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Joe Rogan Experience #846 - Michael Shermer

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Dr Michael Shermer | God does NOT exist

Dr Michael Shermer gives his argument against the existence of God.
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Dr Michael Shermer begins by saying that 84% of the world's population believe in some kind of organised religion and how do those who believe in a particular religion know that they have chosen the right one and everyone else has got it wrong?

He proceeds to explain two pieces of evidence that proves that humans made up God and religion and not the other way around. He starts with evolutionary theory saying that we are all descendants from cautious creatures who creator false positive rather than false negatives.
The creation of an agency (an omnipotent being) within a religion is a powerful force of social control. Then the second line of evidence is the what ever social environment were born into we would be exposed to the dominant religion in that environment i.e. India -- Hinduism, Europe -- Christianity.
Filmed on Thursday 8th November 2012

ABOUT Dr MICHAEL SHERMER:
Author and Founder of the Skeptics Society.

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Deepak Chopra & Michael Shermer - In Conversation

Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Founder of The Chopra Foundation and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in mind-body medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Chopra has authored more than 80 books, published in more than 43 languages, including 22 New York Times best sellers.

Michael Shermer, PhD -- American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic.
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Sam Harris roasts Trump again for 14 minutes

In episode #45 of The Waking Up Podcast, Sam Harris once again shares his thoughts on Trump. At 8:32 Sam hilariously demonstrates how absurd it would be, were he to speak like Trump. Furthermore, he addresses Gary Johnson's Aleppo incident and talks about who Christopher Hitchens would vote for. This is an addition to Harris' analysis of some of Trump's policies during the 38th episode of his podcast.

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What would Hitchens do?

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Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke - God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988)

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Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (via satellite) discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
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The purpose of evolution | Robert Wright & Michael Shermer [The Wright Show] (full conversation)

1:31 Bob’s NY Times article on evolution and purpose
23:23 Was evolution likely to produce the Internet?
37:52 The counter-entropic role of life
44:32 Is moral progress built into history?
49:56 Social and political dimensions of moral progress
56:34 The psychology of terrorism
65:50 What can we do to fight tribalist impulses?

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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero) and Michael Shermer (Skeptic, Scientific American)

Recorded on December 16, 2016

CARL SAGAN - A Way of Thinking

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Science is more than a body of knowledge, it's a way of thinking. Carl Sagan

Music: Michael Nyman - Second Morrow, The Other Side & The Arrival

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Best of David Mitchell's funny angry logic

These are 9 of my favourite David Mitchell moments, edited & archived for my own amusement. The compilation features excerpts from:
-QI : Quite Interesting
-The Big Fat Quiz of the Year
-The Last Leg
-Would I Lie to You?
-10 O'Clock Live
-David Mitchell's Soapbox

9) 00:00 Bees and honey
8) 00:57 Driving and death
7) 04:02 Dear America, I couldn't care less
6) 05:40 Jesus' bread and fish
5) 06:38 Tax avoidance
4) 09:12 Do I look fat in this dress?
3) 11:02 Dismantling a bad joke
2) 13:03 Spelling
1) 14:02 Foxes and Pheasants

This channel is dedicated to various primates (mostly humans) thinking out loud.
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Dragons, Gods and Amputees | Carl Sagan & Michael Shermer

Carl Sagan and Michael Shermer: A fire-breathing dragon lives in my garage.

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-Joe Rogan Experience #846 with Michael Shermer
-The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark:
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-Music by The Pondering Primate
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Why won't God heal amputees?

Michael Shermer: Baloney Detection Kit

With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a Baloney Detection Kit, ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim.

The 10 Questions:
1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
2.Does the source make similar claims?
3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?

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How to detect baloney the Carl Sagan way | Michael Shermer | Big Think

How to detect baloney the Carl Sagan way
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In 1995, just a few months before his death, astrophysicist Carl Sagan published The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. In that book, he wrote a chapter called 'The Fine Art of Baloney Detection', and from it sprang what skeptics call the 'baloney detection kit'. This is a set of tools for critical thinking that has continued to develop since Sagan's death, 22 years ago. Here, skeptic and science writer Michael Shermer explains key lessons from Sagan, and from his own college freshman course 'Skepticism 101', where teaches students ten basic questions that will help them debunk untruths, and call out baloney when they see it.

1. How reliable is the source of the claim?

2. Does the source make similar claims?

3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?

4. Does this fit with the way the world works?

5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?

6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?

7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?

8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?

9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?

