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31 episodes, 29 hours 47 mins
FTL 002: Free Will - Sam Harris
In this episode we dissect a book by the name of Free Will by author Sam Harris. We grapple with his theory that we actually have no free will, and the thought that we really don't have control over nearly as much as we think we do. Crime, parenting, your choice of coffee or tea? How all of it is impacted by the things happening beneath your brains surface.
Sam Harris on using reason to build our morality
Many philosophers draw a hard line between the worlds of facts and values, but not Sam Harris. In this thought-provoking conversation with Chris, he makes the case that reason can indeed answer moral questions, and then explores the many controversies that emerge from that claim. Moral superiority? Cultural superiority? How about moral progress? Chris and Sam dig in to discuss the right ways to think about defining right from wrong, and reason’s role in it all. To find out more about TED, please visit TED.com. Find the transcript at:go.ted.com/interviewharris
Ep. 7: Secular Sobriety
In this episode, we are talking about the issues surrounding addiction and recovery that are specific to the secular community, as well as ways that secular people are working towards reforming AA. Please check out: www.waaft.org, www.weagnosticsaa.com, and www.seculartherapy.org
Addiction Recovery: 12 Steps and Beyond
Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programs often invoke (or require) a "Higher Power." How effective is this, and are there better alternatives for beating addiction and overcoming ? We explore 12-step programs, the often religious language they use, and some secular alternatives.Support Our Sponsor:The Great Courses Plus:http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/sethJon Stewart’s blog: “Leaving AA, Staying Sober” https://jonsleeper.wordpress.comJon Stewart’s article in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/29/alcoholics-anonymous-saved-my-life-but-i-lost-my-faithRecovery resources suggested on the show:https://www.seculartherapy.org/http://lifering.org/https://www.the-sinclair-method.com/http://www.sossobriety.org/http://www.smartrecovery.org/http://www.refugerecovery.org/
Ep 31: AA with Megan
This week we interview a friend of ours, Megan, about her experience with AA, and why it's not a very effective program for secular people coping with alcohol addiction. Links we talked about below: Reddit - Stop drinking: https://www.reddit.com/r/stopdrinking/ Stanton Peel Life Process Recovery; http://www.peele.net/ Smart recovery, AA alternative: www.smartrecovery.org The Social Exchange: http://www.thesocialexchange.libsyn.com/ Find us: Facebook www.facebook.com/reallifebeyondfaith Twitter @RLBFpod twitter.com/RLBFpod Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Patreon www.patreon.com/reallifebeyondfaith
Recovery Without God
Finally, a daily reflection book for nonbelievers, freethinkers and everyone: Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life (2013) is the first secular daily addiction/recovery reader available for addicts/codependents in the rooms.
Secular Sobriety When Your Beliefs Don't Align With AA
Did you realize that 7/12 of the AA 12 steps have a religious reference and can be a put-off to those non-believers. Even though Alcoholics Anonymous says a Higher Power can be anything you want…a door knob….yeah right! Higher power itself doesn’t align with great number of Athiests, UUs and such. So what’s the alternative where you can get support if you want to live a sober life? Secular Organizations for Sobriety is available for that purpose. Valerie White(episode 42) give us insight into her journey of becoming sober when she hit bottom in 1985. 28 years sober and the experiences of creating her own group of SOS, has given her the opportunity to be open with others in way that helps them to live a sober life. She writes quarterly articles to support others who suffer with the disease. Links: The movie: The Anonymous People LifeRing Secular Recovery SMART recovery James Christopher Books Unhooked How To Stay Sober Final Credits: music thanks to: “Carefree”, “Open Those Br...
Ep. 70: Who We Are At 2 A.M.
Have you ever googled something that you would never dream of saying out loud to another human being? Many of us turn to Google when we have a deeply personal or embarrassing question. And we're often more honest when we type our questions into search engines than when we answer surveys or talk to friends. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former data scientist at Google, says our online searches provide unprecedented insight into what we truly think, want, and do. This week on Hidden Brain, what big data knows about our deepest thoughts and secrets.
