I am a huge fan of Hemant Mehta, both online and in person, so it was a big thrill when he asked me to sit down and talk with him at A Conference Called Wonder in Atlanta. Hemant initially gained fame for “selling his soul” on eBay, but his Friendly Athiest blog and podcast long ago proved that he’s no one-trick pony when it comes to making people think. Few people I know can speak knowledgeably – and provocatively – about so many subjects.

In this case, we ended up having a surprisingly encouraging conversation about squeezing more life out of our awareness of death. Listen below and be sure to add The Friendly Atheist to your podcasts if you haven’t already.