The Book of Nature
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Conversations about science, faith, and their intersections with three practicing scientists.
||Book of Nature 19: Cosmological Fine Tuning||Dan Dawson and Todd Pedlar discuss the concept of cosmological fine tuning, which concerns the fact that the universe seems to be "just right" for intelligent life - that all the fundamental constants of nature seem to lie in narrowly-defined ranges which allow for our existence.||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 18: Private Space Ventures||Todd Pedlar and Dan Dawson ruminate on the history of space exploration contributions by private companies, and the future of exploration by wholly private entities as opposed to government organizations.||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 17: The Twilight Zone||Dan Dawson enters the Twilight Zone with guest hosts Jordan Poss and Nathan Gilmour as part of the Christian Humanist Radio Network's Halloween week special.||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Booklets of Nature 1: Disappearing Particles||In a recent article at Quanta Magazine, entitled "What No New Particles Means for Physics" author Natalie Wolchover discusses what some in high energy physics view as a "nightmare scenario" - the disappearance of what was, in December 2015, touted as the long-awaited sign of Beyond-Standard-Model particles. Is this really a "nightmare"? Todd Pedlar muses on this question in Episode 1 of Booklets of Nature.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Booklets of Nature 0: Introduction to the Booklets||A new feature from the Book of Nature crew is coming, entitled "Booklets of Nature". As the name implies, this will be a short-feature podcast, which enables the Book of Nature guys to briefly reflect on items in the news of scientific interest, issues of science pedagogy, philosophy, and history, and issues that involve the intersection of Christian faith and scientific ideas and practice. The introductory episode briefly describing the new program is now uploaded to the Book of Nature stream, as will be all future Booklet mini-podcasts.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 16: What's My Line?: Todd Pedlar||The third of a three-part series in which the Book of Nature crew turns introspective. Dan and Charles interview Todd about particle physics, life in Iowa, and other such things.||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 15: What's My Line?: Charles Hackney||The second of a three-part series in which the Book of Nature crew turns introspective. Dan and Todd interview Charles about why he chose psychology (it involves an attempt at obtaining superpowers), his fascination with Terror Management Theory (TMT), and much, much more!||7/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 14: What's My Line?: Dan Dawson||The first of a three-part series in which the Book of Nature crew turns introspective. Todd and Charles interview Dan about how he got interested in Meteorology in general, and severe weather and tornadoes in particular, and what he's working on now as a new assistant professor at Purdue.||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 13: Scientific Fraud||The Book of Nature crew talks about systematic deception in science, its history, and its ethical fallout.||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 12: Metaphysics and Science||Todd Pedlar talks with Charles Hackney and Dan Dawson about the distinctions between metaphysical claims and scientific reports and why they're so hard to distinguish.||1/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 11: Firefly||Shelah Woodruff talks with Todd Pedlar and Dan Dawson about all the lovely sci-fi goodness in Firefly.||12/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Christian Humanist Thanksgiving Special||Victoria Reynolds Farmer, along with other CHRN hosts and listeners, talks turkey and explores one holiday in which food is what human beings do well.||11/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 10: The Large Hadron Collider||Todd Pedlar talks with Charles Hackney and Dan Dawson about particle acceleration and its implications for physics.||11/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 9: Psychology's Replication Problem||Charles Hackney talks with Todd Pedlar and Dan Dawson about recent revelations that many published psychological studies fail to yield consistent when replicated.||10/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 8: Pluto||Dan Dawson, Todd Pedlar, and Charles Hackney chat together about Pluto, that sometimes-planet.||10/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 7: Natural Evil||Todd Pedlar, Charles Hackney, and Dan Dawson hold forth on the nature of evil, considered in terms of faith and science.||8/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 6: Virtues of a Scientist||Charles Hackney chats with Dan Dawson and Todd Pedlar about the relationships between virtue ethics and the practice of modern science.||5/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 5: Dystopia!||The Book of Nature crew explores the science and the ideas behind one of the most popular sorts of recent fiction, the dystopian story.||4/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 4: Faith and Reason||The Book of Nature crew holds forth on one of the classic distinctions of theology: faith and reason.||2/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 3: Is Psychology a Science?||Charles Hackney goes about convincing Dan Dawson, Todd Pedlar, and our audience that psychology in fact deserves its place among the sciences.||11/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 2: Science vs. Scientism||Todd Pedlar hosts a conversation about science and scientism.||10/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Book of Nature 1: Opening the Book||Dan Dawson, Charles Hackney, and Todd Pedlar introduce the Book of Nature podcast, themselves, and the ongoing mission: to boldly go where split infinitives have not gone before.||9/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
What I have been waiting for...
I have listened to the “Christian Humanist Podcast” for several years and would occasionally hear fleeting hints about this podcast while it was still being planned. I could not wait to listen to it when it got under way. The result has been a great success thus far! As a former anti-theist who subscribed to “scientism” for most of my youth, the episode on scientism especially helped me better articulate what I have come to believe. The common modern myth that there is a fundamental conflict between science and faith completely falls apart when one simply listens to people like the hosts of this podcast.