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Radio Freethinker Episode 194 – Gun Violence Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on December 20, 2012


This week:
– Counting Atheist,
– Humanist Christmas
, and
– Gun special: Gun Control, Gun Reporting and the culture of Guns

Download the episode here! (Due to technical issues, this episode is not currently available)

blank-pamphlets1Counting Atheist

We discuss a current effort to do a global census of atheists.

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war_on_christmasHumanist Christmas

Don chats with BC Humanist Association’s executive director Ian Bushfield about the trials and tribulations to be an atheist during Christmas.

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Gun Violence Special:


In the wake of the tragedy in Sandy Hook, we take an extended look at the role of gun violence in society.

Gun Control

gumscontrol_500We discuss the facts, myths and empirical evidence for gun control.

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Gun Reporting

schoolvultures_500Does the reporting of gun violence ‘glamour-ize’ gun violence? Is there an emotional ‘parasitism’ of news reporting during such events or is it just ‘human nature’? Does people’s desires feed what is reported or is it news reporting that manipulates desires?

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Culture of Guns

neverenoughAs Canadians, we are often gob-smacked and the American attitude to guns. To what degree does this gun worship actual foster the “shoot first’ mentality that often seem at the root of US gun violence problems.

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Skeptical Highlights:

Philosophers’ Café

Should outer space be governed?

When: Friday, Dec 21, 2012, 10:30 am

Where: West Vancouver Memorial Library, Welsh Hall East

Cost: Free

If so, what would be the most equitable way to govern? Should restrictions be placed on individual nations and businesses: financial, environmental, militaristic?

Join Randall MacKinnon, IDEASage of MackINNOVATION as he discusses and moderates this forum on the subject.


When: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 2:00 PM

Where: Lynn Valley Main Library, North Vancouver

Cost: Free

The more things change, the more they stay the same? Is change faster and more profound than ever before? What survives change? (Why) Do we fear change?
Join  SFU and Douglas College instructor Michael Picard (moderator over 500 Philosophers’ Cafés) discusses and moderates this forum on the subject.


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