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Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

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Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

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Anti-vaxxers is made up to divide

By Lucy Pasteur - Aug 05 2019
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Whether you are getting paid to push deadly vaccines or whether you are disturbed to the point where you actually believe the lies - you are culpable for all the deadly illness vaccines are designed to cause because you’re an influencer. You gotta be a complete nincompoop to believe vaccines are “good” for anyone. You want vaccines - no one is stopping you but stop forcing your will on others!

One of the. Best.

By JAldenwalt - Jul 30 2019
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There are a lot of podcasts out there, but few with a voice that I can listen to for this many years. I don't always agree with Thomas, but always feel that his views are well researched and thoughtfully presented. I started listening while living in the Middle East to drown out the blaring calls to prayer. Now I listen for the interviews and insight. Thomas has steadily improved as an interviewer but kept the casual and accessible style we loved when he was getting drunk and playing with his cat instead of reading his bible.

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673 Ratings
Average Ratings
570
41
8
17
37

Anti-vaxxers is made up to divide

By Lucy Pasteur - Aug 05 2019
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Whether you are getting paid to push deadly vaccines or whether you are disturbed to the point where you actually believe the lies - you are culpable for all the deadly illness vaccines are designed to cause because you’re an influencer. You gotta be a complete nincompoop to believe vaccines are “good” for anyone. You want vaccines - no one is stopping you but stop forcing your will on others!

One of the. Best.

By JAldenwalt - Jul 30 2019
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There are a lot of podcasts out there, but few with a voice that I can listen to for this many years. I don't always agree with Thomas, but always feel that his views are well researched and thoughtfully presented. I started listening while living in the Middle East to drown out the blaring calls to prayer. Now I listen for the interviews and insight. Thomas has steadily improved as an interviewer but kept the casual and accessible style we loved when he was getting drunk and playing with his cat instead of reading his bible.
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Serious Inquiries Only

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Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.

Rank #1: SIO201: Did Al Franken Get Railroaded? with Jamie Lombardi

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Recently, a New Yorker article made a case for Al Franken and why he didn't get the due process he deserved. It points to some inconsistencies in Franken's first accuser's story, and explains some misconceptions about the USO tour and the skits that he wrote. But does the evidence justify the central claim - that he was railroaded and shouldn't have had to resign? Joining me to discuss this question, as well as the wider #metoo implications, is Jamie Lombardi! Jamie also introduces herself and gives some of her background and we talk about a 'free speech in academia' talk that she is giving in the fall.

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Aug 08 2019
45 mins
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Rank #2: SIO108: Sam Harris Sides with Ben Shapiro Over the FFRF

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What in the hell is the atheism world coming to when atheist horse-person Sam Harris would agree with a religious conservative on a matter of Church-State Separation over the Freedom from Religion Foundation? I talk about the details of this strange and depressing convergence, as well as some of the other broader implications of the Eric Weinstein, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris conversation, and Weinstein's so-called Intellectual Dark Web. Sources: Harris Podcast; FFRF View on Masterpiece Cake Case; Ben Shapiro Lying About the Case; Eric Weinstein Tinfoil Hat Tweet; Contra Video Taken Down; German Law. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support the show at seriouspod.com/support! Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com
Jan 04 2018
45 mins
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Rank #3: AS274: David Smalley of Dogma Debate and Andrew Torrez

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Listeners will know I’ve been very critical of a particular exchange David had with Andrew, so I feel absolutely obligated to give David the chance to come on the show to provide his point of view. The result is an unedited conversation between the 3 of us. Andrew and I did some commentary afterward on … Continue reading AS274: David Smalley of Dogma Debate and Andrew Torrez →

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Sep 08 2016
1 hour 54 mins
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Rank #4: SIO82: The Mythinformation Shitshow

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As you likely know by now, Mythinformation conference was a shitshow. Here's my story. This whopper could have easily been 2 episodes but I didn't want to make you wait. Don't say I never did anything for you. I've got a message to anyone involved in the Mythicist Milwaukee organization at the 77 minute mark. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com
Oct 05 2017
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #5: SIO70: WTF Sam Harris

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Sam once again had Douglas Murray on his show and they both said some incredibly ignorant things, in my opinion. The worst was Sam's condemnation of Black Lives Matter. He provided absolutely no facts about it or insights into his reasoning, something I would think you'd want to do before making a claim like that. I play a few clips and try to get to the bottom of this "Identity Politics" bogeyman. Identity Politics Interview; Douglas Murray - Gentrified Xenophobia; Criminal Justice Fact Sheet; WaPo on Incarceration; ACLU and Guns Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com
Aug 24 2017
54 mins
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Rank #6: AS292: President Trump, with Eli Bosnick and Andrew Torrez

