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Audio Awesomeness on Death
Jad Abumrad   Jul 30, 2009   Radiolab  

Radio Lab is one of the most awesome podcasts/radio programs in the audiosphere. Here Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich work their magic again, this time on the topic of death.


1. Soul Has Weight, Physician Thinks: Biologist Lee Silver tells us the story of a physician’s ambitious 1907 experiment to discover the weight of the soul.

2. Metamorphosis: One possibility of the afterlife from David Eagleman, read by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

3. When Am I Dead?: Is life over when your heart stops beating? When you take your last breath? When your brain fizzles out? Author and researcher Gary Greenberg and John Troyer explore these questions.

4. Anyone for Tennis?: We ask neuroscientist Adrian Owen, can the dead play tennis?

5. 4 Seconds Down: Soren Wheeler tells the story of Ken Baldwin, a man who is looking for death but finds a new view on life.

6. Am I Dead?: Neurological psychologist Paul Broks introduces us to a patient who thinks she’s dead.

7. If I Only Had A Brain: If you don’t have one anymore, David Eagleman tells Jad and Robert he knows the next best thing.

8. Ineffable: A story on the afterlife by David Eagleman from his book SUM, read by actor Jeffrey Tambor.

9. Booyah Mozart: Producer Lulu Miller brings us a conversation with geologist Jan Zalasiewicz about what we’ll leave behind … in a hundred million years.

10. Cyberternity: Producer Emily Voigt tells a story about a guy named Wyatt, fixed in time.

11. Goodbye: Paleontologist and professor Peter Ward describes the ultimate death, the death of the universe ... THE END.

What is an atheist supposed to make of all this "awesome" soul & afterlife talk which is placed on a predominantly atheist site like IEEE?
In the first place we are the IEET. The IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

In the second place there is nothing in the podcast, if you listen to it, which suggests that there are souls. To the contrary.

In the third place, Radiolab is so awesome I would recommend their work even if they did have someone on talking about souls. In this case they have some excerpts from David Eagleman's Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, which is forty fantasy meditations on possible afterlives, none of which he offers as a reality. In fact, in the seventh part of this episode, however, Dr. Eagleman outs himself as a transhumanist by revealing that he is looking forward to uploading.
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