Ep 21: Science Mike—Losing & Finding God
How to lose your religion, disrupt your life, and become a skeptic with faith! Science Mike describes his faith journey, and discusses brain science, space exploration, cryonics, and the oceanification of Miami.
- Mike McHargue's new book: Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science, and the website, including more info about him, and his ongoing book tour
- A photo of the moment when Micah and Science Mike unknowingly crossed paths years ago, as extras in the same scene of Blue Like Jazz
- The weird and winding journey of Science Mike
- as explored on the Pete Holmes show
- Conservative evangelicalism. The great things about it, and its failure scenario: evangelicalism produces atheists.
- The fallout of losing faith, personally and relationally
- What it's like to be an atheist working to uphold other people's faith
- How to navigate a relationship across a faith transition
- Ending up as an Empirical Christian Mystic
- God & the Brain
- Why belief in God is beneficial to your brain
- Brain science confirms the mystical idea that attempting to define God precisely is futile
- How to start rebuilding faith in the presence of intense skepticism:
- Richard Dawkins vs Science Mike: is religion beneficial or harmful?
- Richard Dawkins assumes conservative authoritarian fundamentalism is the essence of religion, and progressive religion enables it
- Mike McHargue argues that's not true. Authoritarianism is dangerous, but there is a strong move to remove it from religion.
- "I don't know of any more ardent critics of Westboro Baptist Church than my Baptist friends." — Mike McHargue
- Sam Harris on how skepticism often loses important elements of human well-being
- When authoritarianism is eliminated from religion, the strong evidence is that religion becomes a force for good.
- 3 proven nootropics: Exercise, Reading, Prayer
- Reading the Bible in an age of science. Three different approaches:
- The future of faith
- The world is not becoming more secular. But America and the West appear to be becoming non-institutional
- The church will adapt to this new context. The history of our faith is the retelling of the story of Exodus, in new contexts.
- The West is not becoming atheist, it's becoming less tolerant of boundaries.
- Secular & Sacred:
- Topics for the supernerds
- The (scary!) ramifications of self-improving AI
- Cryonics, ethics & the question of "Who's going to thaw you?"
- Space travel, and the newly-discovered exoplanet Proxima B
- Benefits of solar-system exploration: LIFE INSURANCE!
- Populating other planets in the solar system is a top ethical priority. Should be a top human priority.
- Why fixing climate change may have to wait until we're evacuating Miami
- Why we need to reorient our faith to universal human flourishing
- Why orthodox thinkers, and NT Wright and Richard Rohr offer a more progressive vision for the future of Christianity
- NT Wright's newest book, The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion
- The book tour — see Science Mike live!
Christian Transhumanist Podcast
- Kevin Kelly
- NT Wright
- Science Mike McHargue
- David Deutsch
- Aubrey de Grey
- Frank Tipler
- Robin Hanson
- Robert Wright
- James Hughes
- Steve Fuller
- Liz Parrish
- Thomas Jay Oord
- Greg Boyd
- Philip Clayton
- Adam Ericksen
- Christian Piatt
- Paul Wallace
- Derek Flood
- Katharine Hayhoe
- Christopher Benek
- Robert Walden Kurtz
- Calvin Mercer
- Peter Enns
- Shannon Vyff
- Ron Cole-Turner
- Meghan O'Gieblyn
The Christian Transhumanist Podcast is an editorially independent production of Micah Redding, provided here as a community resource on behalf of the CTA.