Episode 91: Straight White Christmas

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn is joined by Laura, Gem, and Lauren to discuss oppression, privilege, and intersectionality, both in society at large and as it relates to the skeptical community, and then the panel caps off the episode with a game of Name That Holiday Tradition!

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Note: Due to technical issues, we needed to switch over to our backup recording near the end of the episode, so we apologize for the decrease in audio quality. And continuing in our tradition of stealing games from other podcasts, this episode’s game is in the spirit of Pat Roach’s “Name That” from The Reality Check. If you don’t listen to that excellent podcast, you probably should!

Correction: The ability to read is apparently not one of Gem’s strengths, as he insisted on pronouncing “Befana” as “Bellfana” for most of the recording. Sorry about that.

Links: Privilege (social inequality) (Wikipedia) | Privilege 101: A Quick and Dirty Guide (Everyday Feminism) | Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is (Whatever) | Facts are Cool | Glavin: Canadians have no reason to be smug about race (Ottawa Citizen) | This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege | Equality and Justice | Social Justice 101: Intersectionality (We Got So Far To Go) | Intersectionality (Geek Feminism Wiki) | Intersectionality 101 (Shit Reddit Says) | AAS Issues Statement on “Shirtgate”/”Shirtstorm” (American Astronomical Society) | A pornographer (and atheist) explains why the science guy’s shirt crash-landed | Casual sexism: When a shirt is more than a shirt. | Dismayingly Dawkins | It’s Time to Push Back Against Feminist Bullies | Karl Stefanovic wears the same suit for a year | Aamer Rahman (Fear of a Brown Planet) – Reverse Racism (YouTube) | Befana (Wikipedia) | 7 Winter Solstice Celebrations (Encyclopedia Britannica) | 13 Unusual Holiday Traditions From Around the World (Reader’s Digest) | Yule Lads (Wikipedia) | Kwanzaa (Wikipedia) | Lohri (Wikipedia) | Sadeh: A Middle Eastern Coffeehouse Experience

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Episode 90: “Resonance: Beings of Frequency”

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Ian, and Laura discuss some terrible films (and one that’s pretty good), including “Resonance: Beings of Frequency”, a YouTube film that rivals “Thrive” in the contest for most misleading documentary.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Resonance: Beings of Frequency | Schumann resonances (Wikipedia) | Alpha wave (Wikipedia) | Electroencephalography (Wikipedia) | Electromagnetic fields and public health (WHO) | WiFi and Cell Phones: Should You Really Be Worried? (The Winnipeg Skeptics) | Investigation of Anti-WiFi Activism in Canada (Bad Science Watch) | Bees, CCD, and Cell phones: Still no Link. (Bug Girl’s Blog) | Guest Post: Honey bees, CCD, and the Elephant in the Room (Bug Girl’s Blog) | The Coming Beepocalypse (Bug Girl’s Blog) | SkeptiCamp Winnipeg: Self-Proclaimed Diet Gurus and the Shams They Peddle (The Winnipeg Skeptics) | An Honest Liar (2014) (IMDb) | Hungry for Change (2012) (IMDb) | Left Behind (2014) (IMDb)

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Episode 89: Logical Fallacies, Live from SkeptiCamp!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, we’re recording live from SkeptiCamp Winnipeg! Gem, Ashlyn, and Lauren talk about logical fallacies and deductive reasoning, and Gem hosts a game of Name That Logical Fallacy!

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2014 | The Winnipeg Skeptics | Validity (Wikipedia) | Soundness (Wikipedia) | Formal fallacy (Wikipedia) | List of fallacies (Wikipedia) | Begging the question (Wikipedia) | Begging the Question (RationalWiki) | Straw man (RationalWiki) | No True Scotsman (RationalWiki) | Argumentum ad Hominem (RationalWiki) | Poisoning the well (RationalWiki) | Appeal to antiquity (RationalWiki) | Fallacy fallacy (RationalWiki)

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Episode 88: Experimenting on Your Thoughts

In this extended round-table episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem is joined by Ashlyn, Ian, and Laura to discuss thought experiments that range from the classical to the incomprehensible to the downright bizarre.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Note: If any of our listeners are concerned about information hazards and wish to skip over the discussion of Roko’s Basilisk, the content in question begins at the 1h24m mark and ends at 1h35m46s.

Links: Thought experiment (Wikipedia) | The Drowning Child | The Life You Can Save (Wikipedia) | Charity Reviews and Recommendations (GiveWell) | Foundation Beyond Belief | Prisoner’s dilemma (Wikipedia) | Ship of Theseus (Wikipedia) | Children prefer certain individuals over perfect duplicates (ScienceDirect) | Original Position (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) | Original position (Wikipedia) | Timeless Decision Theory | Newcomb’s paradox (Wikipedia) | Newcomb’s problem (LessWrong Wiki) | Roko’s Basilisk (r/Futurology) | Streisand effect (Wikipedia) | Thought Experiment (Futility Closet)

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Episode 87: A Middle East Primer

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Greg Christensen provides a bit of historical context for some of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Bosnian Serbs Honor Assassin Who Triggered WWI (NBC News) | Ottoman Empire (Wikipedia) | Sunni Islam (Wikipedia) | Shia Islam (Wikipedia) | What Is the Difference Between Sunni and Shiite Muslims? (History News Network) | Islamic terrorism (Wikipedia) | Wahhabi movement (Wikipedia) | Israeli–Palestinian peace process (Wikipedia) | Theodor Herzl (Wikipedia) | Zionism (Wikipedia) | Land of Israel (Wikipedia) | From Dan to Beersheba (Wikipedia) | Israel (Wikipedia) | 1948 Arab–Israeli War (Wikipedia) | Christians United for Israel (Wikipedia) | Thousands of Texas Christians rally for Israel (JNS.org) | Christians to show unity with Israel at Ohio event (Toledo Blade)

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