You 2.0: The Ostrich Effect
Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power...right? As part of our summer series, You 2.0, we try to understand why we stick our heads in the sand.
Token Skeptic 230 - How To Be Reasonable
How To Be Reasonable (By Someone Who Tried Everything Else)is a primer on critical thinking and an introduction to scientific skepticism that will empower you to see the world a little bit more clearly. The world is a strange, scary and beautiful place. and author and artistRebecca Foxsuggests that being reasonable helps you to wonder at the strange, avoid the scary and celebrate the beauty. I interviewed Rebecca about How To Be Reasonable – you can find the book on Amazon and check out her website at *********** A quick note about supporting the podcasts! Check out– and considerThanks to RTRFM for their support. Theme songs “Cosgrove” by Pogo, fromand “Leap Second” by Milton Mermikides, ofAdditional ambient music from Jukedeck – create your own at. Tremendous thanks to my Patreon supporters– they are: Stephen, Steven, Andrew, Troy, Jacqueline, Brooke, Gerry, Dr*T, Josh, Linley, Gold and Iggy. Make sure you check out the bonus content on Patreon and as always, you can join t...
325: AA Beyond Belief, with Joe C
It's often noted that Alcoholics Anonymous sounds like a religious movement, with its appeal to a 'Higher Power'. But Joe C. is the founder of a group called AA Beyond Belief, which he says exists to provide a space for AA agnostics, atheists and freethinkers worldwide.Bart Campolo has wanted to have a conversation with a secular person deep in the AA world for a long time, and Joe C. is that person! Many people have been helped and find their community in groups like his, and Bart wanted to explore how it looks for Joe, people in recovery and those in his group in particular.Find AA Beyond Belief at AABeyondBelief.org. See also SecularAA.org and follow Joe at Twitter.com/Rebellion_Dogs.—Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.Enjoy the podcast? Support it at Patreon.com/HumanizeMe and get extra content for it! Please review us on iTunes (it really helps). And join 700 other listeners on the show’s Facebook Group.
Episode 17: Joe C. / Rebellion Dogs
Joe, who got sober in his teens and is about to celebrate his 38th year of sobriety this month, is a man of many hats and talents. Joe’s a recovery trailblazer in the vanguard of those actively working to shape the fast-evolving recovery landscape. Through his Recovery Dogs imprint, Joe recently published Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life. He joined us days before he’s set to be the opening speaker at the inaugural We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Conference. Referenced: “Whatever course you decide upon there is always someone to tell you you’re wrong.” / Ralph Waldo Emerson / from November 3 entry in Beyond Belief http://thinkexist.com/quotation/whatever_course_you_decide_upon-there_is_always/14528.html Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life / Joe C. / Rebellion Dogs Publishing http://rebelliondogspublishing.com/beyondbelief We Agnostics and Freethinkers International AA Confernece / November 6-8, 2014 / Santa Monica, CA http://waftiaac.o...
Episode 49 American Atheist Convention 2015
Back on April 4th, I taped a few random interviews at the American Atheist Convention in Memphis, so today I’m posting a few selections from that experience. The first is a 9 minute interview with Dave Kong. Dave was personal friends with Madalyn Murray O’Hare, the founder of American Atheists and has witnessed the movement from the beginning. He served on the board for 27 years. And for those who may have little exposure to Madalyn, I’ve posted an 11 minute excerpt from a speech she gave at the 1972 AA convention, 10 years after she founded the movement. . Next is a 6 minute interview with comedian Keith Lowell Jensen who performed a stand-up routine at the conference. I tacked on a 3 minute excerpt of a bit he performed there. Keith has his own podcast called, “It’s Funny Because” available on iTunes and Facebook. Lastly, I play a fascinating talk given by Dr. Jennifer Michael Hecht called Poetic Atheism. She wrote a book that changed my life called, “Stay: A History of Sui...
Atheism in Alcoholics Anonymous, with Bob K.
