Cellar Door Skeptics #97: Web of Resistance

Cellar Door Skeptics is back with a few changes as they are now recording remotely but with better equipment. This episode will focus on the discussion about protests and which is the better protest method or if there is even one protest method that can be used. They look at the resistance, read scientific articles, and spend two segments fleshing out their thoughts on protests and demonstrations. Later they dive into the discussion about nanomachines and how they can affect cancer. The duo looks at two articles that are both linked through the scientific article that studies the use of nanomachine technology to kill off cancer cells and what this means for the future of humanity. The show closes out by discussing if there is a link between climate change, increasing temperatures in the world, and hurricanes. Surprisingly the science shows one thing, but the team discusses what it means and where the correlations lay.

#Hurricane #Protest #Resist #NanoMachines #ClimateChange

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Links
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https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/02/the-psychology-of-effective-protest/517749
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/aeabb8/why-protests-work
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/04/why-street-protests-dont-work/360264
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/03/insights-about-successful-protest-movements.html
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/04/british-scientists-create-worlds-tiniest-engine—a-million-time/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/30/nanomachines-drill-cancer-cells-killing-just-60-seconds-developed/
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v548/n7669/full/nature23657.html?foxtrotcallback=true
https://www.nature.com/articles/nature23657.epdf?referrer_access_token=vzEIyUVhDRjRWn8BohHkNdRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0MeMYHo5HUXRfUjFJlK-ZTj_YSHmwG55E5Z__T6p6luwWuUxMv7uOIeKcNFVRu8MnC3FzS-yc6Nu9fBbFfpDw49mm2WvVEmTpdeB0EqE79Q-VSZrPEH9g0icEbfvyzUQTrn4hG1Ke4QxXZb5DEMzZ0byhlIAPmqH56Wc1EYQoQ9Gin3nI7TkgZaH5v_4b1eAlWYKu2oz_ygMgw1T6bSh5GtA_lXUWfjr69Pjz7qQU3wuhfcQNAELq5YU97N2pocWFU%3D&tracking_referrer=www.telegraph.co.uk
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https://weather.com/science/environment/news/climate-change-study-changing-intensity-number-hurricanes
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/E11.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/did-climate-change-intensify-hurricane-harvey/538158/
https://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/global-warming-and-hurricanes/

Cellar Door Skeptics #81: Where Are The Birds of Spring?

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Have you missed the science segments that our team has put together lately? Well Cellar Door Skeptics is back to talk about climate change and how it is affecting the bird population. We will dive into a recently published journal that will help you understand one more reason we must support law changes to prevent further climate change. We also will be talking about the duality of morals within the brain. Christopher found an article by a PhD scientist that talks about the duality of the brain and how it may affect morals. And if that was not enough to draw you in, Chris Squared cover the recent information leak by President Trump and if presidents are allowed to release or declassify documents.

#donaldtrump #declassify #NSA #climatechange #brain #science

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Links
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?utm_term=.e27a59b6ba5e
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13526
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/can-trump-disclose-classified-information-whenever-he-wants-n729601
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https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/fmon-mbb051217.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170515091126.htm
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-02045-z
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http://www.jneurosci.org/content/36/48/12157
https://www.byrdnick.com/archives/4736/experimental-philosophy-neuroscience-of-philosophy
https://www.byrdnick.com/

Pascal’s Climate Change Wager.

I know the title is confusing so no, Pascal never made such a wager, but we all know his stance on gambling with God.  The ultimate bluff over eternity one might say.  

 

  1. God is, or God is not. Reason cannot decide between the two alternatives.
  2. A Game is being played… where heads or tails will turn up.
  3. You must wager (it is not optional).
  4. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.
  5. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is. (…) There is here an infinity of an infinitely happy life to gain, a chance of gain against a finite number of chances of loss, and what you stake is finite. And so our proposition is of infinite force, when there is the finite to stake in a game where there are equal risks of gain and of loss, and the infinite to gain.
  6. But some cannot believe. They should then ‘at least learn your inability to believe…’ and ‘Endeavour then to convince’ themselves.

 

The natural conclusion, to what Daniel Dennett would surely call a poor logic pump, is that we should believe, because if the sky king does not exist and we lived in servitude the whole of our lives we have lost nothing.  Casting the myriad of problems with this oft debunked stream of logic aside let’s play a game with the very people who use this to validate their beliefs.

 

It is regularly shown in all forms of media that there is a strong correlation to conservatism, religiosity, and the denial of climate change or global warming.  Within this group of scientific repudiators and devout, God fearing, holy rollers we are quite likely to run into Pascal and his trusty tool of insincere faith.

 

Let us now send it back shall we?

  1. Climate change is, or Climate change is not. Reason cannot decide between the two alternatives.
  2. A Game is being played… where heads or tails will turn up.
  3. You must wager (it is not optional).
  4. Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that Climate Change is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing.
  5. Wager, then, without hesitation that Climate Change is. There is here an extension of the fragile ecosystem within which we live, a relatively cool space between ice ages, and more time for us to find a solution to future changes that could make Earth almost uninhabitable.  The Chance of gain is one of finite probabilities measuring in the possibility that we may stave off global catastrophe over assuming inevitable destruction or speeding headlong into that pending doom
  6. But some cannot believe. They should then ‘at least learn your inability to believe…’ and ‘Endeavour then to convince’ themselves.

 

Simply put, what do you have to lose by believing in climate change? If climate change is inevitable, uncontrollable, divine, or doesn’t exist and we spent our time respecting the earth’s resources what have we lost?