Episode 203 – Potpourri

In this episode, we look at a Sokal-style hoax perpetrated by James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian on a gender studies journal exposing gender studies’ problems publishing utter drivel (http://www NULL.skeptic NULL.com/reading_room/conceptual-penis-social-contruct-sokal-style-hoax-on-gender-studies/) so long as it is compatible with a PC moral position; In Islam Today, an unmarried couple in Linda Sarsour’s idea of paradise were stoned to death (https://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/world/2017/may/17/unmarried-couple-stoned-to-death-mali-islamic-law) because they violated Islamic law, and Saudi citizen Dina Ali (http://www NULL.newsweek NULL.com/campaign-save-saudi-dina-ali-lasloom-590282) was returned to her country of origin by Philippine authorities in her attempt to escape her family; Atheist Tom Hicks of Chesterfield, Virginia angers Christians by displaying a bible verse (http://wtvr NULL.com/2017/05/15/bible-verse-truck-sparks-outrage/) on the tailgate of his truck; Finally, in The Regressive Left Files, a Yale college dean is placed on leave (https://www NULL.washingtonpost NULL.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/05/18/yale-dean-placed-on-leave-after-writing-about-white-trash-and-other-insulting-comments/) after making racist restaurant reviews on Twitter, and a University of Hawaii mathematics professor demands white male colleagues quit (http://blogs NULL.ams NULL.org/inclusionexclusion/2017/05/11/get-out-the-way/) to make room for those belonging to oppressed minorities.

But first, we deal with an interview (http://www NULL.stitcher NULL.com/podcast/brainstorm-podcast/the-hardcore-skeptic-examines/e/social-justice-with-randy-tyson-50052368) yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, was involved in.

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A shameless skeptic with no patience for foolish nonsense and relishes nothing more than busting balloons filled with hot air. And, yes. I'm an atheist, for the same reason that I am a-homeopathic, a-chiropractic, a-reiki, etc. Atheism is a conclusion of modern skepticism applied to religious claims every bit as much as I don't buy into the Bigfoot myth. You want me to accept your claim? Show mete evidence, and it had best be better than the typical "Oh, but the evidence is all around you!" That gets no traction with me. But that doesn't mean my mind can't be changed. I'm no contrarian. I just happen to have more respect for myself than to fall for arguments like "You can't prove it isn't true!"