A reason-driven interview

A reason-driven interview

A reason-driven interview

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Dec. 5 2007 12:00 PM

A reason-driven interview

You may have heard of the book The Reason Driven Life, a rational response to the wildly popular religious book The Purpose-Driven Life. The author of Reason is Robert Price, a professor of theology and a critical thinker. The book examines a lot of religious claims and shows how it's better to take a rational view of how to live your life.

Inspired by this book, Danny Schade and Mikyle Lockwood created The Reason-Driven Podcast, where they interview various critical thinkers, and each 'cast centers on one chapter of the book.

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They interviewed me about Chapter 7, "The Mystery of Everything" (some NSFW language in the intro), and we discuss the most basic of ontological questions: why is there something rather than nothing? I am not a philosopher by trade, but like any rational person I've spent some time thinking about it.

The interview is about 45 minutes long, and we cover a wide range of topics from fine-tuning the Universe for life (bzzzzzt!) to the idea that there are multiple Universes, and how we can look for evidence of them. I also talk a bit about faith versus trust -- my own take on how you should make decisions based on evidence or the lack thereof. This is a really important topic to me when it comes to being a skeptic, obviously, since our society stresses having faith so strongly (specifically during this time of the year). I'm not a big fan of it myself, though I understand that a lot of people feel that they need it. Still, I prefer evidence myself, especially when it comes to discussing evidence for or against a particular religious belief. We spend some time on that in the interview as well.

Danny and Mikyle sent me that one chapter from Reason, and I point out in the interview that I don't agree with everything I read in it (I wish I had remembered to discuss his characterization of why people believe, which I think is pretty far off the mark). But what I did read has piqued my curiosity, so I'll probably be picking up a copy of the book soon. It should make for interesting reading over the holidays.