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Aug 21, 2016

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http://www.brainstormblog.net/blog/2016/8/20/issuing-the-gaytheist-manifesto-with-callie-wright

Aug 14, 2016

http://www.brainstormblog.net/blog/2016/8/6/grettavosper

Aug 7, 2016

http://www.brainstormblog.net/blog/2016/8/6/grettavosper

May 28, 2016

May 27h, 2016 Episode 46

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 46 and today is May 27th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Rene, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound and We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight's guest is Shawn Vulliez a leader in the Pirate Party of Canada. 

Before we get into the woo report I want to talk about a comment during the live chat last episode. I made the comment that there really isn’t such a thing as a cough suppressant and one or our live listeners mentioned Dextromethorphan. Without the information at hand I didn’t want to address it at the moment but I wanted to give a short run down on cough suppressants this episode. Most skeptical articles discussing cough suppressants are also discussing other symptoms under the common cold grouping. So first I want to say, that while I’m not a hundred percent sure where I originally heard the no real cough suppressants concept it was either on the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe or on The Reality check. Both great shows with a good reputation for basing their shows on facts that can be backed up. As a result I often don’t double check the information presented there. This was apparently one of those times. I’ll provide links in the show notes but when I was looking into this I found a few good sources. I’m going to start with Science Base Pharmacy, in an article from January 11, 2012 titled Super Cold-Treatment Reference Spectacular! They talk a bit about dextromethorphan or DM. Right off the hop they make the statement, “there is a lack of evidence showing it works for colds” The also mention Codeine but that also appears to be ineffective. The go through a few other remedies and over the counter treatments but I’m going to stick to DM. So the study they link is called Antitussive efficacy of dextromethorphan in cough associated with acute upper respiratory tract infection. In this study they had 43 patients, in a double blind, stratified, randomized, and parallel group design. For those who may not know, double blind means that nobody knows who got medicine or placebo, stratified means that the patients were sampled in homogeneous groups in this case men and women we sampled separately, randomized means that there was no system to determine who got which treatment, and parallel means that each group only received one type of treatment or placebo with no crossover. They had the objective measures of cough sound pressure level, cough frequency, and the subjective measure of cough severity. To quote the study, “the results showed similar results in both treatment groups”. There was a reduction in all three categories of measurement but no statistically significant differences between the treatment groups.
So that’s science based pharmacy, and the study they looked at.

https://sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/super-cold-treatment-reference-spectacular/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11045895

The site skeptical medicine has cough suppressants listed on their page, medical practices unsupported by science.

https://sites.google.com/site/skepticalmedicine//medical-practices-unsupported-by-science

They link to a Cochrane systematic review of allthe decent studies of over the counter cough medicine and concluded that, “There is no good evidence for or against the effectiveness of OTC medicines in acute cough”

http://www.cochrane.org/CD001831/ARI_over-the-counter-otc-medications-for-acute-cough-in-children-and-adults-in-community-settings

On the website Science Based Medicine, Steven Novella said in his article from Feb 16, 2011 that, “Over the counter (OTC) cough suppressants simply do not work and are not safe in children.”

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/treating-the-common-cold/

and while I’m not usually one to use Mother Jones as a source, they have an article from Jan 20 2014 that’s titled Today’s Health Tip: Cough Medicines Don’t Work , Where Norman Edelman, MD, chef medical officer at the American Lung Association says, “We've never had good evidence that cough suppressants and expectorants help with cough but people are desperate to get some relief. They’re so convinced that they should work that they buy them anyway.”

So, my conclusion is that no, they don’t work. The evidence doesn’t support it and many medical professionals don’t encourage it. This may lead some people to alternatives in the CAM camp but none of those do anything either. Just wanted to clear that up. I didn’t mean to dismiss the listener but I didn’t have the information in front of me at the time.

Now into the woo report.

Woo Report

Rene

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/awake-dating-conspiracy-theorist-jarrod-fidden-interview?utm_source=vicefbuk&utm_campaign=global

 

Cory

https://placentaremediesnetwork.org/placenta-smoothies/

Just a heads up, this is fucking disgusting. There are people who think that drinking a smoothie with pieces of fresh raw placenta in it. They think that by doing this they will consume stem cells and growth factors which heal damaged tissue and organs at super speed. A few of the claim on the website placentaremediesnetwork are that it helps stop postpartum hemorrhaging, that it gives the body an immediate supply of essential vitamins and nutrients, that it provides the body with a boost of hormones to aid in healing, that it gives the mother a feeling of strength and balance, milk supposedly comes in faster, and they take the round about way of saying it but they claim it will help with post partum depression which they call the baby blues.

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/eating-placentas-cannibalism-recycling-or-health-food/

I read through a few articles about this and found that some of them aren’t as dismissive of the idea as I had expected. An article from Dr. Harriet Hall on Science based medicine basically said that there are a lot of nutrients that could replace the lost nutrients depleted during pregnancy but that with the level of access we have to safe food in the modern era, it wouldn’t be necessary to eat or drink the placenta. I recommend her article. She directly addresses the sources that a website called Placentabenefits use. Not in detail but by saying, “My own search of PubMed didn’t uncover any relevant studies on humans. If these 9 articles are their best effort, they’re grasping at straws. All they’ve got is rats and speculation. The best they can do is to mention the need for adequate iron and speculate that placenta-eating might be a useful source of iron. To counter that, we know enough about iron metabolism to make us think it is highly implausible that a one-time ingestion of placenta would contribute very much to effectively replenishing the body’s iron stores.”

http://www.skepticalob.com/2014/08/eating-the-placenta-stupid-is-as-stupid-does.html

The skeptical ob, Dr. Amy Tuteur seems a bit more dismissive with an article titled, Eating the placenta: stupid is as stupid does.  In the article she starts off by saying that, “Homebirth and natural childbirth advocates can’t make up their mind about the placenta, they all agree that has magical traits, but they can’t agree what those magical traits are”, and she finishes by saying,” Eating the placenta is an excellent example of the profound ignorance of human physiology that undergirds most of homebirth and natural childbirth advocacy. Advocates have no clue how the actual physiologic processes of pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum work. They create a fantasy physiology where profound complications are “variations of normal,” where birth in water (unknown in any primate species) is natural, and where eating the placental hormones that suppress breastmilk production are supposed to promote breastmilk production.Only someone profoundly ignorant of human physiology would recommend consuming placenta and only a gullible fool would actually do it.”

There were some more articles I read about the practice but the conclusion I came to was that there is no decent reason to eat or drink pieces of placenta. There are a lot of claims made but none that are supported by research and some that are contradicted by reality.

http://skepticwars.blogspot.ca/2014/05/placenta-smoothies-firm-in-health-risk.html

http://www.thefrisky.com/2015-06-06/sorry-smug-moms-your-placenta-smoothie-has-no-actual-health-benefits/

 

Religious Nuttery

Leo

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/05/21/its-important-to-teach-your-baby-that-shes-depraved-radio-host-and-learned-guest-agree

Destin

Not so religious nuttery
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/05/22/the-lead-singer-of-a-christian-metal-band-just-came-out-as-an-atheist/

 

10:15 pm music break – Brainstew by Green Day as per Gumby’s idea, Hush by Tool, and a song by a band called Goth Brooks. I’ll post a link in the show notes to their website. Mike Lee who used to run the youtube channel the Religious antagonist kind of fell off the atheist youtuber grid for a while but now he’s back with his new band and I’ll leave it to you to decide how serious you take them. The song we’re going to play by them is called Fall to Pieces, I think it’s the one I enjoyed the most on the album but I rather enjoyed all of the songs so check it out. They’ve got it for free download at their site www.gothbrooksband.com

Skepticism 101 part 13: Breaking down the logical fallacies part 7

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question

https://www.logicallyfallacious.com/tools/lp/Bo/LogicalFallacies/53/Begging_the_Question

Any form of argument where the conclusion is assumed in one of the premises.  Many people use the phrase “begging the question” incorrectly when they use it to mean, “prompts one to ask the question”.  That is NOT the correct usage. Begging the question is a form of circular reasoning.

Paranormal activity is real because I have experienced what can only be described as paranormal activity.

So I actually skipped a couple fallacies in the wiki list this episode because I wanted to jump right to one I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot. Begging the question. Contrary to what people think, begging the question doesn’t mean that it brings up a question, which many people use for. What it means in logical fallacy speak is that it assumes the conclusion and presents it as a premise of an argument. A good example of this is a recent discussion among various scientists and skeptics of varying degrees. There was some discussion about the universe being a simulation and they assigned the probability of that as quite high. The problem is that they are assuming a high probability without presenting any reason to accept it as a possibility.

Atheism for Dummies part 11

Religion for atheists part 6 – Taoism

http://www.religionfacts.com/taoism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism

I was looking through the list of religions looking for the next largest religion that we haven’t covered and according to the site I use the next biggest one was just called Chinese religion but in the description it said that it was a combination of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Chinese folk religion so I figured we’d better cover those first. We did Buddhism already so this time around we’re doing Taoism.

So, Taoism is based on the teachings of Lao-Tzu from 550 BC, in China. There are currently around 20 million adherents, specifically but are a portion of the general group of Chinese religion. It’s a Pantheistic religion that uses the concepts of Tao and yin and yang. The meaning of Life in Taoism is inner harmony, peace and longevity which is achieved by living in accordance with the Tao. After death, you revert back to a state of non being. And their holy texts are the Kojiki and Nihongi.

Listener Feedback and shoutouts

Patreon Patron – Rob Geiger and Nathan
Twitter – @RandyLaMonda said This was such a fun listen. Congrats on your conference.
@Pixiechixie6 thanked us for donating to the Fort Mac fire relief fund

 So that’s where we’re going to end the episode.

Gumby would you like to tell us a bit about the progress on next years Shift To Reason.

We’ll record another half hour for the patreon page but you can join us for the next live broadcast by watching for our events on mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast or you can go to our website brainstormblog.net and check out the live show page and the upcoming events page.

