SIO139: Eli Bosnick on Meditation

The funniest guy I know is here to talk about… meditation? Turns out Eli has a wealth of knowledge on the practice, and has become something of an evangelist for it. Eli had a pretty heartbreaking revelation after a difficult time, and it led him to really want to get better. Meditation has really made a difference for him and he (and science) thinks it can make a difference for you, too! That sounds like a sales pitch but this is entirely free and Eli in no way makes any money off of it.

Also come see me in New Orleans on the 19th! It’s free, come visit and hear my talk!

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SIO138: BJ Mendelson on Internet Privacy

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BJ Mendelson has a number of fascinating stories to tell us today! He went viral in 1998, long before it was called that. He amassed 1 million Twitter followers in kind of a weird way… He’s privy to some of the darker stories behind Silicon Valley startups… And, he’s got a lot to teach us about internet privacy! It’s a really fun and informative interview you won’t want to miss!

Also, I’m speaking to the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association on May 19th!! If you’re anywhere near the area, please consider attending! You can find more info here.



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SIO137: Christianity No Longer Makes Sense, with Evan Davids

On the show this week is Evan Davids, author of the book Christianity No Longer Makes Sense and owner of a hilarious dog who can’t catch food! (yeah, that dog!) Despite having written an anti-Christianity book, Evan doesn’t consider himself an atheist! We talk about that and why he believes Christianity no longer makes any sense in today’s world!

Also, if you’re a patron, make sure to catch the bonus episode I released on Nazi Pugs and Free Speech!

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SIO136: Don’t Surf on Tsunami, and Other Disaster Advice from Mika McKinnon

Mika McKinnon is a geophysicist, science communicator, sci-fi science consultant, and all around badass! We talk about her awesome job as part Bond Villain, part MacGyver. AFter that, Mika gives us some very good disaster advice and teaches us all about tsunamis and volcanoes! Then we go on to discuss her work as a sci-fi consultant where we finally give the movie The Core the scientific thrashing it deserves. Mika also tells us about one of her scientific heroes, Vera Rubin, and how she never got the Nobel Prize she likely deserved. This is something of a common occurrence with women in science. You don’t want to miss this incredibly educational and inspirational interview!

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SIO135: Alix Jules on Silverman, Starbucks and S’more

Alright that was shameless alliteration, I admit it. But the truth is that outrage brigade member Alix Jules is here to speak on a wide array of issues and I think you’ll find him as informative and entertaining as always! Other issues we touched on were raising atheist children, protesting, police reform and the Stoneman Douglas students using their privilege for good.

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SIO134: Nuclear Power is Critical to Saving the Environment, with Evan McDonell

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Part of the value I believe the skeptic community could provide to our society is in leading on issues of science. This is an issue where it is my belief that the public is badly and dangerously misinformed. Here to answer some questions on just what nuclear power is and why it’s crucial to our energy future is Evan McDonell. He’s an SIO listener who also happens to be pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering. He teaches us the basics like how it works, what radiation actually is, and why nuclear is one of our cleanest and most promising energy sources.

Great Ted Talk on Nuclear; 2016 Gallup Polls

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SIO133: Jen Keane on #IStillBelieveHer and #Repealthe8th

Recently in Ireland, a verdict was finally reached in a high-profile rape and sexual assault case involving famous rugby players. When it was announced, there was cheering by many men and despair among many women. Here to lay it all out for us is Irish feminist Jen Keane. In the wake of all this, she wrote a great Twitter thread about her experience on a jury in a rape case. Later on in the episode, she also breaks down ‘Repeal the 8th,’ which is about abortion rights in Ireland.

Make sure to read the text messages that were part of the evidence in the case.

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SIO132: Ezra Klein Out-Sam-Harrises Sam Harris

Today’s episode is full of drama. So naturally, I have to talk about why there is drama and what I am trying to do in all this. One key question is: which issues do atheists tend to say “eh, agree to disagree” vs. “this disqualifies someone?” There are some patterns there to examine.

Then, don’t miss the later half where I discuss the Harris-Klein issue. I think there’s an extremely fascinating insight to come out of that. And it’s something that I don’t think many people are picking up on.

Klein-Harris email exchange; NYT article on the study; Excellent 2nd Klein piece; those Seth Andrews deems friends. 

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SIO131: Horseshoe Theory and Centrism with Peter Coffin

Peter Coffin has a popular YouTube channel where he makes Very Important Documentaries(tm) that are both entertaining and thought provoking. He was last on to discuss the Marketplace of Ideas as a flawed model. We touch on that briefly and then move on to discuss the American political landscape, focussing on the conundrum of Centrism in the age of Trump.

Check out Peter’s book!

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SIO130: Is Antifa Winning?

Recently there have been a few articles to this effect, because of something Richard Spencer said in a video. What should we make of it? On this show, this topic dates back to the Nazi punching debates of yesteryear, but was reinvigorated what a local antifa group interrupted an event at King’s College of London featuring Carl of Akkad and someone named Yaron Brook. Here’s a video that shows most of the scuffle. At the time I condemned it as not the way to solve things. I stand by that. But I also think I haven’t given antifa a proper shake. So this episode seeks to do all of that and to do my best to find what I think the proper balance should be. It’s quite a tightrope walk! Here’s a fantastic Philosophy Tube video on antifa, and a quick Vox one as well.

Also I’ve got quite an important show announcement at the end.

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