Cellar Door Skeptics 145: Demon Rats Summon Brett Kavanagh from the Dead

“In the immortal words of BMO: Sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light.”

Cellar Door Skeptics takes a serious turn this week looking at the Brett Kavanagh situation and some the ridiculous arguments people are using to try and demonize those who support the women he abused. We look into why people feel the need to try and minimize women like they have been doing for thousands of years while looking at why this is NOT a witch hunt but society starting to come to terms with how we need to change how we treat women. They side step into a science segment on a new discovery of how a new non-toxic glue could help revolutionize the toxic waste our societies produce. The shows last segment covers China’s new social credit score. Chris Squared discuss amongst themselves their hesitancy toward this new policy all while Hanna poses a solution that Tanner does not quite agree with. This segment they talk through the pro’s and con’s of Hanna’s solution while looking at alternative ways to help deter the problematic parts of the internet. The show’s final note rings true with a new quick segment called “Quick Save” where they discuss an article or circumstance that they each quick saved and looked back on later as a new idea that made them stop and think while appreciating life a little bit more.

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Links
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Kauvengh’s Lies and Demon Rat Problem
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=demonrat
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/23/christine-blasey-ford-letter-alleged-assault-brett-kavanaugh/1406932002/
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/18/politics/ford-letter-fbi/index.html
https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/406933-schumer-senate-must-postpone-vote-on-kavanaugh
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/24/business/brett-kavanaugh-yearbook-renate.html
https://abc7news.com/politics/brett-kavanaughs-yale-roommate-says-he-believes-second-accuser/4330055/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/24/new-kavanaugh-allegation-is-precarious-legal-ground-former-sex-crimes-prosecutors-say/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8d3141486c41

Science of Underwater Glue
https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q3/is-your-furniture-putting-you-at-risk-for-cancer-underwater-glue-could-provide-safer,-sustainable-solution-for-100-billion-industries.html
https://youtu.be/rhblikR3SBU
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adsu.201700159

Chinese Social Credit System
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Credit_System
https://www.forbes.com/sites/audreymurrell/2018/07/31/pushing-the-ethical-boundaries-of-big-data-a-look-at-chinas-social-credit-scoring-system/#5091ddf125e5
https://www.coursera.org/lecture/data-science-ethics/case-study-social-credit-scores-7TBhz
https://www.newstatesman.com/world/asia/2018/04/no-china-isn-t-black-mirror-social-credit-scores-are-more-complex-and-sinister#amp

Quick Save the Universe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riemann_hypothesis
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2180504-riemann-hypothesis-likely-remains-unsolved-despite-claimed-proof/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Prize_Problems
https://www.polygon.com/2018/9/4/17819856/adventure-time-finale-ending-marceline-princess-bubblegum
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Credit_System
https://www.forbes.com/sites/audreymurrell/2018/07/31/pushing-the-ethical-boundaries-of-big-data-a-look-at-chinas-social-credit-scoring-system/#5091ddf125e5
https://mashable.com/2018/08/12/adventure-time-series-finale-song-rebecca-sugar/#hM4FwgBlHSq3

A few thoughts on Christianity and Technology

Christianity has never been a friend of new technology unless it is beneficial for the church, which it seldom has. Mostly because new technology means a better life for the average human being and less control for the church, plus the fact that some inventions meant less income for the church. Of course Christianity is not alone in this technological slowdown. Islam was once a religion that promoted research and new inventions. The first man to actually have been known to “fly” was a Muslim from Grenada which is in today’s Spain. He more or less broke every bone in his body, but he flew some meters before everything ended badly. Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali have been blamed for the stagnation in Islamic science after his work Tahâfut al-falâ-sifa, which is a philosophical work about cause and effect. This has been greatly approved as correct from both western and eastern historians and scientists though the whole truth is a bit more complex.

 

Christianity in contrast to, for instance, Norse religion has always been a huge hinderance for human progress when it comes to using new knowledge and technology. I am not stating that the Norse religion was better when it comes to the belief in gods, but I am saying that they were a lot more open to the use of new technology, whether they invented something them selves or “found” it. Like the compass, which initially the Christians condemned that as witchcraft until the great sailors as Magellan and Christopher Columbus gave a damn about the church and used it anyway. The Vikings invented the solar compass using a stick thread through a circle with chips in it and a solar stone which could make shadows on the chipped wooden circle even when it was clouded. Thus making them the first “world” sailors. Allowing them able to colonize Vinland (somewhere in Canada, no one knows for sure where this was), invade England, and travel to Persia to trade with both Romans and Arabians. Of course all this could have been another story if it were not for the church and it’s allergy towards new technology as the magnetic compass had been used for some time in the Asian world. It was invented in China where no one really understood the scientific reason for why it worked as it did, but they understood the importance of it in consistent navigation where visual landmarks could not be used.
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