A Christian and an Atheist Walk into a Bar

Season Finale: Aliens!

June 27, 2022 Neil Newton and Philip Thompson Season 1 Episode 10
A Christian and an Atheist Walk into a Bar
Season Finale: Aliens!
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Our Season I Finale was delayed by supply chain issues, but it's finally here! In episode 10, Phil and Neil discuss whether aliens exist, why they may or may not believe in aliens, and how belief in aliens may have more in common with belief in a deity than we thought. 

In the triumphant return of "Should I Really Care About This?" Neil and Phil squeeze in a convo about Wordle just in time for the full Wordle backlash to begin. 

What we're drinking: Hitchhiker Brewing Company's "Clouded Distraction" Imperial Smoked Coffee Stout

What we're drinking (or not)
Newton's proof for the existence of God (or aliens)
Why is it so appealing to believe in aliens?
Christianity and aliens: Lewis and L'Engle's science fiction
Would we even attempt to make contact with aliens?
Star Trek and the Progress ideal
A tangent on football and Ukraine
The shift to post-apocalyptic themes in science fiction
"The House of Suns" by Alastair Reynolds
Contamination as generative: "The Mushroom at the End of the World" by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Why speculating about aliens is a helpful exercise
Should I care about this? Wordle