Cellar Door Skeptics #98: Is Artificial Intelligence predicting our sexuality?

Ever wondered if Cellar Door Skeptics talked about AI? Well this episode the duo take on an economist article that examines AI ability to predict your sexuality. That is right folks, this article talks about a soon to be published journal that use already existing methods to try and determine what sexuality you are. Also on the agenda for this episode is a discussion the future of evolution an article NPR covered about a new bookcalled “Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, And The Future Of Evolution” by Biologist Jonathan Losos professor at Harvard. They continue the journey talking about the new movie IT and if IT lived up to the standards of the book and the old movie. The episode closes out looking at a study about the 2015 Reddit ban on some of the most hateful subreddits on their website. Chris Squared will investigate whether this worked or if hate speech continued to flow on other subreddits.

#IT #StephenKing #Evolution #Reddit #AISexuality #FutureOfEvolution #HorrorMovie #WeAllFloatDownHere

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https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21728614-machines-read-faces-are-coming-advances-ai-are-used-spot-signs
https://osf.io/zn79k/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3138231/
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http://www.npr.org/2017/09/07/549250035/biologist-jonathan-losos-explores-convergent-evolution-in-improbable-destinies
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http://comp.social.gatech.edu/papers/cscw18-chand-hate.pdf
https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/6zg6w6/reddits_bans_of_rcoontown_and_rfatpeoplehate/?st=J7GTY3YF&sh=c2e222ba
https://www.reddit.com/r/announcements/comments/39bpam/removing_harassing_subreddits/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/06/10/these-are-the-5-subreddits-reddit-banned-under-its-game-changing-anti-harassment-policy-and-why-it-banned-them/?utm_term=.56fe06196475

#8: Through the Attic Window – Made In America

#8: Through the Attic Window – Made In America

A window of opinion to the light the dark attic of the world’s mind.  Cellar Door Skeptics presents their opinion series tackling different view points the hosts only dare to show those willing to join in and listen.  Through the Attic Window is a classically elegant, simple, and rare emotional experience about the complex nature of this world.

This episode we will be talking about how much of your cars are made in america.  We tackle our opinions on whether or not these cars are made here or if most of these cars are imports.  And we take a bigger look at whether or not other countries are profitting off of our dollars or if this is just the right trying to push us to believe that companies started in america are just the nationalist tint that blinds everyone.  Join us for another opinionated episode from the group that brought you Cellar Door Skeptics.

#MadeInAmerica #MAGA #BailOut #Automotive #Manufacturing

 

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http://online.wsj.com/mdc/public/page/2_3022-autosales.html

https://www.cars.com/articles/the-2016-carscom-american-made-index-1420684865874/

http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/chrysler/2016/01/05/fca-sales-rose-13-2015-record-year-autos/78268882/

https://www.glassdoor.com/Hourly-Pay/Toyota-North-America-Assembly-Line-Worker-Hourly-Pay-E3544_D_KO21,41.htm

#83: Is There Sufficient Evidence For The Existence of God?

On this episode Christopher Tanner will be facing off against John Moseman in a live debate. Christopher will be taking the Positive and John will be taking the negative. Christopher will set out to demonstrate that the evidence for the Christian God is lacking and should not constitute a belief in that specific deity.

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Below is the format to be used and we will hold a live open question and answer session with both Christopher and John after the debate event.

10 Min – Pro Opener
12 Min – Negative Opener
7 Min – Pro Rebuttal
5 Min – Negative Rebuttal
10 Min – Pro asking Negative Questions
10 Min – Negative asking Pro Questions
10 Min – Negative Conclusion
10 Min – Pro Conclusion

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https://johnmoseman.com/
https://www.instagram.com/theordinarylutheran/
https://twitter.com/ordLutheran
https://www.facebook.com/johnlmoseman/

#7: Through The Attic Window: Manchester Bombing from a Mancunian Perspective

#7: Through The Attic Window: Manchester Bombing from a Mancunian Perspective

Through the Attic Window is an opinion series from Cellar Door Skeptics Podcast.

This episode we decided we wanted the perspective of someone who was close to the terror attack that just happened. We are deeply sad by the tragic events of the last couple day. We reached out to a friend of ours who lived in the area, attended concerts at the arena, and had a great conversation with him. He wrote a blog we felt was imperative to helping everyone heal, while exposing the real side of what happened in Manchester. We hope everyone enjoys it and please reach out and comment on his blog.

