Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.
SIO297: New Atheists Didn't "Merge with the Far Right"
Perhaps some number of them did, but neither these atheist leaders, nor the movement as a whole "merged with the far right," as this Salon article says. I suppose it may seem like a minor point to some, but I think it's pretty significantly journalistically irresponsible to have a headline as explosive as that, with the picture like that, and not have it be supported by the article.
SIO296: The Journal of Controversial Ideas
Recently, Jeff McMahan, Francesca Minerva and Peter Singer started a journal called The Journal of Controversial Ideas. In it, people can post racist transphobic stuff that is TOO controversial for other journals! (except that it totally isn't.) Lindsey and I give some background, and do a fair bit of yelling about the race science paper published in the first issue of the journal.
Links: "Who Is The Victim In The Anna Stubblefield Case?", "Gender Muddle: Reply to Dembroff", "Cognitive Creationism Compared to Young-Earth Creationism", Holly Dunsworth's essay, VBW on IQ & Race, pt 1 https://www.verybadwizards.com/122 and pt 2 https://www.verybadwizards.com/123
SIO295: Patreon QnA 2!
Lots of great questions from our patrons! Lindsey gives us a taser research update; why are puppies cuter than humans? Is PZ Myers wrong about EvoPsych? Spike proteins, anti-vax stuff, and more!
Links: TASER study, Kurzban's response to PZ, Russian fox domestication experiment, Contrapoints on AGP, Blogpost on spike proteins, Aaaaaand one bonus link for you
SIO294: The Hannah-Jones Tenure Denial is Worse Than You Think
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer-winning journalist and developer of the 1619 Project, was appointed to a tenured professorship at UNC Chapel Hill. This is a position that is funded by the Knight foundation. However, a board of old white lawyers who happen to be the Trustees of the University, denied Hannah-Jones tenure, against the recommendations of, well... everyone who should matter in the decision making process. Many people have made bad faith arguments and whataboutisms, but Dr. Lindsey Osterman (tenured professor) is here to give us real perspective on it.
NYT: Nikole Hannah-Jones Denied Tenure, The 1619 Project, UNC Chapel Hill Faculty Handbook, Hussman School of Journalism Tenure Procedures, Open letter from the Hussman faculty, "We Are Critics of Nikole Hannah-Jones. Her Tenure Denial Is A Travesty.", Criticisms of her appointment, NYT note explaining revision of Hannah-Jones's essay, NC Policy Watch's Special Report on NHJ's tenure denial
SIO293: Did The CDC Screw Up?
The CDC recently made a surprise announcement that vaccinated people don't need to wear masks, with only a few exceptions. This was greeted with some excitement, but also with vigorous pushback by people on the left. So what's the science behind this decision, and what are the practical concerns? We break it down!
Then, we talk about a very premature victory lap taken by Bret Weinstein over the lab-leak hypothesis being confir... I mean not quite technically disproven.
***FACTUAL CORRECTION*** I said that 27 states never had mask mandates. I misread that. 27 didn't have them in place at the time of the CDC's announcement. 11 states never had mandates.
Links: CDC Updates To Recommendations, CDC Science Brief, KFF Report on Vaccine Hesitancy/Enthusiasm, Science Letter, "Investigate the origins of COVID-19", NYT Article on Science Letter
SIO292: More Weinstein and Heying Anti-vax Nonsense
It's part 2 of our debunk of the disgraceful anti-vaccine garbage being spewed from the Dark Horse Podcast. It's a YouTube show featuring two biologists who ABSOLUTELY should know better, but don't.
Since I forgot links on part 1, here are ALL the links:
Two articles who interview experts about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines: 1, 2; Edited Fauci clip; Longer Fauci clip; Summary of WHO report on origins of COVID-19 pandemic; WaPo article about Joe Rogan; The Atlantic, The Pandemic’s Wrongest Man; Worst Year Ever, “Vaccines are Dope;” Absolute vs. relative risk reduction; Salk Institute news release about spike proteins study; That elusive full text article about spike proteins; CDC Chart of Risk By Age:; FDA, on Ivermectin; NIH, on Ivermectin; “Ivermectin and Covid-19: How a cheap antiparasitic became political”
If Cognitive Dissonance were still actually interesting
I came to this show after the umpteenth allusion made to it by Andrew over on Opening Arguments and I have to say it's exactly as insightful nuanced and broad as Andrew promised. I'm subscribed and I'm rearing for more.
Thomas is one of the greats in this podcast genre. Fantastic interviews, discussion and debate on a variety of subjects. This podcast will entertain and challenge you to think deeper about some of your deeply held thoughts. This is a podcast well worth patronage for additional content. You will laugh until you cry one week and think as deep as a philosopher the next. Thomas also regularly interacts with fans of the show including speaking privately on topics. Download the back catalogue now! You won't be disappointed.
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This podcast is a delight. Thomas is a warm and funny bloke who goes out of his way to find interesting guests and topics to challenge his own assumptions and opinions and check his biases. I have reassessed my own position on quite a few issues as a result of listening to his discussions. I first came across him on the Cognitive Dissonance podcast where he had great rapport with them as their guest but his podcast sets a wholly different, calmer, more investigative tone. I am working my way around the back issues and I have particularly enjoyed his chats with religion escapees and with Jake Farr-Wharton who is also a blast. As a woman I greatly appreciate his obvious disgust with misogyny, a feature he shares with Tom & Cecil of Cog Dis and Jake F-W. Thank you Thomas :-)