Vijayendra Mohanty on media, culture, and creativity. A podcast about where India came from and where it is going.
Is testimony evidence? Is dharma religion?
This episode is about how sometimes religious people think testimony about supernatural claims is sufficient evidence. And about how they sometimes deflect genuine questions from atheists by changing the meanings of words.
Indian atheist and Pakistani atheist talk about religion and culture
Harris Sultan goes by Pakistani Mulhid on YouTube and dedicates his time to debunking dogma, fighting faith, and countering callous defences of religion. I sat down with him, in my capacity as an Indian atheist with far fewer YouTube subscribers than him, to talk about the dynamics of religion and its problems in the subcontinent.
The attention economy is destroying us
A single man spreading hate pretending to be many people is a problem, but it is also a symptom of a much bigger problem. And that bigger problem has to do with a much older strain of cultural damage we have suffered when ads started pretending to be reality.
What if god was real?
Let us assume, for argument's sake, that god is real and wonder what we might say to them if we ever meet them. Also in this episode, viewer questions and their answers.
Religious brainwashing creates the illusion of natural identity
We think our identities are natural and that conversion or leaving religion is an unnatural act that is brought about through brainwashing. But was the so-called natural religious identity not a product of brainwashing as well? Or are we all, just so incredibly lucky that we managed to be born in the one true religion?
We should be afraid of some things
In this episode, I recommend the Netflix movie Don't Look Up, answer a question about how religions may react to the findings of the James Webb Space Telescope, and try to respond to a question about whether purpose exists simply because we want it to.