atheism.
I loved the first episode, albeit I found some of Emily's ignorance frustrating. Personally, most atheists that I know tend to be even MORE familiar with religion than supposed adherents to the faith. But maybe that's just because I grew up in the Midwest where one is constantly confronted with religion (especially Catholicism) and being openly atheist requires one to regularly defend a lack of faith.
In episode 2, I found David's explanation for indoctrinating his children to be unexpected and deeply troubling. He's had the benefit of coming to his faith through his own journey of personal discovery - and based on his description, it sounds to me like he might be unintentionally robbing his children of that same fundamental human right. As a formerly brainwashed evangelical bible-thumper myself, I can't help but wonder if that will backfire when they are inevitably exposed to other worldviews later in life.
Keep up the great work and please continue to produce these worthwhile conversations!