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This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with geneticist Dr. George C. Cunningham, author of Decoding the Language of God: Can a Scientist Really Be a Believer? This book serves as a point-by-point rebuttal of the 2006 bestseller The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Dr. Francis S. Collins. Dr. Collins was the head of the Human Genome Project during its final phases, presiding over one of the greatest scientific achievements of all time. And yet, some skeptics expressed unease about Dr. Collins' 2009 appointment as the Direct of the National Institutes of Health. At issue were the award-winning geneticist's beliefs that our "genetic code is, after, God's instruction book" - and that God himself does not need an explanation since he is beyond the universe. In this interview, Dr. Cunningham respectfully questions the proof Dr. Collins offers for his beliefs, including the Bible and the writings of C.S. Lewis. Additionally, Decoding the Language of God serves as a primer for good critical thinking, discussing points of conflict between naturalistic explanations of reality (which are anchored in scientific research) and supernatural interpretations (which are not). Cunningham's well-reasoned discussion will appeal to people across a wide spectrum of belief and unbelief.
Show Notes

Date – June 15th, 2010 read by Swoopy.

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Tim Farley has this week's Skeptic History.
The first of Paul Brodeur's several articles on the alleged medical
effects of power lines appeared in The New Yorker on June 12th, 1989.
Later in 1989 he published it in book form as Currents of Death.
This began a multi-year "pwer lines cause cancer" scare.
The phrase "under God" was added to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance on June 14, 1954.
The landmark creationism case Edwards v. Aguillard was decided June 19, 1987.
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This year's keynote speaker for TAM Vegas is none other than Richard Dawkins.
Our guest this week is George C. Cunningham, MD. (email address)
His book Decoding the Language of God is a rebuttle to a book by Francis Collins.
The book has been well received by theists and non-theists alike.
Francis Collins is the current director of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Collins was the Director of the National Center for Human Genome Research.
He oversaw the completion of the Human Genome Project.
In 2007 Dr. Collins published his book – The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Many elite scientists in fact have a God belief.
Dr. Collins cites as evidence of God – The Bible, and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
Francis Collins debated Richard Dawkins in 2006.
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Dr. Cunningham cites newer and older data about the percentage
of elite scientists with a God belief.
Sam Harris has a TED talk online is about Science answering Moral questions.
Brain science is set to reveal the source of faith in the brain.
The universe is very big – we are very small.
Decoding the Language of God is available on also on Kindle.

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