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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Bonus 1: Atheists and the Alt-Right?

Finally, the first patron only episode! Today I’m talking about the recent article by Chris Stedman about atheists trending toward the alt-right. As much as I’m usually negative on the atheist movement, I actually don’t think the data backs this one up. I’ve got a lot to say on it, and I’m curious what your thoughts are.

After that it’s Jake News with Thomas!

James Croft Article; Patheos Response; WaPo on Secular Voters

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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.

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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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Jake News with Thomas #10

How many Tasmanians work in the slot machine industry? How many suspected terrorists are we apprehending at the US-Mexico border?

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*Crap I should have posted this a while ago. I’ll be prompt as hell next time I promise.

 

SIO129: Atheists (and Lawyers..) In Foxholes

Today I’m joined by Victoria Gettman and Geoffrey Blackwell! Vicki has a military background and currently serves as Texas State Director at American Atheists, as well as Executive Director for South Texas Atheists for Reason. Geoffrey is a staff attorney for American Atheists. Being an atheist in the military, Vicki has seen her share of Christian privilege and likely unconstitutional behavior. One such incident launched her into activism! Working with American Atheists, Geoff receives reports of possible church state separation issues and seeks solutions through legal action if necessary.

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SIO129: Atheists (and Lawyers..) In Foxholes

Today I’m joined by Victoria Gettman and Geoffrey Blackwell! Vicki has a military background and currently serves as Texas State Director at American Atheists, as well as Executive Director for South Texas Atheists for Reason. Geoffrey is a staff attorney for American Atheists. Being an atheist in the military, Vicki has seen her share of Christian privilege and likely unconstitutional behavior. One such incident launched her into activism! Working with American Atheists, Geoff receives reports of possible church state separation issues and seeks solutions through legal action if necessary.

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