In late October Myles was invited to Battle of ideas down in London. He went to see Vance Crowe, the man from Monsanto. Vance was shocked about Myles’ height. The Battle of ideas tries to bring multiple different view points for debate and encourages rigorous cross examination.
This week Myles and James are joined by Buck to talk through the documentary ‘Going Clear’. Going Clear is made of several accounts of people who have left the ‘Church’ of Scientology. The ‘Church’ has been accused of using several tactics and methods that should make anyone question it legitimacy. From the questionable founding to the alleged modern day practices Scientology has raised a few eye brows in its time, now ex high ranking members of the ‘Church’ speak out.
Myles and James are joined by the singular Buck to talk about super intelligence and time travel. Will Skynet kill us all or will we be able to make an empathetic super intelligence? Buck tries to get Myles and James to have a coherent conversation on just this.
Myles and James review the recent report from the WHO’s IARC devision on glyphosate. In May 2015 the IARC released a press release detailing their findings on 5 herbicides, one being glyphosate, the active ingredient in roundup. This report is a shockingly poor example of scientific reporting and is written in such a manner to mislead the readers. The authors use of words and lack of citations is of real concern and paints an unfair, potentially biased view on the safety of glyphosate.
Myles and James are joined by an old favourite of ours, C0nc0rdance to talk about Cannabis. C0nc0rdance believes that for too long woo and bad science has been allowed to infiltrate the discussion around the safety of this drug. He is attempting to redress this balance by provided evidence back videos demonstrating the true risk of Cannabis.
Joe joins the nerds Myles and James to talk about all things computer security related. Hacking has become a serious threat to national and personal security.
Myles and James are joined once again by Kevin Folta to talk about the outcome from the FOIA requests. Kevin is being accused of being in the pocket of Big Agro for having a fund allowing him to engage the public about what the science actually says.
I feel all we should have to say is Sandy Hook was not a hoax. Unfortunately a number of people do believe that this tragic event, and others, was an attempt to regulate guns and spread discord in the world. Ranging from people thinking they are ballistic experts to lie detectors while relying on rolling news as fact, leads us to places where the death of innocent children can be spun in to a narrative where families are not torn apart but are harassed and accused.
This week on TLONs Myles and James are joined by David a evolutionary psychologist. Recently evolutionary psychology has been misinterpreted and painted in a negative light. Evolutionary psychology uses what we have learnt from the theory of Evolution and applies it to human psychology. On the face of it this should not have attracted much scorn yet today a number of people are happy to criticsise the field due to political belief.
Myles and James are joined by Fred Perlak from Monsanto co. Fred was part of the original team that developed and later launched Bt cotton. Fred went on to be VP of Monsanto co in Hawaii and became a distinguished science fellow. We were lucky enough to get an hour of Fred’s time to ask him what ever we liked.