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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Episode 86: Interview with a Mariachi Ghost

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ian James sits down for a conversation with Rafael Reyes, guitarist for local Winnipeg band The Mariachi Ghost.

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

Links: The Mariachi Ghost Website | The Mariachi Ghost on BandCamp | The Mariachi Ghost on Facebook | Conservative Leader Brian Pallister on “Infidel Atheists” Who “Celebrate Nothing”

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Episode 85: AllTrials and Vanessa’s Law

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem Newman and Richelle McCullough discuss Bill C-17 (“Vanessa’s Law”) and are joined by Ian Bushfield of Sense About Science’s AllTrials project to discuss the problem of publication bias.

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

For those curious what we were talking about near the end of the episode when we joked about white college students being the “perfect generalizable group”, we were referencing the fact that much of the research purporting to show great insight into human psychology is done on young people from western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic societies. Psychologists are increasingly skeptical of the generalizability of these results, as these traits are hardly representative of humanity as a whole. See the links to Salon and Behavioral and Brain Sciences below for more information.

Links: The AllTrials Project | Sense About Science on Twitter | Bad Science Watch on Twitter | “Vanessa’s Law” Bill C-17 (Bad Science Watch) | Cochrane Collaboration (Wikipedia) | LUEE Episode 81: Book Reviews (with Greta Christina!) | Discrepancies between Meta-Analyses and Subsequent Large Randomized, Controlled Trials (NEJM) | I Never Meta Analysis I Really Like (Science-Based Medicine) | Cochrane Reviews: The Food Babe of Medicine? (Science-Based Medicine) | Daryl Bem’s “Feeling the Future” Controversy (Wikipedia) | Psychology Is WEIRD (Slate) | The weirdest people in the world? (Behavioral and Brain Sciences)

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