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Jordan’s Blog
https://jordanfrancispatricksmith.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/take-me-out-tonight/

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#82: School’s Out Forever

Cellar Door Skeptics Podcast is back this week to help bring some insight into the Trump Education Budget. Both Chris’ felt the Education Side of the Budget deserved a deeper dive. The episode would not be complete without a look at how Betsy Devos wants to lower our standing in education in comparison to other industrialized nations in the world. Second they will look at a Christian Blog a relative of Christopher’s shared about Bad Arguments Atheist make. The duo looks to see if any of these arguments are worth a grain of salt. The show will conclude with a descent into the potential dual morality of the brain. A scientific study published last year from Journal of Neuroscience completes a study on patients that have had brain damage and how they would respond to moral situations compared to those that do not.

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#BetsyDevos #Education #FederalBudget #DualBrain #StuffAtheistSay #Science

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https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget17/summary/17summary.pdf
https://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/2016report/index.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/05/20/528464301/trump-gives-commencement-address-leaked-education-budget-has-big-cuts
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.0f0ab8eb07a0
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/03/16/520261978/trumps-budget-blueprint-pinches-pennies-for-education
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/2018_blueprint.pdf
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http://freethinkingministries.com/stuff-atheists-say-youre-almost-an-atheist/
http://freethinkingministries.com/stuff-atheists-say-believing-in-god-is-like-believing-in-santa-2/
http://freethinkingministries.com/stuff-atheists-say-a-crutch-a-fallacy-and-a-magical-being/
http://freethinkingministries.com/stuff-atheists-say-atheism-is-a-lack-of-belief/
http://freethinkingministries.com/stuff-atheists-say-extraordinary-claims-require-extraordinary-evidence/
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http://www.jneurosci.org/content/36/48/12157
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventromedial_prefrontal_cortex
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocampus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilitarianism
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4259516/
http://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_deontology.html

#6: Through the Attic Window – Mothers Day Story

In this side tangent from the duo that brings you Cellar Door Skeptics, comes a heart felt tale of Tanner’s experience on Mother’s Day. The hosts talk with about the big day celebration with a little lesson Tanner learned during the process.

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#23: Astronomy Saves The World

Are the presidential rallies getting too violent and losing sight of what they were supposed to be for? Chris and Christopher weigh in on the hypocrisy rampant on BOTH sides lately. After that Daniel Batcheldor stops by to explain to us how astronomy can save the world and plug his amazing upcoming book! To close out the show, some bunk arguments against GMO foods were crushed and Christopher got Chris a bit ripped, leading to his first rant about teaching the controversy. You have been warned!

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Segment
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00:00 Bernie & Super Pac/Crazy Shit Christopher Used to Believe
35:00 Astronomy Saves The World Interview with PhD Dan Batcheldor
69:00 Answering Anti GMO Apologists
88:00 Teaching the Controversy

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https://www.gofundme.com/exqv3qyc
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http://www.factcheck.org/2016/03/temperature-at-trump-rallies/
http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/15/obama-criticizes-trump-violence-rallies/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/12/politics/donald-trump-protests/
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http://danielbatcheldor.com
http://cor.gsfc.nasa.gov/copag/rfi/Extreme_Contrast_Ratio_Technologies.pdf

http://www.fit.edu/faculty/profiles/profile.php?value=553
@DanBatcheldor
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http://thescientificatheist.com/responses-to-popular-anti-gmo-rhetoric/
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http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/05/creationism_and_evolution_in_school_religious_students_can_t_learn_natural.html

International Women’s Day Episode 21 Notes

International Women’s Day

Theme: Pledge For Parity

Definition: noun

  1. the state or condition of being equal, especially regarding status or pay.

 

#PledgeForParity

 

Links

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme

***All the information has come from the International Women’s Day website.  I have consolidated it for the purpose of my notes on the podcast.  Chris Hanna and Myself felt that it would be a benefit to everyone to have all the links in one place along with the flow.  Please check out the links below and listen to our podcast here.

What is International Women’s Day About

 

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women’s Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for over a century – and is growing annually from strength to strength.

 

2016 and Beyond

 

The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation may feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so each year the world inspires women and celebrates their achievements. IWD is an official holiday in many countries including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. Many global corporations actively support IWD by running their own events and campaigns. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google often changes its Google Doodle on its global search pages to honor IWD. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status.

 

Why it is Needed Still In 2016

 

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

 

So make a difference, think globally and act locally!

