Sep 292011

The first part of our interview with Dr Andy Thomson, author of “Why we believe in god(s): A concise guide to the science of faith“.

Cape Reason: Episode 10

J. Anderson “Andy” Thomson, Jr., MD, is a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia’s Student Health Center and Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, and maintains a private practice of adult and forensic psychiatry. He serves as a trustee of the  Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Links mentioned in the interview:

“Becoming Attached” By Robert Karen

Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians

The Moral Life of Babies by Paul Bloom

Spontaneous Altruism by Chimpanzees and Young Children by Felix Warneken, Brian Hare, Alicia P. Melis, Daniel Hanus, Michael Tomasello

Jesse Bering – The Belief Instinct

The Milgram Obedience Experiment The Perils of Obedience By Kendra Cherry



  4 Responses to “Cape Reason: Episode 10 – Dr Andy Thomson Part One”

  1. Very interesting, revealing mind-boggling interview.
    My take is that if you go through the Bible and the Quran (without listening to the Preachermen), you will discover the truth about God.
    The difference between the atheist and those who believe in God is the anthropomorphic representation of God, We are told God is a spirit. Naming therefore limits the value of God.
    Everybody believes that there is an omnipotent and omnipresent force that drives the world. The concept of God-in-Heaven was basically to instil fear and put men in check. This was necessary considering the mindless and barbaric behaviour of the cave man. it is still necessary today considering the lack of love prevailing in the society.
    I think that the atheist believe in ‘God’ but could not be bothered as to what would happen to them when they ‘die’….

  2. […] First of all, God has no shape or form – therefore no image of God can exist. However He can take any shape or form and often times we mistake that image of God with God, then we start fighting each other over who is right. Anyway… all is how it should be. Here you find some images you can use as representations of God that are in no way accurate. Anyone can also check out this related post: […]

  3. Love this site but I’m nearing the end- let’s crank up the interviews!

    Also would like to know from whence your intro music- it sets you up very well.

    I hate it that I’m from the wrong side of the wrong Carolina, making happy-hour an improbability.

  4. Andy Thomsons book is excellent! great interview!

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