Bob K lives in Ontario, Canada, and has been sober in AA for 25 years. He is a well-known AA historian and published author. His book "Key Players in AA History" is a revealing account of the true stories behind the people who founded and developed Alcoholics Anonymous. As an atheist activist in AA Bob as also a prolific contributor to the websites "AA Agnostica" and "AA Beyond Belief". He is well informed about the controversial developments in Toronto, where the local AA Inter Group threw out some atheist meetings who had revised the 12 steps by taking out all references to God. Changing the 12 steps is something you just don't do in Alcoholics Anonymous -- but if the programme discriminates against atheists, how will the fellowship accommodate this?
Marc Kern, Ph.D. on Rational Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous
In this episode of the Wise Counsel Podcast, Dr. Van Nuys speaks with Psychologist Marc Kern, Ph.D. on the topic of addiction treatment with an emphasis on alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous and twelve step programs. Dr. Kern became interested in treating addictions as a result of his own experience dealing with addictions that he had developed while in college living in a fraternity environment that encouraged substantial substance experimentation. Part of the treatment he was prescribed for his addiction involved referral to Alcoholics Anonymous. He did attend AA multiple times, but ultimately found that it was not a good fit for him. He objected to the religious nature of AA's philosophy of treatment, their promotion of a general view of the alcoholic self as essentially powerless, and their salvation oriented view promoting the idea that the only path available to the alcoholic through which he can become powerful again is through submission to a higher power. He also objected...
Courts & Alcoholics Anonymous
Ep.2015:17 Host James Curtis discusses the relationship between the Courts, Alcoholics Anonymous and Predators. GUESTS: Monica Richardson, Activist & Documentary Producer of THE 13TH STEP www.the13thstepfilm.com; AA Member "Julia"; Jim Holt, Senior Writer, Santa Clarita Valley Signal; Sam PK Collins, Health Reporter, www.thinkprogress.com
Episode 5: "The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous" by Gabrielle Glaser
"The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous"looks at AA (and related treatment programs for alcohol and drug addiction) and asks tough questions about whether it works as well as many believe, and if there are better, more effective alternatives. I talk with author Gabrielle Glaser about the challenges of reporting and writing about this controversial topic. Gabrielle Glaser is an author and award-winning journalist who writes about issues of addiction and mental health. She specializes in long-form narrative and investigative writing, especially about social issues, health, and medicine. She has written for the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Associated Press, The Economist, The Dallas Morning News, The Village Voice, and National Public Radio. She is the author of three books, including her most recent work, "Her Best-Kept Secret."
The Sober Truth: debunking Alcoholics Anonymous
Our guest this evening is Lance Dodes, MD, author of The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry. Dr. Dodes is a Training and Supervising analyst emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and recently retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
AS52: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Cult? Part 2
Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Cult? This week I have two guests on the show with the experience to answer this important question. First there’s Mike of the Digression Sessions Podcast,http://digressionsessions.com/. Mike was a very precocious alcoholic who was able to hit rock bottom at the impressive age of 21. Just in time to actually legally … Continue reading AS52: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Cult? Part 2 → The post AS52: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Cult? Part 2 appeared first on Atheistically Speaking.
12 Spiritual Principles Of AA – David Peters Alcohol Anonymous Speaker
12 Spiritual Principles Of AA – David Peters Alcohol Anonymous Speaker "Spiritual Principles" The 12 Steps to Joy and Happiness, Finding the Kingdom of God That lies Within https://www.amazon.com/12-Steps-Joy-Happiness-Finding/dp/1504376439 Need Treatment Services Today? - (844) 816-9611 Most people believe that the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous just apply to addiction. But David L. Peters, who is a scientist and active in the Catholic Church, shares how the principles can help anyone lead a full, happy, productive life, even if you never touched liquor or drugs. “I started and led the Roman Catholic movement of Cursillo for 15 years, and worked in the 12-step recovery program for 20 years,” he says. “I have modified the 12 Steps to reach a broader scope of our world.” David began applying the steps to his own life at a very early age. At 84, he has had a very successful career as an engineer, 18 patents, has had a loving marriage of 57 years, and has written his first book....
24: Made of Stone – What is the Alcoholics Anonymous ‘Arch to Freedom?’