Make everyday International Women’s Day.

Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

 

So how do we want to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016? We say by Pledging For Parity!

 

Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

 

Globally, with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action – and with men and women joining forces – we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies the world over. We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?

 

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Take The Pledge

 

  1. Help women and girls achieve their ambitions.

 

The most important determinant of a country’s competitiveness is it’s human talent via the skills and productivity of its workforce.

Organizations must illuminate the path to leadership, showing women the career and advancement opportunities that match their skills and professional objectives and provide the experiences necessary to fulfil their potential.

Individuals can commit to advocating for themselves, and when appropriate, becoming effective role models and sponsors of women to help them achieve their goals.

 

Examples to Help Accomplish The Goal:

EY’s Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer, Karyn Twaronite, interviews Deborah Gillis, CEO of Catalyst on accelerating the pace of women’s advancement in the workplace

EY report: Mentoring and sponsorship is an overview of mentoring and sponsorship at EY and why they’re critical to reaching gender parity

Forbes article Beyond The Olympic Flame: How Mentoring Guides Former Athletes discusses the importance of a mentoring program for athletes and how a background in sport can help accelerate a woman’s leadership

 

  1. Challenge conscious and unconscious bias.

 

Studies show that gender-balanced organizations and teams deliver stronger results, and that inclusive societies are more progressive, but ingrained bias slows the progress of equality.

Organizations must build cultures where all people feel valued and included and can contribute fully according to their capabilities.

Individuals can commit to learning about their own biases, adjusting their behaviour as needed and welcoming different experiences and points of view.

 

Examples to Help Accomplish The Goal:

UnderstandingPrejudice.org is a website is for students, teachers and others interested in causes and consequences of prejudice

Projectimplicit.net is a nonprofit organization and international collaboration between researchers interested in implicit social cognition (thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control)

 

  1.  Call for gender-balanced leadership.

 

Companies with women board members outperform in return on equity, net income growth and price-to-book value as well as a host of non-financial measures.

Organizations must ensure women are exposed to strategic operations and functions to gain the experience needed for senior positions and set measurable targets for appointing women to leadership.

Individuals can show potential or current employers that they value and expect gender-balanced leadership. They should seek out leadership, sponsorship and mentoring programs, exposure to strategic and financial roles and integrated networks designed to help women advance.

 

Examples to Help Accomplish The Goal:

EY’s The power of many is a global survey on the correlation between teaming, diversity and corporate performance and how critical strong leadership is for high performing teams

EY report: Diversity drives diversity looks at US diversity in boardrooms and C-suite

EY’s Chair, Global Accounts Committee & Global Vice Chair, Markets, Uschi Schreiber, explores methods for increasing female leadership

 

  1.  Value women and men’s contributions equally.

 

Raising the female labour force participation rate to match that of men will have a positive impact on GDP in both developed and developing economies.

Organizations must ensure all their talent processes are equitable, fair and that they further their gender parity and diversity objectives.

Individuals can seek out perspectives different from their own, prioritize building diverse teams and engage in mixed networks that build trusted relationships.

 

Examples to Help Accomplish The Goal:

Forbes report Fostering innovation through a diverse workforce highlights how diversity is a key driver of innovation and critical for success

EY’s short video Differences matter reveals the importance of diversity in organizations

 

  1. Create inclusive, flexible cultures.

 

After competitive pay and benefits, workers in eight countries rank working flexibly and still being on track for promotion as what they value most in a potential job.

Organizations should recognize that lines between career and personal lives are becoming more fluid. They should create progressive policies like flexible working that allow everyone – regardless of age, gender, rank or geography – to manage their personal and professional lives and realize their ambitions.

Individuals can create trusting, team-oriented work environments by encouraging flexible working supporting choice about the times, places and ways work gets done.

