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VFTB 187: People Against the NDAA

Hope you don't get detainedWHEN MOST young men his age were fixating on girls, our guest tonight was organizing activists to protest the government’s abuse of power.

Dan Johnson founded People Against the NDAA (PANDA) when he was 18 years old after learning that the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act basically gave the United States government the authority to detain anyone for anything without due process or the right to petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Dan explains why he felt compelled to take on such a project, the obstacles that he had to overcome, and offers some advice from the lessons he’s learned about how to push back against government overreach.

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VFTB at the OPS: Gary Stearman – Importance of Prophecy

Derek Gilbert and Gary Stearman

Derek Gilbert and Gary Stearman at the 2014 Orlando Prophecy Summit

LETTING IT be known that you take Bible prophecy seriously is not a good way to win friends and influence people.

As we prepare for this week’s Pikes Peak Prophecy Summit, Gary Stearman, host of the Prophecy in the News TV and web broadcasts, says that an interest in Bible prophecy is one sure way to convince folks that you aren’t quite right.

Gary, who is also the editor of Prophecy in the News magazine (and writes many of the articles), pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Oklahoma City, and author of Time Travelers of the Bible: How Hebrew Prophets Shattered the Barriers of Time-Space, explains why studying prophecy is important, how to draw comfort from the apocalyptic messages of the Bible, and shares some interesting revelations about the period of time just before the Day of the Lord.

Also: Notes about our schedule for the next week or so, due to the Pikes Peak conference, and a brief outline of the Internet meme that’s keeping some geeks awake at night, Roko’s Basilisk.


Derek and Sharon Gilbert will be at the Prophecy in the News Pikes Peak Prophecy Summit this weekend, July 25-27, at the Marriott Hotel in Colorado Springs. Get more information on watching the live video stream here.

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VFTB 186: The Rise of Machine Intelligence

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smarter_than_usWHAT HAPPENS when machines become smarter than us?

Dr. Stuart Armstrong, a Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at Oxford University, discusses his book Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence.  He talks about the challenges of programming a so-called “friendly AI”, the difficulty in defining a “good” future as a target for said AI, and the reason that the FHI considers an artificial superintelligence a potential threat to the survival of the human race.

Notes: Here is the link to the article Derek mentioned at the end of the show: Scientists Discover That Atheists Might Not Exist, and That’s Not a Joke

For another view on that topic, see It is nearly impossible for an atheist to exist… or science writers for that matter


Derek and Sharon Gilbert will be at the Prophecy in the News Pikes Peak Prophecy Summit July 25-27, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Colorado Springs. Watch for information here.

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