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What works and what doesn't in having an skeptical mind? Is it possible to honor the uniqueness of everyone's spiritual practice and not dismiss them?
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Join us this week as we convene a round table discussion concerning extremely valuable concepts including logic, critical thinking, skepticism, the scientific method and how they can and should be applied to claims, evidence, and research. Understanding these concepts and how to apply them correctly to any number of situations can be extremely beneficial to various aspects of research and even rewarding on a daily basis. There are many individuals that claim to be skeptical, logical, rational, scientific, etc but we’ll take an in-depth look at what these concepts and terms actually entail in order to determine if those claims are founded and sound, on either end of the proverbial spectrum. We’ll be taking calls throughout the episode so please feel free to voice your views and even disagreements so that we can discuss the points and issues in a constructive, civil and positive way.
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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.
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We're a day early because of Wednesday being Christmas Eve, but it's A_Dude's turn to host the show and we'll be talking about Meninism (the movement for men by men to advance equality of men throughtout the world). Is it bullshit? CatLady will certainly have her thoughts and A_Dude will need Ben's help to defend the throne which is Man.
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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.
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Episode 40 – Ben Radford – Writer, Investigator, and Skeptic
Benjamin Radford, M.Ed., is a scientific paranormal investigator, a research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer. He has authored, coauthored, or contributed to twenty books and written over a thousand articles and columns on a wide variety of topics including skepticism, critical thinking, science literacy, media literacy, urban legends, unexplained mysteries, the paranormal, and mass hysteria. Radford characterizes himself as one of the world's few science-based paranormal investigators, and has done first-hand research into such subjects as psychics, ghosts, exorcisms, miracles, Bigfoot, stigmata, lake monsters, UFO sightings, reincarnation, crop circles, and many other topics. Radford is also a columnist for Discovery News and LiveScience.com. Join us as we discuss skepticism, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry with Ben as it pertains to cryptids and a number of other topics.
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