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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.

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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.

    SIO310: Banning Sex Work and Sex Work Websites Is Bad and We Should Stop Doing It

    SIO310: Banning Sex Work and Sex Work Websites Is Bad and We Should Stop Doing It

    But don't take my word for it, Dr. Lindsey Osterman is here to break down the social science for us! And guess what, SURPRISE SURPRISE, it doesn't support the conservative war on porn and sex work. And it's not just conservatives, it's NYT's Nicholas D. Kristof, and prominent anti-porn feminists like Catharine MacKinnon. Listen as Lindsey explains why the war against sex work is bad for everyone.


    You're Wrong About: Sex Trafficking, The Butterfly Effect, Perry (2021) "Scientific authority, religious conservatism, and support for outlawing pornography", Platt et al (2018)  "Associations between sex work laws and sex workers’ health: A systematic review and meta-analysis of quantitative and qualitative studies", McCarthy et al (2021) "Job attributes and mental health: A comparative study of sex work and hairstyling", Cowen & Colosi (2021) "Sex Work and Online Platforms: What Should Regulation Do?", Jiao et al (2021) "Information and Communication Technologies in Commercial Sex Work: A Double-Edged Sword for Occupational Health and Safety", Bleakley (2014) "500 Tokens to Go Private”: Camgirls, Cybersex and Feminist Entrepreneurship, Cunningham et al (2018) "Behind the screen: Commercial sex, digital spaces and working online"  

    • 52 min
    SIO309: A Veterinarian Answers our Ivermectin Questions

    SIO309: A Veterinarian Answers our Ivermectin Questions

    Therese Chan, an actual vet (though not a horse doctor) is here to talk about Ivermectin. What is it, what does it do, what does it not do, why are so many people taking it, will it turn you into a horse, will it turn you back from a horse to a human, is this a simulation, no really is it, how is any of this real, and more!

    • 46 min
    SIO308: August Patreon QnA!

    SIO308: August Patreon QnA!

    It's that time again! Patrons asked some fantastic questions. Like, what's our favorite piece of visual art? Is Bari Weiss right about Amy Cooper? What are Lindsey's thoughts on tenure? Are morals taught or learned? When should people resign in protest vs. staying and fighting? And more!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    SIO307: Newly Published Study Shows Atheists are Prejudiced...

    SIO307: Newly Published Study Shows Atheists are Prejudiced...

    ... AGAINST ANTI GAY ACTIVISTS. Yeah. It's a bad science thingy. But bad science thingies are a bat signal for Dr. Lindsey Osterman, who is here to break down this study for us! What does the study prove? What does it definitely not prove? Find out!


    Uzarevic et al. (2021) "Are Atheists Unprejudiced?", Uzarevic et al. (2017) "Are Atheists Undogmatic?", Speed & Brewster (2021) "Christians, but not Atheists, Show High In-Group Favoritism"

    • 1 hr 5 min
    SIO306: What Does the Massachusetts Outbreak Say About Vaccine Effectiveness?

    SIO306: What Does the Massachusetts Outbreak Say About Vaccine Effectiveness?

    You might have seen the very scary headlines about a Massachusetts outbreak in which 74% of those infected were vaccinated. That sounds terrifying! But is it? What does actual science person Dr. Lindsey Osterman make of these numbers? The news is actually far better than you might think! Find out why!
    In a quick first segment, Lindsey gives us a hilarious recap of how thoroughly Sam Harris accidentally parodied the hell out of himself!


    Links: WaPo article on Provincetown Outbreak, Original CDC Report on Provincetown Outbreak, Bear Week, CDC data, Delta’s dominance in US, NYT Tracker of MA COVID cases, COVID-19 Vaccine Report, from MA Dept of Public Health, Tegan and Sara Study

    • 47 min
    SIO305: July Patreon QnA!

    SIO305: July Patreon QnA!

    After some thrilling haircut talk, we get to this month's questions! Topics this time include: choosing government by sortition, Manchin and Sinema ruining the country, who was the best movie president, vaccinating yourself vs. your children, a general strike, and neoliberalism!

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
818 Ratings

818 Ratings

DeeCapp ,

Excitingly provocative and full of science friendly.

In a kind of backwards 6 degrees of Podcast, I listened to the Mueller She Wrote in the early “former guy” days and heard Andrew Torres interviewed. I then started listening to the Opening Arguments podcast. Then I realized I liked what the comedian on OA had to say, so I added SIO and have been trying to binge through those episodes because I love everything I hear and learn with each episode. Which is a good thing because I’m a 72 year old anthropology major at UC Santa Cruz, finally getting a college education. 🌟

Mbhead ,

Serious. Propaganda. Only.

Have you ever had an opinion that was your own? These cis gender intersectional self-identifying trees glue their faces to the British Beak and the News Lesbian in order to be congratulated by an agenda that will never notice them. Sad.

TomTrustee ,

Always fascinating and accessible

One of my favorite podcasts! Even when I don’t think the topic will be engaging, I listen because experience tells me I will get far more out of it than I expect. Episodes 284 and 285 were the best explanation of the science of sex and gender that I have ever heard.

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