SIO158: Why Skeptics Should Believe the Kavanaugh Accusations

In this episode, I walk through all the evidence, testimony, and witnesses we have for the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. I believe that after applying a skeptical lense, any rational person would have to conclude that Christine Blasey Ford is almost certainly telling us the truth about what happened. I also walk through a few of the most egregious examples of patriarchy bull sh*t responses to the accusations.

Some important sources:

Original WaPo Story; NYT Reporting on Accusations; Brilliant Slate Piece by Lili Loofbourow; Franklin Graham Wins Worst Person; Mark Judge is Horrible; Republicans Not Making Judge Testify; Kavanaugh is a Liar; Kavanaugh is a Worse Liar; Christine Ford Forced to Move; Friend Corroborates Story?

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SIO157: Sustainable Agriculture, with Dr. Sarah Taber

What does a parking lot layout tell you about food safety? Why are sprouts so damn unhygienic? And more seriously, who should shoulder the burden for making our food more sustainable? Dr. Sarah Taber gives us her expertise on these questions and many more! (teaser alert: she also might have a pretty controversial view on farmers markets…)

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SIO156: Healthcare Policy with Dr. Richard Schloss

Joining me today is physician and president of Long Island Atheists, Dr. Richard Schloss! We talk about his background, the secular group he leads, and then go on to talk about healthcare policy in the US. Dr. Schloss takes us through some history on healthcare and answers basics like what are the differences between Medicare for All and Single Payer, etc.

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SIO155: Thoughts On McCain and Louis CK; Listener Voicemail

First I’ve got some monologuing to do on John McCain and speaking ill of the dead, and Louis CK apparently deciding he can just come back now. After recording this, I saw a great article by Roxane Gay that says a lot of what I said but also more and better, so check this out as well.

After that, it’s listener voicemail time! Got a lot of passionate reaction to my dire political predictions about 2022 and beyond.

Here are some links for points I made: Obama’s Income as President; Larry Summers Withdraws from Fed Job; Awesome 538 Trump Rating Tool

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SIO154: Immigration Attorney Ryan Witmer

Zerin Firoze set me up with this interview with Ryan Witmer, an immigration attorney who has worked on asylum claims, and all kinds of other immigration cases. He joins us to give an insider’s perspective on US immigration policy, the law, asylum system, and where we’re really shooting ourselves in the foot.

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SIO153: Blame the Green Party? Plus – An Interview with Steve Hill

Today’s episode starts off with a bit of monologuing. I heard what I think are some bad arguments around the recent election results, so I wanted to put some thoughts out there. After that, I have a brief interview with Steve Hill! Steve will be the emcee of California Freethought Day this year. He is a comedian, atheist, satanist, activist, and more! We talk about his background, his run for the CA state senate, why he’s boycotting the NFL, and about a tragedy that struck his family this year.

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SIO152: Philosopher Elizabeth Picciuto on Trump’s Moral Code

Dr. Elizabeth Picciuto wrote an article on Trump’s ethics and how his ethical code centers around basically one value: loyalty to him. We discuss the article, different ethical systems, and the limits and drawbacks of loyalty as a virtue. After that, we talk about a tweet of hers which went massively viral. In it, she lamented that the state of our politics has a lot to do with the decline in the Humanities.

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SIO151: Dire Political Predictions; Listener Voicemail

I’ve been researching recent US political and election history, and I had some realizations that made me incredibly depressed about the future. I’m making predictions about 2018, 2020, and 2022 that you can hold me to. I really hope I’ll be wrong.

After that I’ve got some fantastic listener email and voicemail! Topics include being sad about #metoo, being hopeful about #metoo, how to reconcile good science with bad peer reviewed papers, and more!

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SIO150: Ok ESP Isn’t Real… with Dr. Lindsey Osterman

Last week’s episode featured what I thought was a rational and philosophically consistent approach that educated, but non-expert, skeptics took toward a peer-reviewed article in a top journal making claims of evidence for ESP related phenomena. In today’s episode though, we get a chance to hear from an expert in the field of Experimental Psychology who took an in-depth look at some of the studies mentioned in the original review paper. Here’s the link¬†again if you’d like to go back and read it. Dr. Lindsey Osterman also teaches classes on appropriate research methods, so she is absolutely perfect to help teach us where this review paper went wrong!

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SIO149: Is ESP Real? No, Really… It Might Be…

A new meta-study¬†was recently published in the American Psychologist, the major journal of the American Psychological Association, which shows statistically significant results regarding ESP-like stuff. While this seems completely fantastical and against everything materialists like me tend to believe in, it has passed peer review in a major journal. So what are skeptics like us to make of this? To help us sort out these questions, I’ve got philosopher Aaron Rabi from ETV and Philosophers in Space, and Aaron’s dad Jessie Rabinowitz, who happens to have expertise in the field of psychology. We also discuss the SGU reaction to the paper, which was incredibly dismissive. Here’s an article on Ganzfeld studies that Aaron mentions.

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