SIO179: Phil Torres on X-Risks and Pinker’s Sloppy Scholarship

Returning to the show is everyone’s favorite scholar of global catastrophic risks, Phil Torres! In the first half of the show, we discuss how global risk has changed and evolved in the years since Trump was elected. I also ask Phil if climate change has gotten so dire that it overshadows other existential risks. In the second half, we discuss the recent article Phil wrote for Salon, in which he was very critical of some of Steven Pinker’s scholarship in his book Enlightenment Now. Pinker responded in a roundabout way on Jerry Coyne’s blog. I also highly recommend you check out this thread by Mangy Jay on Twitter in which she breaks down some other problems with Pinker’s book. Check out Phil’s latest book!

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SIO179m: Phil Torres on X-Risks and Pinker’s Sloppy Scholarship

Returning to the show is everyone’s favorite scholar of global catastrophic risks, Phil Torres! In the first half of the show, we discuss how global risk has changed and evolved in the years since Trump was elected. I also ask Phil if climate change has gotten so dire that it overshadows other existential risks. In the second half, we discuss the recent article Phil wrote for Salon, in which he was very critical of some of Steven Pinker’s scholarship in his book Enlightenment Now. Pinker responded in a roundabout way on Jerry Coyne’s blog. I also highly recommend you check out this thread by Mangy Jay on Twitter in which she breaks down some other problems with Pinker’s book. Check out Phil’s latest book!

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SIO178: Listener Voicemail!

Today’s show starts with an observation about how we talk about the primary candidates and how we tell the history of 2016. Then I’ve got lots of voicemail! Topics include: Trump being a Russian mole, technology improving quality of life while taking jobs from us, a few on whether Kristi and I unfairly lumped Sam Harris in with Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin in our episode on Louis CK, further insight into the IRB process, and finally how exactly do we define the term ‘racism’? Lots of great stuff, thank you so much for the messages and keep them coming for next month!

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SIO178m: Listener Voicemail!

Today’s show starts with an observation about how we talk about the primary candidates and how we tell the history of 2016. Then I’ve got lots of voicemail! Topics include: Trump being a Russian mole, technology improving quality of life while taking jobs from us, a few on whether Kristi and I unfairly lumped Sam Harris in with Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin in our episode on Louis CK, further insight into the IRB process, and finally how exactly do we define the term ‘racism’? Lots of great stuff, thank you so much for the messages and keep them coming for next month!

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SIO177: Covington Catholic and the Monument Showdown

Lots of people have asked me for an episode about this, and it turns out I was working on one anyway! Happy coincidence. Lots and lots to talk about here, and since it’s me, I have to start by getting all meta on you. Very curious to hear the response on this one, make sure to leave a voicemail for next week’s show!

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SIO177m: Covington Catholic and the Monument Showdown

Lots of people have asked me for an episode about this, and it turns out I was working on one anyway! Happy coincidence. Lots and lots to talk about here, and since it’s me, I have to start by getting all meta on you. Very curious to hear the response on this one, make sure to leave a voicemail for next week’s show!

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SIO176: Eli Bosnick on the Trial of Peter Boghossian

There has been another chapter in the ongoing saga of classical liberal types seeking to prove that entire fields of academia are bogus. They allegedly do so by publishing a handful of fake studies and papers in a few different academic journals, mostly in the field of gender studies. Due to the fact that these hoaxes have utilized fake data, wasted tons of innocent people’s time, and possibly constituted human experimentation, Peter Boghossian has come under a totally reasonable investigation. This hasn’t stopped the usual IDW types from reacting as though Boghossian is awaiting public execution. Eli, who broke down the original hoax expertly in SIO44, is back to provide an informed and hilarious breakdown of the whole thing!

Twitter thread on datasets; letter from PSU faculty; excellent Slate article.

Here are Eli’s notes and links that I am publishing in a clear violation of his copyright:

Singal article; hey wait don’t I remember that Jesse Signal Guy from somewhere; Turning points USA is terrifying; here’s their professor watchlist; Go down the rabbit hole of highly funded crazy; They are coming for Peter’s Vital Fluids Video Source; Digilante; hey speaking of crazy shit boghossian has said; Hey look more people with brains

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SIO176m: Eli Bosnick on the Trial of Peter Boghossian

There has been another chapter in the ongoing saga of classical liberal types seeking to prove that entire fields of academia are bogus. They allegedly do so by publishing a handful of fake studies and papers in a few different academic journals, mostly in the field of gender studies. Due to the fact that these hoaxes have utilized fake data, wasted tons of innocent people’s time, and possibly constituted human experimentation, Peter Boghossian has come under a totally reasonable investigation. This hasn’t stopped the usual IDW types from reacting as though Boghossian is awaiting public execution. Eli, who broke down the original hoax expertly in SIO44, is back to provide an informed and hilarious breakdown of the whole thing!

Catch it on the RSS feed or download here!

Twitter thread on datasets; letter from PSU faculty; excellent Slate article.

Here are Eli’s notes and links that I am publishing in a clear violation of his copyright:

Singal article; hey wait don’t I remember that Jesse Signal Guy from somewhere; Turning points USA is terrifying; here’s their professor watchlist; Go down the rabbit hole of highly funded crazy; They are coming for Peter’s Vital Fluids Video Source; Digilante; hey speaking of crazy shit boghossian has said; Hey look more people with brains

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SIO175: Andrew Torrez on the FGM Court Decision

Andrew Torrez, of the hit legal pod Opening Arguments, was kind enough to hop onto the ol’ SIO to break down the recent Michigan FGM law court decision. This is one of those times the law wasn’t covered very well by some media outlets. It’s great to have a genius lawyer we can trust to tell us what is actually going on! Along the way we get to learn about plenary powers, the commerce clause, and all kinds of other legal goodies!
Here’s the NYT coverage (which was more or less correct, but Andrew still gives us way more context!)

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SIO175: Andrew Torrez on the FGM Court Decision

Andrew Torrez, of the hit legal pod Opening Arguments, was kind enough to hop onto the ol’ SIO to break down the recent Michigan FGM law court decision. This is one of those times the law wasn’t covered very well by some media outlets. It’s great to have a genius lawyer we can trust to tell us what is actually going on! Along the way we get to learn about plenary powers, the commerce clause, and all kinds of other legal goodies!
Here’s the NYT coverage (which was more or less correct, but Andrew still gives us way more context!)
Catch it on the RSS feed or download here!

Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point!
Support the show at patreon.com/seriouspod!
Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod
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For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com