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Show Notes – Ep #156 – Rational Compassion Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on March 6, 2012

Radio Freethinker Episode 156 – The Rational Compassion Edition;

This week…Skeptic News, Rogers and the right to deceive, Part 2 of our interview with Nigerian Skeptic Leo Igwe and Neanderthals, where did they go and how did they get there

Download the episode here!

Skeptical News:

Creating Ethical meat from zombie chickens…matrix style!

A design project is attempting to get funding to create brain-dead chicken factories. Its hoped this will avoid ethical issues by developing chickens that have only minimal brain function. The high-density system would create a matrix like farm where meat could be produced more affordably than green-house tomatoes and far more environmentally friendly than even free-range chickens.

Church may not prevent depression.

Seems those predisposed to depression stop going to church long before depression hits. Therefore, there may be less depression in church goers not because religion provides some sort of preventative but because fewer people prone to depression go to church in the first place…it’s called selection bias.

Media giant claims Charter Right to mislead in advertising

Rogers is making a Charter claim that its right to free speech is being denied because the Competitions Act states an advertised claim must be supported by evidence. Essentially, Rogers is laying claim to charter protection so it can make any claim it would like provided no-one has DISPROVED it.

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Leo Igwe interview Part 2 – Rational compassion

Don continues his discussion with Leo Igwe, Nigerian Skeptic and former representative for South and Western Africa on the International Humanist and Ethical Union. We talk about how he became a skeptic, how humanism is a driving force in his life and he explains the importance of what he calls ‘rational compassion’.

Learn more about Leo Igwe:
International Humanist and Ethical Union
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Neanderthal – When did they really die out and where they sailors?

Ethan leads us on a discussion about some new research that shows the Neanderthal may have been on the verge of extinction long before homo sapiens showed up. Furthermore that the few survivors of a new-extinction event may have helped facilitate the interbreeding between our species and gave humans a helping hand at spreading around the globe.

We also discuss new discoveries that point to the idea that Neanderthals may have been boat builders and were sailing around the Mediterranean tens of thousands of years before humans were.

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March 8, 2012, 12 pm
As part of SFU Philosphers’ Café, moderator Michael Picard questions whether ethics can be taught and whether they can be established objectively.
SFU Harbour Centre ( 515 W. Hastings) – Free admission

Do you believe in atheists? Distrust and anti-atheist prejudice

The UBC Freethinkers Club is proud to sponsor a lecture by prominent Ph.D. candidate, Will Gervais. His most recent work into distrust of atheists has been covered in many major newspapers and has received much prominent attention! We’ve snagged him for an afternoon to let us know: why *do* people mistrust atheists?

When: Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 7:00pm
Cost: Free for UBC Freethinkers Club members/ $2 for non-members
Location: BUCH A101 ( at UBC Vancouver Campus.


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