Posts Tagged ‘science’

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On this episode we look into skepticism and rationality, with the help of scientist Dr Adam Cardilini, host of VeganSci podcast. We particularly focus on how skepticism and rationality relate to radical, anarchist, environment, veganism, Left etc politics.

More specifically, we cover: “drop babies”, ghosts and “the Ghostbusters ruling”, GMOs, Derren Brown, alternative medicine, veganism and medication/vaccinations, atheist critiques of “new atheists”, and fresh versus frozen/tinned food.

We also return to the topic we covered last episode #203 and look into the (lack of) evidence supporting the arguments behind trickle-down economics.

If you enjoyed this episode, you may want to check out our episodes on atheism (#87 and #88) and fake news (#180 and #181). We also recommend the skeptic podcasts The Infinite Monkey Cage and Token Skeptic.

Book recommendation:

Trick or Treatment by Professor Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh.

Clips:

Dead PrezPsychology’, CursiveBig Bang’.

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Image from the Juice Media’s Australia Day (Piracy parody) video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UytdM-x3cv4

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This episode features journalist, trade unionist and Indigenous rights activist Celeste Liddle discussing Invasion Day. This talk was recorded at the 2017 Invasion Day protest in Melbourne. You can listen to audio of this entire event here. We encourage everyone in Australia to go along to an Invasion Day/Survival Day event in your city this year (details below) – you can find more details about the Melbourne event here.

In our discussion on Invasion Day, we also discuss the radio station Triple J changing the date of their hottest 100. If you’d like to hear more about Invasion Day, you can listen to our 22nd episode.

This episode also features our first vodcast where we promote our new Crowd Funding campaign. Those supporting this campaign can choose the topics we cover on the show in 2018! Please support our campaign here.

We also play the final part of our discussion with designer and anthropologist Michael Palmyre, who is a part of the design initiative How Might We Do Good. This section of the discussion covers science, social media, the limitations of “green” capitalism, and individual versus structural solutions to inequality. This discussion is elaborating on points from Mike’s talk ‘Are We Using Design to Make the World a Less Valuable Place?’ which we played on episode 196 and also discussed further on episode 197.

Clips:

Local Resident FailureWhere the Bloody Hell Are Ya?’, Aamer RahmanAustralia Day’, Chants from the rally and speech by Celeste Liddle from the Invasion Day 2017 protest in Melbourne, Video for our Crowd Funding campaign: ‘Support our Podcast and choose the topics we cover in 2018!’, Bomb the Music IndustryStand There Until You’re Sober’, Kev CarmodyThou Shalt Not Steal’.

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On this episode we have some back-up from scholarly sources, as well as from Adam Cardilini, who is a scientist, animal advocate and co-host of Vegansci podcast. He discusses some listener feedback on episode 156, covering topics such as new animal-free alternatives, capitalism, effective animal activism, the methodology of the former vegetarian and vegan study by Faunalytics, veganism and B12, using a Fox News level of objectivity and finding the magical vegan dumpling.

We also have a brief discussion about the Invasion Day rally in Melbourne. You can listen to our audio recordings of all of the talks from that event here.

In the second half of the episode we ask Adam some further questions about his talk ‘Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years’, which we played on episode 156. These questions are on issues such as lab-grown meat, GMOs, technology and the vegan movement. You can listen to the Q and A after Adam’s talk here.

Katie and Nick finish up the episode with a discussion on mental health medication, animal testing and veganism. For more on this topic, check out Katie’s ICAS talk (which we played on episode 131) and for more on mental health medication generally, listen in to our 92nd episode.

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Clips:

Adam Ruins Everything ‘Adam Ruins Forensic Science’ – short version, full version, Rise AgainstThe First Drop’, Camp CopeStove Lighter’.

This image is from Climate Action.

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In this episode we explore the environmental crisis and the way in which the dominant argument is that we don’t have to worry about other issues like consumption and population, all we have to do is use new technologies, energy efficiency and market-based solutions like the carbon tax. To help us discuss this, we are joined by PhD student Caleb Goods, who is doing his thesis on green jobs and has published the article ‘Labour Unions, the Environment and Green Jobs’. We not only challenge dominant solutions to environmental problems but also offer some of our solutions to reducing consumption including buying second-hand, minimalism and more systemic changes, as well as giving some ways to reduce population including choosing not to reproduce and donating to Pop Offsets.** We also discuss stupid climate change denial billboards, Gina Rinehart and climate change denial in Australia, Occupy Wall Street helping out with Hurricane Sandy, animal agriculture being excluded from the carbon tax, Common Ground Festival, Julia Gillard and uranium mining, the great documentary Operation 8: Deep in the Forrest (see the website october15thsolidarity.info for more info on this case) and we finish with some positive steps that have already been taken to seriously deal with the environmental crisis.

**Update: We finish episode 44 with a critical examination of some population arguments, with a focus on the intersections between population and gender.

Book Recommendation:

Green Gone Wrong by Heather Rogers

Clips:

True Blood ‘Season 3, Episode 9’, 1000 Eyes ‘Gaia’, Sherlock ‘Season 1, Episode 3’, CNNNN ‘The Firth Factor’, That Mitchell and Webb Sound ‘Global Warming’, Iron Man 2, Nick Pendergrast’s interview with Caleb Goods – from Perth Indymedia on RTR 92.FM,  Propagandhi ‘Rock for Sustainable Capitalism’, CNNNN, Leftover Crack ‘One Dead Cop’, Voicemail from Jon, That Mitchell and Webb Sound ‘Big Talk 3’, Chumbawamba ‘Buy Nothing Day’, Cobra Skulls ‘Overpopulated’, Peep Show (Series 5, episode 6), Leftover CrackLife is Pain’, Ignite ‘Hands on Stance’.

*The title of this episode was taken from the Propagandhi song with this name, which we play on the episode.