Kresta in the Afternoon – April 25, 2011 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – The Case for the Resurrection

    Gary Habermas is here on Easter Monday to offer a comprehensive and far-reaching argument for the historical veracity of Christ's resurrection. He marshals historical, theological, archaeological, biomedical and literary data to support their belief in the resurrection.

    Second Topic – “The Christian Code: Ancient Christian Symbols Speak to the Here and Now”

    Most Christian symbols recur throughout the Christian centuries, going back to the earliest churches and cemeteries and the most common items of everyday life. They are urgent messages sent from long ago, and we, the Christians of the future, are the intended recipients. We talk with Mike Aquilina about “The Christian Code: Ancient Christian Symbols Speak to the Here and Now.”

    Third Topic – The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive

    Computers playing chess. Computers playing Jeopardy! What does this technology teach us about what it means to be alive? In a fast-paced, witty, and thoroughly winning style, Brian Christian documents his experience in the 2009 Turing Test, a competition in which judges engage in five-minute instant-message conversations with unidentified partners, and must then decide whether each interlocutor was a human or a machine. The program receiving the most "human" votes is dubbed the "most human computer," while the person receiving the most votes earns the title of "most human human." Ranging from philosophy through the construction of pickup lines to poetry, Christian examines what it means to be human and how we interact with one another, and with computers as equals.

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