What’s the Point of Inquiry?

Vivek Ladsariya asked me that question yesterday. It is the radio show and podcast of the Center for Inquiry. The mission statement of the Point of Inquiry says (in part):

“The purpose of Point of Inquiry is to contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of science and reason, and their applications to human conduct, and to promote skepticism of the paranormal and supernatural claims, which often benefit from no scrutiny in our overly-credulous culture.”

Point of Inquiry is one of my favorite podcast sites. Take this episode, for instance: “Richard Dawkins–The Root of All Evil?

No, Dawkins is not the root of all evil; it is Dawkins’ claim that non-thinking faith leads to quite a bit of evil around the world. In the same episode you will get to meet Ibn Warraq, noted ex-muslim, who explores the Mohammed cartoon riots. The cherry on top of all this is the essay by Lauren Becker who “explores ‘defensive driving maneuvers’ in a world where so many drive by faith and not by sight.”

Lauren Becker is a treasure. If you have only 10 minutes to spare, you must listen to her thoughts about America’s Founding and the Fourth of July in this episode. That one is a keeper. The episode features James “The Amazing” Randi.

And if you have more than 10 minutes, I would recommend her piece on the secular and humanist view of traditional marriage which appears on the June 10th podcast. That podcast features Cathleen Falsani. Unfortunately, I did not find the Falsani interview worth the time.

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Author: Atanu Dey

Economist.

2 thoughts on “What’s the Point of Inquiry?”

  1. I agree with you Point of Inquiry is also my favorite podcast and Loren Becker is absolutely a must listen.

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