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Radio Freethinker Episode 164 – International Workers Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on May 1, 2012

This week:

–       International Worker’s Day,
–       Glow-in-the-dark Coins,
–       Mining Asteroids,
–       Nutella ain’t health food,
–       De-faithing analytics and,
–       NarcOnon – Scientology on drugs.

Download the episode here!


International Worker’s Day

We give a brief shout out the workers and unions around the world while provided the importance of a labour movement and some of the history behind it. 

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Glow-in-the-dark Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint is releasing its first glow-in-the-dark coin. Its cool and educational at the same time. 

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Mining Asteroids

We take a deeper look at a popular news story popular in the press about a new company that formed with the backing of major moneyed people (Google founders and James Cameron). The plan to mine asteroids sounds far fetched on the surface, we take a deeper look and find that in some ways it is but in other ways it could be a boon to humans venturing into space.

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Nutella ain’t health food

We discuss the lawsuit which claimed that untruthful or misleading advertising by Nutella lead to ill heath effects in its customers. The claim was that Nutella claimed to be healthy food. As it turns out, Nutella is essentially a chocolate bar spread in a jar; with all the fat and sugar and UNhealthiness you would expect.

In San Diego, a woman won 1/2 million lawsuit. As part of the settlement is an additional $2.5 million class action award for anyone who bought Nutello from 2008 to 2012.

We cover personal responsibly, the role of government regulation and the moral responsibly for truthful advertising.

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De-faithing analytics

A new study is making the rounds these days regarding your ability to do math and whether or not you’re an atheists. We discuss the research of UBC’s own psychologist Will Gervais that people who answered with more analytical answers, opposed to more innate and intuitively which would predict a religious believer.

It seems that if you think analytically you are more likely to be an atheist. Further, the research showed that a persons theological bent or confidence in belief, declines after doing analytical work. 

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NarcOnon – Scientology on drugs

Don discussed the accidental discovery of some scientist attempting to show the efficacy of a DNA reading technique. What they discovered was that what you are getting in traditional Chinese medicine may be more than you bargained for. They discovered the ‘expected’ endangered species. They also showed that what was called ‘pure’ antelope contained goat and sheep DNA. It also found unlisted ingredients that could allergic reactions such as peanuts. Also they found ingredients that are toxic and potentially fatal.

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Skeptical Highlights:

Periodic Table “App” for Google Chrome

Shoot the correct chemical symbols for science and score points with a bonus for speed. Learn while having fun. The ultimate in geek fundom

Where: Periodic Table
Cost: Free

Philosophers Cafe – Conspiracy Theories

Amir Kamayabnejad questions the belief that there is a secret society that runs the world, has the power to make or break authority figures and technological advancements, and decides who lives or dies..

Where: The Grind on 4124 Main
When: May 2, 2012, 7 pm
Cost: Free

Surly jewelry

Surly Amy Grants for TAM 10 – Surly Amy is an artist/blogger on the Skepchick network who makes various types of jewelry with a skeptical theme. She is also trying to raise money for some grants to help women who wouldn’t normally be able to afford to attend TAM this year.


2 Responses to “Radio Freethinker Episode 164 – International Workers Edition”

  1. gerry parker said

    Sorry for going off topic, but why is the show no longer a made through CITR? The sound quality is way down and the show is hard to hear at times.

    • Ethan Clow said

      Hi Gerry,

      Are you downloading the podcast from Itunes or Radio We still do the show out of CiTR at the University, I checked the sound quality for the past episode and it sounded great on my computer. Maybe try downloading it again?

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