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#004 - Amazing Thoughts

Captain Storm and Dangerous Dan attend the Amazing Meeting conference in Las Vegas and discuss at least 10 different topics and 100 fascinating ideas. We take a few minutes to discuss each speaker we saw at the conference and some of the things we thought were especially interesting. You'll love this episode just because there are so many different interesting things to pursue more information about. 

Topics Include:
Martial Arts
Science Morality
Doubtful News
Sex

Con Men
Religion -vs- Science
and much much more!!



Sources

Michael Shermer & the Ask First principal

The ask first principal is outlined in Michael Shermer's book, The Science of Good and Evil

He also expands on these principals in a blog post reply to Massimo Piliucci


Get started with rbutr here


Doubtful news - Sharon hill


Martey Klein - junk science moral panics and sex (slide deck)



Warrior Rituals fail


The science of martial arts

Magician telling the truth - max maven

Cara Maria's posts

The honest liar - Jamie Ian Swiss


Studies on human morality behavior


Eventually all the TAM videos will be available here






This episode we have a grab bag of topics for your brain holes. We have Doc Shai talking about how memory works. Storm talks about those pesky agnostics. Anna talks about Chemtrails. Dan talks about how your occupation affects your world view.

Sources

Memory Studies:

http://bjorklab.psych.ucla.edu/

http://www.psych.ucla.edu/faculty/faculty_page?id=41&area=3

Science in Occupations:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/engineering-design-process/engineering-design-compare-scientific-method.shtml

http://www.rasch.org/rmt/rmt243b.htm

http://skepticalsports.com/

http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/10-04-07/

http://www.skeptic.com/downloads/10_Easy_Psychic_Lessons.pdf

http://www.gailsheehy.com/Game/chapters/PredictableCrises.pdf

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/moneymag_archive/2000/11/01/290855/

This week Captain Storm and Dangerous Dan explore the issue of:  Gun Control in a two part podcast.  This episode we arranged a tag team debate with four panelists:

Gun Leaning:

Retired Navy Commander, skeptic and author: Al Bell Gun industry professional: Matt Trujillo (tru-hee-oh)

Regulation Leaning:

Professional soccer mom and feisty skeptic: Diane Fortune

The greatest bow hunter in the valencia north valley homeowners association: Anna Maltese

Sources:

Science of measuring gun violence

http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10881&page=19

Gun Control stats (regs, homicide rates, etc), country by country

http://www.gunpolicy.org/

Firearms by region

http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/

U.S. Homicides by weapons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ushomicidesbyweapon.svg

Police Executive Research Forum (local law enforcement initiatives)

http://www.policeforum.org/library/critical-issues-in-policing-series/GunsandCrime.pdf

Australian Gun Control Act (NYT article by Prime Minister Howard)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/opinion/australia-banned-assault-weapons-america-can-too.html?_r=0

Snopes.com fact-check on Australian Gun Control Act/GCA rumor:

http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/ausguns.asp

Fact checking on Nazi gun control policy...

http://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/files/67-harcourt.pdf

Excellent discourse on Harcourt’s findings

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/11/stop_talking_about_hitler/

President's Executive Actions List on Gun Control

http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/556894/white-house-gun-violence-reduction-executive.pdf

U.S. v. Miller

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._v._Miller

National Firearms Act of 1934

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act

Firearm Injury in the U.S.

http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/ficap/resourcebook/pdf/monograph.pdf

Legal Analysis of Second Amendment decisions by the Supreme Court

http://www.spectacle.org/996/2d.html

ATF history (1791 - present) and the challenges they face

http://cloudfront-2.publicintegrity.org/2013/02/11/12155/current-gun-debate-may-not-help-beleaguered-atf

Violence Policy Center, NRA corporate contributors list

http://www.vpc.org/press/1104blood.htm

NRA's bill riders denying funds for gun science

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/25/the_nras_war_on_gun_science/

NRA History and the Revolt in Cincinnati (very interesting read)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2013/01/13/nra-history-the-making-of-the-gun-lobby/

Violence Policy Center on Women and Handguns

http://www.vpc.org/studies/myth.htm

Pediatricians and the NRA gag order

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/02/pediatricians_and_nra_physician_gag_rules_and_the_cdc_aca_and_states.html

Hidden Life of Guns Project (assault weapons ban, etc.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/22/AR2011012204243.html

