Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SGU | Podcast #507 | March 28th, 2015


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Interview with Chris Patil of Mars One
Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Women of ENIAC
News Items: Titius-Bode Law and Exoplanets, Largest Asteroid Impact, Gold from Crap, FDA and Homeopathy
Your Questions and E-mails: Composting Follow Up
Dumbest Thing of the Week: Ted Cruz
Science or Fiction





http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/507

TED Radio Hour | Press Play

TED Radio Hour | Press Play
What happens when we play?
Does something serious happen when we play? In this episode, TED speakers describe how all forms of amusement — from tossing a ball to video games — can make us smarter, saner and more collaborative.

http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/390249044

StarTalk Radio Cosmic Queries: Bill Nye Edition

The Science Guy takes the mic to answer your questions for him about evolution, technology, the human exploration of space, and even Leonard Nimoy, chosen from Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus by co-host Chuck Nice.

Monday, March 30, 2015

POI - Realpolitik and America’s Conflict with Iran

Realpolitik and America’s Conflict with Iran, with Joint Chiefs of Staff Advisor David Crist

Negotiations between Iran and the U.S., in concert with Germany and the United Nations Security Council, are set to result in an agreement on March 31, 2015 regarding Iran’s nuclear program, potentially restricting Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Senior Historian for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and adviser to senior government officials on Iranian issues, David Crist, joins host Josh Zepps to discuss how the past several decades have lead up to this decision, and what it will mean for the future.
Though no one can say for certain what will be decided on March 31, Crist is uniquely qualified to offer his insight as author of the book The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran. While he does not hesitate to explain the ruthlessness of the Islamic regime, he also does not fail to criticize America’s shortcomings and missed opportunities. This is a fascinating and rare look into the realpolitik of one of the most consequential international challenges of our time.
http://www.pointofinquiry.org/realpolitik_and_americas_conflict_with_iran_with_joint_chiefs_of_staff_advi/

TTA Podcast 212: CoExist?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Lai Revisited: 47 Years Later, Seymour Hersh Travels to Vietnam Site of U.S. Massacre He Exposed

Sam Harris | Through the Eyes of a Cult


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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris discusses the Heaven’s Gate suicide cult and argues that we all have something important to learn from them about the power of belief.

http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/through-the-eyes-of-a-cult

StarTalk Radio: The Future of Humanity with Elon Musk

Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the future of humanity with one of the men forging that future: billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Co-hosted by Chuck Nice and guest starring Bill Nye.

Johann Hari: The Falsehoods of Addiction and The War on Drugs

Johann Hari: The Falsehoods of Addiction and The War on Drugs

Billions of dollars are funneled into federal drug programs to keep our children away from drugs and our cities safe from crime and economic turmoil. Our guest this week, journalist and author Johann Hari, has spent the last several years traveling and researching the war on drugs for his new bookChasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, to find out if federal programs are as effective and righteous as we are often led to believe.
Hari talks to host Josh Zepps about how he discovered the troubling beginnings of drug war riddled with corruption and ulterior motives, and argues that everything we thought we understood about drug addiction appears to be wrong.
http://www.pointofinquiry.org/johann_hari_the_falsehoods_of_addiction_and_the_war_on_drugs/

Monday, March 23, 2015

RS130 - The Atheists Own 10 Commandments





RS130 - The Atheists Own 10 Commandments

Do atheists need their own 10 commandments? What would such a thing look like? In this episode, Julia and Massimo discuss a recent attempt to define some secular commandments. They debate the relevance of particular commandments, like "All truth is proportional to the evidence," and the purpose of the project overall, and address some criticism of the commandments.





http://rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/show/rs130-the-atheists-own-10-commandments.html





SGU Podcast #506 - March 21st, 2015

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Podcast #506 - March 21st, 2015

Special Guest: Richard Saunders
Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Irene Joliot-Curie
News Items: Australia Pans Homeopathy, NYT and Wearable Tech, LHC Computer Grid, Naturopathy
Your Questions and E-mails: Composting
Dumbest Thing of the Week
Science or Fiction


http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/506

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

StarTalk Live: Evolution with Richard Dawkins (Part 1)

Science and rationality take the stage when Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye to NYC’s Beacon Theater to discuss evolution, with help from comics Eugene Mirman, Jim Gaffigan and Maeve Higgins.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The World Human Extinction Will Leave Behind, with Michael Tennesen

The World Human Extinction Will Leave Behind, with Michael Tennesen

March 16, 2015
As climate change progresses and takes its toll on the planet, the life forms we share it with continue to evolve and adapt. Some species thrive while many face imminent extinction. What we often fail to realize as humans is that the world will continue to exist long after we’re unable to live on it.
Our guest this week is science journalist Michael Tennesen, author of The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man. Tennesen explores the environmental impact climate change is having on the ecosystem, and discusses how its impact on the…
http://www.pointofinquiry.org/the_world_human_extinction_will_leave_behind_with_michael_tennesen/


Saturday, March 14, 2015

SGU Podcast #505 - March 14th, 2015

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Podcast #505 - March 14th, 2015

Interview with Kevin Folta
Interview with Marc Randazza-Libel Reform
Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Emmy Noether
News Items: Bright Spots on Ceres, Clinical Science, Gravity Lensing, Edison's Plans to Record the Dead
Who's That Noisy
Science or Fiction


http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/505

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

StarTalk Radio Cosmic Queries: Star Trek

Join Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord as they boldly go where no one has gone before: answering fan questions about “Star Trek,” from transporter beams and warp drives to Klingons and the Borg.

Monday, March 2, 2015

False Memories Creating False Criminals, with Dr. Julia Shaw

False Memories Creating False Criminals, with Dr. Julia Shaw

Memory is remarkably fallible, as we often frustrate ourselves with how certain we are about where we left our car keys only to realize how entirely wrong we were. But could it be that our memories are so easily corrupted that we could be led to believe we’ve committed crimes that never happened? (And while we’re at it, could Brian Williams have sincerely believed that he had been under attack in that helicopter?)
This week on Point of Inquiry, Lindsay Beyerstein talks to Dr. Julia Shaw, a forensic psychology lecturer and false memory researcher. Dr. Shaw recently conducted a study in which she found that 70 percent of college-age students were convinced that they had committed a crime that never actually took place. By mixing actual facts with misinformation, in as little as 3 hours of friendly conversation, students not only admitted to committing these fictional crimes, they went as far as to recall details of their manufactured experience. Shaw suggests that these results have alarming implications for the way we conduct criminal investigations. It seems as though our own imaginations may be working against us more than we ever thought possible.
http://www.pointofinquiry.org/false_memories_creating_false_criminals_with_dr._julia_shaw/