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In recent weeks, we've been dealing with the human mind and its ability to accept irrational things. This week, we're dealing directly with the complex issue of mental health, specifically things like depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, mood disorders and more.
Blogger, speaker and activist JT Eberhard has revealed publicly his own battles with depression, giving a talk at Skepticon 4 titled, "Mental Illness and Why The Skeptic Community Should Give a Shit." (LINK: http://youtu.be/UI-YvrHZVvk) Michaelyn Eberhard has a bachelors degree in neuroscience and is a freethought activist. Jeremiah Beene studies Ph.D Clinical Psychology at the University of Mississippi. And Dr. Darrel Ray is a clinical psychologist, author and expert on mental health. They join us for the show, plus your calls and emails.
Due to Pastor Brian's online conversations, this show has been tweaked. In the first half of the show, Pastor Brian discusses why a secularist should become skeptical of their hyper-skepticism. Also, Pastor Brian will demonstrate where such hyper-skepticism leads. The problems of hyper-cessasionalism will be discussed in a future show. In the second half of the show, radio personality Shane LaCroix will discuss the relaunch of his show Team Liberty Radio which can be found right here on blogtalkradio.com. His show is scheduled to relaunch on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 6pm. Mr. LaCroix will discuss the topics that will be covered on his show and what the listener can expect. Call in at (323) 784-9617 with your questions and check out Pastor Brian's website which is now reaching over 161 nations at http://pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com.
Traditionally, skepticism has covered topics such as science, alternative medicine and the paranormal. But, should skeptics limit themselves to such topics? Ben King, author of the Grime and Reason blog, thinks not, arguing that skepticism should be expanded to cover politics and economics. Ben will join your host Tom Williamson to discuss the scope of skepticism, including a discussion of a post that caused some heated debate between Steve Novella and PZ Myers! As always, listeners are invited to call in and join the debate.
ENVISION THIS: A world in which science and only science no longer provides all the answers to everything
Craig Weiler, author of TED, WIKIPEDIA, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE INTERNET, is a psychic and Parapsychology Journalist who blogs on the PSI controversy at The Weiler Psi. He documents the TED controversy over removing Rupert Sheldrake and other parapsychology researchers from the TEDx speakers list. TED is “A nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. .” Craig believes TED administrators caved in to pressure from organized, dogmatic skeptics, betraying their mission. He explains how “The Internet is changing how science is done by making the skeptical gatekeeping much more difficult. Information about consciousness research has spread far and wide and its supporters are growing ever more vocal. Among those supporters is a growing group of people who are persistent and engaged enough to do battle with the skeptical paradigm.” Craig advocates for an end to “scientism, the belief system in which science and only science has all the answers to everything.” He writes, “This regrettable condition acts to preclude their unbiased consideration of phenomena on the cutting edge of science.”
On this episode with Craig, Merry and Burl will explore how breaking free from this cultural meme of science as an “ism” (the ultimate arbiter of what may be thought and acted upon) can help humankind co-create a more inclusive, less materialistic future. Craig Weiler seeks to convince us that “skepticism is a form of bigotry,” the next bigotry that we must confront to evolve into a more open-minded, evidence based culture. We will suggest that Craig is, himself, acting as a skeptic to scientism.
Join us as we discuss skepticism and the Jamaican media.
Our featured guests will be Cliff Hughes (of Nation News Network), Kathy Barrett (former news editor of RJR) and Lloyd D'Aguilar (host of online radio show - Looking Back, Looking Forward)
This show is hosted by two of Jamaica's most outspoken secular humanists - Clive Forrester, linguist and professor at York University in Toronto, and Hilaire Sobers, human rights lawyer in Washington DC. We have spent copious amounts of time debating with and challening the notion that Christian privelege should proceed unchecked in Jamaica, and have successfully managed to rally a group of other secularists to collaborate on a publication (forthcoming 2013).
This radio show provides a medium in which skeptics can discuss matters of science, critical thinking, religious imposition, and the seperation of church and state all from a Jamaican perspective, but playing close attention to the interconnectedness on the global landscape.
Tune in as we tackle the big questions each and every Sunday at 12:30PM EST (1:30PM Jamaican time) - lively banter, music and trivia, probing questions... we are Yardie Skeptics.
There are too many false promises from too many doctors today when it comes to relief from your headaches, migraines and pain. Skepticism is very healthy. I'm a very skeptical person by nature. But, there comes a point when skepticism can turn into bias and prevent you from getting the solutions that you need and deserve! Don't you dare miss today's episode. - Dr. Scott
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