Hospital shootings (guns taken from armed guards to use against others; 'good guy with gun will stop bad guy with a gun' counterargument data)

http://www.annemergmed.com/article/S0196-0644(12)01408-4/abstract

Excellent discourse on various gun related issues

http://factcheck.org/2012/12/gun-rhetoric-vs-gun-facts/

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: ZERO-GUN AMERICA

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/12/the-single-best-anti-gun-death-policy-ending-the-drug-war/266505/

2009 Murders http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/expanded_information/homicide.html GENERAL GUN FACTS ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE IN THE US http://factcheck.org/2012/12/gun-rhetoric-vs-gun-facts/

Original Intent and Purpose of the Second Amendment

http://www.guncite.com/gc2ndpur.html

Right of Self Defense

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_self-defense

Right to keep and bear arms

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_keep_and_bear_arms

English precedent

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was heavily influenced by the English Bill of Rights 1689, which restricted the right of the English Crown to interfere with the personal right to bear arms.

District of Columbia v Heller

http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/50849/district-columbia-v-heller-scalias-majority-opinion/ed-whelan

#001 Gun Control - Part 1

This week Captain Storm and Dangerous Dan explore the issue of:  Gun Control in a two part podcast.  This episode we arranged a tag team debate with four panelists:

Gun Leaning:

Retired Navy Commander, skeptic and author: Al Bell Gun industry professional: Matt Trujillo (tru-hee-oh)

Regulation Leaning:

Professional soccer mom and feisty skeptic: Diane Fortune

The greatest bow hunter in the valencia north valley homeowners association: Anna Maltese

Sources:

Science of measuring gun violence

http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10881&page=19

Gun Control stats (regs, homicide rates, etc), country by country

http://www.gunpolicy.org/

Firearms by region

http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/

U.S. Homicides by weapons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ushomicidesbyweapon.svg

Police Executive Research Forum (local law enforcement initiatives)

http://www.policeforum.org/library/critical-issues-in-policing-series/GunsandCrime.pdf

Australian Gun Control Act (NYT article by Prime Minister Howard)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/opinion/australia-banned-assault-weapons-america-can-too.html?_r=0

Snopes.com fact-check on Australian Gun Control Act/GCA rumor:

http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/ausguns.asp

Fact checking on Nazi gun control policy...

http://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/files/67-harcourt.pdf

Excellent discourse on Harcourt’s findings

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/11/stop_talking_about_hitler/

President's Executive Actions List on Gun Control

http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/556894/white-house-gun-violence-reduction-executive.pdf

U.S. v. Miller

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._v._Miller

National Firearms Act of 1934

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act

Firearm Injury in the U.S.

http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/ficap/resourcebook/pdf/monograph.pdf

Legal Analysis of Second Amendment decisions by the Supreme Court

http://www.spectacle.org/996/2d.html

ATF history (1791 - present) and the challenges they face

http://cloudfront-2.publicintegrity.org/2013/02/11/12155/current-gun-debate-may-not-help-beleaguered-atf

Violence Policy Center, NRA corporate contributors list

http://www.vpc.org/press/1104blood.htm

NRA's bill riders denying funds for gun science

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/25/the_nras_war_on_gun_science/

NRA History and the Revolt in Cincinnati (very interesting read)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2013/01/13/nra-history-the-making-of-the-gun-lobby/

Violence Policy Center on Women and Handguns

http://www.vpc.org/studies/myth.htm

Pediatricians and the NRA gag order

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/02/pediatricians_and_nra_physician_gag_rules_and_the_cdc_aca_and_states.html

Hidden Life of Guns Project (assault weapons ban, etc.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/22/AR2011012204243.html

Hospital shootings (guns taken from armed guards to use against others; 'good guy with gun will stop bad guy with a gun' counterargument data)

http://www.annemergmed.com/article/S0196-0644(12)01408-4/abstract

Excellent discourse on various gun related issues

http://factcheck.org/2012/12/gun-rhetoric-vs-gun-facts/

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: ZERO-GUN AMERICA

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/12/the-single-best-anti-gun-death-policy-ending-the-drug-war/266505/

2009 Murders http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/expanded_information/homicide.html GENERAL GUN FACTS ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE IN THE US http://factcheck.org/2012/12/gun-rhetoric-vs-gun-facts/

Original Intent and Purpose of the Second Amendment

http://www.guncite.com/gc2ndpur.html

Right of Self Defense

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_self-defense

Right to keep and bear arms

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_keep_and_bear_arms

English precedent

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was heavily influenced by the English Bill of Rights 1689, which restricted the right of the English Crown to interfere with the personal right to bear arms.

