Episode 198 – Guest Lawrence Krauss

In this episode Christine and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson are joined by superstar cosmologist Lawrence Krauss. Lawrence is director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University in Phoenix. He’s also involved with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock, recently set back to 2 and a half minutes to midnight. In his quest to communicate science to the laity, he has published a number of books including The Physics of Star Trek, A Universe from Nothing and on Tuesday next week The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far, which attempts to answer the question “Why are we here?”.

Episode 197 – Potpourri episode

Welcome to episode 197 of The Legion of Reason Diversion for March 12, 2017! Co-host Christine and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, are joined by guest co-host Paul Ens. In this thrilling installment topics range a wide gamut, including the following:

  1. A Montreal osteopathic school faces charges of practicing medicine without a license when undercover investigators pose as patients;
  2. Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey says that those challenging a decision to remove restrictions on choice of prayer and sermons in a public school are engaging in “misinformation
    and hateful speech”;
  3. In Comox, British Columbia, more than 80 doctors have signed a letter to the health region to establish a new hospice not in the clutches of Catholic health care institutions which would make medical aid in dying available as an option;
  4. In Denmark, a man burned a Quran and was charged with blasphemy after posting the video of the event to Facebook despite the law not having been enforced since 1946;
  5. In our regular segue Catholic Watch, Pope Frank urges Catholic not to have more children than you can bring up properly – sounds like the urges are the problem, Frank;
  6. Cardinal Collins, Bishop Crosby lash out at Justin Trudeau’s inclusion of $650M over 3 years to provide abortion and other services in the developing world;
  7. And in the Regressive Left Files, Charles Murray and others were assaulted by protesters at Middlebury College in Vermont;
  8. Not to be outdone by our American neighbors, student protesters at the University of Victoria in British Columbia accused Philosopher Peter Singer of supporting euthanasia and ableism.

Episode 196 – Guest Stephen Law

Stephen Law (http://stephenlaw NULL.blogspot NULL.ca/) is a professor of philosophy at Heythrop College across The Pond at the University of London, and is the author of a number of books such as “Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole” and “The Great Philosophers: The Lives and Ideas of History’s Greatest Thinkers”. He joins Kris and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, from his home in Oxford, England to discuss the evolutionary argument against naturalism, his work on popularizing philosophy and scientism.

Episode 195 – Potpourri

Tonight’s mashup of stories includes events surrounding Motion 103 put forward by a Liberal MP in the House of Commons; the chair of the Edmonton public school board’s idea of cost-saving measures is to offer Catholic faith programming; A website promoting a Muslim conference in Melbourne, Australia does the magic trick of making women speakers disappear; animal rights activists storm church demanding pets be treated like Christians; Cardinal Raymond Burke tells attendees of medical ethics conference in Columbus, Ohio that the need for Catholic health care has never been greater; police investigate anti-Muslim rally outside Toronto mosque as possible hate crime.

Episode 193 – Bad Science Watch with guest Michael Kruse

Michael Kruse joins the Legion of Reason this week. Michael is executive director of Bad Science Watch. The mission of Bad Science Watch (http://www NULL.badsciencewatch NULL.ca/) is to “provide analysis of dubious scientific claims to Canadians, our government, and the media, promote objective critical thinking, and advocate for the enforcement and strengthening of consumer protection regulation.” They’ve been at the forefront of the fight against recognizing homeopathic vaccines known as nosodes and claims that WiFi can affect public health.

Episode 192 Part 2 – Guest Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen will be on to talk about Amos Yee’s asylum request in the US from Singapore. Singapore has some of the most restrictive laws against offensive speech. We’ll also be talking about the regressive nature of social justice and of course events surrounding Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Episode 192 Part 1 – Guest Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen will be on to talk about Amos Yee’s asylum request in the US from Singapore. Singapore has some of the most restrictive laws against offensive speech. We’ll also be talking about the regressive nature of social justice and of course events surrounding Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Episode 191 – Interview: Dr. Edzard Ernst

Welcome to our first interview of 2017! Our guest Dr Edzard Ernst (http://edzardernst NULL.com/) trained as a physician in Germany in the late 1970s, as well as in acupuncture, autogenic training, herbalism, homoeopathy, massage therapy and spinal manipulation. After occupying professorships at the Hannover Medical School and University of Vienna, he became became the Chair in Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter in 1993. He founded and is editor-in-chief of two medical journals, written more than 1000 peer-reviewed journal articles awarded 14 scientific prizes. In 2008 he joined forces with Simon Singh to write Trick or Treatment, a book well-known in the skeptic community, and in 2015 wrote the autobiographic A Scientist in Wonderland. His latest book, which came out this past October, is titled Homeopathy – The Undiluted Facts: Including a Comprehensive A-Z Lexicon.

Later we look at the surprise resignation of Bishop Fred Henry and a couple of recent comments on the Facebook page – one bad, one good.

Episode 189 – 2016: The Year That Was…

Later in this episode we look back at 2016 and the people we interviewed and the stories we covered. Then Tom Leeds returns for a cameo. But first we take a look at the rise of the pseudoscientific allergy elimination clinics and the Canadian government looks to expand who can access medical assistance in dying.

Episode 188 – Interview: Tom Leeds, Atheist YouTuber

We interview Tom Leeds, Atheist YouTuber.