Features the most insightful and informative videos on all areas of the sciences, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an additional focus on the values of Humanism, Freethought and methodological Skepticism.
If there are any freely available programs or shows which you know of that I missed, please let me know about them.
Effective Use of Social Media with Conferences
We all know by now that we should be promoting our conferences on social media, but what do we do? We’ll talk about considerations, best practices, and wild ideas before, during, and after a conference.
via Stephanie Zvan.
Activism Against Burzynski
Amanda discusses positive ways to rally the Skeptics against people like Burzynski.
Virtual Skeptics №78
This week on the Virtual Skeptics
Bob’s shilling for Big Tuppence;
Eve will have a Ham on Nye, Hovind the mayo;
Sharon finds people have given up NOT worshipping Satan for Lent;
and Tim is rescuing cats (metaphorically)
via Brian Gregory.
Snow that doesn’t melt! Is it a government conspiracy?! (Hint: no.)
I’ve seen some bizarre conspiracy theories in my time, but this may be the plain old weirdest: The snow that paralyzed Atlanta, Georgia in January of 2014 was not *really* snow: It was some sort of chemical that didn’t melt, and scorched when held to a flame! Is it some weird engineered mind-altering material? Maybe nanobots, like one guy claims?
Yeah, not so much. Oddly enough, this idea struck me as being really, really, REALLY silly, so I decided to test it myself with the help of some freshly fallen snow in Boulder. I repeat the experiments done in other videos - making a snowball and holding a lighter up to it - and show that… well, see for yourself. But can you guess *why* the snow doesn’t appear to melt, and why it gets scorched?
via The Bad Astronomer.
Sexual Harassment Law and You
In the past year anti-harassment policies have become more common at conventions as communities have begun to discuss how harassment can deter guests and ruin the convention experience. But how do these privately adopted policies mesh with America’s public anti-harassment laws? Ken White, attorney and legal blogger, will outline how American anti-harassment laws work, how convention policies supplement them, and how best practices can make them more effective.
Some resources Ken has provided:
A really excellent resource on the history of anti-harassment policies in the skeptic, author, sci-fi and fantasy, and open-source communities: http://adainitiative.org/2013/08/conference-anti-harassment-campaigns-do-work-three-existence-proofs-from-sff-atheismskepticism-and-open-source/
Equal Employment Opportunity Harassment Resources:http://www1.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/
Ken’s post with resources, and with links to posts in which he’s discussed why talking about harassment causes such disproportionate anger and more harassment. http://www.popehat.com/2014/02/01/todays-talk-on-convention-anti-harassment-policies-at-ftbcon/
via Miri Mogilevsky.
Debunking the AIDS Denialist Movie House of Numbers - Part 5 - The Padian Paper
Myles discussed the Padian paper and the claims in the movie House of Numbers that no one contracted HIV in the study.
via Myles Power.
And Now the Good News №74
“NASA’s Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds”
“NASA Exoplanet Archive”
“Watching how the brain works”
“Millennials leaving religion over anti-gay teachings”
“Survey | A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues”
via Steve Shives.
Between A Rock And…: Non-Binary Gender in Atheism
When women started talking about women’s issues in the skeptic and atheist movements, it created an incredibly charged atmosphere within those communities. A couple years later, we’re still having this heated discussion. In talking about gender-related issues, how well do people within the community address trans* people, particularly non-binary-identified individuals? Is there an overlap between misogynistic attitudes and transphobic attitudes? Is non-binary erasure a problem for the atheist/skeptic communities? What place do binary and non-binary trans* people have within the community, and what are their contributions?
via Jason Thibeault.
Strange Triangle Imaged on Moon
Strange triangular object imaged by Google Moon.
Social Justice and Young Women of Color
Kim Veal (of the Black Freethinkers) will join Raina Rhoades (of Rhoades to Reality) to host a panel on the issues social justice and young women of color. They will be joined by Noa Jones, Georgina Capetillo, and Heina Dadabhoy. They’ll be discussing the topic and taking questions from viewers.
via Richard Carrier.
MythBusters- Car Chase Chaos Aftershow
Do Jamie and Adam like the driving myths, and which is their favorite? Was driving blind harder than shared driving? Why the silly colors on the cars? Jamie and Adam discuss.
Irreverent Skeptics Hangout: A Skeptics Guide to Conspiracy
Join us as we take on the finer points of the “truth” behind 9/11.
Be sure to use the Q&A feature to have your questions/comments addressed during the show.
via Jon Ownbey.
Psy Researchers Plea For Open Mindedness
Psy researchers ask for open mindedness in editorial.
Historias de un mundo conectado
Los ecosistemas, Facebook, Internet, el mercado financiero mundial… las redes juegan un papel fundamental en la naturaleza y la sociedad. Fenómenos como el cambio climático, las pandemias, o las crisis financieras se basan en estructuras de red. Las redes dicen mucho sobre cómo el entorno social afecta a la salud y al comportamiento. En esta charla, físico y periodista científico Michele Catanzaro presenta las propiedades de las redes, utilizando ejemplos de la sociedad, la tecnología, la naturaleza y la historia. Las redes se auto-organizan y desempeñan un papel importante en fenómenos macroscópicos como los apagones o los brotes de virus informáticos. Asimismo, tienen aplicaciones en diversas áreas, como la genética, la ecología, la tecnología y la gestión empresarial.
Filipino Freethinkers Podcast 29: Vhong Navarro and “Important Things”
This week, we talk about Vhong Navarro and more “important things” people should be talking about.