The episode where we are strong. Metrosexuals, double dates, YouTube ads, Jesus and the need for big fat thick cement. Follow the Alcoholic Ominous through the Triumphant Arch… or drink for oblivion.
Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Destructive Cult?
This week I’m joined by Jon Stewart, a former member of Alcoholics Anonymous and someone with a great deal of experience discussing the pros and cons of the program, how it runs and how it shares certain characteristics with destructive cults and yet…is it destructive itself? We talk about this in detail in this episode. Jon Stewart’s blog essay “Leaving AA Staying Sober”:https://jonsleeper.wordpress.com/ Recovering From Recovery:https://www.recoveringfromrecovery.com/ AA Agnostica (Atheist AA):http://aaagnostica.org/ AA Beyond Belief (Atheist AA):http://www.aabeyondbelief.com/ Andy Thomson, “Why We Believe in God(s)”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMmvu9eMrg&t=2s Dan Dennett, “Can Churches Survive the New Transparency?”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=409sOZInjiw&t=16s Robert Dudley, “The Drunken Monkey Thesis”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87FOhjLK4yc The Sinclair Method (TSM):https://www.the-sinclair-method.com/ Claudia Christian’s TSM documentary “One Little Pil...
Eye On Health - Alcoholics Anonymous 11.04.2017
Suzanne Radford is discussing alcohol addiction with members of Alcholics Anonymous from the UAE. April marks Alcohol Awareness Month and Suzanne looks at the signs and symptoms of alcoholism, as well as the strategies AA use to combat the disease.
Kitten Alcoholics Anonymous
No kittens were harmed in the making of this episode. But Emily was, mentally, physically, and emotionally, by Alex's avant-garde joke,childhood games, and an international dating show.
Bill's Story, Book 1: The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous Study Guide Audiobook by Aaron C.
Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to http://audiobookspace.com/free Title: Bill's Story, Book 1: The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous Study Guide Subtitle: Study Guide That Explores Solutions for Alcoholics and Drug Addicts Author: Aaron C. Narrator: Glenn Langohr Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs Language: English Release date: 09-01-17 Publisher: Twelve Step Work Genres: Self Development, How-To Publisher's Summary: The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-step programs across the world have helped millions of people recover from addictions. This study guide focuses on Bill Wilson's story. The guide starts with Bill's story. Chapters also cover topics such as the history of The Big Book of A.A., its main points, a study guide, and some of the 12 steps that apply. Also listeners are offered even more solutions to apply by finding or starting meetings of their own. This book can be used in drug and alcohol treatment centers, institutions, 12-step group meetings...
AS51: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Cult?
Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Cult? This week I have two guests on the show with the experience to answer this important question. First there’s Mike of the Digression Sessions Podcast,http://digressionsessions.com/. Mike was a very precocious alcoholic who was able to hit rock bottom at the impressive age of 21. Just in time to actually legally … Continue reading AS51: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Cult? → The post AS51: Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Cult? appeared first on Atheistically Speaking.
Step 6 and 7 of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) discussion.
This is a new podcast on www.Alcoholism-Recovery-Radio.com and www.recovering-from-recovery.com about step 6 and 7 of AA. We talk about the good and bad sides of these steps and how they are worded, which can seem old fashioned and religious. We also talk about some other related alcoholism recovery issues.
Stephanie Smith and Byron Wood - Religion and Alcoholics Anonymous
In this episode, we hear from Stephanie Smith who tried to form an agnostic version of Alcoholics Anonymous and Byron Wood who's brought a human rights complaint forward after being forced to attend a theistic 12-step program. For an update on Byron's case see: http://www.bchumanist.ca/human_rights_complaint_over_religion_in_aa_to_proceed Recorded at the Sunday, June 12, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
Is Alcoholics Anonymous Negativity-Based?
Guest Laura Tompkins explains how attending twelve step programs such as AA or NA can be hazardous to your mental health. Ms Tompkins holds a Master of Arts in Addiction Studies from the Hazelden Graduate School for Addiction Studies.
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