November 11th, 2014
It's a tug-of-war between a Romantic yearning for the stars and the sometimes harsh economic reality. As we listen for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, who pays the phone bill? Jonathan sits down with Dr. Jill Tarter, the outgoing director of the Center for SETI Research, to talk about the long, uncertain road SETI has had to navigate in search of money. The panel this month is made up of Matt Barbacki, Anna af Hallstrom, and Dave Tsang of Astro McGill. Which basic research should be funded and by whom? We talk Ice Bucket Challenges, the Conservative government's War on Science, and alien autopsy videos.
The Astro McGill podcast can be found here: http://www.astro.physics.mcgill.ca/podcasts.php
The panel discussion was recorded on Carl Sagan Day. Go watch COSMOS!
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October 13th, 2014
Is a long cardboard chain and anchor really a deep message on immigration? What is the difference between artificial pussy willows and an escalator? Are postmodern artists just having a laugh? Jonathan drags Andrew Cody through last March's Nuit blanche and wonders if his attitude of derision is rational or not. Enter Eric Weichel, instructor in art history at Concordia University, and one of the liveliest conversations on the podcast ensues. Can we evaluate art rationally? Jonathan and Eric talk gnomes, Cormac McCarthy, and four-year-old geniuses. No panel discussion this month, but plenty of links!
- Le Corbusier, modernist architect (http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Le_Corbusier.html)
- Charles Moore, postmodern architect (http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Sea_Ranch_Condominium.html)
- Judith Butler (http://www.egs.edu/faculty/judith-butler/biography/)
- Kent Monkman, contemporary Aboriginal painter (http://www.mason-studio.com/journal/2012/03/kent-monkman-sexuality-of-miss-chief/)
- How to Speak and Write Postmodern by Stephen Katz (http://thepaperthinhymn.com/2010/01/26/how-to-speak-post-modernism/)
- Jacques Derrida, deconstructionist philosopher (http://www.iep.utm.edu/derrida/)
- The Rothko Chapel (http://www.rothkochapel.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=14)
- A Reader's Manifesto by B.R. Myers
- Cormac McCarthy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormac_McCarthy)
- Gayatri Spivak, postcolonial critic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gayatri_Chakravorty_Spivak)
- The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gormenghast_(series))
- The Fallen by Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley (http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/andy-moss-jamie-wardley-the-fallen)
- Docking by Sophie Cardin (http://www.artsouterrain.com/en/sophie-cardin/)
20/20 segment transcript (http://abcnews.go.com/2020/GiveMeABreak/story?id=563146)
Postmodern artists Eric Weichel finds inspiring:
Takashi Murakami (http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2010/sep/10/takashi-murakami-palace-versailles)
Shary Boyle (http://www.sharyboyle.com)
Patricia Piccinini (http://www.patriciapiccinini.net)
Yayoi Kusama (http://www.yayoi-kusama.jp/e/information/)
September 9th, 2014
We celebrate our return with Mr. Skepticism himself, Dr. Michael Shermer. What was it in humans' evolution that led to us having beliefs and what credence can we ascribe to them? We talk mushers, invisible princesses, bicycles, and sacred cows. Back in the studio, Jonathan is joined by a panel of reasonable folks that is confronted by a thought experiment: if religion went away, would it come back? Before you know it, it's debate time and we go meta. Are the things we perceive in an altered state evidence of a quantum oneness? Do you need to be in an altered state to listen to this podcast? Mr. Horner, could you play some of your music from Avatar, please?
The song of praise heard in the intro can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM6xbDX5iHU
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August 9th, 2014
Season 2 starts in September. In the meantime, here's a look back at our first season and the reveal of our guest on the season premiere. Skeptics, you might know who he is.
Music is "The Flames of Rome" by Kai Engel from the album "Calls and Echoes".
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May 12th, 2014
It's the season 1 finale of Within Reason with bestselling author and public science educator Dr. Joe Schwarcz. We discuss chemophobia, bisphenol A, homeopathy, and the future of college education (hint: it's not blackboard and chalk). Back in the studio, Jonathan and Andrew dare not touch sprouted grain bread but are eager to watch Satanic water crystals. Andrew makes the case for hunting and inadvertently calls Dr. Schwarcz's new book, Is That a Fact, the #1 for #2. Also, FYSTTing on stage on May 25! In the tradition of classic horror films, the clock is coming from inside the podcast!
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The link to Cognitive Dissonance is http://dissonancepod.com/?p=733
Listen to us next in September!
March 17th, 2014
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!
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.