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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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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SIO128: Every Vote Matters!!! and Listener Voicemail

The Democrats picked up a +20R seat in the House! Or did they? Some people are alleging that Lamb is too centrist or even conservative. I analyze that a bit, and then talk about a couple other news items before talking some of your voicemail messages! Lots of calls on gun control (that topic definitely sparked some response), and more!

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SIO127: Rise of the Nones! with Kristi Winters

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Dr. Kristi Winters is back on the show to talk about a rising demographic group in America – the Nones. That is, those without any serious allegiance to any organized religion. But just who are they? Are they atheists? What are their politics? Kristi is here to answer these questions and more!

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SIO126: Lawrence Krauss Responds To Allegations

Well Lawrence Krauss released his statement on the accusations. It’s 9 pages long and about what you’d expect. I’ve got a lot of thoughts that I wasn’t able to get to last week so we’re doing another show on #metoo. I really think the thought leaders of the skeptic community are missing out on an opportunity for mainstream relevance. They are exactly the kinds of people we should be hearing from on questions like these.

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SIO125: Are We Headed for Another Depression? with Dr. Robert S. McElvaine

A few months back in the midst of the Republican tax reform bill, Dr. Robert S. McElvaine wrote an article for the Washington Post about the parallels between our current situation and the Great Depression. Being a historian of the depression, he might know a thing or two about it. I interviewed him on this and surrounding issues!

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SIO124: Lawrence Krauss Accused of Sexual Misconduct; Interview with Monette Richards

This is a doozy of an episode. Lawrence Krauss was recently accused of a range of sexual harassment and misconduct. I believe his accusers. It’s documented quite thoroughly by BuzzFeed. Since people are trying to casually dismiss the accusations as “Ugh, BuzzFeed” and “Anonymous sources,” I took the time to make a quick and dirty breakdown of the individual charges and how many named and unnamed sources there are, and the corroborating evidence. It’s not just “anonymous sources” or “rumors” by any means. Here’s a great breakdown by Rebecca Watson, and here’s an episode by Godless Mama.

Sam Harris and Matt Dillahunty had an event scheduled with Krauss a few days after the article dropped. They ultimately agreed he shouldn’t appear onstage, but for what I think were bad reasons. There’s a 15 minute recording of the event that I break down. It’s profoundly disappointing. Though they give pay some lip service to #metoo, it is my opinion that their actual words and conduct in this instance has fallen way short. In fact, I believe the way they have handled this instance is part of the sexist system that is leading to predators getting away with bad behavior for so long. Sam references Keillor as though he’s a victim of #metoo, but I go back into that story and there are even more updates about his sexual misconduct.

And finally, on a more positive note, I have a great interview with Monette Richards, who has an exciting announcement! The Kickstarter has begun for Secular Women Work! Please check it out and consider supporting them! She was quoted in this Gizmodo article about Krauss.

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