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ID The Future: Pt. 4: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer (#1506)

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

This ID the Future wraps up a lively four-part series between religious skeptic Michael Shermer and Return of the God Hypothesis author and philosopher of science Stephen Meyer. Here Meyer underscores the fact that every worldview must posit something as the prime reality, and he argues that positing mind (rather than matter) as the prime reality solves far more problems in science, and not just in origins science. What about the idea of a multiverse to explain the fine tuning of the laws and constants of physics? Meyer concedes that this is a solution of sorts, but it comes at a tremendous cost, which he explains. That's just a taste of where Meyer and Shermer go in this final segment. Read More › Source Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/id-the-future/pt-4-stephen-meyer-and-skeptic-michael-shermer/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to ID The Future in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.

20 Sep 2021

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ID The Future: Pt. 3: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer (#1505)

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

On this ID the Future, Return of the God Hypothesis author Stephen Meyer and skeptic Michael Shermer address the question of how a divine immaterial being could act in the material world to design and fashion things such as the first life. Meyer argues that while we don't know precisely how an immaterial mind would do this or did do this, we have good evidence that minds can and do affect matter, as for instance in the evidence that our minds can affect our brains and, by extension, our bodies. Meyer and Shermer also discuss the idea of front-loaded intelligent design--that is, where God loaded into the moment of the Big Bang everything necessary for the emergence of stars, planets, Earth, Read More › Source Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/id-the-future/pt-3-stephen-meyer-and-skeptic-michael-shermer/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to ID The Future in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.

18 Sep 2021

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Michael Shermer on COVID Hysteria, the Religion of Wokeism, and Cults | Ep. 153

The Megyn Kelly Show

Megyn Kelly is joined by Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and presidential fellow at Chapman University, to talk about COVID hysteria, the religion of wokeism, the rise of conspiracy theories, vaccines and American ingenuity, masks as a religion, the value of being skeptical, cults in America (and what qualifies as a cult), and more.Follow The Megyn Kelly Show on all social platforms:Twitter: http://Twitter.com/MegynKellyShowInstagram: http://Instagram.com/MegynKellyShowFacebook: http://Facebook.com/MegynKellyShowFind out more information at:https://www.devilmaycaremedia.com/megynkellyshow

1hr 36mins

2 Sep 2021

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Skepticism, UFOs, and Conspiracies with Michael Shermer

The Rewired Soul

Episode Notes Michael Shermer is the founder of Skeptic magazine and has authored numerous books on why people believe weird things, how to debunk conspiracies, the exchange of ideas, and so much more. In this episode, we talk about a wide range of topics from being a skeptic, to UFOs and conspiracies, to free speech and free will. Enjoy! Follow Michael on Twitter @michaelshermerVisit Skeptic.com Get a copy of Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye Get a copy of The Moral Arc Get a copy of Giving the Devil his Due Get a copy of The Believing Brain Get a copy of Why People Believe Weird Things For the interview transcript visit www.TheRewiredSoul.com/interviews Follow @TheRewiredSoul on Twitter and Instagram Support The Rewired Soul:Get books by Chris Support on Patreon Try BetterHelp Online Therapy (affiliate)Donate

1hr 34mins

2 Jul 2021

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If You Love Conspiracy Theories (Or Know Someone Who Does), Watch This | Michael Shermer on Conversations with Tom

Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Check out our sponsors:  Butcher Box: Bacon for Life is back! New members get a package of FREE bacon in every box for the life of the subscription at ButcherBox.com/impact Podcorn: Learn more at https://podcorn.com/podcasters/ Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/impacttheory Ladder: Go to LadderLife.com/impacttheory InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at insidetracker.com/impacttheory What utility do your beliefs have in your everyday life? From the way you decide on political issues to the way you tune out dissenting views, and decide against conversations with certain people every choice is backed by some belief in what you consider to be right. Michael Shermer, who I dubbed, the King Skeptic, joins me and discusses why free speech matters most when people don't want to hear it, and the power behind social signaling that helps shed light on some of the breakdowns being seen on a global scale. Michael’s ability to think through strong opposing arguments searching for truth and charitable interpretation and tolerance for others is foundational. Order Michael Shermer’s book, Giving The Devil His Due: https://amzn.to/2TWVvfq QUOTES: “much of decision making about truth is made under uncertainty.” [14:31] “if you want to speak out, because you don't believe this ideology, and you see your neighbor, you know, hauled off and you never see him again, it's like, ‘I'm keeping my mouth shut.’” [33:02] “if the only answer could be I'm 100% behind it. Or else, I'm not gonna say anything. Well, that's not good for society.” “so social media is basically taking this natural human propensity to talk about other people. And marrying it to the negativity bias where we notice negative things more than positive things.” [50:26] “losses hurt twice as much as gains feel good.” [50:46] “try to separate what I want to be true from what is actually true.” [1:04:01] “ it's good to remember on commercial television, there's commercials. And so the content is basically whatever it takes to get people to get from one commercial to the next with that clicking away.” [1:07:25] “if you're going to write a law, you should write it in a way that you don't know which group you're going to be in,” [1:20:03] “put yourself in the position of you're the lone voice. And do you or do you not want to be heard? Of course, people want to be heard. So free speech is for those with whom we disagree.” [1:34:29] Follow Michael Shermer: Website: https://michaelshermer.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelshermer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Michael.Brant.Shermer Podcast: https://www.skeptic.com/michael-shermer-show/

1hr 44mins

24 Jun 2021

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Eric Weinstein & Michael Shermer: An honest dialogue about UFOs.