There are some upcoming conferences in Canada, there’s the annual Non conference, this year in Niagra Falls on August 13th and there’s the AB Secular conference on September 15th and 16thin Edmonton. I’ll post links to the facebook pages for all of those in the show notes.

The Non-Conference - https://www.facebook.com/NonConference/

The AB Secular Conference - https://www.facebook.com/ABSecularConference/?fref=ts

We appreciate you listening and if you want the extra content from after the live show then you can go and become a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast or you can check the website brainstormblog.net and click on the bonus content or support pages. It’s also great if you can write a review and rate us on itunes or stitcher.  More good ratings make it so more people can find us.
Thanks to Dave for our intro music, thanks to Alix Capper Murdoch for doing the voice over for the intro and for some of our ads, and thank you to Jason Comeau for our outro music. You can find his stuff at Aloststateofmind.com. All music played is either with permission or under the SOCAN licence to play. For more information on SOCAN you can check out the music license info on our website brainstormblog.net

You can also get cool Brainstorm gear at cafepress.ca/brainstormpodcastgear or go to the support page of our website.

If you didn’t get a chance to contact us through the live chat going on during the episode but think you need to tell us something you can email us at mail@brainstormblog.net or go to brainstormblog.net, go to the contact page and fill out the form If you have a podcast or website and want a shoutout or have a promo to play let us know. We are also offering advertising to podcasts, bands, people, and organizations on the website. Contact us for rates and options.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you in a couple weeks. 

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May 14, 2016

May 13th, 2016 Episode 45

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 45 and today is May 13th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Rene, Lana, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and tonight we’re joined by nobody. We didn’t reach out to get any guests because we thought we’d take some time to discuss the conference that passed just two weeks ago. The Shift to reason conference was our first ever secular conference and it was a huge success.

 

Woo Report

Cory’s Story
Turpentine as medicine
http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/turpentine-kerosene.html
https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/medicine-doesnt-come-from-the-hardware-store-dont-drink-turpentine/

Turpentine is an essential oil distilled from pine tree sap
poison
hydrocarbon poisoning - Ingestion of hydrocarbons, such as petroleum distillates (eg, gasoline, kerosene, mineral oil, lamp oil, paint thinners), results in minimal systemic effects but can cause severe aspiration pneumonitis. 
http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/injuries-poisoning/poisoning/hydrocarbon-poisoning

At little as a single tablespoon of turpentine can be fatal to a child
Fatalities appear to be rare in adults from consumption, but turpentine can cause severe and even fatal lung inflammation if inhaled, in addition to heart arrhythmias. The CDC says turpentine is “Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations.” Even the vapour can irritate mucous membranes in the mouth, eyes and nose.

So, there’s actually a facebook group where the posts all expound the virtues of turpentine. It’s a closed group and nobody can join it unless they give the admins access to their own posts on their own wall. I can only assume that this is because they don’t want to let skeptics or authority figures know what they are doing; because some of them are poisoning their fucking kids.

Claims
Parasites – it’s poison so it makes sense that it will kill parasites. It may also kill you.


Candida – directly quoted from Science Based Medicine article.,” Candida infections or colonizations that alternative medicine providers describe are not the same fungal infections that are diagnosed by medical doctors and treated with antifungal drugs. In the alternative medicine world, nonspecific complaints (e.g., fatigue) are often attributed to Candida infections. These types of “infections” are invisible to medical professionals, but seem universal in the CAM belief system. To be clear, Candida is a real fungus, and Candida infections can be real. But in these cases, there’s no evidence that Candida is causing any infection. It’s a made-up diagnosis with no objective evidence to back it up.”

Autism – Just no.

Head lice – Again, it’s fucking poison. It may kill head lice but it may also cause damage to you or your child

Arthritis and Gout – The earth clinic site is hilarious with this one. Rub a mixture of 1 part turpentine with 2 parts castor oil, or olive oil, or coconut oil. Because the rubbing won’t relieve a small amount of pain, unless you mix in some bullshit.

There are more but you get the idea. They think that turpentine can cure all kinds of things when the fact is that it’s a dangerous poison and shouldn’t be ingested or rubbed on your skin.

 

Lana’s Story
President Obama has ordered for abortions to be celebrated on Mother's Day
http://www.snopes.com/obama-mothers-day-abortions/

Rene’s Story
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/autistic-toddler-dies-at-clinic-in-china-that-claims-to-cure-disease-of-lazy-rich-with-tough-exercise-regimes

Angela’s Story
http://www.i-am-stephen-shaw.com/The_Fractal_Key.html

 

  

Religious Nuttery

Leo’s Story

Brad Wall and the prayer before the Saskatchewan Legislature
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/05/03/saskatchewan-premier-says-governments-christian-prayers-will-continue-despite-petition/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/prayer-in-saskatchewan-legislature-will-continue-premier-brad-wall-says-1.3562743

 http://conservativefans.com/2016/05/02/muslims-want-christian-prayers-removed-from-sask-legislature-brad-wall-says-its-staying/

 

10:15 pm music break – When Doves Cry – Prince, How the God’s Kill – Danzig, and No Gods, No Masters - Droid

Skepticism 101 part 13: Breaking down the logical fallacies part 6

Argument to moderation (Latin: argumentum ad temperantiam)—also known as [argument from] middle ground, false compromise, gray fallacy, and the golden mean fallacy[1]—is an informal fallacy which asserts that the truth can be found as a compromise between two opposite positions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_to_moderation

https://www.logicallyfallacious.com/tools/lp/Bo/LogicalFallacies/59/Argument_to_Moderation

example:climate change, or anti vaxxers/ safe vaxx arguments

 

 A Voice For the Innocent
http://www.avoicefortheinnocent.org/

 

Atheism for Dummies part 11

Religion for atheists part 5 – Buddhism

http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism

2500 years old, started in india, 360 million followers worldwide, based on the teachings of Siddharta Guatama who lived around 500 BCE, Depending on the sect, Buddhist beliefs may include gods, ancestors, and the afterlife,but none of them have to and most important Buddhist beliefs are about suffering and how to escape it. The main thrust of Buddhism is to end suffering and Buddhists believe that humans suffer mainly because we strive after theings that don’t give us long term happiness.

Listener Feedback and shoutouts

Patreon Patrons – Rob and Nathan
Youtube comment from – ultramegaroytrombone, “Only 11 subscribers so far? Why's that? You guys are awesome! Keep up the good work”

 Twitter – @Ehtheistpodcast congratulated us on a successful conference, PixieChixie36 said she wished she was there(at the conference), @non_conference (the non conference twitter) gave us a shout out of congratulations on the conference

There were some other tweets and conversations but these were the ones that stood out to me

 

So that’s where we’re going to end the episode. We’ll record another half hour for the patreon page but you can join us for the next live broadcast by watching for our events on mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast. That link, along with many other relevant links will be in the show notes at either brainstormblog.net or with new episodes at thebrainstormpodcast.com

There are some upcoming conferences in Canada, check out Imagine No Religion in Richmond B.C. on May 20th just one week away. There’s the annual Non conference, this year in Niagra Falls on August 13th and there’s the AB Secular conference on September 15th and 16th  in Edmonton. 

Imagine No Religion - https://www.facebook.com/events/838821939564459/

The Non-Conference - https://www.facebook.com/NonConference/

The AB Secular Conference - https://www.facebook.com/ABSecularConference/?fref=ts

 

We appreciate your support and if you want the extra content from after the live show then go and become a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast. I want to mention how important it is that people support the show in one way or another, whether by sharing the episodes, sending your feedback, writing a review and rating us on your favorite podcatcher, or donating through patreon or paypal.  We’re always just one bad month away from not being able to run the show so everything you can do to show your support helps.
Thanks to Dave for our intro music, thanks to Alix Capper Murdoch for doing the voice over for the intro and for some of our ads, and thank you to Jason Comeau for our outro music. You can find his stuff at Aloststateofmind.com. All music played is either with permission or under the SOCAN licence to play. For more information on SOCAN you can find the link on our website brainstormblog.net

Remember to check out brainstorm gear at cafepress.ca/brainstormpodcastgear or go to brainstormblog.net and click on the cafépress link.

If you didn’t get a chance to contact us through the live chat going on during the episode but think you need to tell us something you can email us at mail@brainstormblog.net or go to the website and click the contact tab. If you have a podcast or website and want a shoutout or have a promo to play let us know. And lastly, remember to give us a rating on your favorite podcatcher. More reviews and ratings give the show more exposure.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you in a couple weeks.

Apr 16, 2016

April 15th, 2016 Episode 44

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 44 and today is April 15th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Rene, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and tonight we’re joined by Aron Ra, Aron is the creator of the youtube series the foundational falsehoods of creationism and is one of the most popular speakers in the movement.

http://www.aronra.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/AronRa

Commercial break included an ad for A Voice For the Innocent. You can support them here. http://www.avoicefortheinnocent.org/

Woo Report


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/05/gwyneth-paltrow-lets-bees-sting-her-for-ancient-health-treatment/


http://www.healthylivinghouse.com/why-did-they-hide-this-seed-for-more-than-100-years-because-it-can-cure-any-cancer-in-just-few-days-find-out-here/

http://www.naturalhealingmagazine.com/why-did-they-hide-this-seed-for-more-than-100-years-because-it-can-cure-any-cancer-in-just-few-days-find-out-here/

So the article for grape seeds is a bit of a mishmash of real facts and misinformation. First I want to point out the lack of sources, leaving the reader to go and find all the information for themselves. It’s almost as if the writer didn’t know what they were talking about. There is one source link at the bottom, unfortunately it doesn’t take you to an article discussing the subject at hand but the home page to Natural Healing Magazine where you’re left to search for the origin of the story on your own, again.  That’s ok though because the article from healthy living house is a 100% copy of the story from Natural Health Magazine. So we’re left to look this shit up on our own. Destin sent me a couple links to studies on grape seeds and their effect on cancer cells.

