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Episode 15

You Made It Weird

Nick Thune

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You Made It Weird #15: Nick Thune

This is the first episode where Pete pre-interviewed the guest’s wife as to what weird things to ask. Does it get weird? Is Nick’s last name Thune? (yes!!)

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13 comments

  • Loved the discussion that both of them had. I also feel the same way about the god thing because I was raised catholic, and I always have that guilt that comes with it and especially when I do things such as masterbating or having sex before marriage. Anyhow this eposide is cool.

  • This is the first time I’m leaving a comment, and Pete, I just wanted to say that I LOVE the podcast. I’m a Christian and I love hearing people talk about faith – how they come to it or end up moving away from it. I don’t think faith is discussed openly enough in the public sphere and it’s one of the things that really drew me to the podcast.

    That said, I have to add one comment, I think in the past you may have gone to the wrong kind of church. I do call myself a Christian and I’m involved in a church, but it’s a church that believes that God is big and he can handle our questions and our doubts. It makes me sad and a little angry to hear how you describe Christians, not because I think you’re wrong, but because I think those Christians you’re talking about have not represented the rest of us very well. Again, thanks for sharing your thoughts and journey with your listeners. I am really excited to have twice as much YMIW in my week!

  • Hey Pete,

    Enjoying the podcast. I went to a religious school growing up as well, but then I studied philosophy in school and ended up as an atheist now, and I just wanted to talk definitions for a sec. In your podcast you said “I’m cool with atheists that are open to being wrong, I guess more I’m open to agnostics,” but you were right the first time; you can be an atheist and still be open to being wrong. The line of reasoning just goes “Of course if a god like the one described did exist he could keep it a secret from human perception, but the same would be true of Zeus, Leprechauns, Faeries, etc… So although I’m not saying it’s not *possible* that I’m wrong, it totally is, I just believe in the biblical god the same amount I believe in any of those other things, i.e., I don’t. Or at least I don’t see and good reason to believe in him at present. Of course given countervailing evidence I’d be happy to reconsider my point, but then it gets into the issue of what constitutes good evidence etc, but that’s a longer post.

    Just to clarify the difference between this kind of atheism (which is generally considered the more “open” or “sophisticated” form of atheism) and agnosticism, take this example, or “parable,” if you like ;)

    Imagine you throw a 100-Sided die down a well, 99 sides have a :) face on them and one side has a :(

    The well is really deep and you can’t see the bottom, and essentially there’s no way to get the die back.

    The agnostic looks down says “Well, we can’t know, we won’t be able to know, so I won’t say anything about it, guess it’s like 50/50, who knows.”

    The atheist looks down the well and says “Well, we can’t know, we won’t be able to know, but 99/100 says it’s a :). It’s probably a :). Until further evidence surfaces I’m just going to say it’s a :)”

    Obviously the analogy is a bit flawed since in it you know the state of the die beforehand, but the idea it’s meant to replicate is, every time we’ve thought something was god (or anything supernatural) and we’ve investigated it, it turned out to be something in the natural world. The heavens, the seas, increasingly the human mind, etc… It’s always turned out to have a natural cause, so the assumption there is, if everything we figure out has a natural cause so far, that’s probably just how things are (which some people find boring or “unmagical,” but I think lasers and satellite signals and bridges and poetry and jokes and all these other human achievements and the natural world are pretty magical without the need to appeal to anything supernatural).

    Anyway, there are billions of things we still don’t know, the universe is mysterious, and certainly god is possible within that, I just think there are more likely explanations.

    Best to you and yours, enjoying the podcast. Tried posting a message under the Jesilnik one but I think it got caught up in spam because it had too many links. That’s 99/100 :(

    Best,
    Mike

  • This was a cool/different discussion than usual. In a handful of careers with semi-insular communities, religion or even just nerdy good kid habits, may kind of keep you on the straight and narrow until you’re exposed to different things- booze, religious apathy, rampant professional swearing- goes way up and you’re left in a different place. I think a lot of us splurg and then after some time wind ourselves down to a reasonable equilibrium that at its best sort of balances swarthy pirate talk with a couple drinks and a well examined world view. In retrospect, it’s not a super fun process, but, it’s kind of cool to hear about it in a different field from a similar religious slant. So, thanks, Pete and Nick!

    “Peace out, bitch.” -JC (by PH)

  • Nick and Pete are a fantastic combination. I saw Nick in Chicago a couple of years ago. Fell in love with him then and there. And the thought of 2 podcasts a week is blowing my little mind. w00t!