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Radio Freethinker Episode 170 – Korean Fail Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on June 12, 2012

This week:

South Korea removed evolution from schools,
– Belief in god relies on thinking like god,
Reproductive music,
The real cost of secondary education (Part 1 of 2 interview with Iglika Ivanova)

Download the episode here!

South Korea removed evolution from schools

Under pressure from religious groups in South Korea, publishers of science textbook have removed any reference to evolution.

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Belief in god relies on thinking like god

Resent studies into Autism spectrum have shown that an ability to ‘think like another’, called mentalizing, maybe one of the factors leading to a (false) belief in a personal god.

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Reproductive music
(Sorry folk, ran out of time. Look for this story on the next show)
Research has shown the obvious that sex sells but how it manifest itself in different genre of music and the dubious link to evolutionary advantage make it an interesting topic for the show.

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The real cost of secondary education

Don’s sits down with Iglika Ivanova in the Radio Free Thinker virtual studio and discusses Tuition fees and university funding.

Iglika Ivanova is a research economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives for BC.

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Skeptical Highlights:

Why Do Religions Endure?

Another Philosophers’ Cafe forum where Charles Marxer ponders why religions endure and why anyone would imagine they wouldn’t.

When: June 13 at 7pm
Where: White Rock Central Library
Cost: Free

Ethics & the Marijuana Business: Why We Need to Make Pot Legal

As part of the Workplace Centre for Spiritual & Ethical Development’s Ethics for Breakfast Series, legal-affairs columnist Ian Mulgrew leads a discussion about the legal and ethical implications of legalizing marijuana.

When: June 13 from 7:15-8:30am
Where: BC Hydro Building – 333 Dunsmuir
Cost: $10

SlutWalk Vancouver

SlutWalk Vancouver is a satellite event of SlutWalk Toronto. The original SlutWalk event was organized in 2011 as a response to a comment made by a Toronto Police officer who suggested to York students that they could prevent being assaulted if they avoided dressing like “sluts”. The organizers of SlutWalk Vancouver recognized that the culture of victim blaming and sex shaming that this officer’s comments represent is very much alive in Vancouver. Our aim is to confront “common sense” notions about victims – which we believe is aptly captured in how “slut” is used to degrade and devalue women. We believe we can challenge the culture of victim blaming by creating a safe space to start a thousand conversations about ending the blame.


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