An engineer drops by the podcast to tell Jonathan how to be less wrong. It involves tomato timers, effective altruism, and the historicity of your beliefs. Can a Less Wrong rationalist and a skeptical rationalist get along? Back in the studio, Andrew, our resident hockey Satanist, talks about quitting smoking and why the Boston Bruins rock. And two special guest stars help Jonathan and Andrew stage a live radio play of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. It quickly devolves into anarchy as Sesame Street's Count shows up (for no reason), accompanied by a plague of flaming zebras. Check out Moutons No More on Facebook!
March 17th, 2014
February 12th, 2014
Are you a boy or a girl? We explore gender identity with paediatrician Dr. Shuvo Ghosh. It's an enlightening discussion that should be preceded by an "air quote" warning. Then, Andrew has a conversation with Chase, trans man extraordinaire, and the two bond over hockey. Also, Andrew starts to lose it when his entire glossary has to be thrown out. O New Words, Where Are Ye?. It's a queer-centric episode and we wouldn't have it any other way. Plus: a special announcement that rhymes with "sheep". Sound effects from freesfx.co.uk.
January 10th, 2014
Can you lose weight permanently? Do you deserve an after-run muffin and latte? Should you stretch before your workout? Law professor and author of the book "The Cure for Everything!", Timothy Caulfield, answers these health and fitness questions using the most occult of concepts: science. Back in the studio, we talk about who is John Galt, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, and "cut children". If you attend McGill University, you may want to pay attention to our ultra-secret mystery guest. Do you have a podcast? Start recording it standing up! It's healthier! #StandUp4Podcasting.
December 11th, 2013
Our guest this month is Richard Bernier, a Christian theologian. What happens when two atheists sit down with a Roman Catholic? We talk secularism, secularity, Quebec Charters, public funding of religious schools, and "attack shirts". Andrew shows his love of logical fallacies by pointing them out left and right. Plus: should Andrew become employed by the government, would he lose his shirt? Bills 60 and 398 can be accessed here: http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/index.html
November 16th, 2013
It's a giant-sized premiere extravaganza for our monthly rational podcast. Anthropology teacher Sarah Bean and National Center for Science Education Executive Director Eugenie Scott join Jonathan and Andrew in a discussion about evolution, creationism, and why denialists will have very dirty fingers by the time they come around (unless they routinely clean their ears). Plus: learn about how you can teach evo with LEGOs and whether or not Tim Minchin is snarky.
The book recommendation is EVOLUTION VS. CREATIONISM by Eugenie C. Scott. Don't try to steal Andrew's autographed copy.