In the August 2012 edition of the New Humanist podcast, editor Caspar
Melville talks to two of the contributors from the July/August issue of
the magazine, and look forward to the return of our annual seasonal
jamboree Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People.
First up (1:08), Caspar speaks to Adam Smith, author of our guide to
the strange world of living together. He discusses the different groups –
singularitarians, transhumanists, cryonicists – who aim to cheat death,
as well as the sceptics who suggest their aspirations amount to little
more than science fiction.
Next (13:46) Caspar talks to the novelist Sam Mills, who has spent
the past few years building up a cult dedicated to the worship of the
author Will Self. What exactly are they doing when they don bizarre
robes and engage in "literary orgies"? What's the point of it all? Sam
reveals all in the podcast.
Finally (23:55), in a look ahead to Nine Lessons and Carols for
Godless People, which returns to London's Bloomsbury Theatre this
December (16th-20th, 22nd, 23rd), we play a clip of stand-up from the
man behind the annual phenomenon, Robin Ince. Keep your eye on our
Twitter feed and blog, where we'll be announcing ticket details soons.
Podcast music by Andrea Rocca.
To listen to the podcast, which is just over 35 minutes long, use the player below, subscribe via RSS or email, or download the full file via our podcast page,
where you can also find the full archive of the podcasts we published
during 2008-9. We're also on iTunes - just search for "New Humanist" in
the store and select the podcast subtitled "The podcast for godless
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.
Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly): rationalist.org.uk
Posted by Paul Sims at Wednesday, August 01, 2012