This is my year-end review of 2016, taking mainline news, Scientology events and some interesting posts and events on my own channel to put together a picture of the ups and downs, good and bad of the year just ended. There were losses and gains and who knows what the future holds, but I do make a few promises for what 2017 has in store. The post Sensibly Speaking Podcast #71: A 2016 (Mostly Scientology) Year in Review appeared first on The Sensibly Speaking Podcast. About the “Sensibly Speaking” Podcast
The Sensibly Speaking Podcast is a weekly show, posting a new episode each Saturday, covering current events and topics from a skeptical, humanist and critical thinking approach. Join Chris Shelton, the Critical Thinker at Large, as he goes over varied topics from critical thinking to science to talking in detail about hot topics in the news . Tired of just hearing the mainstream media’s interpretation of events? Want some sensible talk? Then join me here each Saturday!
This week I talk with Pete Griffiths, a former Scientologist from Ireland. Back in the 1980s he used to run a very successful Scientology mission but has been an anti-Scientology advocate since the mid-2000s since discovering the truth about his former religion. We discuss our mutual history with Scientology, what it we are trying to do as advocates and his recent court victory against Scientology trying to defame him. Music by Pale Blue. The post Sensibly Speaking Podcast #70: Scientology Stories with Pete Griffiths appeared first on The Sensibly Speaking Podcast. About the “Sensibly Speaking” Podcast
Science is a broad, global topic. It has to do with figuring out how and why things work or why they do what they do. Objective facts are not nationalistic, politically partisan, gender-based or in any other way biased one way or the other. You can use facts in a partisan fashion or spin them to support your views when they really don’t, but that’s on you, not the people who actually do the observation or discovery work. One great definition of science I found is this: the concerted human effort to understand, or understand better, the history of the natural world and how the natural world works, with observable physical evidence as the basis of that understanding. It is done through observation of natural phenomena and/or experimentation that tries to stimulate natural processes under controlled conditions. Now because science, like every other thing we do, is carried out by us fallible human beings, it is fraught with errors and mistakes. But that doens’t mean the process itself is bad or corrupt or evil. It means we are. And that means that when we talk about the problems with someone’s faulty science, we should be talking about that specific person […]
This week cult recovery therapist Rachel Bernstein and I discuss the differences and similarities between narcissists, psychopaths and sociopaths, how to detect them in your life and what to do if you find yourself in the vicinity of or around them. Rachel can be contacted by email at email@example.com and her website is www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com. Music by Pale Blue. The post Sensibly Speaking Podcast #68: Narcissists, Psychopaths and Sociopaths – Oh My! appeared first on The Sensibly Speaking Podcast. About the “Sensibly Speaking” Podcast
This week the focus is on critical thinking, what it is and some guidelines and ideas for how to improve one’s skills at it. I go over why “I don’t know” are so important to good critical thinking, how to find and verify information on the internet and go over 8 general guidelines from Wade and Tavris on the topic. Links mentioned in the podcast: The Power of I Don’t Know Argument by Anecdote Michael Ventrella blog article on anecdotes Music by Pale Blue. The post Sensibly Speaking Podcast #67: There is No Substitute for Critical Thinking appeared first on The Sensibly Speaking Podcast. About the “Sensibly Speaking” Podcast