SIO264: Did Progressive Causes Lead To House Losses?

After Democrats had a disappointing election in the House, there was a group call in which some centrist members blamed progressives. AOC responded in the New York Times. This has set off a pretty bitter debate. I wanted to get to the bottom of the claims using the actual voting data and see if there was anything to be learned going either way. Hours of data entry later, I believe I have (some) answers.

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SIO263: Not The Worst Possible Outcome, But Close

As of recording, it’s looking like a narrow Biden victory and Republican control of the Senate. This isn’t set in stone, and there’s still an outside shot of taking the Senate and winning the Presidency by a more comfortable margin, but this analysis is under the assumption that we won’t. Here are my thoughts.

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SIO262: I’m Perfectly Calm

Calmer than you are. It’s election day. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Here are a series of disjointed thoughts. God damn I hope this all ends.

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SIO261: A Monster Island Follow-up

Listeners were fascinated by the Monster Island experiment Aaron told us about last episode! At the same time, another member of the group responded by posting that Aaron had perhaps left some things out of his account. I thought it would be a great opportunity to hear more about the experiment and also see how identity can affect how things like this are experienced.

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SIO260: Aaron Rabinowitz on James Lindsay and Monster Island

My brother from another pod-mother Aaron Rabinowitz is on to discuss the fantastic article he wrote for The Skeptic! The article is about his experience in the Facebook group Monster Island, which was a no-holds-barred debate group that some of you may have been involved with. If you weren’t, Aaron will detail what happened, including a pretty scary twist (or predictable?) ending.

Before that, we talk about James Lindsay going full Trump supporter. 

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SIO259: Hunter’s Damned Emails

I’ve been wondering how two things could be true – that Giuliani has an obviously fake story about obtaining Hunter Biden’s laptop, and that the leak contains seemingly real texts between Joe and Hunter Biden. I tried to get to the bottom of it. 

I also talk about the recent murder of a teacher in Paris, committed by a Muslim refugee with radical beliefs, and how we can try to maintain proper perspective in the wake of visceral acts of terror.

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SIO258: How Social Media Can Subvert Democracy

Lindsey Osterman is back for a follow-up to our Social Dilemma episode. Last time we talked about where the documentary got things a little wrong. Today Lindsey’s here to tell us what they had right, but didn’t go enough into. It’s not a pretty picture! As usual, she’s got the science to back the claims: 3 major studies which show that Facebook has affected real elections.

Studies: Kramer et al 2014, Bond et al 2012, Haenschen

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SIO257: The Psychology Behind Cults, Part 2!

The second part of our conversation on cults. We finish up on the psychology and then talk about Q anon and Trumpism and whether or not they can fairly be called cults.

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SIO256: The Psychology Behind Cults, with Lindsey Osterman

If you’ve been watching The Vow on HBO (or any number of other cult related shows) you may have been wondering how cults work – why people join, and how cults hang onto their members. There is a lot of psychology behind it, so who better to help break it down than our evo psych expert Lindsey Osterman!

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SIO255: That Horrendous Debate, with Andrew and Alex Torrez!

We’re doubling our usual Torrez here! Andrew’s son Alex, high school debate champ, is here to help us break down the monstrosity that was that presidential debate!

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