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Radio Freethinker Episode 214 – The Good of Big Data Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on June 11, 2013


This week:
– The Red Wedding,
– Gay around the world,
– Faith in science
, and
– The Good side of Big Data

Download the episode here!


The Red Wedding

la_ca_0605_game_of_thronesIn the aftermath and meltdown of Game Of Thrones fans at the killing off of one of the main…i day say pivotal character. Without Rob, there is no war, no war then the game is over?

We climactic scene was the red wedding, where under the promise of hospitality, Rob Stark et al are killed by their host.

Well, this was not an original plot twist, we explore how such dishonorable killings have happen in the past.

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Gay around the world

gay-marriage-cartoon-beelerThe Pew Research Global Attitudes Project released data from its 2013 global survey on the question “Should society accept homosexuality?”.

We discus the historical trend for greater acceptance of homosexuality, some outliers and what the root cause of anti-homosexual societies.

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Faith in science

vetenskap_vs_tro_vykort-re14a53ee849740d4b445e7b307529e3a_vgbaq_8byvr_512Religious people have often lament about us Atheists…that without a belief in god, we are somehow diminished. One area that religious faith seems to have no secular equivalent is in times of stress or in confronting our mortality, we have no source of comfort.

Some have suggested that, in the absence of religious belief, secular beliefs such as Humanism and various political ideologies can replace religion as a source of comfort and meaning.

images (2)New research shows that non-believes show greater faith in science under stress or existential anxiety. That belief in the value of science as an institution and in its superiority as a source of knowledge can offer reassurance to secular individuals in threatening contexts.

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The Good side of Big Data

Big Data is BIG and its growing and becoming an ever more important part of our every day life. In the first part of a 2 part series on Big Data, we look at the good Big Data has brought to the world.

the internet over an average 24 hours in 2012—higher usage in yellows and reds; lower in greens and blues

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Skeptic Highlights

Video-Game Orgy

Try your hand at a selection of vintage video-game systems and games and view media art based on video-game culture and early computer-graphic systems. Proceeds go to VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver’s oldest media-arts access centre and its commitment in supporting independent media artists, activists, and community-based makers.

When: Friday, June 14, 6pm

Where: VIVO Media Arts, 1965 Main, Vancouver

Cost: $20 @ the door/$15 in advance

Link: VIVO

Comics and the Multimodal World

Workshops and forums with international scholars on how comics intersect with digital culture, multimodal narrative, internationalism, information design, and alternative literacies. Includes screenings of George Clipp’s The Comic King of Guatemala and Shaun Huston’s Comic Book City, Portland, Oregon, USA.

For conference program click here.

When: Thursday, June 13, 8:30 am to Sunday, June 16, noon

Where: Douglas College, New Westminster

Cost: $5-55

Link: Digital Cultures Lab

Napoleon III’s Intervention in Mexico, 1862-1867

Lecture about the French emperor who sent an expeditionary force to Mexico in 1862 and what impact it had on Mexican society.

When: Wednes, June 12, 6pm

Where: Alliance Française, 6161 Cambie, Vancouver

Cost: Free

Link: Alliance Française

CFI Family Barbecue

Join CFI for a CFI Family Barbecue and picnic at Memorial South Park. Socializing, barbecue (vegetarian and meat lovers) in a family friendly environment. There are wide open fields and playgrounds nearby.

Please bring: food to share, your family, good weather.

CFI will provide plates and cutlery etc.

Please do not bring alcohol.

When: saturday, June 22, 6pm

Where: Memorial South Park, Vancouver

Cost: Free (BYOF/BYOD)

Link: CFI


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