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Do Ridiculous Beliefs Deserve Ridicule? – SciPhi 003

We so commonly hear our fellow atheists say ‘Ridiculous Beliefs Deserve Ridicule’ but do they? How is that any different to victim-blaming someone for being robbed, raped, or anything else? How do we determine what is ridiculous? Who is the authority on what is ridiculous? What if someone perceives your beliefs as ridiculous as theirs,…


Season Summary – Fresh AiR – S02:E06

What a great season we have had. We’ve discussed personhood, morality, moral theories, Nietzsche’s critique of morality, free will, a conversation about objective vs subjective morality, ethics in politics, etc. Season 2Season 1 Personhood Personhood was the characteristics that make us a person, and what that applied to. Aspects of Personhood Life – intrinsic valuePhysical…


Review of Godless Mom’s ‘7 Arguments for a Creator God’ – SciPhi – 002

Dave and Joe run through Godless Mom’s (aka Courtney Heard) article ‘7 Arguments for a Creator God’ noting there is a lot of common contemporary atheists statements in it. One of the common ones is ‘Atheism is only a lack of belief in God’ and ‘If you think it is anything more than you’re talking…


Ideologies – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C07

In our last episode of political ethics, at least for this season, we discuss political ideologies and how we would run political systems within our own country could we go for a total reform.


Legislation – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C06

Political Ethics: Legislation Our penultimate episode on political ethics covers legislation, what it means, how we do it and a number of other topics. We also have discussions about weird laws, psychopaths, going psychotic and other random segues What is Legislation?What is law?Constitutions.Amendments.Who can see this?Weird laws!Insanity/Temporary insanity!Psychopathy – book: the wisdom of psychopathsPsychotic!What influences…


Prescriptivism and Normativity – SciPhi

A new show from Dave and Joe (TolleyDave and Davidian) launched for testing. The SciPhi broadcast hopes to bring you lots of quick snappy chats about a variety of topics. The intention is to discuss philosophical concepts or current science of import either whilst having a mix or playing a game. You can find us…


Freedom – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C05

What is Freedom? Types of Freedom– Political– PersonalIs freedom a natural right or a political right?Primary definitions of (political) freedomFreedom From (religion, violence, government interference)Freedom to (be religious, masturbate, get an education)Freedom of (speech, movement, expression, choice)Satrean Freedom is apolitical – “physically free to do whatever”Freedom misconceptions (e.g. absolute/unrestricted freedom or “the power or right…


Justice – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C04

What is Justice? (e.g. is it simply fairness?)Cardinal Virtue / First Virtue of Social institutionsKantian Justice – The preservation of human dignity, respecting a person as ends in themselves rather than a means to an end.Rawlsian Justice (aka Distributive Justice) – The fair and equal distribution of goodsThis includes more than just physical goodsRightsProtectionsEducationPlatonic Justice…


Legitimacy – Fresh AiR -S02:E05:C03

What is LegitimacyIn simplest terms this is a justification of validity, but how does that apply to politics?Theories of LegitimacyThere is no legitimacy: political Legitimacy implies the right to use violence and the idea that some are worth more than others. This is immoral and untrue and thus itself illegitimate.Legitimacy by force and power: those…


Obligation – Political Ethics – Fresh AiR – S02:E05:C02

Obligation – Political Philosophy Chapter 2 We continue our second multi-chapter epiosode with a walk down Obligation. At the start we say we are going to be covering legitimacy and obligation, however we ran out of time, so will be covering off legitimacy next week. So what’s in this weeks episode? The key aspects, but…