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SNR Episode 22 - Back to the Beginning

June 9th, 2010 (04:27 pm)

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**Note: The earliest episodes of The Naked Soul are no longer available through the Podbean.com site or iTunes, but you CAN still listen to them on this blog via the mini MP3 player displayed on each entry. The introductory episode appeared on the 24th of August, 2008.

Websites referred to in this podcast:

Website for Agnostic Muslims

for Agnostic Buddhists

Candace Chellew-Hodge, former author of "The Agnostic Christian" blog, now writing for Religion Dispatches"

CBC Radio's "Tapestry" and the interview with former Episcopalian priest, Barbara Brown Taylor.

The Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic
"We don't know and we don't care"


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SNR Episode 21 - The Godmother

May 11th, 2010 (10:19 am)

Links to people mentioned during this episode:


Wicca for the Rest of Us - website written by historian Catherine Noble Bayer to debunk some of the myths that have grown around neo-paganism. Some other authors/historians who take issue with the theory of prehistoric matriarchy:

Journalist Rene Denfeld, author of "The New Victorians - A Young Woman's Challenge to the Old Feminist Order"


Cynthia Eller, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Religious Studies at Montclair State University in New Jersey, author of "The Myth of Prehistoric Matriarchy"


And links to authors who give the theory full backing. Please note that I have avoided mentioning any male authorities on the subject, although there are male advocates and critics of the matriarchy theory. I'm afraid I have seen too many instances where male writers have had their arguments dismissed on the basis that they are men and therefore natural defenders of patriarchy. So I thought I'd let the women fight it out alone. I hope these links will help you make up your own mind.

Stawhawk, women's activist and spiritual teacher, author of "The Spiral Dance"


Margot Adler, journalist and Wiccan priestess, author of "Drawing Down the Moon". Margot doesn't seem to have her own website, so I attach a link to her Wikipedia biography.


Barbara G. Walker, journalist and author of "The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets". Again, Barbara did not have a personal website, and the Wikipedia biography didn't really have much information. It might be better to refer to the list of her publications and read one for a flavour of her writing.

Riane Eisler, attorney and author of "The Chalice and the Blade". Raine has moved on to many other projects, but there is a brief mention of her support for the ancient matriarchy on the link below.


And quite apart from the matriarchy debate, here are a few additional links:

The Guardian Hay Festival of Literature in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales

Simon Baron Cohen and his work with the Autism Research Centre based at Cambridge University


Carol Tavris, psychologist


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SNR Episode 20 - Reality Needs a Bit Crazy

May 6th, 2010 (12:29 pm)

CBC "Quirks & Quarks" podcast summary for the 24th of April 2010


The Calorie Restriction Society


Articles about the possible health benefits of spirituality/religion. Please be aware that I haven't examined the sources of the data quoted in these links, and really haven't made up my mind whether or not I agree with them.



And just a few of the voices who disagreed:



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Where Did SNR Go?

May 6th, 2010 (11:04 am)

Yes, I'm afraid The Naked Soul missed the month of April altogether. But I would not want anyone to think this was the sign of something ominous. You know how, every once in a while, life goes in an unexpected direction and you can do nothing but adapt and cope and try to make the best decisions? It was one of those situations. There certainly was no question that I would continue to make the podcast as soon as I felt able.

So May's transcript is almost finished. I plan to record the show this coming weekend, and then everything should get back to normal, or as normal as life can get. Thanks for your patience.

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SNR Episode 19 - The Sex Episode

March 17th, 2010 (07:56 am)

Books describing sexual social history in Britain and America before the 1960s (with link to Amazon.com page):

"The Lost Sisterhood - Prostitution in America 1900-1918" by Ruth Rosen, published 1982 by John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore MD, ISBN 008018-2664-0


"The £5 Virgins" by Michael Pearson, published 1972 by Saturday Review Press, New York, ISBN 0-8415-0197-1 (Published in Great Britain as "The Age of Consent")


"Devices and Desires - A History of Contraceptives in America" by Andrea Tone, published 2001 by Hill and Wang, New York, ISBN 0-8090-3817-X


I would also recommend reading H.G. Wells' "Ann Veronica", which isn't easy to find in print, but the text file can be obtain free of charge from Project Gutenburg. It documents the fact that parts of central London were so given over to the sex industry that a woman who walked by herself along certain streets, even in daylight, was presumed to be a prostitute.

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SNR Episode 18 - Medina and the Mayflower

January 31st, 2010 (03:54 pm)

Amazon.com links to the books mentioned in this podcast:

"Islam" by Karen Armstrong

"No God but God" by Reza Aslan

"The Qur'an" an English translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

Podcasts mentioned:

"Common Sense" - Dan Carlin's non-partisan podcast about the United States' political and social issues

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SNR Episode 17 - Stretching Things

December 19th, 2009 (02:10 pm)

BBC website summarising the Horizon documentary "The Secret You"


Video clip of the final experiment, about decision making.


Article appearing in the Student Journal of Science and Mathematics, Montgomery College, outlining the scientists at the forefront of investigation into cellular memory. As you'll see from the websites listed below, some of these professionals make much of their scientific qualifications and specific findings, while at the same time promoting and making money from broader theories about consciousness and spirituality for which they do not have reviewed or peer verified evidence.


Candace Pert's website


Gary Schwartz' website


Paul Pearsall's website


Extract from the abstract of an article written by Gary Schwartz and Paul Pearsall, which appeared in the March 2002 edition of the Journal of Near Death Studies.


UK newspaper Daily Mail, an article from 2006 about William Sheridan, a heart transplant patient whose talent for drawing improved significantly after surgery. Unfortunately, the images were no longer available, so I found this link:


with samples of William Sheridan's artwork before and after the transplant.

***With special thanks to the Shrink Rap Radio discussion forum for their help. Please visit the Shrink Rap Radio website - www.shrinkrapradio.com - to hear the best know psychology podcast hosted by David van Nuys, PhD.


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SNR Episode 16 - The Case for Thinking

November 30th, 2009 (07:52 pm)

**APOLOGY** - Due to network difficulties at Podbean.com, I was not able to upload this episode before the end of November as I promised I would.

In which I review Karen Armstrong's latest book, "The Case for God".
Amazon.com link:

The transcript for this episode includes end notes with references to the book.

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SNR Episode 15 - Sex, Drugs and the 'R' Word

November 17th, 2009 (02:05 pm)

Books mentioned in the podcast (Amazon.com links below each title)

"The Evolution of God" by Robert Wright
"The Case for God" by Karen Armstrong

Book about exit counselling for former members of cults:

"Captive Hearts, Captive Minds - Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Abusive Relationships" by Madeline Landau Tobias and Lanja Lalich

Other recommended titles:

"The Book of Atheist Spirituality" by Andre Comte-Sponville
"After Atheism" by Mark Vernon
"Godless Morality" by Richard Holloway
"Spiritual Intelligence" by Danah Zohar and Ian Marshall
"The Dancing Wu Li Masters" by Gary Zukav

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SNR Episode 14 - A Tree and a Deck of Cards

September 24th, 2009 (03:48 pm)

CBC Radio's science programme "Quirks and Quarks" - link to the September 12th show, "Oceans of Trouble":
Links to various surveys discussing the psychological benefits of being religious:
Religious people are happierhttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3577517.ece
Children benefit from 'spirituality', from an enhanced sense of meaning,  not the practices of religion
Harvard study claiming religious people are better citizens

Amazon.com link to Karen Armstrong's memoir, "The Spiral Staircase"

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