• 01:02

    Dr. Vladas Griskevicius: How to make wiser choices by using Deep Rationality

    in Psychology

    Amy Alkon's Advice Goddess Radio: "Nerd Your Way To A Better Life!" with the best brains in science. 


    ("Best Of" replay.) Decisions that we make that seem stupid can actually make a lot of evolutionary sense, meaning that they would have made sense in the ancestral world; they just don’t make sense in the world in which we now live.


    Unfortunately, we can’t just tell our genes, “Hey, it’s 2013! There are no hungry tigers roaming the streets of Baltimore and, by the way, my girlfriend’s on The Pill.” 


    But, my guest tonight, evolutionary psychologist, psychologist and marketing professor Dr. Vladas Griskevicius, is going to give us the background to make wiser choices by helping us understand the ways we can be primed to act against our modern interests. 


    His fascinating book, co-authored with Dr. Douglas Kenrick, is “The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think.” 


    Join me and all my fascinating guests every Sunday, 7-8 p.m. Pacific Time, 10-11 p.m. Eastern Time, at blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon or subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.


    My show's sponsor is Audible.com. Get a free audiobook download and support this show financially at no cost to you by signing up for a free 30-day trial at audibletrial.com/amya (It's $14.95 after 30 days, but you can cancel before then and have it cost you nothing.)


    Please order my new book, the science-based and funny "Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck," -- only $9.48 at Amazon. 

  • 01:09

    Q&A: Differences with Family, Sales to Minors, Worthy Charities, and More

    in Self Help

    Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh answered questions on managing differences with family, forbidding the sale of dangerous goods to minors, worthy charities, and more in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio. 

    Question 1: How should a young adult manage persistent differences with his family? 

    Question 2: Should minors be forbidden from buying dangerous goods? 

    Question 3: What kinds of charities are worthy of support? 

    To download or feed a high-quality version of this episode, plus show notes and other details, visit its archive page. 

    For more from Dr. Diana Hsieh on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life, visit PhilosophyInAction.com.

  • 01:13

    Q&A: Veganism and Vegetarianism, Courage, Ungrateful People, and More

    in Self Help

    Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh answered questions on the moral arguments for veganism and vegetarianism, courage as a struggle against fear, ungrateful people, and more in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio. 

    Question 1: Are the moral arguments for veganism (and vegetarianism) rational? 

    Question 2: Does the virtue of courage require struggling against the temptation to succumb to fear? 

    Question 3: Why aren't people grateful for what others do for them? 

    To download or feed a high-quality version of this episode, plus show notes and other details, visit its archive page. 

    For more from Dr. Diana Hsieh on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life, visit PhilosophyInAction.com.

  • 01:00

    Nokodemion, Atlantis, Goblet of Truth

    in Spirituality

    Indeed, the human beings of Earth are well on their way to this, therefore it is only a question of time and rationality as and when and whether it will actually occur. However, it is once again the case that the signs are pointing to the whole thing being unavoidable. However, this Third World Conflagration may take various forms, such as a collapse of nature that has been desecrated and flouted by the human beings of Earth, as have the atmosphere, the water, the planet as a whole and the animal kingdom; to put it simply, a global catastrophe. And this collapse would result in the collapse of civilization, leading in the final analysis to the total extermination of the human beings of Earth, or at least, a regression to the harshest forms of primitive living.

  • 02:04

    Yardie Skeptics (Ep. 22) Technology and Rationality

    in Education

    One the one hand, technology seems to have a fair amount of saturation in Jamaica - most persons have access to the internet, social networking is pervasive, and an astronomical amount of pings are sent each day. So why aren't we capitalizing on the use of technology in key areas such as education, the law and governance, social services and security? What kind of opportunities might Jamaica be missing out on by not taking full advantage of it's technological capacity? Are lack of resources to blame or is it due to a lack of critical thinking? Join the Yardie Skeptics this Sunday, November 3rd at 12:30pm EST as we investigate the status of technological advancement in Jamaica and whether there is a connection between technology and rationality. Our special guests for this episode will be Mark Wynter, former managing director of Jamaica Digiport and Yvonne McCalla-Sobers, chair of the Jamaica government's Jamaica E-Learning Company. 