10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?
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MICHAEL SHERMER:

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.
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TRANSCRIPT:

Michael Shermer: Back in the late '90s we introduced the Baloney Detection Kit, inspired by Carl Sagan’s 'Demon-Haunted World' where he had a chapter on the Baloney Detection Kit. He had his set of questions; I kind of developed my own because I started encountering other people that disagreed with me, you know, “we never went to the moon” people, conspiracy people, whatever, and I thought okay so: How do we know—if I don’t know what’s coming down the pike in ten years from now, if I am going to teach my students how to think critically, what are the key points, like just basic questions they can ask?

So it begins with one: how reliable is the source of the claim? Here’s the claim, how reliable is it? What’s the evidence for it? What’s the quality of the evidence? Where does it come from? Who said that? Is this some fake news alternative site thing or is it the Wall Street Journal or The New York Times? I mean, the source really matters.

Has anyone tried to disprove the claim? This is super important because everybody thinks they’re right and every website has testimonials about this product or that idea; the question is not what do your supporters think but what do the people who don’t agree with you think? Because that’s what I want to know.

Has anyone run experiments to try to disprove your theory? In science, this is as basic as it gets. Karl Popper called this the principle of falsification, that is we can’t ever prove a theory correct, but we can disprove it by having an experiment that shows it’s wrong.

If you can’t falsify it, what are you really doing? And my favorite story on this, by the way—let me just have a little sidetrack here from Carl Sagan, he’s got this great little section in his book 'Demon-Haunted World': “There is a dragon in my garage. I have a dragon in my garage. Do you want to see it? Let me show you.” So I pull up the garage door I go, “Look. Can you see the dragon?” And you look in there and you go, “I don’t see anything.”

“Oh, sorry, this is an invisible dragon.”

“An invisible dragon?”

“Yeah, yeah he’s invisible.”

“Well, what if we put some flour on the ground and then we’ll get the footprints of the dragon.”

“Well, no, see, this is a special dragon that hovers above the ground, it floats. It’s an invisible floating dragon.”

“An invisible floating dragon. Okay. Wait, I have some infrared cameras here we can detect the heat of the dragon.”

”No, see this is a cold-blooded dragon. It doesn’t give off any heat.”

“What about the fire? We can detect the fire that the dragon spits out.”

“No, it spits out cold fire.”

You see the problem? If there’s no way for me to falsify that there’s a dragon there, what’s the difference between an invisible floating heatless dragon and no dragon at all? None.

And of course we can apply this to god or any other supernatural/paranormal-type phenomenon. If I can’t debunk it, if I can’t falsify it, if there’s no way to test it, then how will we ever know...

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Baloney Detection Kit, Dr Michael Shermer

Inspired by Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit, Michael Shermer, Publisher of 'Skeptic Magazine' gives us an easy to understand BDK. See below for the Carl Sagan BDK.

The Ten Questions:

1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
2. Does the source make similar claims?
3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
6. Where does the preponderance of the evidence point?
7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?

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Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
Are personal beliefs driving the claim?


Baloney Detection Kit, from 'The Demon Haunted World', by Carl Sagan

Warning signs that suggest deception. Based on the book by Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World. The following are suggested as tools for testing arguments and detecting fallacious or fraudulent arguments:

Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the facts.

Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.

Arguments from authority carry little weight (in science there are no authorities).

Spin more than one hypothesis - don't simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy.

Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it's yours.

Quantify, wherever possible.

If there is a chain of argument every link in the chain must work.

Occam's razor - if there are two hypotheses that explain the data equally well choose the simpler.

Ask whether the hypothesis can, at least in principle, be falsified (shown to be false by some unambiguous test). In other words, it is testable? Can others duplicate the experiment and get the same result?

Sam Harris on BJJ - The Pleasures of Drowning

This is an excerpt from the 45th episode of the Waking Up Podcast where Sam Harris talks about Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
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The photos were taken by Peter Gordon.

This channel is not affiliated with Sam Harris in any way. The video and audio was edited by me.

Sam Harris and Paul Bloom on Westworld & Ex Machina

In episode #56 of the Waking Up podcast Sam Harris and Paul Bloom talk about empathy, morality, the future of AI (artificial intelligence), Westworld and Ex Machina. Audio spoilers for Ex Machina from 1:00-1:30. Minor visual spoilers for Westworld from 5:30 - 7:20.

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Sam Harris Paul Bloom Westworld Dolores Ex Machina consciousness empathy
Sam Harris Paul Bloom Westworld Dolores Ex Machina consciousness empathy
Sam Harris Paul Bloom Westworld Dolores Ex Machina empathy
Sam Harris Paul Bloom Westworld Dolores Ex Machina empathy
Sam Harris Paul Bloom Westworld Dolores Ex Machina empathy

Reconsidering God: The Michael Shermer - Paul Viggiano Debate

Reconsidering God: The Michael Shermer - Paul Viggiano Debate

On September 17th, 2016 two of the finest living thinkers in regard to the contemporary debate over Christian theism met in formal debate at BIOLA University in La Mirada, California.