 

Examples to Help Accomplish The Goal:

EY’s brochure Inclusive leadership – Accelerating progress in gender equity from the inside out explains how EY is working to lead the way on gender parity

Building inclusion is research by Diversity Council of Australia into an evidence-based model of inclusive leadership

 

Further Resources for Gender Equality

 

EY’s The time for gender parity is now survey documents the economic imperative of gender parity and outlines three accelerators to help achieve it

EY’s Women. Fast forward on ey.com is a digital hub with resources and guidance for women in the workforce, women in leadership, women entrepreneurs and women athletes

McKinsey & Company report Unlocking the full potential of women at work features 60 companies that show how women have fuelled the US economy and its largest corporations

McKinsey & Company study, in partnership with LeanIn Women in the workplace discusses the state of women in America

EY’s Women in the public sector report reveals women are woefully under-represented in the public sector but a significant part of the workforce

EY study: Global generations is a survey of workers in eight countries about what they want from their jobs

DEBATE “Is There Sufficient Evidence For The Christian God” Bios

DEBATE “Is There Sufficient Evidence For The Christian God” Bios

We wanted to do a post that both the Bios and the debate rules in it.  This is the post.  Our goal is to present the most information about our guests and allow for anyone reading this and listening to the show to be able to connect with the debaters.  At Cellar Door Skeptics we strive to present a well rounded and fair debate along with the information needed to give everyone the knowledge we hope they gain from it.  If you follow the episode link to spreaker or to the main podcast blog, you will find all the links both debaters provided that will allow you to follow the information where ever it may lead.

Debater #1: Aaron Furlong (Christian)

12637374_10208312403067664_657775170_oAaron Furlong is 32 years old and currently works and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born and raised in Florida and still visits his family there often. He was raised in a Christian home but spent many years running from God and he feels very blessed to have the love of Christ in his heart again. He is very close with his father who is an elder of a Presbyterian church in Florida, as well as his mother who is a great Christian encouragement to him. He is also close with his older brother and is the proud uncle of one niece. He studies Christian Philosophers and Theologians such as CS Lewis, Dr. Ravi Zacharias, Dr. John Lennox, and Dr. RC Sproul. However his passion is Presuppositional apologetic. He has been most influenced by the works of Dr. Greg Bahnsen, Sye Ten Bruggencate, and Pastor Jeff Durbin. He’s appeared on atheist podcasts in the past but this is his first formal debate.

I work as a Client Relationship Manager for a payment processing company and travel all over the country to build and maintain partnerships that are profitable for his company. I have moved to a different part of the valley seven times in seven years and haven’t found a Church to call home in North Scottsdale. However, I visit three different churches including Apologia Church where I’ve studied under Pastor Jeff Durbin. This is my first formal debate but did appear on Tanners previous show, Atheist Analysis, four different times where the topics varied from gay marriage, to evolution, all the way to Christianity’s influence on western culture.

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/aaron.furlong.716

Debater #2: Christopher Tanner (Agnostic Atheist / Secular Humanist)Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 3.54.00 PM

Christopher Tanner is a host and co founder of Cellar Door Skeptics.  He currently works in Kentwood Michigan and is 32 years old. He was born in Ohio and spent his formative childhood in Toledo Ohio. He was raised in a conservative Christian home. His father was the deacon of a baptist church while both his parents were youth group leaders. Christopher attended a non denominational Christian school from 1st through 9th grade. Christopher’s parents moved to Grand Rapids Michigan when he was 15 where he became active in the local baptist church. At the age of 18 he had a crisis of faith with his local church and became an independent denomination. For the next 10 years he spent his time researching different faiths and religions along with alternate denominations.

After long searching, Christopher discovered he saw little evidence that pointed to a God and no evidence to point to a Christian God. Christopher has spent the last 4 years as an out agnostic atheist doing research on theological philosophy and Socratic methods. He has worked for Dogma Debate, Atheist Analysis, Center for Inquiry Michigan, Heretical Minds, Jenison 4 Love, Small Town Allies and lgbtq, Decriminalize Gr, Grillin with Atheists, and now Cellar Door Skeptics. His passion is help to raise awareness over religious beliefs by adding a voice to the conversation that will engage and listen to the opposition while developing conversations that will push the boundaries of the Christian vs atheist debate. He is a feminist, secular humanist, lgtbq ally,  and advocate of separation of church and state. His fist priority is his family and in his free time his pursuit of knowledge.

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Debate Time Frames

Introduction: 8 Minutes Aaron

Introduction: 8 Minutes Christopher

Cross Examination: 15 Minutes Aaron Asking Questions

Cross Examination: 15 Minutes Christopher Asking Questions

Rebuttal: 5 Minute Aaron

Rebuttal: 5 Minute Christopher

Joint Cross Examination: Christopher and Aaron ask each other questions with a moderator.

Audience Question and Answer: 15 Minutes Lead by Moderator with Questions for Both Christopher and Aaron

Conclusions: 5 Minutes Aaron

Conclusions: 5 Minutes Christopher