  • 01:02

    Dr. Vladas Griskevicius: Make wiser choices via Deep Rationality

    in Psychology

    Amy Alkon's Advice Goddess Radio: "Nerd Your Way To A Better Life!" with the best brains in science. 


    ("Best Of" replay.) Decisions that we make that seem stupid can actually make a lot of evolutionary sense, meaning that they would have made sense in the ancestral world; they just don’t make sense in the world in which we now live.


    Unfortunately, we can’t just tell our genes, “Hey, it’s 2013! There are no hungry tigers roaming the streets of Baltimore and, by the way, my girlfriend’s on The Pill.” 


    But, my guest tonight, evolutionary psychologist, psychologist and marketing professor Dr. Vladas Griskevicius, is going to give us the background to make wiser choices by helping us understand the ways we can be primed to act against our modern interests. 


    His fascinating book, co-authored with Dr. Douglas Kenrick, is “The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think.” 


    Join me and all my fascinating guests every Sunday, 7-8 p.m. Pacific Time, 10-11 p.m. Eastern Time, at blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon or subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.


    My show's sponsor is Audible.com. Get a free audiobook download and support this show financially at no cost to you by signing up for a free 30-day trial at audibletrial.com/amya (It's $14.95 after 30 days, but you can cancel before then and have it cost you nothing.)


    Please order my new book, the science-based and funny "Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck," -- only $9.48 at Amazon. 

  • 02:03

    Yardie Skeptics (s. 2, ep. 24): Season 2 Finale

    in Education

     


    The Yardie Skeptics are back this Sunday, September 28th at 12:30pm EDT (11:30am Jamaica time) for one last hoorah as we bring a close to Season 2! Come join us as we review season 2 and share your ideas and comments for topics you'd like to see in season 3. Come join the party and hang with your favourite skeptics.

    Early in the show we re-invite Christina Fenton, lecturer in the Faculty of Liberal Studies at UTech Jamaica and intern at the Bellevue Hospital to talk about Mental Health Awareness Day. Why do we need such a day and how comes no one knows about it? Later in the broadcast we link up with Kenroy Davis, Jamaican journalist and teacher, to hear his reasons for supporting school devotions. Yep, the season finale is a mixed bag of delights, so we're looking forward to hearing from you. 



    Yardie Skeptics Radio
    "The home of the ackee of rationality and the saltfish of skepticism" 



     

  • 01:47

    Yardie Skeptics Radio (S. 2, ep. 22): Devoting time to "Gifted" Students [Pt. 2]

    in Education

    Fresh into the new school year, the Yardie Skeptics return this Sunday, September 14 at 12:30 pm EDT (11:3 0am Jamaica time) to ask the question, are we devoting too much time to "average" students? Average students go on to produce average results and then leave school and become average employees, striving, as it were, for mediocrity and never pushing the boundaries. Why invest this inordinate amount of time with the "averages" while ignoring the gifted and talented prodigies?

    Our special guest, general manager at FYAH 105FM, Ronald Sutherland, believes that too much time is given to average students with not enough time spent nurturing gifted students. Sutherland suggests that the environment in the Jamaican education system is "hostile to excellence" - filled with students who lack enthusiasm for learning and teachers who end up in the vocation as a last resort. And all the while, the geniuses suffer. Does Sutherland have a point, or is this a complete miscalculation of how the education system operates? 

    To listen to this episode live, or catch the archived version afterwards, simply click the link below. Join the discussion in the live chatroom and ask questions and offer comments or call in during the show to interact with the hosts and guest. 


