We areTrolling with Logic (TWL) also pronounced "Tool" for short.
A weekly skeptical podcast with an irreverent sense of humour. We've changed and evolved over the years in ways that would have Darwin spinning so fast in his grave angular momentum would phone in to complain. We currently focus on skepticism with a pop culture angle, looking at the science behind our favorite media
In addition, we also undertake movie and TV review from those sublime cinematic masterpieces to those productions that make Tommy Wiseau look like Stanley Kubrik
So join our team of Nathan the Journalist, Cal the Engineer, Kitch the Biologist and Out resident Innuendo maestro, Jenn.
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#060 - "Consumed" Movie Review
Consumed – Movie Review
Are we too old for all this GMO shit? Microblogganism and Cal certainly aren’t as they look at the 2016 anti-gmo drama “Consumed”. Intended as an examination of concerns over GMO’s, the film instead plays like one woman’s descent into madness. Featuring “GMO cops” whose sole job it is to drive aggressively near people, a thinly veiled mega corporation called Monsanto Clonestra. Monsanto Clonestra is one evil, evil bunch of dudes lawsuits included!. Danny Glover stars as a good ole timey organic farmer relentlessly pursued by Monsanto Clonestra for cross pollination and he’s sure chemtrails are in use because of reasons.
Food Science Institute review: https://foodscienceinstitute.com/2016/03/09/consumed-the-movie-a-misinformed-anti-gmo-thriller/
Watch Consumed on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80105697
Follow MicroBlogganism: https://www.youtube.com/user/MicroBlogganism
#059 - Why People Reject Evidence, According to Matthew Facciani
Why People Reject Evidence, According to Matthew Facciani
What are some of the social and psychological factors which lead people to reject evidence that conflicts with their worldview? Joining us to tackle this and related questions is Matthew Facciani. Currently working on a PhD in sociology at the University of South Carolina, Matthew is an activist, speaker, and writer who teaches psychological statistics at USC. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Westminster College. Before switching into sociology, Matthew was working on a PhD in cognitive neuroscience. He currently writes for Patheos with his blog titled According to Matthew and hosts a podcast of the same name.
Matthew Facciani on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthewFacciani
Matthew Facciani’s website: http://www.matthewfacciani.com/
Matthew Facciani, “The Science of Why We Reject Science and What We Can Do about It,” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2016/08/the-science-of-why-we-reject-science-and-what-we-can-do-about-it/.
#058 - Bad Christian Movie Tropes WIth Marissa Alexa McCool
#057 - Pseudoscience vs Justice with Kavin Senapathy
What is the public not understanding about GM foods that creates the significant gap between scientists and the public in how each views biotechnology? What are the science and public-policy benefits of widespread use of biotechnology in food and medicine that naysayers are not accounting for? And in what ways does embracing science and calling out fear-based myths impact justice and democracy?
Joining us as a special guest on this episode to discuss these questions is author, writer, and science activist Kavin Senapathy. Co-founder and director of the international, pro-science, and pro-biotech movement March Against Myths, Kavin communicates to the public on science topics ranging from health, medicine, biotechnology, agriculture and food. She’s co-author of the book “The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House,” which discusses popular food misconceptions and why they proliferate despite evidence against them. As a mom to two children, Kavin often tackles health and nutrition misinformation targeted at parents. She’s a regular contributor to Forbes, with work frequently appearing in outlets like Slate, Gawker, Grounded Parents and more.
Follow Kavin Senapathy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ksenapathy
Kavin Senapathy, “The Anti-GMO Movement Has a Social Justice Problem,” https://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsenapathy/2017/11/20/the-anti-gmo-movement-has-a-social-justice-problem/#23f030c23a54
Kavin’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Fear-Babe-Shattering-Haris-Glass/dp/069250981X
Science Moms documentary: http://www.sciencemomsdoc.com/
SciMoms website: http://www.scimoms.com/who-are-we/
On the gap between scientists’ and the public’s views on GMOs: Cary Funk and Lee Rainie, “Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society,” Pew Research Center, January 29, 2015, http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/01/29/public-and-scientists-views-on-science-and-society/.
#056 - Zombie Apocalypse with Steven Schlozman
#055 - Is Race Even Real? With Guy P Harrison
What is race? Where did the concept of biological races come from, and does it make any logical or scientific sense? What does the history of human migration, invention, and conquest really teach us about the role of race in shaping human civilization? Why are racial stereotypes so powerful in society, and what can we do to effectively challenge racism?
In this episode, we tackle these questions with special guest Guy P. Harrison, journalist and author of the 2010 book “Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know about Our Biological Diversity.” We talk about both the science and the social issues surrounding race and diversity, correcting the false assumptions and popular misconceptions that lead many people to think that biological race defines and divides humanity. The reality turns out not to be that simple.
Guy P. Harrison on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Harrisonauthor
Guy P. Harrison’s website: http://www.guypharrison.com/
“Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know about Our Biological Diversity”: https://www.amazon.com/Race-Reality-Everyone-Biological-Diversity/dp/1591027675
American Anthropological Association (AAA) “Statement on Race”: www.aaanet.org/stmts/racepp.htm
American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) “Statement on Biological Aspects of Race”: http://physanth.org/about/position-statements/biological-aspects-race/
CGP Grey’s videos summarizing key arguments in Jared Diamond’s book “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEYh5WACqEk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOmjnioNulo
C0nc0rdance, “Do Human Races Exist?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrKrGkgeww4
C0nc0rdance, “The Science of Human Races” Parts 1 and 2, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teyvcs2S4mI and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVmj8dDx9yY
A thoughful & engaging listen
Most skeptical, liberal, atheist podcasts are just banter & opinions. This podcast is much more. The presenters are engaging and knowledgable. This means their arguments are though provoking, well informed and perhaps, therfore, more likely to be heard and digested by people who don't share their views - the very point of skepticism I would argue.
On top of that, it's really entertaining. I'd decided to subscribe within 10 minutes of listening.
Okay so far but change the Bitrate
I haven't listened to a whole show yet but I like the format. It's refreshing to hear extended debates by amateur theists and atheists. I'm so tired of hearing the same old arguments by professional theologians being slapped down by high profile atheists and this is a welcome break. One thing your really must do is CHANGE THE BITRATE. The audio quality is fine but it only warrants about 48kbps, you have it on 128kbps which is making the files way too big to download quickly.