Friday, June 2, 2017Episode 63 – Fake News Pro Truth
Today Chalmer brings in reinforcements for a discussion on liars, fake news, and memes (oh my!). The Project is pleased to bring you Professor Gleb Tsipursky. Reliable sources are debated, the problem with fake news is reported, and the Pro-Truth pledge is taken. It’s the REAL Seal in this edition of Alternatives to Thought. […]
Friday, February 17, 2017Derailed – Episode 1
Today the Project is off the rails with the premier of Nick’s new show where there are no rules and the conversation can go anywhere. The Magic of role-playing games is imagined. We react to the reaction of Trump’s actions. And everything is made of oil. All that and more in this inaugural edition of […]
Wednesday, December 28, 2016Episode 62: David Grinspoon – Earth In Human Hands
Today the Project welcomes Dr. David Grinspoon to discuss his new book, Earth in Human Hands. Is the planet entering a new Era? Will our impact on the world destroy us? Should we be hopeful about the future? Welcome to the anthropocene in this edition of the Mile High Sanity Project. References and […]
Wednesday, December 7, 2016Episode 61: Artificial Intelligence
Today, Brittny leads a conversation on A.I. How can you tell if something is intelligent? Is it even possible to program consciousness? And do you want your robomaid to flirt with you? Skynet becomes aware in this edition of the Mile High Sanity Project. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can […]
Monday, September 5, 2016Episode 60: Philosophy of Religion – The Teleological Argument
Today, Norm intelligently designs another Philosophy of Religion episode. This time we look at the Teleological Argument. Is the universe really like a machine? Why is the design so unintelligent? And what’s the deal with rabbits? All that and more in this Hume-morous edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and […]
Monday, June 20, 2016Episode 59: Philosophy of Religion – The Cosmological Aargument
Today, Norm continues the Philosophy of Religion series with a look at the Cosmological Argument. What is an uncaused cause? Why is Chalmer opening doors? Can an infinite regress be avoided? This episode just popped into existence in Norm’s Conceptual Corner.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016Episode 58: Divine Knowledge & Freewill
Things get weird for this Philosophy of Religion episode when Norm leads a discussion to answer what is God? Superheroes are mentioned. Large stones are created. And the problem of free will is determined. You may have no choice but to listen to this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and […]
Wednesday, March 2, 2016Episode 57: The Ontological Argument
Today Norm delves into one of the more bizarre arguments for God’s existence. Who is your favorite superhero? What are the properties of God? And what is the perfect pizza? This podcast exists in Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can be found at www.archve.org
Tuesday, January 12, 2016Episode 56: Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Today Norm charts a course for a new series, Philosophy of Religion. Should it even exist? What is it not? And what areas will we be exploring in this new course series? We’re sorry you feel that way in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can be […]
Thursday, December 31, 2015Episode 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 […]
Sunday, October 11, 2015Episode 54: The Ethics of Gun Control
Today the Project is joined by guest Andrew Arkis as Norm closes out the Ethics CourseSeries with a discussion on Gun Control. What does the 2nd Amendment really say? What is a fundamental right? And do we really want laser eyes? Trigger warning, you’re entering Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can […]
Tuesday, August 4, 2015Episode 53: New Horizons Flyby with guest David Grinspoon
Today the Project is joined by Dr. David Grinspoon to break down the recent NASA flyby of Pluto for the New Horizons mission. How difficult is it to send a probe that distance? Is Pluto geologically active? Can anything impress Negative Norman? That’s no moon in this edition of The Mile High Sanity Project. References […]
Thursday, July 2, 2015Episode 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 […]
Tuesday, May 26, 2015Episode 51: The War on Drugs
Today the Project welcomes a special guest to take a look at the ethics of the War on Drugs. What is paternalism? What are the costs of preventing people from getting high? Should we even be fighting this “war”? Turn on, tune in, drop out in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources […]
Saturday, March 7, 2015Episode 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 […]
Tuesday, February 10, 2015Episode 49: Ethics of Abortion
With Chalmer down for the count, Norm leads a discussion on the difficult topic of abortion. Would you save the violinist? Whose house is this anyways? And is it even possible to take someone’s life? Not every sperm is sacred in Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can be found […]
Thursday, January 1, 2015Episode 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
Saturday, October 18, 2014Episode 47: Social Contract Part II
The Project returns from a short break! Today Norm bites the bullet and takes us on an in depth look at the major criticisms for Social Contract to see if this moral theory can truly weather the storm . Will Brittny be convinced? Would Nick destroy all life on the Earth? And what does Chalmer have against children? The […]
