SIO61: What Is True Islam? with Qasim Rashid

Joining us this week is Qasim Rashid. Qasim is an Ahmadi Muslim and author of the book Talk To Me. He claims that the true Islam is peaceful, but is he justified in making that claim? Is it bigoted to say otherwise?

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SIO60: An Objective Look at Linda Sarsour

… to the degree that’s possible on the internet these days…

When Dave Rubin tweeted that we need to stop giving money to the ACLU and Sam Harris retweeted it, simply because they wrote a profile on Linda Sarsour, I decided I needed to look into this person. This is certainly a minefield… So here we go… my best effort at an objective look at Linda Sarsour.

Links: ACLU profile on SarsourWomen’s march missionSnopes on accusations against SarsourSarsour opinion pieceNY police Muslim spy unitJihad speech being taken out of contextWomen’s march Assata Shakur tweetSarsour 2011 tweet on AyaanSarsour response to being called out

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SIO59: Alix Jules

Joining me on the show is Alix Jules! Alix is a super fascinating guy, and we talked for several hours, half of which is captured in today’s episode. We definitely did not have the time to get to everything, or even a significant portion, but don’t worry! We are already booked for another interview. In this iteration, we discuss his background, some of his activism, and he lends his perspectives to many of the ongoing themes of SIO lately!

Here are some links Alix discussed:

Lawsuit for Valedictorian:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/06/30/white-student-made-co-valedictorian-with-black-student-despite-having-lower-gpa-lawsuit-claims/?utm_term=.4013f6aec165

Mississippi School Desegregates (2016):

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/a-mississippi-school-district-is-finally-getting-desegregated/519573/

Mississippi School District Drops Challenge on desegregation (2017):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/mississippi-school-district-drops-challenge-to-desegregation-order/2017/01/31/8480177e-e7f4-11e6-bf6f-301b6b443624_story.html?utm_term=.29c750d2f9fb

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SIO58: Yes, Call Out Assholes (Including me, if you see it that way)

The first portion of this show, as referenced at the end of last episode, is about Peter Boghossian finally showing himself to be a sexist asshole. I also respond to the argument I frequently see of “Stop infighting, stop calling out atheist leaders, it distracts from our movement!” I think I have a good counter to that.

After that, it’s some amazing and difficult voicemails! Really top notch calls. I love hearing from you guys and being challenged!

Some links:

African American Vernacular EnglishThe Word “Thug”The Cornrows Incident

Come to the Inciting Incident 100th show! I’ll be there with Andrew and many of your other podcasting faves!

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SIO57: Problems in Academia

Today’s conversation is with Matthew Facciani and Jeremiah Traeger. They’re here to educate us on some of the problems in publishing and academia!
Matthew began his academic career in cognitive neuroscience and later switched to sociology where he is now finishing his PhD at The University of South Carolina. Currently, his main research area investigates why people reject scientific evidence. Facciani is also involved with secular and gender equality activism. His blog and podcast are both titled According to Matthew. @MatthewFacciani on Twitter.

Jeremiah is currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder; who has been involved in secular and progressive activism. He contributes to A Tippling Philosopher on Patheos. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tippling/ @jerbivore on Twitter
Here are some links Jeremiah covered:

Nature – Academic jobs not keeping up with PhDs awarded. https://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v31/n10/fig_tab/nbt.2706_F1.html

70% of scientists have failed to reproduce results. http://www.nature.com/news/1-500-scientists-lift-the-lid-on-reproducibility-1.19970

Half of clinical trials left unpublished: http://www.nature.com/news/half-of-us-clinical-trials-go-unpublished-1.14286

Statistical restraints on researchers that Nature is proposing: https://www.nature.com/news/announcement-reducing-our-irreproducibility-1.12852

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SIO56: Who Speaks for the Atheist Movement?

This podcast is an audio version, with some elaborations, of my first ever blog post, entitled “Whoever I Don’t Like Is Ruining The Atheist Movement.” Definitely check out and share the blog version! It has screenshots and links and stuff.

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SIO55: Debating Evergreen and the Merits of Whitesplaining

This episode is another attempt at debate across the social justice divide. CJ (@VieKeng on Twitter) has taken exception with my characterization of the Evergreen situation, and perhaps most strenuously with my use of the term “whitesplain.” I’m very curious for feedback on this one! Listen to most post-analysis and if you have thoughts, I’d love to heard them in voicemail form!

The debate ends around 59:00.

Links from CJ:

VICE gets students & President on camera

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SIO54: Ishmael of Angry Black Rant on Appropriation, Bill Maher and More

Back for the severalith time is Ishmael from Angry Black Rant! Lots of listeners requested this interview and Ish was kind enough to oblige. We discuss cultural appropriation, the Bill Maher situation, and more race-related issues in today’s discourse. It’s always fun talking with Ishmael, but it’s also very real and revealing as well!

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SIO53: What Is Postmodernism? With Aaron Rabi

What the Gender Studies Hoax and Jordan B. Peterson’s pronoun mania both have in common is the bogeyman of postmodernism. It seems to be conventional wisdom that postmodernism is manifestly crazy. But how substantive is that criticism in reality? I’ve invited a philosopher, Aaron Rabi, to give us a bit of a lesson on what postmodernism is and perhaps where the criticisms are accurate and where they fall short.

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SIO52: Democrats Should Be Happy About the Special Elections

Please share this podcast with any Democrat you witness losing their mind about the special election results. In reality, the trend is very, very positive for Democrats going into 2018 elections. I go into why. After that, we have a lengthy and most excellent voicemail segment. Listen in!

Our Brand Is Worse Than TrumpAnti-Pelosi Republican Ad; Lots of Info On Special Elections At Ballotpedia

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