First we have a study on the website for the American association for cancer research. According to their wiki page they are the world’s oldest and largest professional association related to cancer research based in Philadelphia with over 34000 members in over 90 countries.  The study is titled Abstract 901: Grape seed extract decreases visceral adiposity and impairs the pro-tumorigenic adipose tissue secretions affecting colorectal cancer growth and progression and it took a little digging to find anything beyond the abstract. The thing here is that this is not a supplement study, this is a study of extract applied directly to cells. After reading far too much of this study I realized though, that this isn’t even the study that the article is talking about. This was a hell of a rabbit hole to dig through with tons of research into grape seed extract and its effects on different kinds of cancer cells. I couldn’t seem to get to the actual University of Kentucky study mentioned in the article but I did find a BBC article discussing the study that was fairly good, though with a click baity headlin. As near as I can tell, the study at the U of K that is talked about was from 2008 or 2009 and was the first time Grape seed extract has been tested on a blood cancer, in this case it was Leukemia. In the U of K study they introduced grape seed extract to leukemia cells in the hopes of activating a protein called JNK which can induce apoptosis in cancer cells. According to Kat Arney Cancer Research UK senior cancer information officer, “it’s still a long way from being a treatment that we can give to patients”. With some measure of success it seems like there may be something to the grape seed cancer treatment idea. I’ll include links to all those articles and studies as well as another study for its effects on colon cancer in the show notes. All in all, it took a lot of work to find out that there was a study done at the University of Kentucky that showed promising results in incorporating grapeseed into prevention and treatment of blood cancers and possibly other cancers. However, the article from Healthy Living House and Natural Health Magazine are both still wootastic and full of shit because they assert that, “the real truth is that we all know that there is a cure for cancer, but the big pharmaceutical companies decided to keep it secret” and that “this seed can cure any cancer in just a few days”
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/75/15_Supplement/901.short
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4259412/
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0085184#s4
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7803619.stm
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/134311.php?sr&trendmd-shared=1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Association_for_Cancer_Research
http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/15/1/140.long
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2760842/

Religious Nuttery

http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2016-03-02/article-4453989/Lord%E2%80%99s-Prayer-returns-to-class/1

 

10:15 pm music break – This episode I’ve got a couple really cool songs for the break. You might know that on April 1st God’s Not Dead 2 came out. The guys from the God Awful Movies podcast did an episode tearing it apart and Eli Bosnick one of the hosts got creative and did a parody of the stupid newsboys song from the first God’s Not Dead movie. It’s called God’s Not Dead (he was never alive)  Our second song is by another podcaster and awesome musician and is also a parody, George Hrab from the Geologic Podcast is a member of a band called the Philadelphia Funk Authority and they do weddings on occasion. He noticed that there’s always the father daughter dance and that they have to play one of these songs that counts as a father daughter song but they’re always super creepy and really kind of sexist so he wrote a cool kind of parody of them called Daddy's Little Baby Angel Cupcake Candy Butterfly‏. And lastly we’re going to play Bad Reputation by Joan Jett because we fucking can.

https://soundcloud.com/george-hrab/daddys-little-baby-angel-cupcake-candy-butterfly

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/godawfulmovies

 


So that’s where we’re going to end the episode. We’ll record another half hour for the patreon page but you can join us for the next live broadcast by watching for our events on mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast. That link, along with many other relevant links will be in the show notes at either brainstormblog.net or with new episodes at thebrainstormpodcast.com

We appreciate your support and if you want the extra content from after the live show then go and become a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast. I want to mention how important it is that people support the show in one way or another, whether by sharing the episodes, sending your feedback, writing a review and rating us on your favorite podcatcher, or donating through patreon or paypal.  We’re always just one bad month away from not being able to run the show so everything you can do to show your support helps.
Thanks to Dave for our intro music, thanks to Alix Capper Murdoch for doing the voice over for the intro and for some of our ads, and thank you to Jason Comeau for our outro music. You can find his stuff at Aloststateofmind.com. All music played is either with permission or under the SOCAN licence to play. For more information on SOCAN you can find the link on our website brainstormblog.net

Remember to check out brainstorm gear at cafepress.ca/brainstormpodcastgear or go to brainstormblog.net and click on the cafépress link.

If you didn’t get a chance to contact us through the live chat going on during the episode but think you need to tell us something you can email us at mail@brainstormblog.net or go to the website and click the contact tab. If you have a podcast or website and want a shoutout or have a promo to play let us know. And lastly, remember to give us a rating on your favorite podcatcher. More reviews and ratings give the show more exposure.

Thanks for listening. We've got the conference on the 30th so there's no regular show on the 29th. That said, Dave is going to try to live stream some interviews from the VIP after party so stay tuned for that on our facebook page. 

Apr 2, 2016

April 1st, 2016 Episode 43

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 43 and today is April 1st, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and tonight we’ve got no guest. We were going to have Matt Dillahunty on but due to a scheduling issue he was unable to join us tonight. We knew it was tenuous but we were hoping for the best. So, you just get us tonight and we may as well hop into the woo report.

 

Woo Report

Angela’s story
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-jimmy-kimmel-ufos_us_56f590bde4b014d3fe23189f?utm_hp_ref=weird-news

Rene’s story
http://www.glitch.news/2016-02-29-is-the-gemstone-tourmaline-effective-at-reducing-harmful-emfs.html

http://skepdic.com/emf.html


Cory’s story
http://www.davidwolfe.com/toothpaste-reverses-gum-disease-whitens-teeth/

The article starts off the same as many others, telling you the importance of dental hygiene. This isn’t controversial and oddly enough they actually provide a link to Colgate Professional. A bit weird sharing a toothpaste company link in an article from a chemophobe. Despite the first bit of legit info coming from a site for a toothpaste company the article goes on to talk about how toxic toothpaste is and shares a page from mercola.com in an effort to convince you of the terrible ingredients within.

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. triclosan has been shown to help prevent gingivitis. The mercola article makes some hefty claims about the dangers of triclosan but then ends it with the statement that “people who brushed their teeth with Colgate Total had more than five times as much triclosan in their urine as those who did not” Which stands to reason because that means the body is passing the triclosan through after it cleans the mouth and enters the system.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products. Basically it’s a foaming agent.
Aspartame is the artificial sweetener in most toothpastes. And it doesn’t do any of the bad things that mercola thinks it does. One of the most amusing parts of this section of the mercola article is the end where they list symptoms of methanol poisoning.
And of course Fluoride, which is the scapegoat of all the crazy natural health bullshit sites.
There are more ingredients but I didn’t have the time to go through them all in detail. Needless to say, a simple google search or wiki search can tell you the facts about everything that the chemophobe crowd is afraid of.

Then of course, comes the ingredients for the all natural pure bullshit toothpaste

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon or 2 Capsules Turmeric
1 to 2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

The original article makes some claims about he benefits of the ingredients. First it claims that turmeric is an anti inflammatory. I could find no reputable source that confirmed this but alternative health nuts often over inflate the benefits of turmeric for which there is very little evidence.

There’s coconut oil which is supposedly an anti bacterial agent an supposedly has an anti inflammatory effect as well. I couldn’t find any good sources that confirmed this.

Supposedly these two random ingredients are also supposed to have a whitening effect on you teeth which will reduce or remove the need for whitening toothpastes or strips. Which I’ve been led to believe in the past, are mostly marketing hype anyway. I’ll add some of the links I looked at in the show notes.

http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/why-a-healthy-mouth-is-good-for-your-body

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/09/09/toxic-toothpaste-ingredients.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triclosan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laureth_sulfate

http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/why-turmeric-is-fantastic-for-oral-health-and-hygiene

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/turmeric-tasty-in-curry-questionable-as-medicine/

http://draxe.com/oil-pulling-coconut-oil/

http://scepticalnutritionist.com.au/?p=844

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/bleaching_risks.html


Religious Nuttery

Destin’s Story
http://www.prophecy.news/2016-03-01-top-vatican-official-warns-against-the-evils-of-yoga-harry-potter.html


Cory’s story
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd/2016/03/catholic-priest-loses-500000-to-gambling-the-money-was-meant-for-refugee-sponsorship

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/03/28/money-for-refugees-lost-gambling-says-catholic-church-in-london-ont.html

extra religious story

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/03/30/christian-bishop-god-heals-people-through-the-olive-oil-you-can-buy-on-my-website

 

Music break – I Digress by Big Wreck, The Parapet of memory burns to the ground taking heaven with it by A Lost State of Mind, and Jesus Built My Hotrod by Ministry

 Main topic - Gretta Vosper; the atheist pastor in the United Church of Canada. We're hoping to interview her soon. 

Skepticism 101 part 11: Breaking down the logical fallacies part 5

Argument from silence (argumentum ex silentio) – where the conclusion is based on the absence of evidence, rather than the existence of evidence

To make an argument from silence (Latin: argumentum ex silentio) is to express a conclusion that is based on the absence of statements in historical documents, rather than on presence.
Generally speaking, absence of evidence is not evidence; however, there are many cases where the reason evidence is being held back can be seen as evidence.

A good example of this is what many consider the mythicist position on Jesus. There is no evidence for his existence where we would expect it. It is considered a logical fallacy to therefore assume that the lack of evidence counts towards the positive assertion that jesus did not exist.

Agnostics and theists often claim that atheists are using this fallacy to arrive at the atheist conclusion, ignoring that we are not actually making a positive claim.