    Yardie Skeptics Radio
    "The home of the ackee of rationality and the saltfish of skepticism" 

  • 00:16

    Yardie Skeptics Radio (S. 2, ep. 22): Devoting time to "Gifted" Students

    in Education

    Fresh into the new school year, the Yardie Skeptics return this Sunday, September 14 at 12:30 pm EDT (11:3 0am Jamaica time) to ask the question, are we devoting too much time to "average" students? Average students go on to produce average results and then leave school and become average employees, striving, as it were, for mediocrity and never pushing the boundaries. Why invest this inordinate amount of time with the "averages" while ignoring the gifted and talented prodigies?

    Our special guest, general manager at FYAH 105FM, Ronald Sutherland, believes that too much time is given to average students with not enough time spent nurturing gifted students. Sutherland suggests that the environment in the Jamaican education system is "hostile to excellence" - filled with students who lack enthusiasm for learning and teachers who end up in the vocation as a last resort. And all the while, the geniuses suffer. Does Sutherland have a point, or is this a complete miscalculation of how the education system operates? 

    To listen to this episode live, or catch the archived version afterwards, simply click the link below. Join the discussion in the live chatroom and ask questions and offer comments or call in during the show to interact with the hosts and guest. 


    Yardie Skeptics Radio
    "The home of the ackee of rationality and the saltfish of skepticism" 

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yardieskeptics

  • 01:48

    Yardie Skeptics Radio (S. 2, ep. 21): Away with the Rhodes Scholarship?

    in Education

    "I contend that we are the finest race in the world and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race. Just fancy those parts that are at present inhabited by the most despicable specimens of human beings what an alteration there would be if they were brought under Anglo-Saxon influence, look again at the extra employment a new country added to our dominions gives."
    - Cecil Rhodes, 1902 (extract from last will and testament)

    The Yardie Skeptics turn their attention to the most prestigious international scholarship - the Rhodes Scholarship - this Sunday, August 31st at 12:30pm EDT (11:30am Jamaica time) to ask the unthinkable; is it time to abandon the Rhodes Scholarship? The endowment for this scholarship comes directly from the exploitative venture of Rhode's mining company in South Africa, where it was well known that Rhodes fully supported British imperialism on account of inherent white supremacy. Why is it then that this scholarship is so celebrated given it's very dark history? Should scholars from former British colonies turn down these scholarships in the future out of respect, or should they accept and convert the proceeds into a force for positive change? 

    You don't want to miss this episode as we are joined in studio by Rhodes Scholar, and former selection committee member, Dr. David McBean. To listen to this episode live, or catch the uploaded version afterwards, simply click the link below. Join the live chatroom to to ask questions and share your comments or call in via Skype to talk to the hosts. 

    Yardie Skeptics Radio
    "The home of the ackee of rationality and the saltfish of skepticism"

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yardieskeptics

  • 02:02

    Yardie Skeptics (S. 2, ep 20): Secularizing National Symbols

    in Education

    Have the Yardie Skeptics gone completely mad? Why do they want to take their heathen wagon and steamroll the Christian connection with Jamaica's national symbols? The national anthem, a prayer from start to finish, and the national pledge, said "before God", both demonstrate how Christianity has co-opted Jamaica's national symbols, and the Yardie Skeptics have those symbols in their sights! 



    Is it time to consider national symbols which truly reflect the faith diversity in Jamaica? Or are there more pressing areas for secularization before turning attention to songs and pledges? Join the Yardie Skeptics this Sunday, August 24th at 12:30pm EDT (11:30am Jamaica time) as we dissect the issues at stake. Joining us live in studio will be Dr. Anna Perkins, Catholic theologian. 

    At the start of the show, during the grab bag segment, we talk to Renee-Lauren Ellis and Lisa Soares, organizers of the recently concluded Caribbean Youth Summit in Philadelphia to get a report on the issues being tackled by Caribbean youth as it relates to identity, gender, and sexuality among other concerns. 

    To listen to this episode live, or catch the uploaded version afterwards, simply click the link below. Feel free to call in via Skype or participate in the live chatroom to share your comments and ask questions. 

    Yardie Skeptics Radio 
    "The Home of the Ackee of Rationality and the Saltfish of Skepticism" 

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yardieskeptics?

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