March 28, 2010

Listener Reactions

  1. Hi, great episode.

    I was wondering, whats the name of the second effect that Jamy Ian Swiss talk about in his section?

    As you may already noticed, English is not my native language.

    Chuck 03:20pm, 04/02/2010 #1
  2. Yay new episode! Yay Jamy Ian Swiss is back!

    Riquisimo 10:14pm, 04/02/2010 #2
  3. My only comment about this one is the idea about getting your books signed.. For me, it’s not something magical. It’s something to mark the event of meeting the person and sharing a moment. Then later when I look at the book it makes me think of that moment. A form of sense memory.

    I don’t think it gives the book any special power, or meaning, except to me. But not in any supernatural or mysterious way.

    Travis Roy 06:46am, 04/03/2010 #3
  4. I agree Travis,

    I think it’s wrong to equate rituals that do not rely on supernatural belief with rituals that do.

    Participating in the cosmonaut ritual of pissing on the tires, you needn’t be anything more than an act to humorously recognize those that came before, and create a good feeling among the community. You might be able to claim it irrational, but then, is having sex with a condom on irrational too?

    This conversation was framed in such a way that it made it sound like Bruce Hood and Richard Dawkins were in disagreement on the problem of indoctrination, but it doesn’t sound like that at all. When Richard Dawkins talks about the problem of indoctrination of children, he’s talking about indoctrination into supernatural belief systems of the type that take advantage of people - the same type that Bruce Hood condemns. Dawkins’ is not saying (I don’t think) that superstition would necessarily be eraticated all-together if only there were no indoctrination of children, he’s saying that religios indoctrination is a wicked thing to do (e.g. it is a wicked thing to scare children with the threat to eternal hellfire).

    Riley 04:44pm, 04/03/2010 #4
  5. Hood is saying that objective truth doesn’t matter, and that false beliefs don’t matter as long as they don’t cause anyone any harm.  Problem with that is that the first part goes against the main purpose of science; second part is wrong because beliefs cannot be separated from behavior in most cases - beliefs directly cause behaviors.

    His approach seems lacking in care about other people in general. I like that he’s trying to educate people about psychology, but I think he could be doing more. He’s sure to tick off both scientific skeptic activists and supernatural believers with his current approach. He has a pessimistic, apathetic “give-up” approach to bogus beliefs - thinks they can’t be eliminated (or nearly eliminated), even though many scientific skeptics have done so. I would the best scientific skeptics have none of the “supersense” beliefs he describes, except what he calls “causality”, which is not harmful to possess. It’s a mental short cut that’s fine as long as one recognizes that it may produce the wrong conclusion if not tested sufficiently.

    John

    John Draeger 03:32pm, 04/04/2010 #5
  6. Hey admin guys, it’s not letting you download the episode- either on this website or on iTunes.

    Jay 11:28pm, 04/04/2010 #6
  7. Jay it works for me.

    Pat 12:17am, 04/05/2010 #7
  8. Was a good interview.  I don’t agree with his views about skepticism though.  It does not matter where the belief comes from because if it is wrong it needs to be corrected.  I do not care if it makes you feel good because I fervently believe in stopping people from living lies.  If I was living a lie I would want someone to tell me.  Yes, even in the case that he gives of a family member dieing.

    Kevin 04:40pm, 04/05/2010 #8
  9. I quite enjoyed this episode of The Honest Liar.  I was especially entertained at the thought of we humans heralding the pseudo-accomplishment of handwriting analysis over the true technological triumph of optical character recognition.  Hooray for the machines!

    Vic 04:53pm, 04/09/2010 #9

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