Episode 39: News Update

Episode 39: News Update

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn Noble, Donna Harris, and Mark Forkheim discuss local and international news of interest to skeptics, including the canonization of a new aboriginal Catholic saint, a scientific study claiming men and women can’t be friends, the conviction of Italian seismologists for manslaughter, Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, and more.

(Gem here with a brief note. Because we’re all busy preparing for our trip down to Missouri for Skepticon, we recorded this episode in advance of the American presidential election, so obviously we didn’t know how it would turn out—although we had our suspicions. While I didn’t have the opportunity to comment on the Lucasfilm story, allow me to just say this: I cannot wait until Episode I goes back into the Disney Vault.)

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SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2011: The Videos, Part 3

SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2011: The Videos, Part 1
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SkeptiCamp is an open conference celebrating science and critical thinking. For more information please visit SkeptiCamp.org.

Scientific Spirituality

Dr. Ali Ashtari obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He currently holds a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Manitoba. He describes himself as a “militant atheist”, and has recently developed an interest in meditation and the scientific study of spirituality.

Science & Media: A Love Story

Richelle McCullough is a medical student at the University of Calgary and is graduating with a Masters degree in Physiology from the University of Manitoba this spring. She blogs at Subspecies and for the Winnipeg Skeptics, and is proud that she is frequently trolled by people who think that the Sun revolves around the Earth.

Realities and Myths About Sex Work

Anlina Sheng is a freelance graphic and web designer, a feminist, and a sex-workers’ rights advocate.

How to Change Minds

Mike Innes is former born-again Christian, and is now a passionate activist for skepticism and equality. He is the father of two boys, and he spends much of his time building more computers than he knows what to do with. The text of this presentation is also available on the Winnipeg Skeptics blog.