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21 January 2015

WiFi and Cell Phones: Should You Really Be Worried?

Until recently, several of the talks presented at SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2013 were missing from the SkeptiCamp Winnipeg archives. Although I have previously posted a transcript of my 2013 talk, which discussed electromagnetic hypersensitivity and other fears linked to WiFi and mobile phones, audio of the talk now available on the Winnipeg Skeptics site. It's also available right here!

SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2013: WiFi and Cell Phones: Should You Really Be Worried?

SkeptiCamp Winnipeg is a conference for the sharing of ideas. It is free and open to the public: anyone can attend and participate! Presentations and discussions focus on science and free inquiry, and the audience is encouraged to challenge presenters to defend their ideas. You can visit the Winnipeg Skeptics' SkeptiCamp page for information about upcoming events and links to past SkeptiCamp talks.

12 January 2015

LUEE Episode 92: New Year's Resolutions and Behaviour Change

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Laura, Gem, Ashlyn, and Ian discuss New Year's Resolutions, how difficult it can be to change habits and behaviours, and some evidence-based ways to maximize your chances of succeeding in your goals.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Note: Although Gem mentioned that the month of January is named for the Roman god Janus (Ianus), some sources dispute this, attributing the name of the month to the goddess Juno (Iuno).

Links: New Year's resolution (Wikipedia) | Ianuarius (Wikipedia) | New Years Resolution Statistics (Statistic Brain) | Experiment: Resolutions (Quirkology) | Stanford marshmallow experiment (Wikipedia) | The Odds Of Actually Keeping Your New Year's Resolution (Louise Firth Campbell) | Why willpower matters and how to get it (The Guardian) | Willpower: How You Can Get More of It and Why It Runs Out (WebMD) | A prospective study of holiday weight gain (PubMed) | Auld lang syne: success predictors, change processes, and self-reported outcomes of New Year's resolvers and nonresolvers (PubMed) | Why Do Some Turtles 'Breathe' Out of Their Butts? (Discovery News) | SparkPeople | HabitRPG (Gamify Your Life)

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15 December 2014

LUEE Episode 91: Straight White Christmas

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn is joined by Laura, Gem, and Lauren to discuss oppression, privilege, and intersectionality, both in society at large and as it relates to the skeptical community, and then the panel caps off the episode with a game of Name That Holiday Tradition!

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Note: Due to technical issues, we needed to switch over to our backup recording near the end of the episode, so we apologize for the decrease in audio quality. And continuing in our tradition of stealing games from other podcasts, this episode's game is in the spirit of Pat Roach's "Name That" from The Reality Check. If you don’t listen to that excellent podcast, you probably should!

Correction: The ability to read is apparently not one of Gem's strengths, as he insisted on pronouncing "Befana" as "Bellfana" for most of the recording. Sorry about that.

Links: Privilege (social inequality) (Wikipedia) | Privilege 101: A Quick and Dirty Guide (Everyday Feminism) | Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is (Whatever) | Facts are Cool | Glavin: Canadians have no reason to be smug about race (Ottawa Citizen) | This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege | Equality and Justice | Social Justice 101: Intersectionality (We Got So Far To Go) | Intersectionality (Geek Feminism Wiki) | Intersectionality 101 (Shit Reddit Says) | AAS Issues Statement on "Shirtgate"/"Shirtstorm" (American Astronomical Society) | A pornographer (and atheist) explains why the science guy’s shirt crash-landed | Casual sexism: When a shirt is more than a shirt. | Dismayingly Dawkins | It's Time to Push Back Against Feminist Bullies | Karl Stefanovic wears the same suit for a year | Aamer Rahman (Fear of a Brown Planet) - Reverse Racism (YouTube) | Befana (Wikipedia) | 7 Winter Solstice Celebrations (Encyclopedia Britannica) | 13 Unusual Holiday Traditions From Around the World (Reader's Digest) | Yule Lads (Wikipedia) | Kwanzaa (Wikipedia) | Lohri (Wikipedia) | Sadeh: A Middle Eastern Coffeehouse Experience

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10 November 2014

LUEE Episode 90: "Resonance: Beings of Frequency"

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Ian, and Laura discuss some terrible films (and one that's pretty good), including "Resonance: Beings of Frequency", a YouTube film that rivals "Thrive" in the contest for most misleading documentary.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Resonance: Beings of Frequency | Schumann resonances (Wikipedia) | Alpha wave (Wikipedia) | Electroencephalography (Wikipedia) | Electromagnetic fields and public health (WHO) | WiFi and Cell Phones: Should You Really Be Worried? (The Winnipeg Skeptics) | Investigation of Anti-WiFi Activism in Canada (Bad Science Watch) | Bees, CCD, and Cell phones: Still no Link. (Bug Girl's Blog) | Guest Post: Honey bees, CCD, and the Elephant in the Room (Bug Girl's Blog) | The Coming Beepocalypse (Bug Girl's Blog) | SkeptiCamp Winnipeg: Self-Proclaimed Diet Gurus and the Shams They Peddle (The Winnipeg Skeptics) | An Honest Liar (2014) (IMDb) | Hungry for Change (2012) (IMDb) | Left Behind (2014) (IMDb)

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13 October 2014

LUEE Episode 89: Logical Fallacies, Live from SkeptiCamp!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, we're recording live from SkeptiCamp Winnipeg! Gem, Ashlyn, and Lauren talk about logical fallacies and deductive reasoning, and Gem hosts a game of Name That Logical Fallacy!

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2014 | The Winnipeg Skeptics | Validity (Wikipedia) | Soundness (Wikipedia) | Formal fallacy (Wikipedia) | List of fallacies (Wikipedia) | Begging the question (Wikipedia) | Begging the Question (RationalWiki) | Straw man (RationalWiki) | No True Scotsman (RationalWiki) | Argumentum ad Hominem (RationalWiki) | Poisoning the well (RationalWiki) | Appeal to antiquity (RationalWiki) | Fallacy fallacy (RationalWiki)

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