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Category Archives: Rants
- Michael Sam: the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL
- Hot muscly football celebration kiss
- Beliefs or actions are justified when they are established in tradition
- The problem of pluralism
- Aside: Dawkins on allowing atheists to be intellectually fulfilled: that’s crap
- Apparently, the Earth is flat, according to an Iraqi scientist
- Appealing to the founding fathers to support political positions. I’m looking at you, Tea Party…
- Alternative medicine
- Storm by Tim Minchin
- Treating women better. Let a Lady Gaga cover explain this
- Ending slavery: Southerners Defending Slavery, from ushistory.org
- It’s the law
- “The appeal to tradition reflects a backwards looking epistemology”. Bam.
Some of the funny extras from the episode with Raphael Lataster, and a salvageable section from our attempt at a Christmas episode that was lost.
And you’re right: in a perfect universe, this would not count as an actual episode. Sorry. Life’s not fair.
Cool announcement: we have recorded some really great content with Matthew Ferguson, who blogs over on Κέλσος (Kelsus) and Civitas Humana. He’s got a ton of awesome content over there, so check it out and look forward to episodes with him.
- Put the 10 Commandments back in the courthouse! Put it back!
- ‘Keep the Saturn in Saturnalia’ billboard set on fire
Gabe wrestles the podcast rudder out of filthy Erik’s hands, and we talk about some examples of circular reasoning, wherein one or more of an argument’s premises assume the truth of the conclusion. We also cover some related circular phenomena.
Show notes and kick-ass links below!
- Wait, what? Texas schools still failing to adhere to House Bill 1287. Also see info about this by the Texas Freedom Network. Not to be outdone, Louisiana is handing out vouchers to private schools who are teaching anti-scientific garbage.
- Structure of the US educational system
- Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case and the embarrassing, clumsy editing
- Self perpetuating systems (zoning laws for sex stores, racial desegregation, gateway drugs, gender biases)
- Circular reasoning with the bible (trusting the bible, believing miracle claims)
- Circular reasoning elsewhere (homosexuality–that site isn’t about circular reasoning, but is awesome; our senses and the external world)
Hello once again to all our Brazilian and Bothan listeners!
Erik takes the helm, and brews an episode of pure, whimsical rantitude. Turned out to be a pretty fun episode.
- Some commentary on the Atheist Alliance of America
- Wait, what? but in reverse, or inside out, or something… Anti-clockwise?
- The 2014 Olympics and gay politics in Russia
- Discussion about the trailer for what is sure to be the best movie possible, God’s Not Dead.
- The Kalam cosmological argument
Understanding statistics and numerical data is important and useful if having accurate beliefs is one of your goals. So listen up!
This is not a podcast about the mathematical side of statistics, so there is no discussion of p-values, Weibull distributions, or lift charts. Rather, we look at some of the ways people can be mislead by statistics and numerical data.
- Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says gays should take responsibility for abuse in the Catholic church. We disrespectfully disagree.
- Coincidences (see commentary on Lincoln-Kennedy connections by Snopes.com)
- Being misled by statistics and numerical data. Read more:
- Missing denominators when considering seat belt usage in motor vehicle deaths (actual data from California on pg. 21).
- Confounding factors when you investigate drugs to treat high blood pressure.
- The survivor/selection bias when looking at the health of former astronauts in light of the health risks of going to space.
- Comparing death rates in New York City and Iraq.
- The Atheist Alliance of America national convention in 2013: August 30 – September 2 in Boston.
If you liked this topic, there are lots of great resources to learn more. Check out the following books:
- Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception
- How to Lie With Statistics
- Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
Gabe is joined by two stellar guest voices for a round table discussion about how we talk about our atheism. We topped off our conversation with Shelley’s song Apocalyptic Love Song (For Hitchens), which was magnificent.
Patrick is a student at Boston University and is the president of the Humanists of Boston University. As a homosexual atheist vegan, he has way too much experience dealing with people who inexplicably find him offensive.
Shelley, meanwhile, is an Australian singer/songwriter who was gracious enough to spend some time on the show during her busy US tour. She has spent the past several years spreading the wisdom of atheism and secularism with her music.
Check this cool duo out!
- Shelley’s main page
- Shelley on Facebook and Twitter
- Patrick’s Tumblr account: UnprovokedAtheistRants (some of which might not be work appropriate, by the way)
- Humanists of Boston University
This is a topic where I would love to hear some of what our listeners think. Do you shield your non-belief, or is it out on the open for your peers to review? Let us know in the comments below!