Friday, June 29, 2007

First Video Podcast!

Video Podcast — Introduction to the Big Bang Theory

I decided to sneak you guys a video podcast! I hope you like it. It comes in two parts, it's on youtube.

An Introduction to the Big Bang Theory (Part 1)
An Introduction to the Big Bang Theory (Part 2)

Here a full link; thanks to my buddy Scott for putting it together and getting it uploaded!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Discussion on The Watchmaker Argument

Okay, well, we eventually got it recorded, it sounds like it was stitched together like Frankenstein's monster, but it's here nonetheless.


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Brief Update

Sorry it took so long to get this up... it's kind of pointless for the show, but hopefully some of you catch this message. My media uploading thing does not work now that I am back home so things are a bit annoying, as I can't upload anything!!!!

My friend uploaded this for me:

Brief Update

EDIT: Okay, Skypecast is horribly buggy and (as we just found out) doesn't work on my computer! We are going to play around with things a bit, I won't be able to join in the conversation, but I will be able to type out responses. I suppose if we just the people we do, we can invite them into the chat too.. and do just a normal chat.)

AGAIN EDIT: Okay, listen up. My skypename is bigbangcreationism. Add me if you want to join the conversation, and I will let the host know what your screen name is, so we can add you. Skypecast Beta is reallllllllyyy buggy, so we are just doing a normal conversation. If you want to join in, just let me know!

ANOTHER EDIT: Well, the Skype thing was a dismal failure. We'll try it later today but his recording software didn't even work for a regular conversation.

Live Discussion!

My friend from college, who runs his own podcast (The Thought Experiment) is going to have me on his show to discuss with him William Paley's Thought Experiment on the Watch and the Watchmaker, a very pertinent claim made by Creationists and Intelligent Design advocates. The show will be live on Skype (show details can be found here) at 11 AM PST.

Hope some of you will tune in and check it out. If you have a mic and want to talk feel free to join us in the discussion!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Debate Proposition

I've been meaning to make this new post for a while now, but I've been lazy and sick; anyways here goes:

I've received a proposition for a fun little debate by R.C. Metcalf. His website can be seen here. Dr. Metcalf's credentials include a doctorate in health professions, a M.S. in Science Education, and a partially completed M.S. in Theology (taken from the back of his book, Letter to a Christian Nation: Counter Point, as seen on his site) Dr. Metcalf's original post and other related posts I will put in full here; let me know what you guys think about this debate idea? I am very interested in knowing what you think of it.

"Hi Robert,

I've listened to several (but not all, yet) of your podcasts and I must say I find your comments refreashing. Nevertheless, while refreshing in your approach, I would contend that you are mistaken about quite a few things. I was going to send you an e-mail, however I thought your other bloggers may wish to throw in their comments to my forthcoming suggestion.

Let me give you some background on me... I am a Christian and also a scientist (not to be confused with an oxymoronic "Christian Scientist"). I was raised in a completely atheist home, so I tend to buck the trend that folks like Harris and Dawkins like to proclaim, that most people become Christians because they are taught Christianity as children.

I recently finished a book entitled "Letter to a Christian Nation: Counter Point," which as you may have guessed, is a response to Sam Harris. It is one of three response books by different authors, each providing a unique perspective: a theologian (Doug Wilson) , a historian (Mike Leahy), and a scientist (yours truly).

I, too, have a podcast going, though mine is newer than yours with only 3 episodes thus far. It's entitles "Think Again with RC Metcalf." Now to my question...

What would you (and your listeners) think of the two of us producing a series of podcasts in something of a debate format? "Deuling Podcasts" if you will... We both try to air something weekly in response to the others most recent broadcast. Our responses wouldn't take up the entire half hour, so as to leave room for listeners' questions.

Let me know what you think... and please... everyone else on this blog, chime in, too!

All the best,


This sounds like just what my podcast needs; a little debate action.

I'll make a new thread on the blog for your post, and ask about the idea in the next show, which should come out sometime next week.

Is there anything specifically you want to debate on, or is it a sort of all-around religious debate?

Take care,


Well, I'm happy to take suggestions from listeners, so we can entertain their ideas once we get some. In the meantime, we could begin with something that I hear questioned a lot. Where does morality come from? How do we account for moral behavior on Darwinian naturalism?

Or we could discuss Stephen Jay Gould's NOMA concept, which is one area where we differ. I agree with Dawkins (rarely, but on this one I do...) that if the God hypothesis has any hope of being validated it must be testable scientifically. Dawkins wrote in The God Delusion, "God's existence or non-existence is a scientific fact about the universe, discoverable in principle if not in practice." I believe that Dawkins is on the right track.

So, there are a couple of suggestions to get us started. Perhaps when you produce your next podcast you could put out those suggestions and one or two of your own and see what the listeners think. I'll keep a watch on the blog for responses.

(Go ahead and copy this to the new thread, if you like. I'll be away from the computer most of the day tomorrow, but I wanted to give you some feedback before I hit the sack.) Goodnight!" — R.C. Metcalf

Again, let me know what everyone thinks about this debate idea?

Sunday, June 03, 2007

More Questions

I will be answering even more questions this episode.

More Questions