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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…


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 about what power is, we will focus only on a few tonight, and for a few of those that we focus on we will only…


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 first review the concept of racism, seeing as the platform of BLM refers to racism quite a lot but doesn’t explicitly tell us what racism…


Do Ridiculous Beliefs Deserve Ridicule? – SciPhi 003 [Video]

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, do you deserve ridicule? Isn’t believing that ridiculous beliefs deserve ridicule a ridiculous belief in an of itself? Does that not create a paradox of…