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Can two skeptics solve the world's issues? Scientific skepticism is the practice of seeking whether extraordinary claims are supported by extraordinary evidence. It may be helpful not to think of skepticism as the opposite of optimism, but as the opposite of unquestioning certainty. In this weekly podcast, Harrison and Jake use a combination of science, skepticism, free thought and rationality to challenge all popular and unpopular beliefs. As a general warning, if you hold views near and dear to your heart, they may be challenged in this podcast. We often attempt to challenge our own beliefs in order to let nothing go unquestioned. As a result, we will frequently get off-topic and there will be swearing, name-calling and jokes in very poor taste. Welcome to the Wet Blanket Skeptics podcast, where there are no sacred cows allowed.

Can two skeptics solve the world's issues? Scientific skepticism is the practice of seeking whether extraordinary claims are supported by extraordinary evidence. It may be helpful not to think of skepticism as the opposite of optimism, but as the opposite of unquestioning certainty. In this weekly podcast, Harrison and Jake use a combination of science, skepticism, free thought and rationality to challenge all popular and unpopular beliefs. As a general warning, if you hold views near and dear to your heart, they may be challenged in this podcast. We often attempt to challenge our own beliefs in order to let nothing go unquestioned. As a result, we will frequently get off-topic and there will be swearing, name-calling and jokes in very poor taste. Welcome to the Wet Blanket Skeptics podcast, where there are no sacred cows allowed.
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Can two skeptics solve the world's issues? Scientific skepticism is the practice of seeking whether extraordinary claims are supported by extraordinary evidence. It may be helpful not to think of skepticism as the opposite of optimism, but as the opposite of unquestioning certainty. In this weekly podcast, Harrison and Jake use a combination of science, skepticism, free thought and rationality to challenge all popular and unpopular beliefs. As a general warning, if you hold views near and dear to your heart, they may be challenged in this podcast. We often attempt to challenge our own beliefs in order to let nothing go unquestioned. As a result, we will frequently get off-topic and there will be swearing, name-calling and jokes in very poor taste. Welcome to the Wet Blanket Skeptics podcast, where there are no sacred cows allowed.

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@wbskeptics

Language:

English


Episodes

2016-12-04: The Sunk Cost Fallacy

12/4/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about recording in-person, the sunk cost fallacy, Richard Spencer, the election results, the Pope, zipper merging, sacred cows, and lessons learned. References: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/251836-we-re-so-self-important-everybody-s-going-to-save-something-now-save http://arstechnica.com/cars/2014/07/the-beauty-of-zipper-merging-or-why-you-should-drive-ruder/ Harrison’s recommended...

Duration: 01:27:04


2016-11-20: Ramble On

11/20/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison, Jake and Joe talk about the election results, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, diabetes, the Bermuda Triangle, space travel, and audio...

Duration: 00:49:10


2016-11-13: Sugar

11/13/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about voting, TCM, meteorology, sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, addiction, food documentaries, DNA, and the Bermuda...

Duration: 01:08:33


2016-11-06: Skepticism 201

11/6/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison, Jake, and Joe talk about the show’s final episodes, Katie May, chiropractic, unfriending on social media, scientism, Skepchick, Rebecca Watson, elevatorgate, rape accusations, Exxon, the Great Barrier Reef, and devil’s...

Duration: 01:19:11


2016-10-02: Joe and the Litmus Test

10/2/2016
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In this week's podcast, Jake is absent, so Harrison performs a skeptical litmus test on Joe, where they talk about vaccines, psychics, ghosts, conspiracy theories, and more. *Spoiler alert for Zoolander 2* References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdZTZQvuCo http://www.skepticink.com/tombc/

Duration: 01:01:49


2016-09-18: #election2016 Again

9/18/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about bidets, Rob Zombie, third-party candidates, Clinton cash, the Trump Foundation, Gary Johnson, Aleppo, Jill Stein, Ajamu Baraka, voting strategies, truth, and conspiracy...

Duration: 01:26:13


2016-09-11: Mental Illness

9/11/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about jet fuel, steel beams, lifestraws, pulchronomics, the autism spectrum, methane clathrate, the difference model, denial of mental illness, depression, Politifact, and protesting oil...

Duration: 01:11:39


2016-09-04: The Flu Vaccine

9/4/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about Women’s Equality Day, flu shots, mountain dew, gas bubbles, interstellar probes, and Joe Mercola. References: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas...

Duration: 01:04:17


2016-08-28: Feminism

8/28/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about karma, feminism, the patriarchy, rape culture, men’s rights, and abortions.

Duration: 01:29:07


2016-08-14: Takin’ It Easy

8/14/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake are takin’ it easy.

Duration: 00:03:19


2016-08-07: Local Food

8/7/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about rainforests, the squatty potty, bidets, local food, rising sea levels, and guns on campus.

Duration: 01:04:31


2016-07-31: Episode 20: Special Rambling Edition

7/31/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about rambling, Mark Fuhrman, conspiracy cascades, stuff we hate, toilets, hippies, karma, the pledge of allegiance, freeganism, hate speech, GMO labeling, and Jill Stein.

Duration: 01:10:50


2016-07-24: Politics and Islamophobia

7/24/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about iTunes ratings, rambling, skepticism, Politics, Islamophobia, CSIcon, and violence.

Duration: 01:13:43


2016-07-17: Polyamory

7/17/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about skepticism, rationalism, vegetarianism, polyamory, monogamy, Pokémon Go, Black Lives Matter, and All Lives Matter.

Duration: 01:12:19


2016-07-10: Libertarianism

7/10/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about libertarianism, classic liberalism, anarcho-capitalism, taxation, theft, and Gary Johnson.

Duration: 01:14:49


2016-07-03: Police Brutality and Vegetarianism

7/3/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about terrorism, police brutality, vegetarianism, veganism, hate speech, and emotional violence.

Duration: 01:05:32


2016-06-26: Appeal to Nature Fallacy and Social Conservatism

6/26/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about the appeal to nature fallacy, social conservatism, profiling, and the recent Arizona meteor sighting.

Duration: 01:08:04


2016-06-19: Game Theory 101

6/19/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about sexuality, game theory, the prisoner’s dilemma, Orlando, tragedies, Brock Turner, rape, and xHamster.

Duration: 01:13:55


2016-06-12: Déjà Vu and Science Deniers

6/12/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about planned obsolescence, self-driving cars, déjà vu, dreams, science deniers, global warming, Facebook, and Glenn Beck.

Duration: 01:09:38


2016-06-05: Moral Purity and Planned Obsolescence

6/5/2016
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In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about gender roles, moral purity, Hamilton, and planned obsolescence.

Duration: 01:04:53

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