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Testimony and Miracles – SciPhi

Hume’s take on Testimony and Miracles! After our chat with Bearded Heretic and his take on the problems with testimony from a psychological perspective, we return to the topic through a different lens. We shall start with Hume on miracles and his theory on testimony and see where the conversation takes us. We also have a special guest joining us from Twitter: Alistair Ware. There’s also an unedited version of this podcast with an extra half hour’s chat at the…


Disgustingly Enjoyable – SciPhi

The Paradox of Negative Emotions Disgust, Fear and Sadness are all negative emotions we usually avoid.Why would rational agents want to seek out things that cause them such distress? We embark on a journey through the paradox of negative emotions to gain a deeper understanding of this very thing. Disgustingly Enjoyable – The Video To check out the full live stream and keep up with the chat check out:…


Hammering Rationality – SciPhi

Rationality and Hammers? We come back round to rationality, as well as hammers! What do hammers have to do with rationality? Tune in to find out! The conversation will include, but will not be limited to: What is Rationality? How does Rationality relate to Reason? Are there any tools that can help you with rationality? Without those tools, can you be rational? Is there a limit to rationality? Bonus AMA and guest stars at the end! The Bonus AMA As…


The Problem of Other Minds – SciPhi

What is the Problem of Other Minds? We take a brief introductory look at solipsism and the problem of other minds, covering some of the popular arguments. You can also follow allong using this handy PDF The Problem of Other Minds – The Video This was originally a LIVE YouTube stream, so, if you prefer watching to listening, you can check it out here:…


What Are We About? – SciPhi

Hello and welcome to the Fresh Air: SciPhi Show – I am sorry to disappoint you but this isn’t a full show but just a little thing I am putting together to explain what we are about. The SciPhi Show is hosted by Dave (TrolleyDave) and Joe (Davidian) of answers-in-reason.com – an atheist site searching for truth, promoting reason and rational discussion. Our main focus is discussing a number of philosophical and scientific topics in 1-2 hour streams, mostly giving…


Don’t Be So Meno to Me! (Part 2) – SciPhi: 031

Return of The Meno Carrying on from Don’t Be So Meno To Me, we discuss how Socrates breaks down Meno’s walls with what has become to be known as ‘The Socratic Method’….


Critical Thinking and Scepticism – SciPhi: 025

Critical Thinking and Scepticism In this stream, we discuss what makes one a good sceptic as well as discuss pseudo-scepticism, denialism, and cynicism. Are you a good sceptic or are you actually a denialist? Please note, this is not a tutorial in regards to either critical thinking or scepticism, it is a brief overview and a discussion of its application by online sceptics. If you would like to do some reading on things that may come up in the stream…


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 A p-Zombie is a being which is a physical duplicate of ourselves, but has no ‘qualia’. That is to say it has no ‘inner experience’….


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 of the more standard ‘questions for atheists’ posts as well in the past for example: In Response to “36 Questions for Atheists” TrolleyDave’s response to…


New Atheism and New Atheists w/ Ozymandias Ramses II – SciPhi: 012 [Video]

Tonight we had a discussion of new atheism and new atheists with Ozymandias Ramses II, both from the conception of the term and what it was meant to describe to how it now often used as an insult to a particular group of atheists who demonstrate a number of negative behaviours. The conversation covered but was not limited to: Preferred Definition of Atheism So What was New Atheism? What does New Atheism describe today (or at least how do people…