Last example is conspiracy theories who rely on the lack of evidence to count as evidence that something sinister is going on. The cover up proves the conspiracy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_silence

https://www.logicallyfallacious.com/tools/lp/Bo/LogicalFallacies/57/Argument_from_Silence

 

 

Atheism for Dummies part 10

Religion for atheists part 4 – Hinduism

Hinduism is the major religion in India, and has around 900 million adherents. It is a monotheistic religion that looks like a polytheistic religion. The main god is Brahman but has many minor aspects. They believe that humans are in bondage to ignorance and illusion with the purpose to break the cycle of rebirth or to at least improve their station in the next life with the cycle continuing until one gains enlightenment. Hinduism is the religion that spawned the insufferable concepts of karma and yoga which have been twisted into even more bullshit by western culture. Their holy texts consist of the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Ramayana.
The Ramayana (/rɑːˈmɑːjənə/; Sanskrit: रामायणम्, Rāmāyaṇam, pronounced [rɑːˈmɑːjəɳəm]) is a Sanskrit epic poem ascribed to the Hindu sage and Sanskrit poet Valmiki. It is regarded as one of the two great works of Indian literature, along with the Mahabharata

http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramayana

 

 

 

 

 

Outro music is I Know It Meant Nothing, It Just Meant All The Wrong Things To Me. I'm still Sinking. I Wish I Could Tell You How Bad This Really Is by A Lost State of Mind

So that’s where we’re going to end the episode. We’ll record another half hour for the patreon page but you can join us for the next live broadcast by watching for our events on mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast. That link, along with many other relevant links will be in the show notes at either brainstormblog.net or with new episodes at thebrainstormpodcast.com

We appreciate your support and if you want the extra content from after the live show then go and become a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast. I want to mention how important it is that people support the show in one way or another, whether by sharing the episodes, sending your feedback, writing a review and rating us on your favorite podcatcher, or donating through patreon or paypal.  We’re always just one bad month away from not being able to run the show so everything you can do to show your support helps.
Thanks to Dave for our intro music, thanks to Alix Capper Murdoch for doing the voice over for the intro and for some of our ads, and thank you to Jason Comeau for our outro music. You can find his stuff at Aloststateofmind.com. All music played is either with permission or under the SOCAN licence to play. For more information on SOCAN you can find the link on our website brainstormblog.net

Remember to check out brainstorm gear at cafepress.ca/brainstormpodcastgear or go to brainstormblog.net and click on the cafépress link.

A special thanks to everyone who’s talked about and shared the conference info. In particular this week, a thanks to Trav from Bi Any Means and the crew from the Scathing Atheist. Everyone who spreads the word makes this even more likely to be successful. Remember to get your tickets before April 15th to ensure the best price. You can use the code Secular to get ten bucks off.

If you didn’t get a chance to contact us through the live chat going on during the episode but think you need to tell us something you can email us at mail@brainstormblog.net or go to the website and click the contact tab. If you have a podcast or website and want a shoutout or have a promo to play let us know. And lastly, remember to give us a rating on your favorite podcatcher. More reviews and ratings give the show more exposure.

Thanks for listening and we’ll catch you again in a couple weeks.

Mar 19, 2016

March 18th, 2016 Episode 42

Seth Andrews interview

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/

 

Woo Report

Angela’s Story
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/toddler-died-from-meningitis-after-anti-vaxx-parents-treated-him-with-maple-syrup-instead-of-medicine/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/jury-trial-truehope-toddler-dies-trial-underway-1.3479460

Rene’s Story
https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/an-indonesian-politician-says-instant-ramen-makes-babies-turn-gay?utm_source=vicefbca

http://www.countryliving.com/shopping/a37769/salt-lamps/

http://www.negativeionsinformation.org/saltcrystallamps.html

 

Religious Nuttery

Destin’s Story
http://tonyortega.org/2016/03/03/scientology-in-forced-abortion-case-its-not-abuse-if-you-dont-complain-when-its-happening/

Leo’s story
http://genesis2church.is/

http://www.mms-supplement.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_Mineral_Supplement


 Music break

Psychic Man by Artificial Joy Club, Fuck you by Bad Religion, Mayhem by Halestorm

 

Skepticism 101 part 10: Breaking down the logical fallacies part 4

Argument from repetition (argumentum ad infinitum) – signifies that it has been discussed extensively until nobody cares to discuss it anymore sometimes confused with proof by assertion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_nauseam

https://www.logicallyfallacious.com/tools/lp/Bo/LogicalFallacies/49/Argument_by_Repetition

 

 

Atheism for Dummies part 9

Religion for atheists part 3 – Islam

http://www.religionfacts.com/islam

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam

 

 

 

Bonus material

http://www.countryliving.com/shopping/a37769/salt-lamps/

http://www.negativeionsinformation.org/saltcrystallamps.html

Mar 7, 2016

March 4th, 2016 Episode 41

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 41 and today is March 4th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Rene, and Chippy, and the always amazing Dave doing sound here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight we’ve got Lavada Luening  on google hangouts with us. Lavada is an active atheist and feminist from Wisconsin, owner of the Secular She Thinker youtube channel and an increasingly popular speaker at conferences.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJPQMnloZ5_BCDBnOb-rjA

http://wishethinkers.org/

 

Woo Report

Scalia murdered by Obama conspiracy

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/16/meet-the-scalia-death-truthers-was-he-murdered-by-obama-or-aliens.html

Palm reading

http://skepdic.com/palmist.html

https://www.facebook.com/GoodThinkingSoc/videos/171021366606185/

For fun

https://cannasos.com/blog/hot-news/nasa-discovers-entirely-new-planet-fully-covered-with-cannabis

If we have time
https://news.vice.com/article/this-canadian-lab-spent-20-years-ruining-lives

 

 

Religious Nuttery

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/03/01/psychic-medium-if-atheists-tell-suicidal-people-not-to-speak-to-me-blood-is-on-their-hands

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/01/living/deepak-chopra-atheism/index.html

and the rebuttal http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/there-is-no-problem-with-atheism/

http://retractionwatch.com/2016/03/02/hands-are-the-proper-design-by-the-creator-plos-one-paper-suggests/

10:15 pm music break –For our music break this episode we have a song that Rene recommended, Emotionless by Red Sun Rising, an older song by a band that I have always enjoyed we’ve got Synthetic by Spineshank, and our third song is Zero Mass by Third Ion. Third Ion is currently doing an indegogo campaign to fund their next album. I’ll put the link in the show notes on thebrainstormpodcast.com and brainstormblog.net but if you want to go there before we finish the live show you can go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/third-ion-new-album-biolith-nearly-complete. I know that’s a bit to remember but if you go to our websites then you can find the link there and go support a great local band.

 

 

Skepticism 101 part 9: Breaking down the logical fallacies part 3

https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/personal-incredulity

http://skepdic.com/dvinefal.html

 


 

 

So that’s where we’re going to end the episode. We’ll record another half hour for the patreon page but you can join us for the next live broadcast by watching for our events on mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast. That link, along with many other relevant links will be in the show notes. You can find those at either brainstormblog.net or with new episodes at thebrainstormpodcast.com

We appreciate your support and if you want the extra content from after the live show then go and become a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast. I want to mention how important it is that people support the show in some way or another, whether by sharing the episodes, sending your feedback, writing a review and rating us on your favorite podcatcher, or donating through patreon or paypal.  We’re always just one bad month away from not being able to run the show so everything you can do to show your support helps.
Thanks to Dave for our intro music, thanks to Alix Capper Murdoch for doing the voice over for the intro and for some of our ads, and thank you to Jason Comeau for our outro music. You can find his stuff at Aloststateofmind.com. All music played is either with permission or under the SOCAN licence to play. For more information on SOCAN you can find the link on our website brainstormblog.net

Remember to check out brainstorm gear at cafepress.ca/brainstormpodcastgear or go to brainstormblog.net and click on the cafépress link.

If you didn’t get a chance to contact us through the live chat going on during the episode but think you need to tell us something you can email us at mail@brainstormblog.net or go to the website and click the contact tab. If you have a podcast or website and want a shoutout or have a promo to play let us know. And lastly, remember to give us a rating on your favorite podcatcher. More reviews and ratings give the show more exposure.

Thanks for listening and we’ll catch you again in a couple weeks.

Feb 6, 2016

February 5th, 2016 Episode 40

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 40 and today is Feb 5th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Rene, Leo, new crew member Chippy and  the always amazing Dave doing sound here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight we’ve got Nathan Phelps video chatting with us. Nathan is the former ED of the Calgary CFI, he’s on the board of directors for Recovering from Religion, and is a well-known speaker within the atheist community. He grew up as a member of the infamous Phelps family and converted to atheism after escaping from the Westboro Baptist church.


Nate Phelps interview for an hour -
http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/

http://www.natephelps.com/

Woo Report

Flat Earth crap
https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/675579299250247/

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/128063/20160126/rapper-flat-earther-what-believe.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherical_Earth

http://www.smarterthanthat.com/astronomy/top-10-ways-to-know-the-earth-is-not-flat/

Deepak
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/01/deepak-chopra-thinks-stomach-bacteria-listens-to-your-thoughts/

 Music break three songs- nothing left to lose by Northern Fallout, What Lies Ahead by Semblant, and Sounds of Silence by Disturbed

 Religious Nuttery

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/01/25/christian-charity-head-declares-gay-people-are-the-enemy/

http://edzardernst.com/2016/01/catholic-homeopaths-claim-to-cure-homosexuality/

 Skepticism 101 part 8: Breaking down the logical fallacies part 2

Argument From Ignorance
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_ignorance

Atheism for Dummies part 8

Religion for atheists part 2 - Christianity

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity

based on life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth (born c. 4 BCE), a Jew from Palestine under Roman rule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2 billion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Trinity = God the Father + God the Son + God the Holy Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All have sinned and are thereby separated from God. Salvation is through faith in Christ and, for some, sacraments and good works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eternal heaven or hell (most denominations); temporary purgatory (Catholicism)

 

 

 

 

Prayer, Bible study, baptism, Eucharist (Communion), church on Sundays, numerous holidays.

 

 

 

Bible (Hebrew Bible + New Testament)

So that’s it for the live portion of the episode. We’ll record another half hour for the patreon page but you can join us for the next live broadcast by watching for our events on mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast. That link, along with many other relevant links will be in the show notes. You can find those at either brainstormblog.net or with new episodes at thebrainstormpodcast.com

We appreciate your support and if you want the extra content from after the live show then go and become a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast
Thanks to Dave for our intro music, thanks to Alix Capper Murdoch for doing the voice over for the intro and for some of our ads, and thanks to Jason Comeau for our outro music. You can find his stuff at Aloststateofmind.com. All music is either played with permission or under the SOCAN licence to play. For more information on SOCAN you can find the link on our website brainstormblog.net

Remember to check out brainstorm gear at cafepress.ca/brainstormpodcastgear or go to brainstormblog.net and click on the cafépress link.

