Alternatives to Thought


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Episode 55: The Neuroscience of ISIS

Today Chalmer welcomes special guest Morgan Levy for a discussion on the neuroscience of ISIS. Are Muslims fundamentally different from other people? Are all religions fundamentally the same? And, can you make any movie you want? Power up your frontal lobes with this edition of Alternatives to Thought. References and Resources Additional download and listening […]


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Episode 52: Pseudohistory

The Project is back in action today with Chalmer’s look at Pseudohistory. What is the historical fallacy? What evidence would make you change your mind? Is all this nonsense harmless fun, or are there more insidious effects at work? It’s all a conspiracy in this edition of Altdernatives to Thought. References and Resources Additional download […]


Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries
Episode 50: Investigating the Paranormal, with Benjamin Radford

Today Chalmer welcomes special guest Benjamin Radford to the Project for a discussion on paranormal investigation. What qualifies as paranormal? Have any of us ever had a paranormal experience? Ever had ghost sex? It would seem that we ain’t afraid of no ghost in this edition of Alternatives to Thought. References and Resources Additional download […]


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Episode 48: Genetically Modified Organisms

Today Chalmer takes point as the Project looks at Genetically Modified Organisms. What exactly are GMOs? Why do some people object to them? Is there even a reason to be afraid? Splice through the confusion with this edition of Alternatives to Thought. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can be found at www.archve.org 


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Episode 45: Forbidden Psychology with Tomasz Witowski

Today Chalmer takes the Project international with special guest Tomasz Witowski of Poland. What is Forbidden Psychology? How do we spot bogus entries into popular science publications? And whose responsibility is it to be skeptical? Grab your visas and set a course for Crazy Town on this edition of Alternatives to Thought.   References and […]


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Episode 30: Aliens & Astrobiology with David Grinspoon

Chalmer brings in special guest David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist currently with the Library of Congress, to help answer the question: are we alone in the universe? Can we travel or send messages to other planets? What might signs of extraterrestrial life look like? And is your world in equilibrium? The truth is still out there […]


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Episode 27: Linguistics: Myths & Misconceptions

In this episode Chalmer and special reoccurring guest Joel Guttormson discuss some linguistic mythology… literally. How many colors does your language have? Is there a mother tongue? And will Norm ever be convinced? YOLO with this edition of Alternatives to Thought. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can be found at www.archve.org Joel Guttormson […]


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Episode 25: Religion and Prosociality with Jeremy Beahan

Today Chalmer welcomes fellow podcaster and skeptical doubter Jeremy Beahan to the Project for a look at some religiosity claims. What is the Prosocial Theory? Does belief in the Divine make you more inclined to be moral? And can we even evaluate it scientifically? Get primed for some sanity in this edition of Alternatives to Thought.


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Episode 21: Evolution Part 2

Directly descended from part one, comes the next chapter in Alternatives to Thought with Human Evolution Part Two… the sequel! Special guest Joel Guttormson returns as Chalmer takes us on a journey exploring some of our earliest common ancestors all the way up to homo sapiens. Why did bipedalism develop? Does evolution have a meaning? What does facultative mean? The answers in this obligate edition of Alternatives to Thought! Joel Guttormson is the Outreach and event Coordinator at the Richard Dawkins Foundation of Reason and Science!


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Episode 20: Evolution Part 1

Today we call in reinforcements as Chalmer takes the reins and leads us through some common objections used by those who attack Evolution. Join us as we go from radiometric carbon dating to retroviruses. Why are there still monkeys? What is a vestigial trait? And can Chalmer structure a coherent question? It’s all here in this edition of Alternatives to Thought! Special guest: Joel Guttormson, the new Outreach and event Coordinator at the Richard Dawkins Foundation of Reason and Science!


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Episode 10: AIDS Denialism

What is the cost of willful ignorance? And what are the ramifications of doing nothing about it? In this episode Chalmer leads us on a journey to South Africa, and reveals just how devastating a perfect storm of scientific ignorance and AIDS Denialism can be. It’s all aboard the crazy train for some more examples of Alternatives to Thought.


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Episode 6: Chemtrails and Environmentalism

In our first episode we discussed geoengineering as a solution to our growing environmental woes. But some believe large scale geoengineering is already underway, possibly for better but almost certainly for worse. No one quite knows the culprit, but their methods are clear: chemtrails! In this edition of Alternatives to thoughts, we discuss this and many other nefarious plots, from mind control to social pacification, that these chemtrails have been implicated in.