Thursday, August 28, 2014Episode 46: War of the World Views
The Project is pleased to bring you the audio from the War of the World Views debate that Norm participated in. In one corner we have Intelligent Design, and in Norm’s Conceptual Corner we have Darwinian Evolution. Get ready to rumble with the Mile High Sanity Project. Additional download and listening options can be found […]
Sunday, August 3, 2014Episode 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 […]
Saturday, July 19, 2014Episode 44: Cosmos Reboot in Review, Series Recap
The Project is joined once again by David Grinspoon and Brittny Rosenow for a final look at the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. How was the series received overall? What is a scientific question? And did you spot the Funky Doctor in the original series? Come explore the “multiverse” with the Mile High Sanity Project. […]
Friday, July 4, 2014Episode 43: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 13
Today the Project takes a look at the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey finale. Do you know how much you don’t know? How much of the universe are we actually aware of? What’s the difference between seeing a pebble and unlocking the secrets of the universe? This episode was an incredible way to end a great series. And, […]
Wednesday, June 25, 2014Episode 42: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 12
The Project is back at full strength for a look at this divisive penultimate episode to Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. What is the evidence for humans causing Climate Change? Where does healthy skepticism become denialism? And what do we think this episode could have done better? Get ready for a positive feedback loop on the […]
Wednesday, June 11, 2014Episode 41: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 11
With Norm on hiatus, the Project calls in reinforcements to discuss episode eleven of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Must we die? What can survive in the vacuum of space? And is Earth a noisy interstellar neighbor? Keep calm and chive on with the Mile High Sanity Project. Featuring special guest Brittny Rosenow. References and […]
Saturday, June 7, 2014Episode 40: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 10
Greetings programs! Today we take a look at episode ten of the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. It was a smaller journey, with huge implications. Who was the “electric boy”? What is the relationship between light and electromagnetism? Where did the notion of “fields” originate in science? It’s all part of what makes existence possible […]
Tuesday, May 27, 2014Episode 39: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 9
The Project returns with a look at episode nine of the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. What are the different planets of Earth’s past? Which lifeforms are the real “chosen people”? And could humanity one day find itself in The Halls of Extinction? Connect the dots with this edition of the Mile High Sanity Project. […]
Wednesday, May 21, 2014Episode 38: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 8
With Nick on a mini-vacation, Chalmer and Norm join returning guest and friend of the show David Grinspoon for episode eight of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Topics include experiencing the stars, light pollution, women in science, and scientific inspiration. Have women been marginalized in science? Can science be spiritual? Does it make sense to think of future generations? We are […]
The Project is back with a look at the seventh episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. What is the age of the Earth? Who discovered an invisible toxic menace lurking all around us? And how can vested interests negatively affect science? Get the lead out in this edition of the Mile High Sanity Project. References […]
Saturday, May 3, 2014Episode 36: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 6
Today the Project is back at full strength for a look at Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Episode 6. What lurks within the micro world of a dew drop? How did early philosophers reason out atoms? And do neutrinos travel faster than light? Go deeper with this edition of the Mile High Sanity Project. References and […]
Sunday, April 20, 2014Episode 35: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 5
Today it’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, episode five. Follow the journey of astrophysics from camera obscura, to modern spectroscopy. What is light? How do we measure the spectrum? And what is an atomic bar code? Its all hidden in the light in this edition of the Mile High Sanity Project. References and Resources Additional download […]
Saturday, April 19, 2014Episode 34: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 4
The Project returns from a short hiatus with a review for episode four of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Is the sky really full of ghosts? Can Chalmer explain photons to Norm? And why is the speed of light so crazy? Seeing is not believing in the edition of the Mile High Sanity Project. References and […]
Wednesday, April 2, 2014Episode 33: Cosmos Reboot in Review Ep. 3
Today we’re back in it with a review of episode three of the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. What scientific literary masterpiece almost went unpublished? Who was Edmond Halley? And did Einstein ever really fail math? Nullius en Verba with the Mile High Sanity Project.
