Buck is really milking in the lime light, he tells us, in depth, about he old beliefs on 9/11. Like many truthers Buck had seen and read opinions online and felt that gave him enough evidence to know the ‘truth’. He then also went out of his way to avoid information that challenged those beliefs.
The nerds this week have Chris Shelton on once again. Chris has a lot of experience with scientology which some might consider an extremist ideology. What is an extremist ideology and what makes a person fall into that mindset? Hope you enjoy the show, you can find more of Chris here https://mncriticalthinking.com/
It finally happened! We spoke with Kevin Folta about his research. Professor Folta (if you want to be formal) works on plants and how they work out their environment, they call this plant whispering. By changing the light Kevin and his team can ‘tell’ plants things. His group has also began to work on a very interesting project. By using random DNA sequences they have shown a range of new proteins that have cool effects on plants. As a biologist I would think this wouldn’t work! Myles sits in silence questioning why he didn’t study something cool like biology at university.
A full complement of nerds this week with a special guest in the form of Chris Shelton. Scientology describes Chris as ‘difficult to find a more unqualified person to speak on the subject… A self-proclaimed arrogant know-it-all, Shelton is really just a fringe figure on the Internet, where he obsessively vents about the religion that expelled him for misconduct.’
Chris spent a large portion of his life working and believing in the church. He’s experiences are likely to be similar to a large number of people who become more active within the church. Chris is involved in a number of efforts to promote critical thinking and providing honest and frank answers about the ‘Church’ of Scientology. We hope you enjoy the show!
This week the nerds are joined by Kevin Folta once again he has recently being spreading awareness of PETA’s latest campaign of harassment. Dr Christine Lattin is a postdoc researcher at Yale, her work focuses on how stress can effect behaviour in birds. She is also trying to develop new methods to reduce having to kill these birds. PETA have decided that anyone working with live animals should be targeted for harassment. PETA members have surrounded venues where Dr Lattin is talking and engaged in a campaign of hate mail and sharing her families address.
Alcoholics Anonymous is often held as the best way to cure an Alcoholic. Is Alcoholism a disease? – does AA work? – whats with all the religious stuff? Buck and Myles (the B team) are joined by Jon Stewart, he spent 14 years attending AA meetings but left and stayed sober. He tells the B team his story.
- Jon Stewart’s Blog Essay “Leaving AA, Staying Sober” contains links to more of the resources we discussed.
- The 12 Steps of AA
- “AA Agnostica”, the Atheist AA resource
- Claudia Christian’s documentary on The Sinclair Method, One Little Pill
- An excellent general introduction to The Sinclair Method
- SMART Recovery, which uses CBT rather than the 12 Steps