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Radio Freethinker Episode 170 – Korean Fail Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on June 12, 2012

This week:

South Korea removed evolution from schools,
– Belief in god relies on thinking like god,
Reproductive music,
The real cost of secondary education (Part 1 of 2 interview with Iglika Ivanova)

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South Korea removed evolution from schools

Under pressure from religious groups in South Korea, publishers of science textbook have removed any reference to evolution.

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Belief in god relies on thinking like god

Resent studies into Autism spectrum have shown that an ability to ‘think like another’, called mentalizing, maybe one of the factors leading to a (false) belief in a personal god.

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Reproductive music
(Sorry folk, ran out of time. Look for this story on the next show)
Research has shown the obvious that sex sells but how it manifest itself in different genre of music and the dubious link to evolutionary advantage make it an interesting topic for the show.

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The real cost of secondary education

Don’s sits down with Iglika Ivanova in the Radio Free Thinker virtual studio and discusses Tuition fees and university funding.

Iglika Ivanova is a research economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives for BC.

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Skeptical Highlights:

Why Do Religions Endure?

Another Philosophers’ Cafe forum where Charles Marxer ponders why religions endure and why anyone would imagine they wouldn’t.

When: June 13 at 7pm
Where: White Rock Central Library
Cost: Free

Ethics & the Marijuana Business: Why We Need to Make Pot Legal

As part of the Workplace Centre for Spiritual & Ethical Development’s Ethics for Breakfast Series, legal-affairs columnist Ian Mulgrew leads a discussion about the legal and ethical implications of legalizing marijuana.

When: June 13 from 7:15-8:30am
Where: BC Hydro Building – 333 Dunsmuir
Cost: $10

SlutWalk Vancouver

SlutWalk Vancouver is a satellite event of SlutWalk Toronto. The original SlutWalk event was organized in 2011 as a response to a comment made by a Toronto Police officer who suggested to York students that they could prevent being assaulted if they avoided dressing like “sluts”. The organizers of SlutWalk Vancouver recognized that the culture of victim blaming and sex shaming that this officer’s comments represent is very much alive in Vancouver. Our aim is to confront “common sense” notions about victims – which we believe is aptly captured in how “slut” is used to degrade and devalue women. We believe we can challenge the culture of victim blaming by creating a safe space to start a thousand conversations about ending the blame.

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Radio Freethinker Episode 163 – Department of Silence Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on April 24, 2012

This week:

–       Default Science Censorship,

–       Human hairy mice,

–       Ancient Asians in the Americas,

–       Shopper Drug Mart sued over homoeopathy and,

–       Getting more in traditional medicine than expected.

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Default Science Censorship

When Tom Spears wanted to do nice story about snow, he uncovered more than he thought. We discuss how the Harper Government has made access to Canadian scientist as simple as navigating a labyrinth. 

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Human hairy mice

We follow up our previous story about the reporting of science in the media with a look at an article “describing”  research into using stem cells to grow human hair on mice. We noted the actual absence of science in the article.

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Shopper Drug Mart sued over homoeopathy

We discuss the lawsuit and my its important that an implicitly trusted entity – a pharmacy – should not be allowed to sell ‘medical’ products that are falsely advertised and make unfounded claims.

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Ancient Asians in the Americas

When did the first Asians make their way to the Americas. If you exclude the ‘founding immigration’ , we discuss supposed evidence of ancient Asian “discovering” america prior to Columbus. We also show that the most likely candidate is not the ‘obvious’ Chinese (as many others claim) but the Polynesians

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Getting more in traditional medicine than expected

Don discussed the accidental discovery of some scientist attempting to show the efficacy of a DNA reading technique. What they discovered was that what you are getting in traditional Chinese medicine may be more than you bargained for. They discovered the ‘expected’ endangered species. They also showed that what was called ‘pure’ antelope contained goat and sheep DNA. It also found unlisted ingredients that could allergic reactions such as peanuts. Also they found ingredients that are toxic and potentially fatal.

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Skeptical Highlights:

Is Bin Laden Really Dead?

As part of SFU Philosphers’ Café, moderator Martin Hunt asks how we can verify remote events.

Where:La Zuppa – 1544 Lonsdale Ave., North Van
When: April 25, 2012, 7 pm
Cost: Free

Orthomolecular Medicine Today

A conference that claims to be science based medicine is being held this week. What is “orthomolecular medicine”? ‘A form of complementary and alternative medicine that seeks to maintain health and prevent or treat diseases by optimizing nutritional intake and/or prescribing supplements’ < Wikipedia >. Is this woo or not?

Where: Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver
When: April 27-29, 2012
Cost: $100-$545

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