Truth Wanted

Atheist Community of Austin

WHAT IS TRUTH WANTED?

Truth Wanted is a show about getting to the bottom of beliefs, whether it’s karma or Christ, Bigfoot or crystals. Truth Wanted would like to know how you know it’s true. Hosted by ObjectivelyDan, Truth Wanted takes calls from the community (that means YOU!) and features new guests every week, emphasizing thorough conversations over name-calling and scoffing (most of the time). Truth Wanted focuses on how and why people believe what they believe, and how you can talk about beliefs in more effective ways. Join us for truth investigations and lively conversations every Friday 7-8:30pm CT 1-512-686-0279 read less

Truth Wanted 05.40 10-07-2022 with ExXtian Erin and Rion
Oct 8 2022
Truth Wanted 05.40 10-07-2022 with ExXtian Erin and Rion
Hello again Truth Wanters! This week, Erin is joined by Rion of TikTok fame, host of Skeptic Haven and owner of many plants! Erin and Rion talk about their deconversion process before we move on to your calls.This week’s Patron of the Week is Maxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxwell Carlisle! You wanted the X emphasized Max, careful what you wish for! May a thousand bad Vin Diesel movies haunt your dreams!First up is Mr. Enigma, who’s emerged from under his bridge to ask a series of silly questions. Dogs, genies, spirits… perhaps too much of another kind of spirits are involved here? Erin tries to parse this caller and his claims of a visit to heaven, but we’re not getting anywhere. Cool story bro.Next is Thomas, who thinks dried up rivers caused by climate change are evidence of the truth of Biblical prophecy. Our hosts point out that lots of rivers go dry, and counting the hits while ignoring the misses is a terrible road to truth. Thomas throws out a few weak examples of prophecy correlating to reality, but let’s face it, make enough predictions and a few are bound to pan out. We’re not convinced.Jamie’s in Texas, and he’s fed up with the constant failed prophecies of the end times. Human hardships are pretty damned common, and connecting the yarn to the latest pushpin doesn’t prove a thing. Both our hosts agree that correlation isn’t causation, and calamity is a recurrent part of our experience here on Earth.Finally it’s Lake, he’s wondering about the plum pudding model of atomic composition, and how our modern understanding is more analogous to the structure of our solar system. Our hosts agree that lots of things in nature look alike, but similitude doesn’t equate to divinityThat’s a wrap for this week folks, we’ll see you next time!
Truth Wanted 05.39 09-30-2022 with Objectively Dan and Richard Firth-Godbehere
Oct 1 2022
Truth Wanted 05.39 09-30-2022 with Objectively Dan and Richard Firth-Godbehere
Oooh, it’s Friday, it’s 5pm in Texas, and today, Dan is joined by perhaps the only educator that could possibly drag me back into a classroom, it’s Richard Firth-Godbehere, on loan from the Non-Prophets! Dan and the good doctor discuss his work and his book before we start taking your calls.Our Patron of the Week this week is Katie Stewart! Thanks for the support Katie, even if you do eat bugs for breakfast!From the Great White North comes Jasmine! In the vein of our discussion of emotion thus far, she wants to talk about how religions use fear and hell. Dan and Rich talk about why the concept of hell doesn’t make logical sense, but let’s be real, emotions don’t always have to. Our hosts discuss the pitfalls of letting go of indoctrination, and remind Jasmine that it’s ok to be scared of something you know isn’t real!Another Canadian? You betcha! Daniel’s back! Diving back in, Daniel alleges that the NASA interactive camera tool that allowed users to pan around the Martian landscape seems to now omit the section that showed the evidence for Martian insectoids. Our hosts are skeptical that NASA would allow and subsequently delete evidence of alien life, past government gaffes notwithstanding, paredolia still seems a more likely explanation.Next up is Coyote Boy, love the name! He asks Rich to quantify what “counts” as a discrete emotion, and Rich talks about how our understanding is still evolving. This is right down the good Doctor’s alley, and we get a crash course on his life’s work.Jamie’s in Texas, who offers circumcision as a great example of how church/state separation can come into conflict with personal freedoms. Dan offers his opinion on navigating these tricky waters, and Richard points out that consent is what’s important here. A JW can refuse a blood transfusion, an infant can’t refuse genital mutilation.That’s the show this week folks! Join us next time, and keep wanting the truth!
Truth Wanted 05.38 09-23-2022 with Objectively Dan and The Skeptick
Sep 24 2022
Truth Wanted 05.38 09-23-2022 with Objectively Dan and The Skeptick
Welcome back to Truth Wanted folks! This week, back by popular demand, is Jon the Skeptick! He’ll also be joined by some Dan guy who wandered in off the street. Dan and Jon chat about horoscopes and other kinds of charlatanry before we move on to your calls.This week’s Patron of the Week is I Heart Dogs! Clearly a Saggitarius, who are known for their generosity. Or something. We’ll open the show with Nevyn, whose friends describe him as a conspiracy theorist. He’s just asking questions! In this case, those questions are about the moon landing, and some missing answers. Jon points out that missing answers doesn’t mean the Apollo missions were faked, and Dan doesn’t think a Youtube video is very convincing. This is an interesting example of a credulous caller with an argument from incredulity.Jamie’s calling in from Texas with an observation about how the United States’ veneration of concepts like freedom and liberty may be a roadblock to having universal healthcare. We’ll listen to two Brits dunk on the myth of American exceptionalism for a few minutes before a REAL American chimes in… and agrees. The ghost of Senator McCarthy is coming for you, Dan!Our third caller is Greg, he downloaded a phone app that talks to ghosts. Testing whether the app actually communicates with the spirits of the dead, he got some responses that were eerily relevant, and saw a ghost “tour guide” use dowsing rods. Jon gives us a demonstration of his magical ability, but Dan rains on this parade by suggesting that ideomotor movement is a more likely explanation. We all agree that stories are cool, but they’re just that.Finally we have Daniel in Canada, and he’s convinced that some alien abductions are real and that the government is hiding the evidence. Our hosts quiz Daniel on what he believes and offer some good reasons to be skeptical of claims, as well as a few examples of what might convince them. We finally get to the good part when Daniel claims NASA has footage of insectoids on Mars using tools. Sadly, we lose Daniel when his connection is sabotaged by a Martian insect with an adorable tiny pickaxe.What a way to end the show! We’ll see you all next week, truth seekers!