A special thanks to Phil Ferguson of the Phil Ferguson show and the crew over on No Religion Required for having me on to talk about our conference and thanks to Callie at the Gaytheist Manifesto, Trav from the Bi any means podcast, the Utah outcasts, the Beyond the Trailer park podcast and to anyone else who has played the conference ad

If you didn’t get a chance to contact us through the live chat going on during the episode but think you need to tell us something you can email us at mail@brainstormblog.net or go to the website and click the contact tab. If you have a podcast or website and want a shoutout or have a promo to play let us know. And, remember to give us a rating on your favorite podcatcher. More reviews and ratings give the show more exposure.

There’s no show now until March 4th because me and my girlfriend are going to be on a short vacation in Vegas on our next usual recording date


Bonus Content

Phil Anselmo and racism in the metal community
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gShmJV2BSr0

https://youtu.be/fCBKzWg4WYo

https://t.co/20iRfSWI73

http://youtu.be/cxQk3DC3gL0

For bonus content go become a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast

 

 

 

Jan 23, 2016

January 22th, 2016 Episode 39

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 39 and today is January 22, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Rene, Lana, and Leo with the ever amazing Dave doing sound here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight we have a special guest in studio Dusti Hennenfent, the mom who is trying to get her kids school to stop playing the very Christian Lord’s prayer over the loudspeaker.


Commercial break-patreon, absence of clothing, and The Reality Check promo

Woo Report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/we-talked-to-a-witch-who-casts-viruses-out-of-computers-with-magic?utm_source=vicefbca

 

Religious Nuttery

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2016/01/catholic-archbishop-says-domestic-violence-is-caused-by-women-not-obeying-men/

http://www.alternet.org/belief/10-weirdest-fundamentalist-christian-conspiracy-theories

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-mcswain/is-the-church-dying_b_8498804.html

music break – David Bowie Suffragette City, I’m Afraid of Americans, and The wretched by Nine Inch Nails -13 or 14 minutes

Skepticism 101 part 7: Breaking down the logical fallacies part one

Appeal to the stone
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_lapidem

Argumentum ad lapidem (Latin: "to the stone") is a logical fallacy that consists in dismissing a statement as absurd without giving proof of its absurdity.[1] The form of argument employed by such dismissals is the argumentum ad lapidem, or appeal to the stone.[2][3]

Ad lapidem statements are fallacious because they fail to address the merits of the claim in dispute. The same applies to proof by assertion, where an unproved or disproved claim is asserted as true on no ground other than that of its truth having been asserted.

Related to proof by assertion or proof by repeated assertion

Proof by assertion, sometimes informally referred to as proof by repeated assertion, is an informal fallacy in which a proposition is repeatedly restated regardless of contradiction.[1] Sometimes, this may be repeated until challenges dry up, at which point it is asserted as fact due to its not being contradicted (argumentum ad nauseam).[2] In other cases, its repetition may be cited as evidence of its truth, in a variant of the appeal to authority or appeal to belief fallacies.[citation needed]

This fallacy is sometimes used as a form of rhetoric by politicians, or during a debate as a filibuster. In its extreme form, it can also be a form of brainwashing.[1] Modern politics contains many examples of proof by assertions. This practice can be observed in the use of political slogans, and the distribution of "talking points", which are collections of short phrases that are issued to members of modern political parties for recitation to achieve maximum message repetition. The technique is also sometimes used in advertising.

 

 



Atheism For Dummies part 7

Religion for atheists part 1 – Judaism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism

 encompasses the religionphilosophyculture and way of life of the Jewish people.[4] Judaism is an ancient monotheistic religion, with the Torah as its foundational text (part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible), and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Midrash and theTalmud. Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenantal relationship that God established with theChildren of Israel.[5]

Judaism includes a wide corpus of texts, practices, theological positions, and forms of organization. Within Judaism there are a variety of movements, most of which emerged from Rabbinic Judaism, which holds that God revealed his laws and commandmentsto Moses on Mount Sinai in the form of both the Written and Oral Torah.[6] Historically, this assertion was challenged by various groups such as the Sadducees and Hellenistic Judaism during the Second Temple period; the Karaites and Sabbateans during the early and later medieval period;[7] and among segments of the modern non-Orthodox denominations. Modern branches of Judaism such as Humanistic Judaism may be nontheistic.[8] Today, the largest Jewish religious movements are Orthodox Judaism (Haredi Judaism and Modern Orthodox Judaism), Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism. Major sources of difference between these groups are their approaches to Jewish law, the authority of the Rabbinic tradition, and the significance of the State of Israel.[9]Orthodox Judaism maintains that the Torah and Jewish law are divine in origin, eternal and unalterable, and that they should be strictly followed. Conservative and Reform Judaism are more liberal, with Conservative Judaism generally promoting a more "traditional" interpretation of Judaism's requirements than Reform Judaism. A typical Reform position is that Jewish law should be viewed as a set of general guidelines rather than as a set of restrictions and obligations whose observance is required of all Jews.[10][11] Historically, special courts enforced Jewish law; today, these courts still exist but the practice of Judaism is mostly voluntary.[12] Authority on theological and legal matters is not vested in any one person or organization, but in the sacred texts andrabbis and scholars who interpret them.[13]

Judaism claims a historical continuity spanning more than 3,000 years. Judaism has its roots as a structured religion in the Middle East during the Bronze Age.[14] Of the major world religions, Judaism is considered one of the oldest monotheistic religions.[15][16]The Hebrews / Israelites were already referred to as "Jews" in later books of the Tanakh such as the Book of Esther, with the term Jews replacing the title "Children of Israel".[17] Judaism's texts, traditions and values strongly influenced later Abrahamic religions, including ChristianityIslam and the Baha'i Faith.[18][19] Many aspects of Judaism have also directly or indirectly influenced secular Western ethics and civil law.[20]

Jews are an ethnoreligious group[21] and include those born Jewish and converts to Judaism. In 2012, the world Jewish populationwas estimated at about 14 million, or roughly 0.2% of the total world population.[22] About 42% of all Jews reside in Israel and another 42% reside in North America, with most of the remainder living in Europe, and other minority groups spread throughout South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia.[23]

 

Misc. topics

Everything Sarah Palin
http://time.com/4187437/sarah-palin-track-ptsd-obama-trump/

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/sarah-palin-blames-her-sons-domestic-violence-arrest-on-obama/

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/trump-sarah-palin-would-serve-a-role-in-my-administration-if-she-wanted-to/

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/sarah-palins-son-track-arrested-on-assault-and-weapons-related-charges/

http://news.yahoo.com/watch-what-on-earth-is-1347253632925750.html

 

and a bit more

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/twins-study-finds-no-evidence-marijuana-lowers-iq-teens?

 

So that’s where we’re going to end the episode. We’ll record a little bit longer for the patreon page but you can join us for the next live broadcast by watching for our events on mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast. That link, along with many other relevant links will be in the show notes. You can find those at either brainstormblog.net or with new episodes at thebrainstormpodcast.com

We appreciate your support and if you want the extra content from after the live show then go and become a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast
Thanks to Dave for our intro music, thanks to Alix Capper Murdoch for doing the voice over for the intro and for some of our ads, and thank you to Jason Comeau for our outro music. You can find his stuff at www.aloststateofmind.com. All music played is either with permission or under the SOCAN licence to play. For more information on SOCAN you can find the link on our website.

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Jan 9, 2016

January 8th, 2016 Episode 38

Welcome to episode 38 of the Brainstorm podcast. Today is January 8th, 2016 I’m your host Cory and with me tonight are Destin, and Rene with some of our cohost contestants, Angela, and Chris, and of course the amazing Dave doing sound here in Roman Empire Studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. This week we have a bit of a different set up because we’re starting our tournament of the co-hosts. This little event will go on for a couple episodes and in the end the audience gets to decide who did the best. You can vote for your favorite on the pinned post on our facebook page or go to https://www.pollcaster.com/c/poll/Vz6b6sdtpM532asxTOyHkEAORAs to cast your vote.

Woo Report

A report that bras aren’t necessary came out in 2013 but is making its way into my newsfeed again

http://simpleorganiclife.org/stop-wearing-bras/?c=cleo&utm_content=inf_17_58_2&tse_id=INF_ea556ea4f6034798b86724f2ca2138b3

http://www.connexionfrance.com/Bra-support-damage-professor-Rouillon-back-pain-nipple-14626-view-article.html

http://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/dont_burn_your_bra_for_science_just_yet/

Lumosity has to pay for lying about what it can do for your brain

http://gizmodo.com/lumosity-has-to-pay-2-million-for-lying-about-its-bull-1751125466?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/ftc-slaps-down-brain-training-claims/

 


Religious Nuttery

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2016/01/06/alabamas-chief-justice-just-spit-on-the-constitution-reinstates-ban-on-gay-marriage/

https://www.facebook.com/events/216274582038873/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&action_history=null&source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular

On Tuesday there will be a group of people in Alabama gathering to protest and call for an impeachment of Roy Moore

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2015/12/arizona-woman-shoots-and-kills-atheist-for-not-believing-in-god/

 

Commercial break
Skepticism 101 part 6: Scientific Studies – How do we know which are good and which are bad

https://sciencebasedlife.wordpress.com/resources-2/what-is-a-good-study-guidelines-for-evaluating-scientific-studies/
http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/how-evaluate-quality-scientific-research/

https://phpartners.org/tutorial/04-ebph/2-keyConcepts/4.2.7.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_vitro
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_testing
http://library.downstate.edu/EBM2/2100.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_report
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_series
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case-control_study
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohort_study
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randomized_controlled_trial
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systematic_review
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta-analysis


We barely scratched the surface of this but hopefully it helps some people realize that you can't just accept every study that is reported on the news or in the media. It takes real work to be a skeptic and to think critically about information.

