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Episode 5: Post Hoc and Erik Rant

We have a super-fun discussion about the logical fallacy known asĀ post hoc ergo propter hoc: Latin for “after this, therefore because of this”. This occurs when one assumes that one event caused another simply because it came first.

Erik also discusses several of his recent experiences interacting with Christians who struggle to understand that not everyone is interested in their religion, as well as some bible verses. Consider the following sections from the bible:

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Do you have to deal with religious people assuming that you are a member of their religion, or for whatever reason are interested in the pamphlet they are trying to give you? How do you react when this happens? Let us know in the comment section below!

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Fallacies, New Episode, Rants

 

Episode 4: Pascal’s Wager

We start introducing logical fallacies by discussing the no true Scotsman fallacy.

This episode wastes most of your time with a discussion about Pascal’s Wager: a dubious bet for 350 years. Feast your eyes on the colorful diagram below!

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Pascal’s Wager diagram. Which box do you fit in?

  1. God does not exist, and you believe in Him: you are mistaken and experience finite gain or loss, depending on how your belief affects your life.
  2. God does not exist, and you do not believe in Him: congratulations for not believing in nonexistent things! Join Gabe and Erik in the orange box, where you will experience finite gain (since we’re not too bad).
  3. God exists, and you believe in Him: you’re right! Plan on heading up to heaven and getting passed the bouncer at the gates (whose name is Peter, by the way). Infinite gain!
  4. God exists, and you do not believe in Him: Oops. You didn’t believe the right things and God is pissed. Infinite loss for you.

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Posted by on July 14, 2012 in Fallacies, New Episode, Philosophy

 

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Episode 3: Atheism and Accepting Evidence of God

We continue our discussion of atheism, going beyond simply discussing the definition.

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The discussion is as follows:

  • Go back and listen to episode 2!
  • Is atheism a belief system?
  • Can we be convinced that God exists? What sort of evidence would we accept?

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Posted by on July 8, 2012 in New Episode

 

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Episode 2: Atheism

Talking about that oft-misunderstood a-word. And no, we aren’t talking about abranchiata… at least not this time.

Which of the following definitions of atheism/atheist do you subscribe to?

  1. An atheist is someone who hates God
  2. An atheist is someone who knows God exists, but denies it
  3. An atheist is someone who deep down believes in god, but is deceived by the devil into not believing.
  4. Atheism is the denial of the existence of gods
  5. Atheism is a lack of belief in gods

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Posted by on July 8, 2012 in New Episode

 

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Upcoming Topics

What new topics are people interested in hearing on the podcast? Some of these are already in the works and will be coming down the pipeline soon, and others might have to wait if there is no interest. Mark what you want to hear, but we will probably just ignore the results and do what we want.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Poll