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Radio Freethinker Episode 157 – Earthworm Invasion Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on March 13, 2012

This week  Alien worms, Killer Caramel, Freedom’s call to escape the Pope and Don’s interview with Tony Sobrado – Part 1(of 3), a frame-work for analysis conspiracy theories.

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Earthworms invaded Canada!

Glaciers Killed off our native worms...

In one of the more off-beat things Don has discovered by listening to science pod-casts, we discuss how the common earthworm you see in your garden is an immigrant, just like you are (probably). Until the European settlers arrived to the continent, earthworms in Canada were (mostly) an extinct thing.

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Killer Caramel

We look at a move by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to get pop companies reduce or remove the kind of caramel used because of a risk of cancer. We looked at the research and question whether this is the battle we want to make.

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A plea for freedom from religion

The ad

We discuss the recent ad by the Freedom From Religion Foundation placed in the New York Times. The ad was an appeal to ‘liberal’ or ‘marginal’ Catholics to use the uproar over prescription contraception coverage as the final push out the door of the church…advising them to leave “En mass”. We discuss some issues with the ad as well as the hypocrisy of the Pope on family values.

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Tony Sobrado interview Part 1 – Constructing a theory about conspiracy theories

This week we start a three part series with Tony Sobrado. Tony Sabrado Tony is a research analyst and social scientist currently based in London. Author of the soon to be published book “Who rules the world: An analysis to conspiracy theory”. He also contributes to the Huffington Post.

Part 1 – We define what a conspiracy is, the sociological history of conspiracy theory and the frame-work Tony has developed to help analyse conspiracy theories from a social/political science perspective.

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‘Change’ in US Politics?

Martin Toren talks about how Barack Obama promised ‘change’ in US politics. He hinted at a more egalitarian, less militaristic society with more social justice. There is a strong argument that, not only have these goals not been realised, but that they would be impossible to achieve in present-day US society. An analysis will consider the situation by reviewing US political history and US political culture.

When: Wed. Mar. 14, noon,

Location: Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver Public Library
Cost: Free

Langara College Lecture Series

Good Without God?

As part of SFU Philosphers’ Café, moderator Randall Mackinnon asks if you agree or disagree with Robert Buckman’s belief that a non-believer can live a good and ethical life.

When: Wed. Mar. 14, 7pm,

Location: Bob Prittie Metrotown Library ( 6100 Willingdon, Burnaby)
Cost: Free

The 3rd Annual Cross-Canada Skeptical Smackdown – Vancouver Edition

What is the Cross Canada Skeptical Smackdown?

It’s fun and challenging! But more specifically it is a British-style pub-quiz focussing on critical thinking and scientific topics. It occurs every year in multiple locations across Canada with local and national bragging rights at stake.

When: Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 7:00pm
Cost: Free for UBC Freethinkers Club members/ $2 for non-members
Location: Billy Bishop Legion, Vancouver.


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