Episode 62: Star Trek’s Humanism (and Lack Thereof), Part 2

Episode 62: Star Trek’s Humanism (and Lack Thereof), Part 2

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Greg Christensen, Richelle McCullough, Robert Shindler, and Gem Newman continue their discussion of Star Trek’s long history of humanism, and some of the places the franchise has stumbled along the way.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Episodes Discussed: The Next Generation (The Measure of a Man, Who Watches the Watchers) | Deep Space Nine (Family Business, In the Pale Moonlight) | Voyager (Author, Author) | Enterprise (Dear Doctor)

Other Links: Riker Sits Down | Gem’s Rant on the Subject of “Dear Doctor” | Mansplainer #3: I’m Sick of Television (and Real Life) | That Mitchell and Webb Look: English Civil War

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Episode 61: Star Trek’s Humanism (and Lack Thereof), Part 1

Episode 61: Star Trek’s Humanism (and Lack Thereof), Part 1

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Greg Christensen, Richelle McCullough, Robert Shindler, and Gem Newman discuss Star Trek’s long history of humanism, and some of the places the franchise has stumbled along the way.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

News Items: An Open Letter to Exodus International’s Super-remorseful Alan Chambers | Vaccine Against HPV Has Cut Infections In Teenage Girls | ‘Racist’ Licence Plates Recalled in New Brunswick | Licence Plate Standards (Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick)

Episodes Discussed: The Original Series (Who Mourns for Adonais?) | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier | The Next Generation (The Child)

Other Links: Riker Sits Down | ‘Star Trek’ Franchise an Homage to Humanist Philosophy | Gene Roddenberry | Michael Piller | CBS/Paramount and Michael Piller’s “Fade In” | D.C. Fontana | The “Mind Rape” Trope

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Episode 52: The Movie Review Show

Episode 52: The Movie Review Show

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem Newman, Ashlyn Noble, Robert Shindler, and Laura Creek Newman review several recent films from a skeptical perspective.

Warning! We discuss plot points in Life of Pi, Source Code, Wreck-It Ralph, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, Prometheus, Contagion, Looper, and the 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise in some detail. There are several spoilers large and small, so proceed at your own risk. Also, this episode makes copious use of “air quotes” for some reason. So, there’s that.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Star Trek
Science Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Spoiler Level: Medium

Source Code
Science Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Spoiler Level: Maximum (All the spoilers!)

Life of Pi
Science Rating: ★★★☆☆
Spoiler Level: High

Wreck-It Ralph
Science Rating: ★★★★☆
Spoiler Level: Low

Contagion
Science Rating: ★★★★★
Spoiler Level: Low

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
Science Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Spoiler Level: None

Looper
Science Rating: ★★★☆☆
Spoiler Level: Medium

Prometheus
Science Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Spoiler Level: High (But who cares?)

Other Links: Sir Ian McKellen to Marry Sir Patrick Stewart | Bad Astronomy Review: Star Trek | Rasplex.com | Ridley Scott Says Jesus Was a Space Alien, or Something Like That

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Episode 49: Robots! Part 2!

Episode 49: Robots! Part 2!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem Newman, Richelle McCullough, Greg Christensen, and Mark Forkheim talk about the robot apocalypse and how robots are portrayed in fiction. This episode also features the second part of our interview with Human Robot Interaction researcher Derek Cormier.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Episode 29: Zombies! Part 1! | Episode 32: Zombies! Part 2! | “Grey Goo” Scenario | Robot Toddler Could Unlock Secrets of Human Development | Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics | What If? The Robot Apocalypse | Why I Am No Longer a Christian | Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

What Are You Reading? The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood | Rapture of the Nerds, by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross | Mortality, by Christopher Hitchens | The Missionary Position, by Christopher Hitchens | This Book Is Full of Spiders, by David Wong/Jason Pargin | A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson | Sundiver, by David Brin | Losing My Religion, by William Lobdell | The Demon Haunted World, by Carl Sagan | Flatland, Edwin Abbott Abbott

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Episode 48: Robots! Part 1!

Episode 48: Robots! Part 1!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem Newman, Richelle McCullough, Greg Christensen, and Mark Forkheim talk about robots: specifically, about how they will eventually take over the world. This episode also features an interview with Human Robot Interaction researcher Derek Cormier.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Episode 29: Zombies! Part 1! | Episode 32: Zombies! Part 2! | “Grey Goo” Scenario | Robot Toddler Could Unlock Secrets of Human Development | Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics | Milgram Experiment

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Episode 45: News Update

Episode 45: News Update

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn Noble, Gem Newman, Greg Christensen, and Mark Forkheim discuss local and international news of interest to skeptics, including electronic devices powered by your ear, a young Icelandic woman who is not allowed to use her name because it isn’t on the government’s approved list, a mosque arsonist who implicates FOX News in his hate crime, and more.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Arrest Warrant Issued for TV Presenter after Magician’s Face Set on Fire in Botched Stunt | Chemical Analysis Reveals First Cheese Making in Northern Europe in the 6th Millennium BC | Scientists Use an Electrical Gradient in the Ear to Power a Tiny Device | Mosque Arsonist Pleads Guilty, Implicates Fox News in Fueling Hate | LUEE Episode 23: Justice and Hate Crimes | Icelandic Girl Fights Government Over Right to Use Her Name | NZ Judge Orders “Odd” Name Change | 3-year-old Hitler Can’t Get Name on Cake | True “River Monster” Fossils Discovered by Team with Alberta Paleontologist

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Episode 32: Zombies! Part 2!

Episode 32: Zombies! Part 2!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Greg Christensen concludes his discussion of the science of zombies and the coming zombie apocalypse with Jeff Olsson and Robert Shindler. Also on this episode, Jeff Olsson interviews Ashley Hamer, Jamie Bernstein, and Katie Hovani of Women Thinking, Inc. and Tim Medham and Maynard of the Australian Skeptics.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: The Colony (Discovery Channel, Wikipedia) | The Zombie Survival Guide | World War Z | Women Thinking, Inc. | Hug Me! I’m Vaccinated | Australian Skeptics

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