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Radio Freethinker Episode 191 – Chicken Soup Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on November 28, 2012

This week:
– Nuking the moon,
– Gideon bibles in schools (Update),

– End of shellfish, and
– The mythology of chicken soup

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Nuking the moon

Did you know the US government had a plan to blow up a nuclear bomb on the moon? It was a surprise to us as well.

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Gideon bibles in schools

Special guest Ian Bushfield, executive director of the B.C. Humanist Association gives our listeners an update on the status of distributing bibles in schools.

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End of shellfish

The results of the British Antarctic Survey show that ocean acidification due to increased CO2 emissions has the result of dissolving the shells of ‘sea butterflies’. This does not bode well for our other important (and tasty) shellfish friends.

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The mythology of chicken soup

Does chicken soup help with a could? Ethan looks into the science and psychology of this timeless classic.

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Skeptical Highlights:

Philosophers’ Jam

Do People Really Have Minds? And If They Do, What Good Are They Anyway?

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: Faculty & Staff Dining Lounge (Main Campus, 100 West 49th Avenue)

Cost: FREE

In this session, we explore mental realism, the view that people really have minds and that this is what we rely upon to explain intelligent behaviour. Are our minds distinct from our brains? Are there such things as minds, or are we just bodies? Guest speaker Wayne Henry will attempt to defend Jerry Fodor’s theory of mental realism (the realist view that there “really” are minds), but he will also make comparisons with Paul and Patricia Churchland’s prominent anti-realist alternative.

Wayne Henry completed his PhD on the conceptual foundations of cognitive science at the University of Western Ontario in 1994. A former faculty member at Capilano University and policy analyst for Health Canada in Ottawa, he is currently an instructor at both Langara College and the University of the Fraser Valley.


Occupy The Economy: An Evening with David Barsamian

Date: Friday, November 30, 2012

Time: 6:30 pm

Place: SFU’s Harbour Centre

Cost: FREE , RSVP on our Facebook page

Info: www.mediademocracyday.org

Renowned journalist, broadcaster, and activist David Barsamian will offer attendees a critical look at economic crises in a changing world, and speculate on how we might act to prevent future collapses.

Barsamian is well known for his best-selling collaborations with famed intellectuals including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Edward Said. His latest is “Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism”


Action Canada Public Dialogue

Challenges and Change in Canada’s Education Systems

Date: Friday, November 30, 2012

Time: 7:30 am–12:15

Place: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue  at SFU’s Harbour Centre

Cost: FREE

Action Canada Fellows, panel experts, and members of the public explore whether Canada has the education systems it needs to meet the socioeconomic challenges of the future from three different public-policy perspectives.
They will be discussing three topics: Standardized Testing in Canada, Teaching Questions Not Answers, and Who Cares About Young Caregivers?
Moderator: Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent and Host of the West Block, Global TV

Science of Harm Reduction Drug Policy by Dr. Thomas Kerr

Friday, November 30, 2012
7:00pm
Room A102 of Buchanan Building, Block A, 1866 Main Mall, Vancouver

Dr. Thomas Kerr is Co-Director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of AIDS at the University of British Columbia.

Harm reduction drug policy has become a politically polarizing issue, which often leaves the science behind the rhetoric. With recent court challenges over Vancouver’s safe injection site, Insite; society must become scientifically informed on what strategies are effective in treating addiction and improving public health.

This talk will take place in room A102 of Buchanan building block A at UBC. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10.

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