Radio Freethinker

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Show notes for Episode 145

Posted by Ethan Clow on December 13, 2011

Radio Freethinker Episode 145 – Kepler 22b, Suppressing ESP with Skepticism, Bare-faced Citizenship oath. Plus dealing with a mountain of data – how to manage it?

Download the Episode here!

Skeptical News:

New Earth like planet discovered! see here (see here for Ethan’s blog post on this)

Scientists can’t get research published that fails to replicate ESP study – also skeptics are psychic and are using their powers to suppress ESP see here.

Bare faced citizen, see here and here


A Mountain of Data can mean anything: How data generation is outstripping data processing in biology

Skeptical Highlights:

1) Ethan will be moderating an upcoming PHILOSOPHERS’ CAFE entitled “Bearing Witness to Witness Testimony: A Skeptic’s Approach” This will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7pm at the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia located on 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver, BC. See Facebook Event here.

2) A History of Violence

At this World Federalist Meeting, Harvard professor Steven Pinker discusses why we may be living in the most peaceful era of human development. Note, this a pre-recorded lecture.

Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 W. 49th

Dec. 15, 2011, 7:30 pm –

3) Test your morality

The BBC has an online test of morality as part of research by Dr. Robert Aunger.

The Test Your Morality experiment is designed to look at a new theory, based on something called ‘Human Super-organism Theory’, that we hope will help us understand this diversity, and the sources of our morality.

It postulates that we are part of a super-organism which helps define our personal morality. The new theory suggests that all moral actions are based on the fundamental need to ‘police’ society in order to keep the ‘super-organism’ functioning properly, and that everyone in human social groups inadvertently plays the role of ‘unofficial policeman’ by making judgements about how others behave.

Moral action, according to this theory, is driven by the expectation of punishment if we don’t properly carry out our roles within the ‘super-organism’ properly.

In Test Your Morality, you will be asked to respond to a variety of scenarios in which people are doing things that you may or may not agree with. You will be asked about how disgusted and angry the scenarios make you feel, and whether you want to avoid or punish the people in them.

You will learn how your moral responses to the scenarios compare to a wider population of people. And at the end of the experiment you will receive detailed, personalised feedback about your scores. Take that as you will.


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