The Bitchspot Report Podcast #31

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Episode 31: It is the Most Dangerous Mustache in the World!

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Don’t forget to check out Cephus’ blogs, Bitchspot or Cephus’ Corner!

While you’re at it, listen to Mike’s other podcast, The Skeptic’s Guide to Conspiracy!

Show Notes:

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

And go read special guest Hausdorff’s blog too!  Hausdorff’s Bible Blog and Podcast

And Now  The News:

The most dangerous mustache in the world.

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First, forget about witchcraft

Texas conservatives demand science textbooks incorporate ‘creation science based on Biblical principles’.

Texas Freedom Network, join now!

Russia gay marriage apocalypse? Head of Russian Orthodox Church says same-sex unions are portents of doom.

 The Main Event:  Atheist Parenting

Article I wrote on Parenting Beyond Belief.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #30

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Episode 30:  It’s a Nazi Gay Bar!

Don’t forget to check out Cephus’ blogs, Bitchspot or Cephus’ Corner!

While you’re at it, listen to Mike’s other podcast, The Skeptic’s Guide to Conspiracy!

Show Notes:

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

And Now  The News:

Swanson: Tell gay couples to die on their wedding day.

6 reasons (+2) to NOT send your daughter to college.

Recent transport disasters blamed on spirits.

Pope Francis’ outreach to atheists not as controversial as it seems.

The Main Event:  Of Theism and Conspiracy Nuts

Ten characteristics of conspiracy theorists that look amazingly similar to theists.

Even better list from Wikipedia.

1. Initiated on the basis of limited, partial or circumstantial evidence;
Conceived in reaction to media reports and images, as opposed to, for example, thorough knowledge of the relevant forensic evidence.

2. Addresses an event or process that has broad historical or emotional impact;
Seeks to interpret a phenomenon which has near-universal interest and emotional significance, a story that may thus be of some compelling interest to a wide audience.

3. Reduces morally complex social phenomena to simple, immoral actions;
Impersonal, institutional processes, especially errors and oversights, interpreted as malign, consciously intended and designed by immoral individuals.

4. Personifies complex social phenomena as powerful individual conspirators;
Related to (3) but distinct from it, deduces the existence of powerful individual conspirators from the ‘impossibility’ that a chain of events lacked direction by a person.

5. Allots superhuman talents or resources to conspirators;
May require conspirators to possess unique discipline, unrepentant resolve, advanced or unknown technology, uncommon psychological insight, historical foresight, unlimited resources, etc.

6. Key steps in argument rely on inductive, not deductive reasoning;
Inductive steps are mistaken to bear as much confidence as deductive ones.

Appeals to ‘common sense’;
Common sense steps substitute for the more robust, academically respectable methodologies available for investigating sociological and scientific phenomena.

7. Exhibits well-established logical and methodological fallacies;
Formal and informal logical fallacies are readily identifiable among the key steps of the argument.

8. Is produced and circulated by ‘outsiders’, often anonymous, and generally lacking peer review;
Story originates with a person who lacks any insider contact or knowledge, and enjoys popularity among persons who lack critical (especially technical) knowledge.

9. Is upheld by persons with demonstrably false conceptions of relevant science;
At least some of the story’s believers believe it on the basis of a mistaken grasp of elementary scientific facts.

10. Enjoys zero credibility in expert communities;
Academics and professionals tend to ignore the story, treating it as too frivolous to invest their time and risk their personal authority in disproving.

11. Rebuttals provided by experts are ignored or accommodated through elaborate new twists in the narrative;
When experts do respond to the story with critical new evidence, the conspiracy is elaborated (sometimes to a spectacular degree) to discount the new evidence, often incorporating the rebuttal as a part of the conspiracy.’

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #29

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Episode 29: It’s a Crazy World and Religion is There!

Don’t forget to check out Cephus’ blogs, Bitchspot or Cephus’ Corner!

While you’re at it, listen to Mike’s other podcast, The Skeptic’s Guide to Conspiracy!

Show Notes:

Please visit Justin Vacula’s blog!

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And since you’re clicking anyhow, go listen to his podcast, the Brave Hero Podcast!

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

And Now  The News:

Religious sect raided in Germany on abuse fears.

Mission Congo: how Pat Robertson raised millions on the back of a non-existent aid project.

Dozens of Pentecostal churches being shut down in Cameroon.

Oh Magog! Why end-times buffs are freaking out about Syria.

The Main Event:  A Few Minutes With Justin Vacula

You can also listen to an audio-only version here.

Justin’s post-debate views, including Rev. Brewsters claims on the cosmological argument, and a couple on the moral argument.  And don’t forget to check out his Facebook page where there’s a discussion raging.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #28

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Episode 28: It’s a Real World After All!

Don’t forget to check out Cephus’ blogs!  Click here and here!

While you’re at it, listen to Mike’s other podcast!

Show Notes:

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

And Now  The News:

Swanson: Mark Twain was ‘Demon-Possessed‘.

Religious discrimination in the workplace increases with diversity.

Most Americans want the Bible in public schools.

Conservatism 101:  Detroit: An American Autopsy

The book that sparked the discussion.

The Main Event:  How To Debate an Atheist and Win

How to debate an atheist and win.

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A new equation reveals our exact odds of finding alien life. (it’s actually not all that new)

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