Author: Todd Pedlar

Book of Nature, Ep. 38: The Challenges of COVID-19

In this episode, recorded in early May, Dan and Charles reflect on the first couple of months of disruption to academic lives, and otherwise, due to COVID-19. Listen to this episode here. For more on this topic, see our Christian Humanist Radio Network partners over at Sectarian Review for these two episodes: SR, Episode 146:…

Book of Nature, Ep. 36: Adventures in Abstract and Concrete Thought

In this episode, your three intrepid Book of Naturists held forth on the subject of Thought – in the ideas surrounding the differences between and complementary natures of Abstract and Concrete thinking.  This episode lurches between the ideas of Plato and Piaget, Kant and others – so sit down with a beverage of your choice…

Book of Nature, Ep. 32: Comets!

In this latest episode of Book of Nature (Recorded in mid-December, 2018) the Book of Nature trio discuss Comets, the “dirty snowballs” that are our periodically-visiting Solar System Neighbors.  Among our topics in this episode are: Comets as portents of doom, or as signs of blessings Our personal experiences with recent comets The orbital characteristics…

Booklets of Nature, Ep. 3: Mars Insight Lander

On November 26, 2018, NASA is expected to land its newest lander, known as Mars Insight – Insight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport.  The name indicates some of the primary scientific objectives of this newest lander.  Among the goals are studies of plate tectonics on Mars, transport of heat through…

Book of Nature, Ep. 31: Artificial Intelligence

In this episode, Charles Hackney hosts a discussion among the Book of Nature trio in which they explore the concept of artificial intelligence.  Artificial Intelligence today represents an incredibly active research field in the view of some, and absolute terror in the view of others.  While trying to skate on the boundary between this Scylla…

Book of Nature, Ep. 30: Psycho

In this episode, the Book of Nature co-host Charles Hackney, and the Christian Feminist Podcast’s Victoria Reynolds Farmer and Sara Klooster tackle the film that arguably is Alfred Hitchcock’s best and most profoundly disturbing: Psycho.  Regardless of whether one agrees that it is his best film, its influence on the genre of horror, and on…

Book of Nature, Ep. 29: Twister

In this episode, the Book of Nature guys tackle a movie that gave audiences nightmarish (yet comical) visions of flying cows – and gave birth in subsequent years to films starring whirlwinds full of sharks, ice, and bits of metal.  That movie, dear listeners, is 1996’s Twister, starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt.  In our discussion,…