Irreverent Skeptics Podcast Episode 15 – Who are we? And how did we get here?

On March 22, 2014, Jon, the two Mikes, and Erno had a chat about their backgrounds with regard to religion, science, and skepticism, and how the podcast itself came to be.

Special guest Adam Reakes, host of the Herd Mentality Podcast, joined Jon, Brandi, and Erno to talk about his show and share some good news about how the Australian Vaccination Network, a group that spreads misinformation and helps spark outbreaks of preventable diseases in Australia, faced some serious legal challenges. We also discussed how insurance covers woo-woo treatments such as chiropractic and homeopathy, and how this gives them an unearned air of legitimacy. Adam also had exciting news about a project he’s working on that every exorcist is sure to love!

The intro music for the interview is “Go” by Guineo (David Ramírez and Avelino Herrera). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Generic License. Find the original at http://guineo.atlantes.org/guineo%20-%20go.mp3.

Show notes (such as they are):

How did Irreverent Skeptics come to be?:

  • Formation of the “Irreligious Cog-Dis Skeptics Guide Zone” (and how we thankfully changed that name)
  • The beginning of the hangouts
  • Kicking the idea of a podcast around and working out the members
  • profit!! … ???

Our stories:

I guess we’ll just go around to tell our stories. I’m not sure how best to plan that out. We’ll just go in order of: Mike M, Erno, Mike B, Jon.

Mike M’s story: Why I Am an Atheist (I have inflated this a bit into the intro chapter for a book I started writing back in 2010 but haven’t worked on in about 3 years…)

Then, an interview!

We had an opportunity to speak with Adam Reakes, from The Herd Mentality Podcast. After some initial technical clusterfuckery… mostly on my part … we chatted about Adam’s show, a bit about life down under, and a follow up to our exorcism discussion from the last show.

WUTs:

Erik Rush Thinks Obama ‘Murdered’ Everyone On Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

also it might be that the bermuda triangle moved, or a black hole, or aliens, or (according to a British tabloid) it’s on the moon

Michele Bachmann Laments That ‘The Gay Community Have So Bullied The American People’

The destructive myth about religion that Americans disproportionately believe (Brought to us by Erno)

More of a celebratory “what what!” than a “wut”:FRED PHELPS IS DEAD. (Plug The Thinking Atheist’s interview with Nathan Phelps about his father’s impending death. It was really interesting.)

Creationists Demand Airtime On ‘Cosmos’ For The Sake Of Balance

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