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RFT Ep 217 – Post Canada Day Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on July 2, 2013


This week:
– Mythology in the Maple leaf,
– Schedule 1 censorship
– Atheist Monument
, and
– Food reporting – the ugly, the good and the sarcastic

Download the episode here!


Mythology in the Maple leaf

Ethan takes a look at some of the myths revolving around the Maple Leaf central to the Canadian flag.

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Native Sons of Canada Flag Person Flag “Group C” finalist 13 point Flag

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Schedule 1 censorship

drugs-are-badDon talks about a recent paper published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience that calls for the loosing of regulations over Schedule I drugs for scientific study. The author claims that current laws about controlled substances represent “the worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Copernicus and Galileo”.

We discuss his arguments, the law and the value of evidence based public policy.

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Atheist Monument

atheist-monumentWell the American Atheists unveils a godless or atheist monument in front of a Florida Courthouse. This was a compromise decision when the city was sued over church/state separation when a christian group ‘donated’ then refused to remove a religious monument. 

We discuss what the monument says, its meaning the plan to unveil another 50 around the USA.

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Food reporting – the ugly, the good and the sarcastic

6a00d83451c0aa69e20120a551df6a970bWe discuss a trio of food reports, each spawned by its predecessor and how they can be exemplary models to detect bad reporting, good reporting and sarcastic reporting. All about food that will kill you…or not…no, it won’t.

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Quick Picks!

(New feature, where we point our listeners to something interesting to see, read or watch)

Atlas Obscura – the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.

In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for MINIATURE CITIES, GLASS FLOWERS, BOOKS BOUND IN HUMAN SKIN, GIGANTIC FLAMING HOLES IN THE GROUND, BONE CHURCHES, BALANCING PAGODAS, or HOMES BUILT ENTIRELY OUT OF PAPER, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.

Carpe Diem – Learn when you will die…statistically speaking. Just for (morbid) fun.

rbutr – A tool rebuttal the internet!

Are you tired when you see a blog, posting or website that just has it wrong. Tired of trying to formulate a perfect rebuttal on your own website but give up when you realize no one will like find it who read the original crap? Well, rbutr solves that problem.

a community driven app which creates links between webpages where the content of one page is a rebuttal against the other. The content may be directly arguing against the original content, or generally presenting contradictory evidence. App users are alerted when they browse a rebutted page, providing them a link through to the rebuttal(s).

rbutr aims to facilitate inter-website debate, guide users to rebuttals of dubious information, and indirectly influence our users so that they approach all online information with an increased level of skepticism and critical appraisal.

Adviser to the project and giving it good skeptical cred is Michael Shermer.


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