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It f*cking happened. President Trump. We elected President Trump. The first 12 minutes of this episode are my live reaction from Tuesday night when it happened. It may make you uncomfortable. It’s raw and emotional but it’s how I was feeling. I left it in in case it helps anyone feel less alone in this. … Continue reading AS292: President Trump, with Eli Bosnick and Andrew Torrez →

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Nov 10 2016
57 mins
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Rank #7: AS225: Andrew Torrez on Scalia’s Legal Activism

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Have you always known Scalia was the worst but didn’t quite have the legal expertise to say exactly why? I’ve got the podcast for you! My guest is Andrew Torrez who is a graduate of Harvard Law and owns his own practice in Baltimore, and he’s got some great blog posts on things like Scalia … Continue reading AS225: Andrew Torrez on Scalia’s Legal Activism →

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Mar 21 2016
59 mins
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Rank #8: SIO9: Punching Nazis, with Eli Bosnick

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Recently the internet exploded in debate over a video in which neo-Nazi Richard Spencer was punched while giving an interview. Even the New York Times published an article that asked whether this is something that should be morally permissible. I have come out against violence over words of any non-imminently threatening kind, and my guest Eli Bosnick has come out strong the other way. Since Eli is an awesome guy willing to discuss disagreements and try to find the truth, he's here to have a bit of a debate with me on what the correct course of action is re: Nazi punching. To leave a voicemail to potentially be played on the show, call (916) 750-4746! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com Questions, Suggestions, Episode ideas? Contact us: haeley@seriouspod.com
Jan 23 2017
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #9: SIO100: The Red Pill, Part 2: MRAs Should Be Democrats

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It's finally here! Part of of my series examining the arguments in the "documentary" "The Red Pill." Today we talk about video game addiction, porn addiction, toxic masculinity, and then the main topic: sentencing disparity. Are men treated unfairly by the justice system? Spoiler, the answer is actually yes. Here's the study most in line with MRA claims. Others have it lower, but this one is very convincing. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com
Dec 07 2017
53 mins
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Rank #10: AS210: Matt Dillahunty and Blake Giunta

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Matt Dillahunty and Blake Giunta Today’s episode is part 1 of a fascinating discussion on the problem of Divine Hiddenness. Matt Dillahunty joins us, who you no doubt have heard on Atheist Experience and countless other debates. He can be found here.  On the other side is Blake Giunta, a Christian and past guest of … Continue reading AS210: Matt Dillahunty and Blake Giunta →

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Jan 28 2016
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #11: SIO44: Debunking the 'Conceptual Penis' Stunt with Eli Bosnick

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An embarrassingly unskeptical article appeared in Skeptic Magazine recently featuring a hoax paper published in a Gender Studies journal  by two authors: James Lindsay (past guest of the show) and Peter Boghossian.  Michael Shermer, the editor of Skeptic magazine, and several major figures in the skeptic movement like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins took the conclusion that Gender Studies as a field has been demolished by this hoax. This is incredibly irresponsible. The hoax paper accomplished no such thing, and Eli is here to explain in depth why. Links: Skeptic Magazine Article Other sokal hoaxes:
  • A US nuclear physics conference accepted a paper written entirely in autocomplete.
  • A trio of MIT grad students created an algorithm that creates fake scientific papers – in 2013 IEEE and Springer Publishing found 120 published papers had been generated by the program.
  • A paper entitled “Get me off your fucking mailing list” was accepted for publication by computer science journal.
  • A 2013 hoax saw a scientific paper about fictional lichen published in several hundred journals.
Cogent OA FAQ Lichen Paper published in 45% of DOAJ publishers Gender Studies Journal Rankings Excellent Debunk by Bleedingheartlibertarians Other Excellent Debunk, with Source for Sokal Quote   Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com Questions, Suggestions, Episode ideas? email: haeley@seriouspod.com
May 25 2017
46 mins
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Rank #12: SIO50: Michael Shermer on Evergreen and Gender Studies

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Back for a second time is Michael Shermer! He's the editor of Skeptic Magazine and has been a very prominent voice in the community for decades. After our last conversation, a couple of things happened. One was the gender studies hoax, which was explained and endorsed by his magazine. The other was the Evergreen incident, which Shermer tweeted about and wanted to know my thoughts on. We discussed both of these at length! Refer to my earlier episode on Evergreen for those references Faculty of color say they are receiving death threats; President disappointed in protesters, may discipline; Weinstein second Tucker Carlson appearance; Sokal's response to the gender studies hoax; Feminist glaciology TED talk. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com Questions, Suggestions, Episode ideas? email: haeley@seriouspod.com
Jun 15 2017
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #13: SIO176: Eli Bosnick on the Trial of Peter Boghossian

