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Show notes for Episode 96

Posted by Ethan Clow on January 4, 2011

Radio Freethinker Episode 96 – Drug decriminalization in Portugal, Neanderthals ate vegetables, Salman Taseer murdered in Pakistan, mass bird death, and can we have ethics through science?

Download the episode here!

Song: Punky Right and Wrong

Skeptical News:

Drug decriminalization success in Portugal, see here and here

Salman Taseer murdered in Pakistan, see here

Neanderthals cooked their vegetables just like humans:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-12-neanderthals-ate-veggies.html
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/neanderthals-cooked-vegetables/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12071424
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/12/28/omnivorous-neanderthals-study-says-their-teeth-show-evidence-of-eating-plants/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+80beats+(80beats)
http://www.sciencenewsdaily.org/archaeology-fossils-news/cluster76807862/

What caused mass bird and fish death in Arkansas?

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/914986–what-killed-thousands-of-birds-and-fish-in-arkansas?bn=1
http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2009/07/mammal_deaths_by_lightning.php
http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2010/11/lightning_kills_giraffe_kills_geese.php

Topics:

The role of Science in Ethics – looking at Sam Harris’ new book The Moral Landscape

Skeptical Highlights:

Skeptics in the Pub: Kitsilano – Wednesday, January 5 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm at The Billy Bishop Legion on 1407 Laburnum St. See the Facebook event here.

CFI Year End/General Meeting – Thursday, January 6 at 7pm in IK Barber Learning Centre-Public Study Rooms – Room 317 – 1961 East Mall – University of British Columbia. See Event listing here.

CFI Book Club – Saturday, January 8 · 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Grind Coffee Shop at 4124 Main Street. We’ll be talking about Sam Harris’ new book The Moral Landscape. See the Facebook event here.

One Response to “Show notes for Episode 96”

  1. I was quite surprised to hear in Don’s exposition of the ‘is/ought’ problem the same error that Harris oft repeats: that philosophy disdains the input of science.

    Secondly, neither Harris nor Don seem to understand that the move from ‘is’ to ‘ought’ is *necessarily* a pre-scientific/non-scientific move: given a set of physical facts about the world (generated by the flavour of Empiricism we lovingly call ‘Science’), to move from that set of facts to a direction for our behaviour requires a purely logical (which is to say non-scientific) argument.

    I was under the impression that Don had studied Philosophy (in addition to Poli Sci), and I was very surprised with this never-having-opened-a-book-of-philosophy-level mistake. It’s pretty much par for the course for Harris, but I expected more here.

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