Thursday, May 28, 2015

Faith vs. Fact An Interview with Jerry Coyne | Sam Harris



Jerry A. Coyne is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He received a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at Harvard University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of California at Davis, he took his first academic position as assistant professor in the Department of Zoology at The University of Maryland. In 1996 he joined the faculty of The University of Chicago and has been there ever since. Coyne’s work has been largely concerned with the genetics of species differences, aimed at understanding the evolutionary processes that produce new species. He has written 115 scientific papers and more than 130 popular articles, book reviews, and columns, as well as a scholarly book about his research area—Speciation, co-authored with H. Allen Orr—and a trade book about the evidence for evolution—Why Evolution is True, which was a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book is Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible. Coyne is a contributor The New York Times, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Nation, USA Today, and other popular periodicals.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Aliens, Pyramids, Time Travel, Horoscopes & Ra...




Published on Apr 27, 2015
Astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and TV personality, Neil deGrasse Tyson is one smart guy. Joining Sway In The Morning to speak on his new show "StarTalk" which airs on National Geographic on Monday nights, Tyson shares his thoughts on some of science's biggest mysteries as he sets the record straight.

The Fountain Of Youth | TED Radio Hour

Aging is inevitable. We can slow it down a little, but could we ever bring it to a grinding halt? In this episode, TED speakers explore how we all might live longer and even better lives.
Could aging become a thing of the past?
http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/408023272/the-fountain-of-youth

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Chickens (HBO)







Published on May 17, 2015

John Oliver explains how chicken farming can be unfair, punishing, and inhumane. And not just for the chickens!

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TTA Podcast 223: Change



Published on May 26, 2015
Sponsored by the Freethought Florida Convention. Tickets and details at http://www.free-flo.org

Change. It's the universal constant. Seth Andrews spends a candid evening speaking about the unexpected, difficult, scary and often exhilarating idea of change, and some interesting changes in his own life.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

RS134 - Michael Shermer on: "Science drives moral progress"



Common wisdom holds that the world is getting more violent, but is that really true? Leading skeptic Michael Shermer, professor and author of many books on science, morality and skepticism, argues to the contrary. Shermer's thesis in his recent book, "The Moral Arc: How Science Leads Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom," is that as science has advanced our understanding of the world, we have become more willing to expand our circle of empathy beyond our own provincial "tribes," and more able to design our societies to encourage human flourishing.

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His new book is The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Alex Garland: Ex Machina and the Question of Consciousness | Point of Inquiry



Ex Machina, a new film that tells the story of a billionaire programmer who creates an artificially intelligent female robot, is in theaters now, and its writer and director, Alex Garland, is our special guest on Point of Inquiry this week. Although this is Garland's debut as a director he has also written hit novels such as The Beach as well as written and produced screen plays such as 28 Days Later.
As the power of computers and the software that runs them rapidly advances year by year, the representation of artificial intelligence in sci-fi films like Ex Machina are inching closer and closer to reality. Josh Zepps talks to Garland about the science and philosophy behind consciousness, the future of self-aware machines, and the ethical considerations we’ve barely begun to ponder.

StarTalk Radio Cosmic Queries: Potpourri



It’s time for another episode of Cosmic Queries. This week, Neil deGrasse Tyson answers an eclectic mix of fan questions selected by Chuck Nice, from gravity waves and the Great Attractor, to dark matter and nuclear fusion.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Talk Nerdy Episode 62 - Dannielle Owens-Reid


Cara and Dannielle Owens-Reid (Everyone Is Gay and The Parents Project) talk about issues facing LGBTQ youth, including the special struggles of bisexual and pansexual individuals. They also open up about their own sexual identities and histories. Follow Dannielle: @danielleor.

In Autumn playing 4th Saturation Fest

Photo by Geneva Miller | instagram.com/amongmoonflowers/
In Autumn continues to progress, perfect, and innovate its pure, Folk-Rock sound. We played the Saturation Fest in 2012, back when we were called Black Bear Jonny Miller & The Cheyenne Autumn Band, and it was one of our first shows. By Saturation Fest 2013, the Autumn sisters left the band, we were a 3-piece with our new bass player, Derrick Harvey, and we were calling ourselves Black Bear & The Cheyenne Autumn Band. In 2014, changing our name to The Autumn Band; we added lead guitarist Adam Heller to the lineup and we rocked Saturation Fest in the intimate basement of the Blood Orange Info Shop. Now, we are back for the 4th year in a row and Playing this Friday, May 22nd at Back to the Grind. You are not going to want to miss this performance.

In case you didn't know, Saturation Fest is a DIY art and music festival that occurs annually in Riverside, CA. Events are held at venues around downtown Riverside, with a majority of the participants based in the Inland Empire. Saturation includes concerts, films, workshops, exhibitions, guerilla shows, organized bike rides, and handcrafted art.

Saturation Fest was started by Alaska Quilici in 2001. "I launched Saturation Fest as a weekend event of every local band and artist I knew, and people were really excited about it," says Quilici. The audience has steadily grown over the years, going from a few hundred the first year to about 10,000 in 2008. "It has grown to the massive project it is now because people believe in it, they look forward to it, they get involved, contribute and play."

As a mostly all-ages and largely cost-free festival, Saturation pushes for the de-commodification of culture, concentrating instead on the value of the experience. Saturation is a Do-It-Yourself festival, meaning that it is participant-created. Organizers work behind the scenes to connect venues, performers, artists, art vendors, event curators and volunteers.

Event:

Baily's Old Town Temecula | Homegrown Sunday | Photo

Photo by Danielle Miller

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Homegrown - Saturation Fest | The In Autumn Newsletter

The following is a newsletter containing information on my band, In Autumn, and all of our upcoming events. Please enjoy.