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His new book is The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom. He is also the author of The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths; The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics, Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, and The Science of Good and Evil. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a transdisciplinary course for Ph.D. students on Evolution, Economics, and the Brain. As a public intellectual he regularly contributes Opinion Editorials, book reviews, and essays to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, and Larry King Live (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!). His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 1000 TED talks.


Pastor Paul Viggiano has been the pastor of the Branch of Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church for twenty-seven years. Paul has a Master’s in Apologetics from Biola University, and has been an instructor at various colleges. He attended Talbot Seminary, King’s College Seminary, Bahnsen Theological Seminary, Westminster Seminary, and Fuller Seminary. His recent debates have been with Douglass Hamp on Eschatology and “The Debate Over the Existence of and Attributes of God” with Christians, Sye TenBruggencate and Jeff Durbin opposing Atheists Bruce Gleason, Sean Taylor and Andrew Breeding of The Los Angeles Freethinkers Alliance and Backyard Skeptics. The “Soli Deo Gloria” Radio Program has been broadcast on KKLA in Los Angeles for 18 years; he has been a newspaper columnist and writer but his primary calling is as a Pastor. Paul has lived in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles his entire life. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four children.




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The Dragon in My Garage by Carl Sagan

A story from The Demon Haunted World. Also the simplest way to understand the skeptical mindset and critical thinking.

Happy Birthday, Carl! Thanks for the inspiration.
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Richard Dawkins - Nothing to do with Religion

Richard Dawkins challenges Robert Wright on the role that religion plays in various tribal conflicts. He does this using the example of the Northern Ireland conflict that lead to thousands of deaths and had political and religious roots that were centuries old. Robert Wright’s and Sam Harris’ answers address game theory, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and 9/11.

Full debate:
Council for Secular Humanism: 30th Anniversary Conference, Los Angeles (October 9th, 2010):

Sam Harris - Identity politics & the role of government

This is an excerpt from the 45th episode of the Waking Up Podcast.
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Death by Artificial Intelligence is FUN! - Sam Harris, Nick Bostrom & Exurb1a

Will superintelligent AI destroy us? We seem unable to marshal an appropriate emotional response.
Sources:
1) Can we build AI without losing control over it? | Sam Harris:

2) What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? | Nick Bostrom


3) Genocide Bingo| exurb1a:

4) Waking Up Podcast Episode #8:

5) Illustrations: and

Music by The Pondering Primate.
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Death by A.I. Sam Harris and Nick Bostrom
Death by A.I. Sam Harris and Nick Bostrom
Death by A.I. Sam Harris and Nick Bostrom

Carl Sagan Speaks on Zeitgeist

The Dragon in my Garage - Carl Sagan

Where does the burden of proof lie? Should we just believe any anecdotal assertion? or are some ideas more valid than others?

A god-in-the-gaps style argument.
Carl Sagan from The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark


The Dragon In My Garage
by Carl Sagan (Part 1)

A fire-breathing dragon lives in my garage

Suppose (I'm following a group therapy approach by the psychologist Richard Franklin) I seriously make such an assertion to you. Surely you'd want to check it out, see for yourself. There have been innumerable stories of dragons over the centuries, but no real evidence. What an opportunity!

Show me, you say. I lead you to my garage. You look inside and see a ladder, empty paint cans, an old tricycle -- but no dragon.

Where's the dragon? you ask.

Oh, she's right here, I reply, waving vaguely. I neglected to mention that she's an invisible dragon.

You propose spreading flour on the floor of the garage to capture the dragon's footprints.

Good idea, I say, but this dragon floats in the air.

Then you'll use an infrared sensor to detect the invisible fire.

Good idea, but the invisible fire is also heatless.

You'll spray-paint the dragon and make her visible.

Good idea, but she's an incorporeal dragon and the paint won't stick. And so on. I counter every physical test you propose with a special explanation of why it won't work.

Now, what's the difference between an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire and no dragon at all? If there's no way to disprove my contention, no conceivable experiment that would count against it, what does it mean to say that my dragon exists? Your inability to invalidate my hypothesis is not at all the same thing as proving it true. Claims that cannot be tested, assertions immune to disproof are veridically worthless, whatever value they may have in inspiring us or in exciting our sense of wonder. What I'm asking you to do comes down to believing, in the absence of evidence, on my say-so.

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