Sunday, March 23, 2014Episode 32: Cosmos Reboot in Review, Ep. 2
The Project is back with a look at the second episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. What’s the difference between Artificial and Natural Selection? Where are you on the Tree of Life? And will we one day join those in the Halls of Extinction? Let’s gather around the campfire and let Neil tell us a […]
Thursday, March 20, 2014Episode 31: Cosmos Reboot in Review, Ep. 1
The Project embarks on a story nearly 14 billion years in the making, with a look at the continuation of a journey started by Carl Sagan. Today we review the first episode of the new Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. What is your cosmic address? Who was Giordano Bruno? And how […]
Saturday, March 1, 2014Episode 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 […]
Saturday, February 1, 2014Episode 29: Applied Ethics & World Poverty
It’s a dark day in the War Room, as Norm leads us through two thought provoking articles on world poverty. We start with the bleak, and move to the utilitarian. Hardin puts us in lifeboats, Singer saves a drowning child, and the Ukraine is weak in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources […]
Wednesday, January 1, 2014Episode 28: Animal Rights & Utilitarianism
In this episode, Norm puts on his Peter Singer hat to tell us about animal rights. What is the BPE? Do utilitarians get to eat meat? And can Nick say anthropomorphism? Join us as we talk to the animals in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. References and Resources Additional download and listening options can […]
Sunday, December 1, 2013Episode 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 […]
Friday, November 1, 2013Episode 26: Social Contract Part I
Feeling like Life is a little nasty, brutish, and short? The Project has you covered with Norm’s look at Social Contract, our final moral theory of the Ethics Series. What is the “state of nature”? Can you solve the prisoner’s dilemma? Get your 80s movie references ready, it’s tit for tat in this self interested […]
Saturday, September 28, 2013Episode 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.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013Episode 24: Science Fiction with Special Guest Peter Boghossian
The Project is joined by Peter Boghossian on this full blown geek out session examining the philosophy of science fiction. We boldly go on a nerd trek exploring multiple sci-fi series and movies, our favorite and least favorite plot devices, and some of their philosophical underpinnings. Lock the seventh chevron, and prepare to make it so with The Mile High Sanity Project.
Monday, July 29, 2013Episode 23: Kantian Ethics Part 2
This week it’s deja vu with Kant Part Two. Norm leads us deeper into a game changing moral theory that almost, but not quite, manages to pull the rabbit out of the hat. Stamps are collected, and the French are endangered. It’s just a means to an end in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013Episode 22: Kantian Ethics Part 1
In this episode, we run from the weird uncle that is emotivism to the comforting arms of mother logic. Hume is Scare! Kant – well, we’ll just have to see. For him, love is a second hand emotion that makes way for pure reason. Does Kant’s theory keep us afloat or are we sunk yet again? It’s all here in this episode of Norm’s Conceptual Corner.
Monday, May 27, 2013Episode 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!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013Episode 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!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013Episode 19: Hume’s Emotivism
In this episode we take a journey back into the Corner to discuss the Passion of David Hume, his ethical theory of emotivism. How do we know what we know? Do morals even exist? Where are they? This episode of Norm’s Conceptual Corner has something for everyone; ice cream, beer, sociopaths, and Nick’s unrelenting quest to turn everything into a movie reference. Can we reason our way out of this one, or ought we not?
Saturday, February 16, 2013Episode 18: Special Guest Richard Dawkins
The Project scales mount improbable to bring you an interview with one Richard Dawkins, the noted evolutionary biologist and bestselling author of The God Delusion. Richard joins us in the war room to chat about the new book by Katherine Stewart, The Good News Club: The Christian Rights’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children. It’s time to update your memes with the Mile High Sanity Project.
Media lines are blurred beyond recognition as we podcast an interview with an investigative reporter about her hardcover book (!). Our guest is Katherine Stewart, author of “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children”. Yes, that’s right: Christian fundamentalists have found a way to feed their proselytizing agenda in our public schools. This is an important issue everyone should be aware of, and we are as horrified as Katherine is about what’s going. We’re just not sure whether the problem is rightly legal or social. Tune in for some lively debate and genuinely bad news.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012Episode 16: Dr. Morgan Levy and The Placebo Effect
This week the doctor is in. The project is honored to have Dr. Morgan Levy in the war room. He is a psychiatrist and expert on the placebo effect. You’ll enjoy this episode because we told you to.
Thursday, September 27, 2012Episode 15: Utilitarianism Part 2
Back for more, it’s Utilitarianism 2.0. We can rebuild it with John Stewart Mill, better than before, stronger, faster. But will this super moral theory be capable of leaping tall objections in a single bound? Or have we stumbled upon some logical Kryptonite? Find out in the epic conclusion in this episode of Norm’s Conceptual Corner!
