Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

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CFIV6: The Science Guy

This week Sam, Becky and Wes interview Bill Nye in our continuing series of interviews from the CFI Summit in October 2013.   In the second half of the show Dan talks about bio-geo-engineering (more info below the fold) and guest Bobbie Kirkhart tells us about the upcoming Atheist Alliance of America convention.

Sources Cited for Moment of Science:

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5.Ridgwell, A., Singarayer, J. S., Hetherington, A. M., & Valdes, P. J. (2009). Tackling regional climate change by leaf albedo bio-geoengineering. Current Biology, 19(2), 146-150.

6.John Weier. “Following the vision”. John Martin (1935-1993).

7.Lavery, TJ. et al. 2010. Iron defecation by sperm whales stimulates carbon export in the Southern Ocean. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 277:3527-3531.

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Francois Tremblay

I thought this episode was delicious. When I point out your arguments against GMO labeling are retarded, you treat me like shit. When Bill Nye argues with you about you, you politely change the subject. How does it feel to be made to eat crow from Bill Nye, GMOtards?

Sam Mulvey

Think using words like “GMOtards” might have something to do with it?

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