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Broken Wheels – Thought Experiments – SciPhi: 014

Thought Experiments Tonight we discuss thought experiments, how they might be answered through different moral theories, and how context might change folks’ answers. We will start with the Trolley Problem, and if we run out of time will cover the rest in a future episode, such as the experience machine or doctor problem. Trolley Problem…


p-Zombieland – Thought Experiments #3 – SciPhi: 017

Tonight Dave and Joe discuss the p-Zombies and Zimboes. Chalmers’ argument 1) It is concevable that there are zombies2) If it is conceivable that there are zombies, it is metaphysically possible that there are zombies.3) If it is metaphysically possible that there are zombies, then consciousness is non-physical.4) Consciousness is non-physical. What is a p-Zombie…


Mary’s Room – Thought Experiments #2 – SciPhi: 016

Dave and Joe continue their walk through thought experiments, and tonight they discuss Mary’s Room. Below are Dave’s notes from the night, which might be a nice accompaniment to read whilst the stream is on. Frank Jackson (1982) ‘Epiphenomenal Qualia’ The Mary’s Room thought experiment ‘Mary is a brilliant scientist who is, for whatever reason,…


In Response to Trinity Radio’s ’10 Questions for Atheists’ – SciPhi: 015

Tonight we respond to Trinity Radio’s “10 Questions for Atheists” found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1SDYPaUNiY&feature=youtu.be Personally, I find these questions to be better than the average ‘Questions for atheists’ you seem from theists. They seemed open and honest rather than the gotcha style questions and were a pleasure to answer. Dave and I have both answered some…


Epistemic Responsibility – SciPhi: 013 [Video]

In our debate group, I asked a question about if we had a moral obligation to get vaccinated, one response I got was that we had an epistemic responsibility. Whilst I’ve glazed the surface of epistemology, looked into the various theories of knowledge and understand epistemic justification aka the burden of proof, I’d not heard…


Aristotelian Virtue Ethics – AiR SciPhi 010 [Video]

Having covered virtue ethics briefly in Season 2 of the Fresh AiR podcast, we thought we would take a closer look at Aristotelian Virtue Ethics tonight. Virtue Ethics (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)Virtue Ethics | Internet Encyclopedia of PhilosophyVirtue ethics – Wikipedia Want to Watch us Live? You can watch us live on: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Answers-in-reasonTwitch: http://twitch.tv/u/davidiantwitchyballsTwitter:…


Common Fallacies and Misuses – SciPhi 009 [Video]

What is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error in reasoning, it doesn’t necessarily make the conclusion false, but the reasoning to get there is fallacious and needs to be refined. We are going to provide a number of examples of statements and lines of thought that are fallacious, and times where people might shout…


The YouTube algorithm as an Expression of Power – SciPhi 008 [Video]

There are several different ‘dimensions’ of power. When most people consider ‘power’ they think of the idea of some individual or group having the ability to create obedience in another individual or group. Power can, in a sense, be considered as a ‘relationship between and among groups and/or individuals’. While there are many different arguments…


BLM – Part 1 – w/ Artificial Agent – SciPhi 006 [Video]

Artificial Agent, aka Martijn, from answers-in-reason.com, discusses Black Lives matter in what is going to be at least a 2 parter. Tonight we discuss what racism is and start to get into systemic racism. AA & Black Lives Matter While I had preferred to jump right into the BLM platform, it makes more sense to…


Scepticism and Self Reflection – Fresh AiR – S03:E01

Scepticism and Self Reflection Tonight we discuss scepticism and how Cartesian scepticism can be applied introspectively. We speak about meme culture and commonly held opinions that might not stand up to scrutiny, but are often ingrained in to various communities. Further Reading Descartes, Scepticism, and YouDenialism and PseudoscepticismFresh AiR – S01:E04 – ScepticismIs it rational…