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SGU | Podcast #507 | March 28th, 2015

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

TED Radio Hour | Press Play

TED Radio Hour | Press 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.

POI - Realpolitik and America’s Conflict with Iran

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

TTA Podcast 212: CoExist?

Sam Harris | Through the Eyes of a Cult

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.

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.

RS130 - The Atheists Own 10 Commandments

RS130 - The Atheists Own 10 CommandmentsDo 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.

SGU Podcast #506 - March 21st, 2015

Podcast #506 - March 21st, 2015Special 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

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…

SGU Podcast #505 - March 14th, 2015

Podcast #505 - March 14th, 2015Interview 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

TTA Podcast 209: The Unitarians

TTA Podcast 210: For Goodness' Sake

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 manuf…