Welcome to the Show. We finally reach the big leagues with Utilitarianism. This week we look at a moral theory that not only gets off the ground, but it actually sustains flight. But does this theory of the greatest good for the greatest amount soar, or will it crash and burn? The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012Episode 13: Complementary & Alternative Medicine Part 2
Back for round two, it’s Complimentary and Alternative Medicine… Two! Once again we take aim at some not as real methods of healing. Back pain? We’ve got you covered with a look at chiropractic treatment. Feeling a sense of pins and needles? Must be our analysis of acupuncture. What the heck constitutes a sound study? Follow along as Chalmer shows us how it’s done by examining these outlandish claims. Ready your Qi and line up your chakras; it’s the Mile High Sanity Project.
Monday, April 2, 2012Episode 12: Special Guest James Randi
Yhoa-ho-oh it’s magic, you know! The Project recently attended the Denver Pseudoscience Fair on Auraria Campus, an event judged by none other then the Amazing James Randi himself. Afterword he gave a lecture, Q&A style. Skeptical? That’s okay, we have proof in this episode of the Mile High Sanity Project.
Thursday, February 16, 2012Episode 11: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Part 1
In this episode we tackle alternative…different…almost-but not-quite-real medicine. Is it possible to even define alternative and complementary medicine? What is it and how does it work? Better yet … does it work at all? Is Quinine an herb or a chemical? And can Chalmer say cinchona? Queue up your Qi and break out the crystals, as we discuss some real fake medicine in this edition of The Mile High Sanity Project.
Thursday, December 15, 2011Episode 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.
Thursday, October 27, 2011Episode 9: Virtue Ethics
The Golden Mean lies between in this episode of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. What is a virtue? What is a vice? Can you ever have too much integrity? What happens when you fail to heed warnings from smart guys like Aristotle? Norm reveals his true hedgehogian nature in our ongoing effort to find a plausible moral theory. Buckle up Buckaroos – this is Virtue Ethics.
Thursday, October 20, 2011Episode 8: Natural Law
This week your hosts examine the old modern theory of Natural Law. What is a natural object? Why are there trees? Is God lonely? The purpose of man is questioned. Dishwasher robots are granted free will, and Aristotle is rolling in his grave in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner.
Saturday, October 1, 2011Episode 7: Divine Command Theory
Your hosts bring in reinforcements to tackle a divine view on morality. God said it, people believe it, and we’re questioning it. Does this week’s moral theory stand a prayer’s chance? What’s wrong with saying God is good? And can he draw a square triangle? Join us as we spin our wheels trying to explain Divine Command Theory in this holy edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner, with special guest Joel Guttormson!
Thursday, August 25, 2011Episode 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.
Here we examine the merits (or lack thereof) of cultural relativism. Is everything relative? Does post modernism work? Do Eskimo’s hate babies? You say to-ma-toe, we say to-mat-NO. Sharpen your critical thinking skills and prepare for some super-addition in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner.
Sunday, August 14, 2011Episode 4: Theorizing About Ethics
In which your lovers of wisdom prepare to set sail on the sea of ethics, on a quest to find a plausible moral theory. But first… what is ethics? And how does one think about it? What exactly do philosophers do? Follow along with Norm, and his two volunteered “students”, as they attempt to lay the groundwork and objectives for this course.
Thursday, July 28, 2011Episode 3: Environmental Religion – How Opposition to Geoengineering is a Faith-Based Initiative
We take a closer look at the environmental movement and some of the more dogmatic ideas that underpin it. Is reducing carbon emissions the only way out of our predicament? Is geoengineering our best hope for a solution? The flat Earth is considered, the Devil is consulted, and alternative solutions are examined in this inaugural episode. Join us for a conceptual tour of treehugging and the religious mindset that finds its way into it.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011Episode 2: Environmentalism And The Anthropocentric View
Join Norm as he takes humanity down a notch to explore some of the more abstract ideas related to the green movement. Why are we interested in the environment? What the heck is the anthropocentric view? Are trees citizens of the world? The fall of Man is explained, the Spirit of the Earth is communed with, and much more in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011Episode 1: Michael Shermer & The Believing Brain
Your heroes score an interview with one Dr. Michael Shermer, noted skeptic and author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Believing Brain, From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies: How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. Dust off your baloney detectors and join Norm as he gets the low down on Dr. Shermer’s latest book.