SIO102: Moral Philosophy with Aaron Rabi

Congratulations to Doug Jones and thank you so much to black voters of Alabama for turning out and getting us 1 vote closer to taking back the Senate!!!!

First up today I’ve got an update on the Patreon situation. They backed down, but I’m still going forward with a membership option on my website. I explain in more depth, and then I’ve got a fantastic conversation with Aaron Rabi of Embrace the Void! Due to a great response to the idea of me taking on the anti-natalism topic again, I endeavor to do so and I brought an actual philosopher along for the ride!

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SIO101: Science Mom Natalie Newell

Natalie Newell was just a science loving mom who wanted to make a documentary about some other science loving moms… but once she did, she found herself the topic of some bizarre conspiracies! We talk about that experience, and we discuss some common anti-scientific attitudes in this country, like chiropractic, vaccinations, GMOs, and alternative medicine.

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SIO100: The Red Pill, Part 2: MRAs Should Be Democrats

It’s finally here! Part of of my series examining the arguments in the “documentary” “The Red Pill.” Today we talk about video game addiction, porn addiction, toxic masculinity, and then the main topic: sentencing disparity. Are men treated unfairly by the justice system? Spoiler, the answer is actually yes. Here’s the study most in line with MRA claims. Others have it lower, but this one is very convincing.

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SIO99: Crystal Lee, 2014 Miss America Runner-Up and Entrepreneur

Crystal Lee was First Runner-Up in the 2014 Miss America pageant, and now she’s part of a tech startup in Silicon Valley. Crystal has written some incisive pieces including one for CNN.com in response to what happened at the most recent Miss America – that is, a contestant answered a question competently and the world exploded. We talk about her background, how exactly one becomes a Miss America contestant, and whether she thinks pageants will be able to escape their undeniably sexist roots!



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SIO98: Republicans Don’t Care About You

…unless you’re a bazillionaire or a bank or some other corporation. I talk about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – the brainchild of one future president Elizabeth Warren – and that the only reason you could possibly be against it is if you hate people and prefer banks. So, naturally the Republicans are against it. Then I’m onto another rousing voicemail segment that takes up most of the show because I love hearing from you and engaging your arguments and criticisms!

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SIO97: Lonnie Miller, Republican Candidate for TN Governor

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, during which you no doubt spent hours arguing with your conservative family members, I bring you a discussion with a Trump supporting Republican. Though undoubtedly a gigantic underdog, Lonnie Miller is making a grassroots effort to become Governor of Tennessee. We talk about how he decided to do that, and we have some cross-political dialogue and the electoral college, healthcare, and taxes.

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SIO96: Franken Must Go; What Happened At Laurier University?

In the first part of this episode I do some followup on Monday’s show. There’s another Franken accuser (and another 2…) and there are some more points to be made. A woman tweeted that she didn’t care that men might be falsely accused, and the internet exploded. Did it matter that she clarified and apologized? Nah. Also, the process for dealing with sexual harassment in Congress is AWFUL.

Then at 27:30, I discuss the latest obsession of the free speech warriors, and that is a secretly recorded meeting in which a Laurier professor and some other admin scolded a grad student for showing a Jordan B. Peterson debate in a class. Here’s a reasonable breakdown of the facts. So is this a case of the free speech right losing their minds or the SJWs going out of control?

Full Audio; Laurier Apologies

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SIO95: The Franken Fallout, with Dr. Kristi Winters and Charone Frankel

In a world where we’re finally starting to take allegations of sexual misconduct seriously, what is next? How do we as a society treat the perpetrators? Does it matter if they are contrite? Are there different levels of seriousness? All these are very tough questions that I don’t think we, as a whole, quite have the answers to yet. Here to help us get the dialogue started are Dr. Kristi Winters and Charone Frankel!

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SIO94: Do We Really Need A Tax Cut?

A House vote on the new Republican Tax Bill is happening as early as today, so I reluctantly have decided to take a peek into Paul Ryan’s deepest fantasies. I cover some of the low-lights, and then talk about putting the Bill and income inequality into historical context. Do we really need a tax cut right now?

Paul Ryan Explains Himself; Biggest Tax Cut Ever?; 538 on House Reps Who Could Cause Trouble; Blue States Hit Harder; NYT Breakdown of House Bill; Dem Medium Post on the Bill; Grad School Students Are Screwed; Bartlett Adapted Testimony on Trickle Down; Republicans May Cut Entitlements; Why Aren’t Hands Up?; Income Inequality Factsheet; Historic Tax Rates; NYT Opinion on Paradise Papers

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SIO93: Listener Voicemail!

It’s time for one of my favorite things, and that is – hearing from you! We’ve got some great voicemail for this episode, from diverse viewpoints. For example, did you know that equality happened in 1992? Neither did I! These are always my favorite episodes, so I highly recommend you don’t miss it!

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