District of Columbia v Heller

http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/50849/district-columbia-v-heller-scalias-majority-opinion/ed-whelan

This is a recording of a live event on January 27th 2013 -  sponsored by the San Diego Coalition of Reason.  www.sdcor.org This was a discussion of  What is Atheism, Skepticism,  & Secular Humanism. The Speakers were Sean Taylor  www.hfsd.info, Debbie Allen  www.hfsd.info/, Niveque Storm www.sandiegoskeptics.com and the famous magician and skeptic Jamie Ian Swiss. honestliar.com

More event information here, links and thanks from Sean Taylor:

We would like to thank Mark Olsson again for the use of his building.  You can find more out about his company here: http://www.seektechinc.com/

Additionally, we would like to send a BIG thank you to Jamy Ian Swiss for participating and contributing to the event.  For more information about Jamy Ian Swiss and the Skeptic movement on the national level, please visit his website, www.hoestliar.com; and the James Randi Educational Foundation at www.randi.org.

San Diego Skeptics

Michael Shermer says a skeptic is "one who questions the validity of particular claims of knowledge by employing or calling for statements of fact to prove or disprove claims, as a tool for understanding causality." We San Diego skeptics are a bunch of bad ass critical thinkers. We believe that learning howto think is more important than learning what to think. We are tired of the age old questions about god and religion. Those questions have no relevance in the day to day life of someone who believes that science is the best method that human beings have found for finding truth. Why hang out with the San Diego Skeptics? Because it's self defense for the mind. The world is full of people trying to sell you something, whether it's a time share, health food, medical treatments, a new drug, or a new law. Critical thinking is the only way to vaccinate your brain against these masters of manipulation. We believe in training our brains in the art of mental defense by learning science, logic and reason in a causal atmosphere that emphasizes fun activities. Our goal is to keep our minds and our bodies in fighting shape so we can better navigate this crazy world. Find events on our meetup group at www.sandiegoskeptics.com or come chat with us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/sandiegoskeptics.

Thank you again to Debbie Allen.  Debbie again is the President of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego (www.hfsd.info).  Thank you also to HFSD for providing the snacks and waters for the event.  To donate to the Humanist Fellowship or contact Debbie Allen, please visit the HFSD website.

Thank you Jim Eliason for moderating, contributing and co-organizing this great event.  To get in contact with and see what Jim is up to , please visit the Meetup site for the San Diego New Atheists and Agnostics(http://www.meetup.com/san-diego-atheists-agnostics/members/45526792/) and the new atheist show out of San Diego, "Make a Believer Out of Me" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEx8fmw4TxQ).

As a co-organizer of this event, board member with the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego and community activist for the San Diego Coalition of Reason (sdcor.org), I, Sean Taylor thank you all for joining us at this event in something that we are all passionate about and really enjoy discussing.  You may contact me through just about any of the Meetup sites under SDCoR and directly thru the "Make a Believer Out of Me" program (http://www.youtube.com/user/MABOOMshow?feature=watch).

This week Captain Storm and Dangerous Dan explore the question: Can you trust the government.  Joining us are two expert skeptic thinkers Steve Obergfell and Anna Maltese.  In this, our pilot show, we dive into great discussion on U.S. government history and how the government works while drinking rum and saki.  We also talk about government conspiracy theories, the fourth estate, the foundation of democracy and the reality of government corruption.

Sources

http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/13/how-pervasive-has-government-distrust-gotten/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/24/gallup-poll-revealing-distrust-of-government-activism-could-help-romney.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/us/politics/poll-finds-anxiety-on-the-economy-fuels-volatility-in-the-2012-race.html?_r=0

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-real-reasons-americans-distrust-government/2011/11/08/gIQA3mB30M_blog.html

http://www.people-press.org/2011/08/25/section-4-anger-and-distrust-in-government/

http://www.democracy21.org/index.asp?Type=B_PR&SEC=%7B91FCB139-CC82-4DDD-AE4E-3A81E6427C7F%7D&DE=%7B4821A89A-7F6A-4B56-B282-59C6778C3FEF%7D

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/whyhouseandsenate.htm

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/01/13/fighting-against-special-interests-and-public-interest-a-year-change

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Transparency_and_Open_Government/