Entries by Justin Clark

Episode 35 | The Interview: Thomas Smith

Justin sits down with Thomas Smith, host of the Serious Inquiries Only and Opening Arguments podcasts. They discussed Thomas’s upbringing and path to atheism, the relationship between atheism and notions of happiness and despair, the problem with commentators like Dave Rubin, the issue of free speech and college campuses, and the relationship between Secular Humanism and social justice.

Episode 34 | The Domino and the Dialectic

In this third podcast in our series on free will, Justin sits down with Reason Revolution co-creator Tylor Lovins (@tylorlovins) and author J. R. Becker (@AnnabelleNAiden) to discuss the scientific, philosophical, and linguistic concepts underpinning the age-old philosophical problem.

The Free Will Debate: Martin Gardner and the Mysterians

“Perhaps there are mysteries about consciousness, mind, and time that we have yet to fully comprehend, and until we have the requisite knowledge about these conceptions, we are inept to solve the problem of free will. Humility is the beginning of the path to wisdom, and in that regard, Gardner had it in spades.”

Reason Revolution | Episode 33 | Reviewing Fire and Fury: A Conversation with Nathan Dickey

This episode, Justin had an in-depth conversation with Nathan Dickey (@TheNatheist), host of Trolling With Logic and A Leap of Doubt, about Michael Wolff’s explosive book on the Donald Trump presidency, Fire and Fury. They discussed Wolff’s journalistic style, criticisms of the book, its main arguments and tidbits of interest, as well as Trump’s place in American history and his impact on democracy.

Episode 32 | The Interview: Sarah Nicholson

This week, Justin sat down with Mechanical Engineer IT, designer, and activist Sarah Nicholson. They discussed Nicholson’s missionary upbringing and path to atheism, her concerns with some of the thought leaders of public atheism, her evolving views on social justice and feminism, identity politics, and other topics.

Episode 30 | The Interview: Reece from Nightmare Fuel

For this week’s episode, Justin chatted with Reece, the creator of the YouTube channel Nightmare Fuel. They talked about the recent Steven Pinker controversy, Reece’s upbringing and path to atheism and anti-theism, problems associated with the far left and the alt-right, the value of compromise and citizenship in a democracy, the importance of a sound foreign policy, and other topics.

Episode 29 | The Interview: Luke King

This week, Justin chatted with ex-pastor and podcaster Luke King (“Your Atheist Pastor”). We discussed Luke’s upbringing, his immersion into Pentecostalism, becoming a pastor, leaving the church and becoming an atheist, and his podcasting projects. We also talked about Trump, the good and bad of identity politics, a lack of a shared civic community, problems within the atheist movement, and other topics.

Episode 28 | The Architecture of Choice

This week, Justin sat down with author and activist J. R. Becker (Annabelle & Aiden). They discussed Becker’s newest book in the Annabelle & Aiden series, free will, compatibilism, determinism, the implications of free will, moral agency, human nature, intuition pumps, and other topics.

Episode 27 | The Christmas Special

This week is the Reason Revolution Christmas Special! Justin explains why he celebrates Christmas as an atheist, shares some memories from the holidays, and reads some writings on Christmas from the late, great freethought orator, Robert Ingersoll.