SIO106: Thinking Rationally on Cenk Uygur’s Past Sexism

… and another great round of your voicemails! A website called thewrap.com unearthed some old blog posts by Cenk Uygur in which he wrote some alarmingly sexist things. He has since apologized and emphasized that he doesn’t believe those things anymore. Here is their article and here’s the biased Gateway Pundit Article. How ought we to evaluate something like this in the wake of the #metoo moment? I have a lot to say about that, and about the cynical, bad-faith attempts on the right to both claim #metoo is a witch hunt, but also to use it when it pleases them.

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SIO105: Traumatic Brain Injuries, with Dr. Topher Stephenson

Dr. Topher Stephenson joins me today to talk about traumatic brain injuries. He educates us a bit on the basics, and then we talk about how he, as a parent, evaluates the decision of letting his kids play sports. Which ones are safe? Should youth soccer require headgear? And much more. Check out his organization here. Also the CDC page on TBI is a good resource.

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SIO104: Cornel West Owes Ta-Nehisi Coates an Apology

Ok so maybe the left is eating its own… After brushing by a couple points on the tax bill, I talk about a few instances of people on the left being unfairly demonized and harassed by other people on the left. It sucks. ContraPoints on YouTube seemed to me to be very affected by harassment over her decision to attend an event with Blaire White and Theryn Meyer. I talk briefly about that but then I move onto a bigger example that I discuss in depth, and that is Cornel West’s hit-piece on Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s very straw-manny and disturbing to me. Here are some links:

West’s Piece; Weird Coates Atheism Piece; Slate Breakdown; Vox Breakdown

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Jake News with Thomas #5

This was absolutely delightful. I think Jake and I have hit our stride!
This week’s stories: Crocodile attacks are more important than gay marriage in Australia??
Were there busses full of black people voting illegally in Alabama??

Let’s Talk About That Interview….

Did you check out the terrible interview in the bonus RSS feed? I’m really curious to hear your thoughts.

Annoying tech side-note: This isn’t the actual post for the RSS feed, as you can see. I wanted to make that one available for comment but if I do, then everyone can see it. When I tried to make it for Members Only, then the RSS did this annoying thing where the description said “You must be logged in” despite the fact that I was clearly logged into the RSS feed. So, my workaround is to keep that post hidden (so the grimy plebes can’t access it for free) and to do this post instead where we can all vent about that horrific interview.

For me it just got absolutely hilarious how no matter what Carl said, that’s cool because there’s some explanation for it, but if I said “You’re awful” that’s what warrants condemnation. I’M THE PROBLEM.

SIO103: Samantha Corbin of #WeSaidEnough

Samantha Corbin is a Sacramento lobbyist who was fed up with the pervasive culture of sexual misconduct in the Capitol. She and some colleagues wrote an open letter and started an organization called #WeSaidEnough. It has absolutely caught fire! Her co-founder ended up on the cover of Time Magazine. In this interview, Samantha takes us through how pervasive this behavior has been and what her and others plan to do about it!

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SIO102: Moral Philosophy with Aaron Rabi

Congratulations to Doug Jones and thank you so much to black voters of Alabama for turning out and getting us 1 vote closer to taking back the Senate!!!!

First up today I’ve got an update on the Patreon situation. They backed down, but I’m still going forward with a membership option on my website. I explain in more depth, and then I’ve got a fantastic conversation with Aaron Rabi of Embrace the Void! Due to a great response to the idea of me taking on the anti-natalism topic again, I endeavor to do so and I brought an actual philosopher along for the ride!

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