Episode 104: Animal Intelligence

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem talks about intelligence in nonhuman animals with Ashlyn, Laura, and special guest Leslie Saunders.

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

Links: Animal cognition (Wikipedia) | Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness (PDF) | Different ways to make a gomer bull (The Western Producer) | Intelligence and Relative Brain Size (Eric J. Chaisson, Harvard College Observatory) | Primate Cognition (Nature) | Great ape language (Wikipedia) | Kanzi (Wikipedia) | Chimp Behaviour: Tool Use (Jane Goodall Institute of Canada) | Great ape personhood (Wikipedia) | Tool use by animals (Wikipedia) | Cetacean intelligence (Wikipedia) | Dolphin Intelligence: It’s Time for a Conversation (National Geographic) | The cetacean brain and hominid perceptions of cetacean intelligence (The Ecologist) | Cetaceans Have Complex Brains for Complex Cognition (PLOS Biology) | Thinking Pigs: A Comparative Review of Cognition, Emotion, and Personality in Sus domesticus (eScholarship) | Techniques for Evaluation and Quantification of Pig Reproductive, Ingestive, and Social Behaviors (PDF) | Thinking Pigs: A Comparative Review of Cognition, Emotion, and Personality in Sus domesticus (PDF) | Are Pigs as Smart as Dogs and Does It Really Matter? (Psychology Today) | In Pig Cognition Studies, Reflections on Parallels with Humans (The New York Times) | Moritz The Clever Pig Wants Your Attention (YouTube) | Pigs: Intelligent Animals Suffering in Farms and Slaughterhouses (PETA) | Pigheaded: How Smart are Swine? (Modern Farmer) | Disambiguating the “guilty look”€: Salient prompts to a familiar dog behaviour (ScienceDirect) | Corvidae (Wikipedia) | Clever Hans (Wikipedia) | House Hippo (YouTube) | BBC Two: Are crows the ultimate problem solvers? (YouTube) | Last Chance to See (Wikipedia) | Uplift Universe (Wikipedia)

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Episode 103: Worldwide Winter

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn is joined by Ian, Laura, Lauren, and Gem to talk about holiday celebrations around the world. This is also Ian’s last show!

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

Links: The Rivalry Between Religions (Infidels.org) | Kwanzaa (Wikipedia) | Eid al-Fitr (Wikipedia) | Eid al-Adha (Wikipedia) | Traditional Chinese Festivals (china.org.cn) | Dong Zhi (Boston University) | Dong Zhi in Chinese Culture (mandarin.about.com) | Dongzhi Festival (Wikipedia) | Diwali (Wikipedia) | Hanukkah (Wikipedia) | Yule (Wikipedia) | Prose Edda (Wikipedia) | Haakon the Good (Wikipedia) | Mōdraniht (Wikipedia) | Christmastide (Wikipedia) | Chronography of 354 (Wikipedia) | Episode 72: The War on Christmas: A Brief History (LUEE)

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Episode 102: Apologetics & Counter-apologetics

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem runs through several arguments for the existence of God with Ashlyn, Ian, and Laura, and the panel ponders whether it’s worth talking about religious arguments at all.

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

Links: Selling Religion Door to Door (Startled Disbelief) | Ontological argument (Iron Chariots Wiki) | Miracle of the Sun (Wikipedia) | Sanal Edamaruku (Wikipedia) | The Argument from Miracles (Arguments for Atheism) | Thank You God (Tim Minchin) | Euthyphro dilemma (Wikipedia) | Euthyphro dilemma (Iron Chariots Wiki) | The Euthyphro Dilemma (Philosophy of Religion) | Episode 132: Euthyphro’s Revenge (Reasonable Doubts) | Argument from design (RationalWiki) | Occam’s razor (Wikipedia) | Cosmological argument (Iron Chariots Wiki) | Kalam (Iron Chariots Wiki) | Leibniz cosmological argument (Iron Chariots Wiki) | Ontological Girlfriend (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) | 20 Arguments For God’s Existence (Strange Notions) | Dietitian at Home

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Episode 101: “Trace Amounts”

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn subjects Gem, Laura, Ian, and Dave to a viewing of “Trace Amounts”, a prominent anti-vaccine “documentary”. It is… not good.

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

Note: After we recorded this episode, news broke that prominent anti-vaccine group “SafeMinds” funded a $250,000 study in an attempt to demonstrate that thimerosal causes autism. The study was published at the end of September, and actually found no evidence that the thimerosal in vaccines has any link to autism or autism-like changes in the brain. And they killed 79 macaques to do it. Links discussing the study are provided below.

Links: Review of Trace Amounts (Skeptical Raptor) | Do vaccines contain toxic ingredients? (Public Health Agency of Canada) | The Alleged Autism Epidemic (Science-Based Medicine) | Chelation therapy (Wikipedia) | The CDC Whistleblower William Thompson Appears to Have Gone Full Antivaccine (Respectful Insolence) | Antivaxxers Still Flogging Thimerosal (NeuroLogica) | Has the Government Conceded Vaccines Cause Autism? (NeuroLogica) | Autism Court Ruling: Vaccines Didn’t Cause Autism (NeuroLogica) | Legal Courts and Science (NeuroLogica) | Spurious Correlations | Anti-Vaxxer Group Pays $250,000 for Study Showing That Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism (Raw Story) | Killing Monkeys to Prove Vaccines STILL Don’t Cause Autism (Rebecca Watson) | TRC #370: Antibacterial Soap + Maple Water + Anti-Vaxxers Funding Fail + Top CO2 Emitters (The Reality Check) | PilesOfEvidence.com

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Episode 100: Silly Pseudoscience Special!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem discusses silly pseudosciences and conspiracy theories with Ashlyn, Laura, Ian, and Lauren, then caps off the episode by interviewing panelists past and present about their favourite episodes, the future technologies they’re most excited about, and whether they’d rather live next door to Ray Comfort or Deepak Chopra.

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

Links: List of topics characterized as pseudoscience (Wikipedia) | Biodynamic agriculture (Wikipedia) | Pyramid power (Wikipedia) | SECRET POWER of PYRAMIDS | Pyramid Power | Organic/Biodynamic (Summerhill Pyramid Winery) | The Pyramid (Summerhill Pyramid Winery) | Paul is dead (Wikipedia) | Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison (IMDb) | Nazi UFOs (Wikipedia) | Space Nazis (Wikipedia) | Did the middle ages not really happen? (The Straight Dope) | Phantom time hypothesis (Wikipedia) | New Chronology (Wikipedia) | Dietitian at Home

Favourite Episodes: Episode 29: Zombies, Part 1 | Episode 32: Zombies, Part 2 | Episode 40: Skepticon 5, Part 1 | Episode 42: Skepticon 5, Part 2 | Episode 59: Organic Agriculture | Episode 60: “Frankenfoods” | Episode 72: The War on Christmas: A Brief History | Episode 74: Nutritional Supplements | Episode 77: Coffee & Tea | Episode 79: The Historicity of Jesus | Episode 88: Experimenting on Your Thoughts | Episode 90: “Resonance: Beings of Frequency” | Episode 91: Straight, White Christmas | Episode 97: Labels

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