Atheism For Dummies part 6

A few major religions and their basics

Judaism
Christianity
Islam
Mormons
Buddhism
Hinduism
http://www.religionfacts.com/big-religion-chart

 

 

Music break three songs- Ace of Spades – Motorhead, Opiate by Tool, and an acoustic version of a song by Marilyn Manson that I think is called Mephistopheles of Los Angeles but my notes called it Fated, Faithful, and Fatal

Main topic
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2016/01/oregonunderattack-reveals-the-double-standard-of-race-and-terrorism

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2016/01/my-time-at-an-anti-government-summer-camp

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2016/01/christian-extremist-leads-armed-occupation-in-oregon

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/militiamen-able-to-get-food-on-their-own

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oregon-militia-erotic-fan-fiction-colin-meloy_568e9519e4b0c8beacf5f6c8

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/01/oregon_standoff_idaho_militia.html

https://www.rt.com/usa/328330-oregon-militia-standoff-week/

 

We’ll record a little bit longer for the patreon page but you can join us for the next live broadcast by watching for our events on mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast. That link, along with many other relevant links will be in the show notes. You can find those at either brainstormblog.net or with new episodes at thebrainstormpodcast.com

We appreciate your support and if you want the extra content from after the live show then go and become a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast
Thanks to Dave for our intro music, thanks to Alix Capper Murdoch for doing the voice over for the intro and for some of our ads, and thank you to Jason Comeau for our outro music. You can find his stuff at Aloststateofmind.com. All music played is either with permission or under the SOCAN licence to play. For more information on SOCAN you can find the link on our website.

Remember to check out brainstorm gear at cafepress.ca/brainstormpodcastgear or go to brainstormblog.net and click on the cafépress link.

If you didn’t get a chance to contact us through the live chat going on during the episode but think you need to tell us something you can email us at mail@brainstormblog.net or go to the website and click the contact tab. If you have a podcast or website and want a shoutout or have a promo to play let us know. And lastly, remember to give us a rating on your favorite podcatcher. More reviews and ratings give the show more exposure.

Thanks for listening and we’ll catch you again in a couple weeks.

Dec 16, 2015

December 12 episode

Welcome to episode 37 of the Brainstorm podcast. Yes our episode numbers have been more than a little buggered up lately. After the break I forgot what episode we were on and I Today is December 12, 2015 I’m your host Cory and with me tonight are Rene, Lana, and Leo with the always amazing Dave doing our sound here Live on location at the Festivus for the Rest of Us event for the Regina Centre for Inquiry


Woo Report

http://jacksonianamerica.com/2013/11/21/debunking-the-lincoln-kennedy-federal-reserve-meme/

http://www.getholistichealth.com/41736/energy-efficient-bulbs-cause-anxiety-migraines-and-even-cancer/

There are three references at the end of the getholistichealth article. The first one is to an article from the Orange County register titled  Eco-friendly bulbs loaded with lead, arsenic. The article talks about LED bulbs but the article from get holistic health talks about cfl bulbs so there’s no supporting information in the orange county register article.  The second reference is an article from natural news that talks about fluorescent bulbs containing mercury published in 2011 titled CF light bulbs a serious health hazard to women and children due to mercury content. This article talks specifically about the mercury in the bulbs when they break but the first story from get holistic health makes a bunch of claims about other symptoms and issues resulting from CF bulbs. So where is the article getting it’s information? Using a reference to Peter Braun and a study showing CF bulbs contain carcinogens. A study which proved to be quite hard to find. All my searches led me to an article in the London Telegraph but that article didn’t have a link to the study so I looked for more info on Peter Braun and the Berlin Alab Laboratory. I couldn’t find anything on either of them.
All in all, this at the very least is not a credible article.


Religious Nuttery

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/11/29/joshua-feuerstein-lets-punish-planned-parenthood-abortion-doctors-must-be-afraid-for-their-life/

 

Skepticism 101 part 5: Fact checking – how do we do it and what are some good resources

We all use slightly different methods but we all do our best to get to the real facts behind any story we read.

http://www.technorms.com/454/get-your-facts-right-6-fact-checking-websites-that-help-you-know-the-truth

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/true-5-factchecking-websites/

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/top-10-sites-to-debunk-internet-hoaxes/

www.snopes.com

www.hoax-slayer.com

And there are a variety of skeptic blogs, websites and podcasts who are great for debunking the latest fad in misinformation.

 

Atheism For Dummies part 5

We covered what atheism was and why there was an atheist movement. We covered a few terms that are associated with atheists and atheism. We covered what apologetics was, in a broad sense and we asked what other things atheism says about us as people.
Now I want to get into some of the history of atheism before moving onto some different religions and their historical figures and some counter apologetics.
I know this isn’t the fun part of the show but I think that it’s important for people who don’t know this stuff to hear some of it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_atheism

The wiki page, the history of atheism, touches briefly on the eastern religions of Buddhism, Jainism, some Hinduism and Taoism which had some aspect of non deity based philosophy in the 6th century BCE. They were still quite tied to the idea of a soul and eternal life but often didn’t really have gods in there anywhere.

 Many Greek philosophers were famous critics of religious belief
 Xenophanes (sixth century BCE) famously said that if cows and horses had hands, "then horses would draw the forms of gods like horses, and cows like cows".[11] Another philosopher, Anaxagoras (fifth century BCE), claimed that the Sunwas "a fiery mass, larger than the Peloponnese"; a charge of impiety was brought against him, and he was forced to flee Athens

Epicurus espoused a materialistic philosophy where the universe was governed by the laws of chance without the need for divine intervention. Although he stated that deities existed, he believed that they were uninterested in human existence. The aim of the Epicureans was to attain peace of mind by exposing fear of divine wrath as irrational.

The middle ages in Islamic areas had their own atheists and rationalists
outspoken rationalists and atheists existed, one notable figure being the ninth-century scholar Ibn al-Rawandi, who criticized the notion of religious prophecy, including that of Muhammad, and maintained that religious dogmas were not acceptable to reason and must be rejected.[28] Other critics of religion in the Islamic world include the physician and philosopher Abu Bakr al-Razi (865–925), the poet Al-Maʿarri(973–1057), and the scholar Abu Isa al-Warraq (fl. 7th century). Al-Maʿarri, for example, wrote and taught that religion itself was a "fable invented by the ancients"[29] and that humans were "of two sorts: those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains

There’s lots of other atheist history that we can look at or we can move onto some of the apologetic arguments if that’s what listeners want. Let us know at mail@brainstormblog.net what you want to hear or join us in the chat.

Music break three songs- Music fans from the 90’s got some terrible news last week. Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame died the evening of December 3rd. That’s not the kind of news we usually cover but for many of us in our thirties this is a major event and Weiland was a major influence during our formative years. In honor of this loss we’ll play some STP for you during our break. Here’s Down from the album No. 4, and Naked Sunday and Wicked Garden from the album Core

 Main topic
For our main segment we talked to a couple of the event guests


Guest questions

How long have you been involved with the CFI group?
What belief system or lack of belief system do you identify with?
How long have you believed that or not believed that?
Do you celebrate Christmas or do  some other tradition?

That was all we had time for because the event venue was closing for the night and we had to get out of there. Sorry for the lack of a decent outro. Check us out on January 8th for our next live episode, available at mixlr.com/the-brainstorm-podcast and chat live with us. All you have to do is make a mixlr account and follow The Brainstorm Podcast.

Dec 4, 2015

November 27 episode

Welcome to episode 36 of the Brainstorm podcast from November 27, 2015 I’m your host Cory and with me tonight are Destin, Rene, guest host Joel with the always amazing Dave doing our sound here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan

Lets get right into things with The woo report

Woo Report

Brian Clement claims Hippocrates treatments “reverse” multiple sclerosis
https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/brian-clement-tells-canadians-hippocrates-treatments-reverse-multiple-sclerosis/

Food has toxic sludge in it
http://natural.news/2015-11-23-most-fresh-produce-are-contaminated-with-toxic-sludge.html

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/fresh-produce-toxins-fertilizer-1635.html

Supermoon nonsense
http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-supermoon

http://www.skepticblog.org/2013/05/06/the-lunar-effect-and-confirmation-bias/

The new issue of National Geographic isn't as bad as people think it is
http://www.snopes.com/national-geographic-murdoch/

 


Religious Nuttery

http://unitedhumanists.com/2015/11/15/buddhist-monks-issue-death-threats-to-social-activists-for-teaching-sexual-health/

I don’t have much for religious nuttery this week because I thought we’d focus on our other topics more but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of religious nonsense going on. For that stuff you can go and check out any number of great podcasts I personally enjoy The Scathing Atheist, the Legion of Reason and Waiting for Wrath.

 


Skepticism 101 part 4

We covered what skepticism is, what logical fallacies are, and a bit about cognitive biases. I want to cover a couple more broad topics over the next couple episodes and then we can start being more detailed with our examination of logical fallacies, cognitive biases and good methods of being a skeptic. This episode we’re going to cover whether we can trust our brains or not.



Can we trust our brains? We should’ve covered this when Mike was here but our shabby version of things will have to suffice.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/10/23/10-good-reasons-not-to-trust-your-brain/

 

I’ve read Mistakes were made but not by me by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson and I’ve read Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman but I’m far from well versed in the subject. We should’ve covered this last time when Mike was here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistakes_Were_Made_(But_Not_by_Me)

Brilliant book that discusses cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias and a variety of other biases that can make us adjust our narrative so that we’re never wrong, never the bad guy and always believed what we believe now.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow

The central thesis is a dichotomy between two modes of thought: "System 1" is fast, instinctive and emotional; "System 2" is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The book delineates cognitive biases associated with each type of thinking, starting with Kahneman's own research on loss aversion. From framing choices to people's tendency to substitute an easy-to-answer question for one that is harder, the book highlights several decades of academic research to suggest that people place too much confidence in human judgment.

Every single book on skepticism, every talk, every course and every podcast worth its salt has pointed out at one point or another that we cannot trust our brains. The brain is terrible at letting us know what is real, what we see and what we remember.
Patternicity, framing, and a variety of other thinking patterns stop us from seeing the world as it really is.

