Radio Freethinker

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Show notes for Episode 129

Posted by Ethan Clow on August 24, 2011

Radio Freethinker Episode 129 – Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, California teacher who criticized Christianity, Drug companies funding clinical trials and the Pope in Spain and Abortion forgiveness week.

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This week: Don discusses a California teacher who was sued for criticizing Christianity, Jenna explains how drug companies will fund clinical trials, and Ethan tells us about the Pope’s latest visit to Spain and Abortion Forgiveness Week. Plus, an Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson!

Skeptical News:

Teacher can’t be sued for bashing Christianity, see here

What happens when drug companies fund clinical Trials? see:

Dtsch Arztebl Int 2010; 107(16): 279-85
Dtsch Arztebl Int 2010; 107(17):295-301

Vatican offers six-day abortion forgiveness in Madrid, see here and here

Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson:

Neil deGrasse Tyson


Skeptical Highlights:

The death of addiction

There have been a number of articles in the news-o-sphere about the recent decision of the American Society of Addiction Medicine to classify addiction, be it alcohol, cocaine or sex addiction, as a mental disorder. Traditionally addiction was seen as, at least in the initiation of the addiction, moral failing…a weakness of mind. Modern research has brought such ‘common sense’ into doubt. The ASAM statement holds that an addition is really a “bio-psycho-socio-spiritual” illness.

Though addicts can’t choose not to be addicts, they can choose to get treatment. Recovery, ASAM says, is best realized not just by self-management and mutual support groups such as 12-step fellowships, but also with trained professional help. The ASAM’s timing corresponds with the current revamping of American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—the bible of the mental health profession.

Why is it a highlight? I would like our listeners to check out the links on the show notes and let us know if you agree with addiction as a disease, the use of the spirituality in treating addiction, 12-step programs…this will likely be a future segment.

US geolocial survey Did you feel it? page
The earthquake earlier this morning in Virginia got everyone talking about whether they felt it, how it was, etc. This site lets you see where the effects of eathquakes across the US are being felt and report if you can feel it.

Skeptics in the Pub Richmond – Thursday, August 25 · 7:30pm Legends Pub 6511 Buswell Street in Richmond BC. Facebook Event here

Humanist Summer Potluck – Friday, August 26 · 6:00pm at Oakridge Seniors Centre 513-650 41st Ave W in Vancouver, BC.  The BC Humanists are having a potluck dinner! Bring your favourite appetizer, entrée, or dessert. Meet at the Oakridge Senior’s Centre at 6 PM – enter from the outside door, which is on the SW corner of Oakridge mall. Event info here


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