Photography by Angie Radczenko.
It’s the season 2 finale. Jonathan sits down with Andrew Cody, Anna af Hallstrom, and Matt Barbacki to talk about rationality, skepticism, and what’s next for Montreal. We discuss the inaugural edition of Café Hitchens; what we know about how the mind works to become better at what you want to accomplish in life; Andrew’s cynicism vis-à-vis the politically correct Left; the value of entertainment in skepticism; and concrete steps skeptics can take to put rationality into action.
So long, and thanks for all the fish. We may be back. Who knows… who knows….
Photos courtesy of Angie Radczenko.
Hello, fellow rationalists,
I am hoping to send this every month, the week before our awesome live show, to keep you up to date on Moutons No More productions. Moutons No More is a Montreal-based production collective on the theme of rationality. What does that mean?
It means that the four of us create projects—blogs, podcasts, videos, even events—under a common banner to facilitate cross-promotion. Some of us bring science to the public; some of us interview voices of reason on contentious issues; some of us make videos debunking the supernatural or talking about our journey from religiosity to atheism. And we all come together once a month to deliver a kick-ass show in downtown Montreal with guests, quizzes, talks, and comedy!
Funny You Should Think That! (a show of comedy, reason, and alcohol): The fourth edition of our live show is taking place Sunday, September 28, at 17:00 in the third-floor room of Pub Saint-Paul (124, rue Saint-Paul Est), a seven-minute walk from the Champ-de-Mars metro station in Old Montreal!
This month, it’s Andrew’s night as he takes us through common logical fallacies and the people who make them. Want to improve your thinking and get a good laugh? Stick around because there will be prizes to be won.
Plus, we celebrate Blasphemy Rights Day by inviting you—yes, you!—to write a short poem, limerick or song (in English or French) that celebrates blasphemy. Do you have the balls to be blasphemous on stage?
Finally, Matt Barbacki will host a workshop that will complement the theme of the night: how to think better.
There will be pre-show conversations from 17:00 to 18:00, with plenty of food and alcohol at your disposal. Show starts at 18:00 and we’ll go late into the night!
To RSVP through Facebook: search for “Funny You Should Think That!” in the search bar and you’ll find the event.
To RSVP through Meetup: go to http://www.meetup.com/Moutons-No-More/ and scroll down until you find the event.
On Twitter, use #FYSTT.
“Funny You Should Think That!” is best enjoyed surrounded by friends, so spread the word around and make it a group outing!
OTHER MOUTONS NO MORE PRODUCTIONS YOU CAN ENJOY FROM YOUR COUCH:
Le vlog d’Isabelle Stephen
Dans le dernier épisode de son vlog, Isabelle tente de commettre l’apostasie et visite la parade gay!
Jonathan’s very first public science video will be released later this week. Want to know what DNA does in the body and what those pesky proteins are? Check this space!
With over 3800 listens, Within Reason is already a runaway success despite its young age. On the latest episode, Jonathan sits down with Michael Shermer to talk about beliefs, while Andrew, Matt, and David argue over the possibility of a god… or a quantum oneness… or something.
We hope to see you on September 28th for Funny You Should Think That! Spread the word! An event like this rarely happens in Montreal!
We celebrate our return with Mr. Skepticism himself, Dr. Michael Shermer. What was it in humans’ evolution that led to us having beliefs and what credence can we ascribe to them? We talk mushers, invisible princesses, bicycles, and sacred cows. Back in the studio, Jonathan is joined by a panel of reasonable folks that is confronted by a thought experiment: if religion went away, would it come back? Before you know it, it’s debate time and we go meta. Are the things we perceive in an altered state evidence of a quantum oneness? Do you need to be in an altered state to listen to this podcast? Mr. Horner, could you play some of your music from Avatar, please?
You can stream or download the episode on PodBean at the following link: http://withinreason.podbean.com.
You can also listen on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/within-reason/id754587884
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An engineer drops by the podcast to tell Jonathan how to be less wrong. It involves tomato timers, effective altruism, and the historicity of your beliefs. Can a Less Wrong rationalist and a skeptical rationalist get along? Back in the studio, Andrew, our resident hockey Satanist, talks about quitting smoking and why the Boston Bruins rock. And two special guest stars help Jonathan and Andrew stage a live radio play of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. It quickly devolves into anarchy as Sesame Street’s Count shows up (for no reason), accompanied by a plague of flaming zebras. Check out Moutons No More on Facebook!
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