What does that mean for a skeptic?
It means we need verifiable scientific evidence for everything before reaching a conclusion or before believing something.

Atheism For Dummies


What does being an atheist actually say about your other views? Anything? Does it make us lean towards some type of humanism or does it make us more empirically minded?

 

Music break three songs-best god in show by NOFX, Carnivore by Starset, and Beast Within by In This Moment

 Main topic
http://qz.com/550104/muslims-around-the-world-condemn-terrorism-after-the-paris-attacks/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/paris-attacks-social-media-rumours#.bjmXDxpWm

http://centreforinquiry.ca/paris-november-2015/

http://www.thatsnonsense.com/november-2015-paris-attack-hoaxes-and-rumours/

Paris attack and the resulting fear and intolerance, as well as the avoidance to discuss terrorism and it’s relation to religion

Misc. Topics

We have our very own hate monger right here in Saskatchewan media.
https://www.change.org/p/rawlco-radio-network-remove-john-gormley-from-the-air-in-saskatchewan?recruiter=59078736&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=mob-xs-share_for_starters-no_msg&fb_ref=Default

Yoga as cultural appropriation
http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/is-western-yoga-cultural-appropriation-obviously-but-that-doesnt-mean-you-cant-practice-it

 

Nov 28, 2015

November 13 recording

Welcome to the Brainstorm podcast this is Episode 35 today is November 13, 2015 I’m your host Cory and with me tonight are Mike, Rene, Lana, Destin and Leonel with the always amazing Dave doing our sound here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan



Woo Report

Stanislaw Burzynski goes to court on November 19th.

http://thehoustoncancerquack.com/2015/10/27/stanislaw-burzynski-faces-judge-on-november-19th/

I did an interview with Rob Blaskewicz regarding Stanislaw Burzynski and I’ll be releasing that soon. 

Wiki info
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burzynski_Clinic

Stanislaw Burzyinski is from Lublin, Poland and graduated with distinction at 24 from the medical academy in Lublin. He got his phd when he was 25. He started working at Baylor College until 1977 when he established the Burzynski research laboratory where he administered antineoplaston therapy to 21 patients initially. In 1984 he opened the burzynski research institute  He’s been suspected of unethical conduct and giving patients false hope. His papers have caused a lot of controversy with his reviewers calling the design of his trials in to question this leads some to also question the validity of his results.

Antineoplaston therapy

Antineoplaston is a name coined by Burzynski for a group of peptides, peptide derivatives, and mixtures that he uses as an alternative cancer treatment.[8] The word is derived from neoplasm.[9]

Antineoplaston therapy has been offered in the U.S. since 1984 but is not approved for general use. The compounds are not licensed as drugs but are instead sold and administered as part of clinical trials at the Burzynski Clinic and the Burzynski Research Institute.[10][11][12]

Burzynski stated that he began investigating the use of antineoplastons after detecting what he considered significant differences in the presence of peptides between the blood of cancer patients and a control group.[13] He first identified antineoplastons from human blood. Since similar peptides had been isolated from urine, early batches of Burzynski's treatment were isolated from urine.[13] Burzynski has since produced the compounds synthetically.[14]

The first active peptide fraction identified was called antineoplaston A-10 (3-phenylacetylamino-2,6-piperidinedione). From A-10, antineoplaston AS2-1 was derived – a 4:1 mixture of phenylacetic acid and phenylacetylglutamine.[15] The Burzynski Clinic website states that the active ingredient of antineoplaston A10-I is phenylacetylglutamine.[12]

Since 2011, the clinic has marketed itself as offering "personalized gene-targeted cancer therapy" which stirred further controversy as the treatment bears no relationship to gene-targeted therapy and only superficially incorporates elements of personalized medicine.[16] The clinic's version of personalized medicine bears little resemblance totargeted cancer therapy, as the clinic includes chemotherapy drugs and antineoplastons are part of this treatment.[17][18]

 

Stupid shit about the pineal gland from Spirit Science
http://www.donotlink.com/hhrg

I’ll try to remember to put this through the donotlink filter before adding it to the show notes

Here are some facts that aren’t ridiculous
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/pineal_gland.aspx

This is a small structure, about the size of a pea, situated approximately in the centre of the head. Because it is one of the few obviously unpaired structures in the brain, the seventeenth-century French philosopher René Descartes (1596–1650) suggested that it was the seat of the soul, mediating subjective experience and intervening in the machinery of the brain in situations of free will and moral choice. In reality, the pineal gland is essentially part of the visual system. In mammals it responds indirectly to light because it receives messages along fibres from nerve cells of the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, which themselves receive signals from the eye via fibres of the optic nerve. The suprachiasmatic nucleus is the body's major rhythm–generating centre — the heart of the body clock. In lower vertebrates the pineal gland is itself a ‘clock’ and its cells respond directly to light. The main output of the pineal gland is the ‘darkness’ hormone melatonin, which is normally made at night. Melatonin, by the duration of its secretion, serves to indicate to the body both darkness and the length of the night. This signal is used to regulate the timing of biological rhythms.

 


Religious Nuttery

Joshua Feuerstein is pissed about cups that don’t have any Christmas shit on them. Donald Trump figured he could take part in the Starbucks boycott and thinks he can make saying merry Christmas mandatory in America.

https://youtu.be/ti629wLy4vU

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/11/09/starbucks-holiday-red-cup-brews-controversy-on-social-media.html

 

 


Skepticism 101 part 3

Cognitive biases – What are they? What are some examples? How can we recognize them and what can we do to keep our own biases in check?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_bias

cognitive bias refers to a systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment, whereby inferences about other people and situations may be drawn in an illogical fashion

Bias arises from various processes that are sometimes difficult to distinguish. These include

 

Name

Description

Fundamental attribution error (FAE)

Also known as the correspondence bias (Baumeister & Bushman, 2010) is the tendency for people to over-emphasize personality-based explanations for behaviours observed in others. At the same time, individuals under-emphasize the role and power of situational influences on the same behaviour. Jones and Harris’ (1967)[28] classic study illustrates the FAE. Despite being made aware that the target’s speech direction (pro-Castro/anti-Castro) was assigned to the writer, participants ignored the situational pressures and attributed pro-Castro attitudes to the writer when the speech represented such attitudes.

Confirmation bias

The tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions. In addition, individuals may discredit information that does not support their views.[29] The confirmation bias is related to the concept of cognitive dissonance. Whereby, individuals may reduce inconsistency by searching for information which re-confirms their views (Jermias, 2001, p. 146).[30]

Self-serving bias

The tendency to claim more responsibility for successes than failures. It may also manifest itself as a tendency for people to evaluate ambiguous information in a way beneficial to their interests.

Belief bias

When one's evaluation of the logical strength of an argument is biased by their belief in the truth or falsity of the conclusion.

Framing

Using a too-narrow approach and description of the situation or issue.

Hindsight bias

Sometimes called the "I-knew-it-all-along" effect, is the inclination to see past events as being predictable.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heuristics_in_judgment_and_decision-making

 

Atheism For Dummies


Religious apologetics – what does that mean? What are some categories or types of arguments that are considered apologetics?

 

Music break three songs-Saved by Shelly Segal, from the atheist album check her out on her website http://www.shelleysegal.com/     , Fuck you by Bad Religion off of True North and A Beautiful Indifference by Rise Against -9:40

 Main topic
PC language and censorship

 


Misc. Topics

Is the Atheist movement falling apart?

Canadian politics

Nov 26, 2015

Woo Report

This week the WHO international panel on cancer released a statement to the press letting everyone know that processed meats are just as bad as smoking. …. Or did it?

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/10/why-is-the-world-health-organization-so-bad-at-communicating-cancer-risk/412468/

http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2015/10/26/processed-meat-and-cancer-what-you-need-to-know/

Just for an extra woo topic we’ve got Gwyneth Paltrow claiming that heat and a sauna will cure the flu
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2015/10/gwyneth_paltrow_s_dangerous_flu_advice_on_instagram.html

 

Religious Nuttery

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/22/canadian-judge-rules-that-jehovahs-witness-couple-cant-push-their-faith-on-grandchild/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jehovah-s-witness-grandparents-ordered-to-keep-faith-to-themselves-1.3282193

 

Skepticism 101

what are logical fallacies?
According to yourlogicalfallacyis.com, a logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning.

What’s the difference between a formal fallacy and an informal fallacy?

We’ll cover them in more detail in a future episode but what are a few examples of informal fallacies?

Skepticism 101 part 2 – Logical fallacies

Two types of logical fallacies – formal and informal

From Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formal_fallacy

In philosophy, a formal fallacy (also called logical fallacy) is a pattern of reasoning rendered invalid by a flaw in its logical structure that can neatly be expressed in a standard logic system, for example propositional logic.[1] An argument that is formally fallacious is always considered wrong. A formal fallacy is contrasted with an informal fallacy, which may have a valid logical form and yet be unsound because one or more premises are false.

The presence of a formal fallacy in a deductive argument does not imply anything about the argument's premises or its conclusion. Both may actually be true, or even more probable as a result of the argument, but the deductive argument is still invalid because the conclusion does not follow from the premises in the manner described. By extension, an argument can contain a formal fallacy even if the argument is not a deductive one; for instance an inductive argument that incorrectly applies principles of probability or causality can be said to commit a formal fallacy.

Formal logic is not used to determine whether or not an argument is true

A valid argument has a correct formal structure. A valid argument is one where if the premises are true, the conclusion must be true

So, an argument that makes no logical errors could come to a false conclusion

That’s formal logical fallacies, not onto informal logical fallacies.

again from the wiki page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Informal_fallacy

An informal fallacy occurs in an argument whose stated premises may fail to adequately support its proposed conclusion.[1] The problem with an informal fallacy often stems from reasoning that renders the conclusion unpersuasive. In contrast to a formal fallacy of deduction, the error is not a flaw in logic. Formal fallacies of deductive reasoning fail to guarantee a true conclusion follows given the truth of the premises. This will render the argument invalidInductive fallacies are not formal in this sense. Their merit is judged in terms of rational persuasiveness, inductive strength or methodology (for example, statistical inference). In other words, informal fallacies are not necessarily incorrect. However they often need the backing of empirical proof to become convincing.