Into the Impossible With Brian Keating

What is the nature of the abundant accounts of unexplained aerial phenomena? Are they harbingers of advanced extraterrestrial engineering, math, and physics, beyond our standard model? Or is there a more prosaic, though no less significant explanation, ranging from military operations, unreliable witnesses, or confirmation bias? Is our government sharing all it knows? Or is there really anything 'there' there?Beyond wanting to believe, do we have any evidence for our beliefs? 00:00:00 Intro 1:00:00 - Technology 1:02:50 - Antigravity Programs dating back to the 1950s & Feynman? 1:18:36 - Centralized Narratives! 1:28:15 - Science funding and obligations Join me and  @Eric Weinstein  and  @Skeptic  Michael Shermer to discuss this fascinating topic. Recent interest in alien craft sightings, documented in my interview with @Mick West is at an all time high: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJtTgIKDUZw. and also see my chat with  @SETI Institute  scientist Seth Shostak https://youtu.be/IZ9wxV_MWVIWatch my interview with  @AlienScientist  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVX2sKo3LKE&t=1sPlease join my mailing list to get resources and enter giveaways to win a FREE copy of my book Losing the Nobel Prize: http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php 📝🎥 🎥 Watch my most popular videos🎥 🎥 Frank Wilczek https://youtu.be/3z8RqKMQHe0?sub_conf... Weinstein and Wolfram https://youtu.be/OI0AZ4Y4Ip4 Sheldon Glashow: https://youtu.be/a0_iaWgxQtA?sub_conf... Michael Saylor The Physics of Bitcoin https://youtu.be/CaN_CDKqXOg?sub_conf... Sir Roger Penrose, Nobel Prize winner: Sir Roger Penrose: Are Singularities Real? https://youtu.be/57SMQj3lOm0 Sara Seager Venus LIfe: https://youtu.be/QPsEDoOTU6k?sub_conf... Noam Chomsky: https://youtu.be/Iaz6JIxDh6Y?sub_conf... Sabine Hossenfelder: https://youtu.be/V6dMM2-X6nk?sub_conf... Sarah Scoles: https://youtu.be/apVKobWigMw Stephen Wolfram: https://youtu.be/nSAemRxzmXM 🏄‍♂️ Find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating 🔥 Find me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/DrBrianKeating 📖 Buy my book LOSING THE NOBEL PRIZE: http://amzn.to/2sa5UpA 🔔 Subscribe for more great content https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeatin... ✍️Detailed Blog posts here: https://briankeating.com/blog.php 📧Join my mailing list: http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php 👪Join my Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/losingthenobelprize 🎙️Please subscribe, rate, and review the INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/i... 🎙️Listen on all other platforms: https://wavve.link/into A production of http://imagination.ucsd.edu/Join this channel to get access to perks:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmXH_moPhfkqCk6S3b9RWuw/joinSupport the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/drbriankeatingAnd please join my mailing list to get resources and enter giveaways to win a FREE copy of my book (and more) http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php 📝 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 52mins

17 Jun 2021

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E018. Michael Shermer on the Hijacking of Science

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast

Ayaan talks with Michael Shermer about the hijacking of the scientific method, science being used as a political tool, vaccine hesitancy, and more. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of The Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years, he was a columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of Why People Believe in Weird Things, The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, The Moral Arc, Heavens on Earth, and Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist. Follow him on Twitter @michaelshermer or visit his website: www.skeptics.com; www.michaelshermer.com. Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ayaan-hirsi-ali-podcast/michael-shermer-on-the-hijacking-of-science/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed. Follow The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ayaan).

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28 May 2021

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E017. Michael Shermer on Science, Reason, and Skepticism

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast

Ayaan talks with Michael Shermer about his journey in and out of religion, the ten commandments of freedom of speech, and the concept of moral politics. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of The Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years, he was a columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of Why People Believe in Weird Things, The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, The Moral Arc, Heavens on Earth, and Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist. Follow him on Twitter @michaelshermer or visit his website: www.skeptics.com; www.michaelshermer.com. Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ayaan-hirsi-ali-podcast/michael-shermer-on-science-reason-and-skepticism/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed. Follow The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ayaan).

55mins

20 May 2021

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Giving The Devil His Due with Michael Shermer [S2 Ep.14]

Conversations With Coleman

Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman.   My guest today is Michael Shermer. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, the host of the Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years he was a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He's the author of New York Times bestsellers, ‘Why People Believe Weird Things’, ‘The Believing Brain', ‘Why Darwin Matters’, ‘The Science of Good and Evil', ‘The Moral Arc’, ‘Heavens on Earth', and ‘Giving The Devil His Due’, which is the subject of today's podcast.  Michael and I talked about the declining relevance of Christianity on the political landscape today, threats to free speech, QAnon, conspiracy theories, and why people believe them. We talked about the one conspiracy theory I do believe in and laws that would ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools, and much more.

1hr 7mins

13 May 2021

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IDT 093 - Jordy Pete and Michael Shermer

The Intellectual Dollar Tree

Follow: Twitch, YouTube, RSS, Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes Live Show Schedule Join Our Discord Support Us On Patreon Check Out Our Studio Hosts: Producer Dave All of the music you hear on this podcast has been submitted to us by local artists. You can go to our Listen Live page and check out the over 1500 songs we’ve received, always on shuffle any time we’re not doing a broadcast! Members Show (freebie)

26 Apr 2021

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