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There has been another chapter in the ongoing saga of classical liberal types seeking to prove that entire fields of academia are bogus. They allegedly do so by publishing a handful of fake studies and papers in a few different academic journals, mostly in the field of gender studies. Due to the fact that these hoaxes have utilized fake data, wasted tons of innocent people's time, and possibly constituted human experimentation, Peter Boghossian has come under a totally reasonable investigation. This hasn't stopped the usual IDW types from reacting as though Boghossian is awaiting public execution. Eli, who broke down the original hoax expertly in SIO44, is back to provide an informed and hilarious breakdown of the whole thing!

Twitter thread on datasets; letter from PSU faculty; excellent Slate article.

Here are Eli's notes and links that I am publishing in a clear violation of his copyright:

Singal article; hey wait don’t I remember that Jesse Signal Guy from somewhere; Turning points USA is terrifying; here’s their professor watchlist; Go down the rabbit hole of highly funded crazy; They are coming for Peter’s Vital Fluids Video Source; Digilante; hey speaking of crazy shit boghossian has said; Hey look more people with brains

Jan 17 2019
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #14: AS219: The Sam Harris Maryam Namazie Breakdown

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The Sam Harris Maryam Namazie Breakdown Today’s episode is all about breaking down the Sam Harris Maryam Namazie breakdown which happened on Harris’s Waking Up Podcast. The episode in question can be found here. While my podcast will provide a more detailed explanation, I’m also going to do a bit of a blog post here to hit some … Continue reading AS219: The Sam Harris Maryam Namazie Breakdown →

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Feb 29 2016
51 mins
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Rank #15: SIO92: Was the DNC Rigged?

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It's another topic decide by the fine folks over at patreon.com/seriouspod! Donna Brazile made a huge stir with her article on Politico.com claiming the DNC was rigged in favor of Hillary. She actually later walked back that language, but that didn't stop an avalanche of accusations on both sides. I tried very hard to check all my biases and take a look at the evidence and see what really happened. Intercept Article; 2015 Politico Article; 2016 Politico Article; 538 on Number of Debates; Politifact on DWS Claim; 2016 Dem Primary Polls; Vox Clinton Dem Victory Timeline; WaPo Brazile Walks Back Claim; Flaw in Brazile Argument; Joint Fundraising Agreement; Stephanie Zvan Piece; 538 System Isn't Rigged Against Bernie; DNC Pledges to Change Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com
Nov 09 2017
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #16: SIO200: Democratic Debate, Round 2, Night 1

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Hey folks, I'm back with a rapid response on night 1 of the... TIME, thank you Thomas. But I didn't get to explain what the.. TIME thank you Thomas. Moving on. But I... ok you have 3.2 more seconds. That's it? Ok it'sanepisodeaboutthedebates TIME!

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Aug 01 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #17: AS223: Angry Black Rant

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Today we’ve got a lot more discussion with Ishmael Brown, host of Angry Black Rant! This time we talk about Black Lives Matter and whether or not their protests go too far! And there are other topics and laughs and lots of good stuff!

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Mar 14 2016
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Rank #18: SIO142: Andrews Seidel and Torrez on Masterpiece Cakeshop

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It's a coven of Andrews! We had so much to talk about regarding the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision handed down by the Supreme Court recently, that we had to do some overflow from Opening Arguments! These two expert Andrews are here to break it down for us, including how many different ways Dave Rubin is wrong about this. (It's a lot). Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support the show at seriouspod.com/support! Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com
Jun 07 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #19: AS257: Andrew Torrez on Christian Mingle

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Today I’ve got Andrew Torrez to talk about the Christian Mingle settlement and hi quite awful interaction with David Smalley. After that I offer some commentary on the shootings and related events. The next 2 shows are the promised amazing lesson on the 2nd Amendment, with Andrew. Patrons can listen to that entire recording on … Continue reading AS257: Andrew Torrez on Christian Mingle →

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Jul 11 2016
50 mins
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Rank #20: SIO95: The Franken Fallout, with Dr. Kristi Winters and Charone Frankel

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In a world where we're finally starting to take allegations of sexual misconduct seriously, what is next? How do we as a society treat the perpetrators? Does it matter if they are contrite? Are there different levels of seriousness? All these are very tough questions that I don't think we, as a whole, quite have the answers to yet. Here to help us get the dialogue started are Dr. Kristi Winters and Charone Frankel! Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support us on Patreon at:  patreon.com/seriouspod Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email thomas@seriouspod.com
Nov 20 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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