A few examples of logical fallacies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies

 

Atheism For Dummies
Last time we covered a bit about what atheism is and what agnosticism is, this time around I want to talk a little bit about some associated terms and concepts.

Freethinkers and Freethought
From the wiki page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freethought


Freethought (also formatted free thought)[1] is a philosophical viewpoint which holds that positions regarding truth should be formed on the basis of logicreason, and empiricism, rather than authoritytradition, or other dogmas.[1][2][3] The cognitive application of freethought is known as "freethinking", and practitioners of freethought are known as "freethinkers".[1][4] The term first came into use in the 17th century to indicate people who inquired into the basis of traditional religious beliefs.
A free thinker is defined as a person who forms his or her own opinions about important subjects (such as religion and politics) instead of accepting what other people say.[1] Freethinkers are heavily committed to the use of scientific inquiry, and logic. The skeptical application of science implies freedom from the intellectually limiting effects of confirmation biascognitive bias, conventional wisdompopular cultureprejudice, or sectarianism.

There seems to be some dispute as to what constitutes a freethinker. Many people who don’t accept organized religion but still believe in new age type mysticism consider themselves to be freethinkers and consider scientific skeptics to be close minded and dogmatic in a very post-modern sense.

Naturalism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalism_(philosophy)

naturalism is the "idea or belief that only natural (as opposed to supernatural or spiritual) laws and forces operate in the world."[1] Adherents of naturalism (i.e., naturalists) assert that natural laws are the rules that govern the structure and behavior of the natural universe, that the changing universe at every stage is a product of these laws.[2]

"Naturalism can intuitively be separated into an ontological and a methodological component."[3] "Ontological" refers to the philosophical study of the nature of reality. Some philosophers equate naturalism with materialism. For example, philosopher Paul Kurtz argues that nature is best accounted for by reference to material principles. These principles include massenergy, and other physical and chemical properties accepted by the scientific community. Further, this sense of naturalism holds that spiritsdeities, and ghosts are not real and that there is no "purpose" in nature. Such an absolute belief in naturalism is commonly referred to as metaphysical.[4]

Humanism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism


Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalismempiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism). The meaning of the term humanism has fluctuated, according to the successive intellectual movements which have identified with it.[1] Generally, however, humanism refers to a perspective that affirms some notion of human freedom and progress. In modern times, humanist movements are typically aligned with secularism, and today "Humanism" typically refers to a non-theistic life stancecentred on human agency, and looking to science instead of religious dogma in order to understand the world.[2]

Secularism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secularism


Secularism is the principle of the separation of government institutions and persons 
mandated to represent the state from religious institutions and religious dignitaries. One manifestation of secularism is asserting the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, or, in a state declared to be neutral on matters of belief, from the imposition by government of religion or religious practices upon its people.[Notes 1] Another manifestation of secularism is the view that public activities and decisions, especiallypolitical ones, should be uninfluenced by religious beliefs and/or practices

Anti-theism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antitheism

Antitheism (sometimes anti-theism) is active opposition to theism. The term has had a range of applications; in secular contexts, it typically refers to direct opposition to organized religion or to the belief in any deity, while in a theistic context, it sometimes refers to opposition to a specific god or gods.

Music Break-Can I play with madness by Iron Maiden and I’m Not Jesus by Apocalyptica featuring Corey Taylor
Main topic
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34667260?SThisFB

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/raif-badawi-wins-sakharov-prize-1.3293747


Misc. Topics

http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2015/10/27/the-one-thing-that-makes-supergirl-better-than-man-of-steel

Nov 17, 2015

Episode 33

Woo Report

http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/medizin/haftbefehl-gegen-impfgegner-erlassen-streit-ueber-viren-a-1055116.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/who-stefan-lanka-court-orders-german-measles-denier-pay-100000-euros-1846078

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Lanka

Lanka is a member of a group of AIDS denialists that holds the view that no viruses exist, the disease cause. AIDS was not caused by a virus, but AIDS is a superfluous invention to open up new markets for the chemotherapy. 

Religious Nuttery

Faith-Healing, Child-Killing Christian Parents Will Finally Go to Prison

http://goo.gl/9yGLWc

 

Skepticism 101
what does it mean to be a skeptic? What is skepticism and how do we do it?
https://skeptoid.com/skeptic.php

Skepticism in the sense that we use it means using critical thinking, and reason to determine the validity of a claim
Quite often this gets mistaken  for cynicism or flat out incredulity. However a skeptic will accept evidence and change their mind when the burden of proof has been met.

What do we mean by evidence?

It should be testable and reproducible and depending on the subject published in peer reviewed high impact journals. We’ll go further into what that means in an upcoming segment of Skepticism 101

Why is there a skeptical movement?

The Skeptic movement is and attempt by those who trust the scientific method and empirical evidence to spread that trust and to educate the public on what that means. Not just the positive side of science but also the flaws and where we can fix them. Quite often there is a disconnect between what people think is real because of their own experience and what can be shown to be real based on facts, logic and evidence. The job of the skeptic movement is to reconnect people to science in a way that not only helps them trust the method but those who employ it as well as to help people understand it.

So what are a few examples of topics that fall within the scope of skepticism?
to my view  : 

  • Religion
  • The supernatural
  • Health practices
  • Farming methods
  • Conspiracy theories
  • and anything that claims to be scientific

Skepticism and the scientific method is a very broad subject, that’s why there are specialties. Some people stick to the health industry and alt med practitioners. Some prefer ag science and food information. Some people prefer to discuss monsters and creatures as of yet unproven. Some go for ghosts and some go for psychics. Pretty much, if you can think of it then there a skeptic for it.

Atheism For Dummies
For starters, what is an atheist?

An atheist is someone who, quite simply, doesn’t believe in god or gods. Often for lack of evidence or a good reason. Not all atheists are atheists for that reason however. Quite often people are atheistic because of something about religion that they disagree with, or as a rebellion, or simply because they were never raised to believe in a god or gods. My own opinion is that rejection or ignorance of religion isn’t by its own merit a good enough reason to not believe in god. I think that one needs to use that as a takeoff point and delve deeper into the evidence and reasons for belief or lack of belief. For me, atheism and skepticism are intertwined because good skepticism leads one to reject the claims made by people who have faith in a god or gods.

 

What is an agnostic?

There is a little bit of contention on this subject and but I think it goes something like this. Agnosticism is about knowledge. Nearly everyone should be agnostic about certain things, an example could be that a being outside of the knowable universe created our universe and then left it to its own devices. It’s not really possible to know whether or not that is a true statement and as such we can all be agnostic about that. I’m personally of the opinion that we don’t have to be agnostic about the claims of religion because those claims directly intersect with the known universe and quite often contradict the things we know to be true. An example of this would be the virgin birth of Jesus. Virgins can’t have babies and so the bible contradicts what we know about the universe. Some people think that the idea of god doing magic and placing a baby into Mary is a good explanation but we know that all things that can happen within the universe are natural occurrences with natural explanations and so the explanation of “god did it” isn’t satisfactory. Things that go against the natural laws of the universe don’t happen and if god were able to interact with the universe then it too would be subject to those laws.

 

What is atheist activism and why is there a movement?

How is it different from the skeptical movement?


Main topic
Election on Monday. Parties, promises and potential consequences

Misc. Topics

http://unitedhumanists.com/2015/10/16/scientists-reduce-belief-in-god-by-shutting-down-the-brains-medial-frontal-cortex/

Oct 20, 2015

Back in July I was on the Packard Pokes At podcast (see the links below) and had such a blast that we had Packard and Connie come on our show the next night. Unlike Packards show, we’re not live so I’ve been sitting on the file for awhile now. It’s been a crazy couple months since we recorded this, between dealing with some things with my mentally ill brother, my dad getting diagnosed with cancer, hiring someone new for the mail truck he drives, the kids going back to school, spending time with my girlfriend and planning the Shift To Reason conference; I’ve kinda been running my ass off. Now, Before we actually get into the show I just want to thank Packard and Connie for coming on the show. We had a lot of fun even though we weren’t very organized. 

https://packardpokesat.wordpress.com/

And that’s all for the regular feed version of this episode. A big thank you to Packard and Connie for joining us. Sorry it took so long to get this out. Make sure you check their show out, just google Packard pokes at. I will also put some links in the show notes. If you want to keep up to date with our show come on over and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/brainstormpodcast or follow us on twitter at brainstormpod. This show was recorded in Roman Empire Studios with intro music provided by Dave Roman and Alix Capper Murdoch and the outro music provided by Jason Comeau and can be found at aloststateofmind.com . If you become a patron you can get the full unedited version of the show. Usually we record between 2 and 3 hours but only an hour makes it into the regular feed. I’m going to start putting all the content on the patreon feed. Along with some lost episodes that never made it out. Just go to patreon.com/brainstormpodcast and become a patron for just a dollar and episode. Any new patrons get a shout out in the next episode

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This episode’s podcast shout out goes to a few podcasts who have been promoting our local conference. I’ll play an ad for it at the end of the outro. A big thanks to the In The Name of God podcast, The legion of reason podcast and the atheist Nomads podcast. Thanks to everyone who shares the show and the conference. We’re hoping that maybe our little secular community can start making an impact.

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Extra Links

Packard Pokes At: Guest Host: Cory Johnston from the Brainstorm Podcast
https://youtu.be/v5Euoh7q7RU

Packard Pokes At: Special Guest Host Interview: Cory Johnston From the Brainstorm Podcast
https://youtu.be/I8Uxmaz2Xgo

Packard Pokes At: Pat Robertson: Gay Marriage Ok's the Slippery Slope, and kids and sheep f@cking
https://youtu.be/8ArnuIBb9hc

Packard Pokes At: Evangelist Arrested Preaching in the Nude
https://youtu.be/jMqXgKZi3lU

http://PackardPokesAt.wordpress.com

http://twitter.com/Packard_Sonic
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