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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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.

Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point!

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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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Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point!

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!

Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point!

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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!

Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point!

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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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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!

Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point!

Catch it on the RSS feed or download here!

 

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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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.

Catch it in the RSS feed or download here!