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Episode 118: Life as a Simulation

NerdAbsurd’s resident science expert, Oguz Yetkin, joins Nick and Virginia to discuss the potential that life as we know it is a simulation.  Virginia can’t believe that aliens would enjoy watching her life unfold, Nick worries that nothing is real, and Oguz gives an informal overview of all the science fiction on the topic. Click here to listen! Note: Here are some of the links that Oguz mentions in the Read More...

Episode 117: Atheism Part 2

Nick and Virginia are joined by Cameron Desautels, founder of The Atheists and Freethinker Society, and his friend and coworker, Aaron Lasseigne, to discuss atheism in America. In Part 2, the group discusses state laws prohibiting atheists from holding office and whether or not a just and loving god would allow suffering in hell or purgatory. Nick advocates religion as a form of social cohesion. Click here to listen!

Episode 116: Atheism Part 1

Nick and Virginia are joined by Cameron Desautels, founder of The Atheists and Freethinker Society at the University of Texas Dallas, and his friend and coworker, Aaron Lasseigne, to discuss atheism in America.  In Part 1, the group reacts to studies showing that atheists are the least trusted members of society.  The group also ponders whether or not people really understand what it means to be an atheist. Click here Read More...

NerdAbsurd Special: Expect More by David Lankes (Chapter 1)

This is Chapter 1 of David Lanke’s audio book, “Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World.” New chapters will be released every two weeks, and you can find out more about the book on David’s site. Enjoy! Click here to listen!

Episode 115: Parenthood

*slightly NSFW* Nick and Virginia quiz Leland about what it’s like to be a parent on what is likely to be Leland’s last NerdAbsurd podcast. Thanks for spending the last year with us, Leland! Click here to listen!

Episode 114: John M. Barry of Restore Louisiana Now

On this podcast, we speak with author, John M. Barry, about the erosion of land from the Louisiana coast.  This erosion impacts Louisiana residents, who are susceptible to future storm surfers during hurricanes that might otherwise have been dispelled by the additional landmass. John was part of a committee dedicated to protecting Louisiana’s coastline and spearheaded an effort to get oil and pipeline companies (whose dredging contributed to the erosion) to Read More...

Episode 113: NerdAbsurd’s Growing Pains

The team laments the challenges of receiving recognition just as the website starts to malfunction (it’s fixed now!). Virginia casually mentions that her ex-dentist is now in prison, and Nick talks about the future of the podcast.

Episode 112: Buzzfeed editor/writer, Sandra E Allen

The team discusses journalism, media, and books with writer Buzzfeed Sandra E Allen. To learn more, check out Sandra’s Buzzfeed articles, her website, her literary magazine, and the Buzzfeed Longform website. Click here to listen!

Episode 111: Is college dead?

Nick wonders whether college ought to exist in its present form.  Leland discusses his annoyance at how no one knows how to write an email, and Virginia finds studies showing that students don’t really learn all that much in college. Note: Here’s the video Nick watched about education.