My Interview with Inside the Atheists Studio

by Luke Muehlhauser on April 16, 2010 in News

I was interviewed for Inside the Atheists Studio, here.

Guy Dagata and I spoke about my deconversion story, what ‘common sense atheism’ means, how desirism works, the Sam Harris TED talk, how videogames are art, arguments from design, and The Christian Delusion.

In the interview, I said that I don’t take my moral feelings to be knowledge about moral facts, but I didn’t get to explain why. I say more about that here and here.

The interview includes Guy’s quite funny “10 questions,” adapted from Inside the Actors Studio:

  1. Who is your favorite god?
  2. Who is your least favorite god?
  3. What fascinates you?
  4. What frustrates you?
  5. Which argument for theism do you think is the best?
  6. Which argument for theism do you this is the worst?
  7. What is your favorite curse word?
  8. If forced to choose, which religion would you most like to join?
  9. Which religion would you least like to join?
  10. If the Christian heaven existed, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

    An enjoyable interview. Check it out.

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    Guy April 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

    It was nice talking with you, very insightful!
    (fyi, you forgot “which argument for theism do you think is worst?”)

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    Scott April 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Let’s see…my answers are…
    Favorite God: Anubis
    Least Favorite: Quetzalcoatl (For demanding human sacrifices)
    Fascinates: Humor
    Frustrates: Willful ignorance
    Best Arg: Cosmological/”Prime Mover”/etc.
    Worst Arg: Either Pascal’s Wager or Faith
    Curse Word; Anything in French
    Would Join: Buddhism
    Wouldn’t Join: Islam
    God Says: “I’m sorry.”

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    Rhys Wilkins April 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Favorite God: Dionysus
    Least Favorite: Allah
    Fascinates: Nature
    Frustrates: Stubbornness, close mindedness.
    Best Arg: Erm, maybe arguing for God as the Sufficient Reason or something.
    Worst Arg: Irreducible Complexity
    Curse Word: Why you cockjuggling thundercunt!
    Would Join: Buddhism
    Wouldn’t Join: Westboro Baptist Church!
    God Says: “LOL! I was just fucking with you boy! Which do you want first, to be boiled in oil or spitroasted on Satan’s barbeque?”

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    Justfinethanks April 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Favorite God: Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the dead and king of the lowest section of the underworld.
    Least Favorite: Akratos, the Greek God of unmixed wine and incontinence (did that REALLY need its own deity?)
    Fascinates: The history of life on earth.
    Frustrates: The profound ignorance of intelligent design creationists.
    Best Arg: Kalam
    Worst Arg: Argument from beauty.
    Curse Word: Cunt
    Would Join: Also Buddhism (still atheist!)
    Wouldn’t Join: Islam
    God says: “Sorry about that nonsense from apologists. Here’s the REAL reason for all the evil and suffering the world: …”

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    al friedlander April 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Least Favorite: Allah
    Fascinates: intelligence
    Frustrates: injustice/cruelty
    Best Arg: William Lane Craig (lol)
    Worst Arg: http://obrag.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/stfair09freespeech2.jpg
    Curse Word: bat shit
    Would Join: Buddhism
    Wouldn’t Join: Islam
    God Says: “Congrats, you finished the simulator. Everything, including the suffering of others, was all an illusion. Now let me explain to you the meaning/purpose of why I tricked you…”

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    lukeprog April 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Allah just isn’t getting any love…

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    Poban April 17, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Favorite God: Ganesha, Rama
    Least Favorite: Allah
    Fascinates: Rock n roll, Sex, Footie
    Frustrates:
    Best Arg: KCA
    Worst Arg: If there was no god then when paddy (rice) is planted, you will get millet.
    Curse Word; Whore’s hairy dick
    Would Join: Buddhism
    Wouldn’t Join: Islam
    God Says: I am actually none of those in your storybooks.

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    Josh April 17, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Favorite God: Anubis or Thor
    Least Favorite: honestly, I don’t really know.
    Fascinates: Evolutionary biology, mathematics
    Frustrates: Good arguments that I disagree with
    Best Argument for God: KCA or fine-tuning
    Worst: Moral argument
    Curse word: Assballs
    Would Join: Jainism
    Wouldn’t Join: Anything else
    God says: “lol pwned”

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    lukeprog April 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

    “good arguments that I disagree with”, lol.

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    Silver Bullet April 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Luke,

    You said that your faith caused you to research the bible and Christianity in more detail. Have you written about what specific items in your search caused you to lose your faith? I’d love to hear more about the specifics, if you can pinpoint them. For instance, you mentioned contradictions in the bible, and items that pastors and priests know about from seminary but never discuss…what are the 3 or 4 most consequential items you came across?

    SB

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    lukeprog April 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    SB,

    The most disturbing to me at the time was the realization that Paul and Jesus had different missions, and it was Paul’s mission that became the foundation for Christianity, especially Protestant Christianity.

    ‘Jesus, Interrupted’ by Bart Ehrman is a great intro to many of these issues.

    But keep in mind, the reasons I originally lost my faith are not all the same as the reasons I am currently an atheist, though there is some overlap.

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    Scott April 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Luke, that reminds me of a neat quote:

    “Protestantism was the triumph of Paul over Peter; fundamentalism is the triumph of Paul over Christ” -Will Durant

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    Howard Dean April 20, 2010 at 12:31 am

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