Episode 204 – Guests James Lindsay and the Indefatigable Rhonda

We have two interviews to bring you today. The first is with James Lindsay who, along with his partner in crime Peter Boghossian, recently hoaxed Cogent Social Sciences with a paper chalking climate change up to toxic masculinity and claiming manspreading was an act of raping the air around them. We ask James about why this was done and we test our bullshit detectors with little quiz at the end.

Our second guest is Rhonda, the other half of this household’s duo, who just returned from Ghana where she was volunteering as a nurse. Rhonda gives us her first-hand experiences of the pervasiveness of religion in that part of the world.

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Randy

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!"