Hey folks! Jonny Miller will be performing a special solo intimate acoustic set this Sunday @ Baily's Old Town Temecula with local legend, John Lane. John Lane's band, Grass will open up the event and play from 4-5, and then Jonny will take the stage. Grass will join Jonny for the last song of his set, and then Grass will close out the evening. 




Friday, May 22nd, we will be performing for the 4th year in a row at Downtown Riverside's own indie music festival, The Saturation Fest. We will be performing at Back to the Grind with our pals from Corona, Castle Pines. There will be music and art at several different venues all over Downtown, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We are very proud to be taking part in this local commnity event again, and we hope you can make it out. There will be incredible local bands playing all weekend, and if you can't make it out to see us Friday, try to make it out Saturday or Sunday, and support your local artists!
 


Jonny Miller was recently interviewed by local artist, Johny Ray Price for the new Temecula-based, Riverside County Indie Music Zine, Echo and Buzz. The article discusses Jonn'y solo music and In Autum as well. The zine features several other articles about local artists, show flyers, and even a music calender with upcoming concerts. It is available throughout Temecula, Corona, and Riverside. 
 


Unfortunately, we will not be playing at The Dig n' Dance event at UC Riverside that had been postponed because of the rain. The rescheduled date of the event clashes with The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life La Habra event that we will be playing on May 30th. Sorry folks.
 



Riverside Vintage Home Tour & Restoration Faire



Home Tour 2015: May 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: hometour@oldriverside.org

Each year, Old Riverside Foundation features fine examples of the many styles of architecture prevalent in Riverside at the height of its prosperity. Different homes are open each year to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of Riversiders from different eras. The annual event is held in May on the Saturday following Mother's Day.

In addition to the opportunity to tour some of Riverside's beautiful vintage homes, the Restoration Faire features a tour of the Old Riverside Foundation's freshly restored headquarters — the Peter J. Weber House — and a host of booths featuring antiques, crafts, restoration services, and salvage items for your home and garden.



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Blueprint for Armageddon I



Show 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I
The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora's Box of violence engulfs the planet.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Paid Family Leave (HBO)



Many American companies do not offer paid leave after the birth of a child, which means they probably shouldn’t run sappy Mother’s Day ads.

Point of Inquiry | Clearing Up the Calorie: The Science of Nutrition, with Marion Nestle

When over one-third of American adults are obese, it’s no wonder that our culture is deluged with fad diets and alleged miracle supplements. Everyone is looking for the easiest way to obtain and maintain health but it’s no small task in the midst of a whirlwind of conflicting information. And what the heck is a calorie anyway? It may be that the easiest fix is to look at what science tells us about the kinds of foods best fuel our bodies.
This week on Point of Inquiry, Lindsay Beyerstein takes a closer look at what science tells us about our diets as she talks with nutritionist and author ofWhy Calories Count, Marion Nestle. She's the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and works extensively to research and educate what our bodies do and don’t need to work their best.

StarTalk Radio | The Evolution of Love and Sex with Dan Savage

Dim the lights and get comfy when Neil Tyson chats with sex columnist Dan Savage about modern love. Chuck Nice and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher look at sex scientifically, and Bill Nye rants about… what else?

In Autumn @ Saturation Fest, Night one @ Back to the Grind


Saturation Fest, Night one! Join us for night one of three days of amazing shows and events happening here at Back to the Grind! All ages and totally free.
Posted by Back To The Grind on Monday, May 11, 2015

My band, In Autumn is playing Night One with some fantastic bands. It will be glorious!

Talk Nerdy Episode 61 - Rachael Porter


Cara and photographer Rachael Porter nerd out about the history of photography, the weird and wonderful Burning Man community, and the role of art in demystifying the true lives of scientists and engineers. Follow Rachael: @porterfiles.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Echo and Buzz hits Riverside

Photo by Geneva Miller
Echo and Buzz, Temecula-based, Riverside County music zine is now available at these fine establishments in Riverside & Corona (I'm on page 3!)

Mad Platter Record Store
madplatter.cc
1223 University Ave #160, Riverside, CA 92507

Back to the Grind
3575 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

Molinos Coffee
3660 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

Augie's Coffee House
4205 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

Lift Coffee Roasters
3590 Central Ave #101, Riverside, CA 92506

Daily Brew Coffee House
2955 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92503

Downtime Comics
downtimecomics.com
3375 Iowa Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

Corona Music Center
1191 Magnolia Ave, Corona, CA 92879

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing (HBO)



American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fashion (HBO)

 Trendy clothes are cheaper than ever. That sounds great for the people who buy them, but it's horrible for the people who make them. 


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Abolish The Death Penalty | Intelligence Squared



Though the death penalty's popularity has been in decline since the 1980s, a recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive, with 1 in 6 in favor as punishment for murder. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny in light of several botched executions in 2014. At the heart of the debate are many complicated questions. Within a flawed criminal justice system, is it possible to know every person's guilt with a sufficient degree of certainty? Does the fear of death reduce crime? Are there race and class biases in sentencing? Are some crimes so heinous in nature that punishment by death is the only appropriate measure, or is capital punishment always immoral? Should we abolish the death penalty?

Monday, May 4, 2015

StarTalk Radio | The Science of Interstellar with Christopher Nolan


Unravel the mysteries of Interstellar when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews filmmaker and auteur Christopher Nolan. In-studio, Eugene Mirman and cosmologist Dr. Janna Levin help keep the conversation down-to-earth.

Talk Nerdy Episode 60 - Aaron Pomerantz


Cara talks nerdy with entomologist Aaron Pomerantz about his work at thenextgenscientist.com, exploring the Amazonian rainforest, and how researching bugs can have far-reaching implications--including global health benefits.