SIO290: Patreon QnA 1!

We got some great questions from patrons, and we ended up answering almost all of them! They include: How did Sam Harris end up being so wrong? Should we ignore the Supreme Court? Evopsych, non-lethal weapons, parasocial relationships, and more!

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SIO289: Our Disgustingly Racist Death Penalty

This is the second part of our racial bias in criminal justice episodes. This one focuses on sentencing, and explores studies showing just how desperate the death penalty is, and how racial bias drives that.

Baldus et al (1998) -Racial Discrimination and the Death Penalty in the Post-Furman Era Eberhardt et al (2006) – Looking deathworthy: Perceived Stereotypicality of Black defendants predicts capital-sentencing outcomes
Eberhardt et al (2004) – Seeing Black: Race, crime, and visual processing 

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SIO288: The AHA Dawkins Debacle, Part 2

This episode is the sequel to the last one, so make sure to check that out. I go into the “whataboutism” around the AHA Dawkins award thing, and talk about a really terrible thing another atheist said that I think people should know about.

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SIO287: AHA Revokes Dawkins Award, Atheists Lose Minds

Sorry, we interrupt the scheduled programming to bring you a yelly rant episode about how terrible all the arguments around the Richard Dawkins humanist award revocation are. It’s a bunch of the “smartest people on the internet” saying really stupid things and I’ve had enough. 

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SIO286: Studies of Racial Bias in Criminal Justice

Official co-host Dr. Lindsey Osterman is here to give us a breakdown of some studies measuring racial bias in Criminal Justice. Part 1 talks about split decision shooting studies, part 2 will focus on sentencing discrepancies.

Links: Meta-analysis on racial bias in first-person shooter tasks,  Across the Thin Blue Line: Police Officers and Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot, When Fatigue Turns Deadly: The Effects of Cognitive Depletion and Sleep Deprivation on the Decision To Shoot, When Practice Fails to Reduce Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot: The Case of Cognitive Load

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SIO285: Debunking “The End of Gender” Part 2

Here is Part 2 of our debunking of a book by Dr. Debra Soh called “The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society.” Soh is someone with a relevant credential, which perhaps makes her anti-trans schtick even more dangerous. Within the text are kernels of truth about the science of sex and gender, but she abuses that science beyond recognition to defend cultural conservative norms. Lindsey has the breakdown for us!

Links: (for both parts)

Proposal about the definition of “sex,Nature editorial responding to the definition, Teen vogue video on gender diversity, Myth of persistence, Response to Soh re: rapid onset gender dysphoriaOriginal study on ROGD, Transgender suicide, Review on current best practices in care of transgender youth

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SIO284: Debunking “The End of Gender” Part 1

Somehow, esteemed co-host Dr. Lindsey Osterman got through all of the terribly transphobic book by Dr. Debra Soh called “The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society.” Soh is someone with a relevant credential, which perhaps makes her anti-trans schtick even more dangerous. Within the text are kernels of truth about the science of sex and gender, but she abuses that science beyond recognition to defend cultural conservative norms. Lindsey has the breakdown for us, and it’s too much for one episode so look for part 2 tomorrow!

Links: (for both parts)

Proposal about the definition of “sex,Nature editorial responding to the definition, Teen vogue video on gender diversity, Myth of persistence, Response to Soh re: rapid onset gender dysphoriaOriginal study on ROGD, Transgender suicide, Review on current best practices in care of transgender youth

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SIO283: Quantum Physics 101, with the What the FUP Podcast!

What is the “What the FUP?” Podcast, you ask? It’s none other than Dr. Lindsey Osterman’s new show with physicist Dr. Brian Gentry! We all watched “What the BLEEP Do We Know?” with a mind to critique it, but the episode turned into a fascinating Quantum Physics 101 lecture because there was so much to go over before we could even dive into how wrong the documentary is on every level!

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SIO282: Debunking the Latest ‘Campus Craziness’ Stories

If you’re thinking “are they still doing this whole thing?” about ‘campus craziness’ then you’re not alone. But fortunately Dr. Lindsey Osterman is here to do some debunking for us! Did a professor get fired for racist tweets? Did a research paper get retracted due to progressive outrage? Find out!

Links:

Jussim’s blogpost, Articles on the Negy firing: Orlando Sentinel, NYT, pro-Negy article about it:   Inside Sources
Sources for the AlShebli retraction: Original article,  Retraction note from the editors, Response, More Response: https://osf.io/ybfk6

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SIO281: Frank and Dan Want You To Run for Something!

Somehow we’ve all been podcasting for 10 years in atheism and never done anything together (except a midnight tryst back on NYE) but Frank and Dan of Thank God I’m Atheist are finally on the show! We talk about their background and also their drive to get more atheists into office! That could mean you! Click on the link and check it out, but also listen to this really fun interview!

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