Inquiring Seriously with Thomas Smith

Inquiring Seriously with Thomas Smith

January 20, 2017 Brainstorm Episode 63 - Skeptic Studio Episode 9

Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm Podcast Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Leo, Lisa, and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and today is January 20, 2017. You can listen live every second Friday at 8:30 pm Central Standard Time on Spreaker and you can get full length ad free episodes by becoming a patron at patreon.com/brainstormpodcast. Tonight’s guest is one of my favorite podcasters and is the host of some of the best podcasts out there. Thomas Smith hosts Serious Inquiries Only, Opening Arguments and Comedy Shoe Shine

Divisions in the Atheist Movement/Getting to Know the Crew part 1

Divisions in the Atheist Movement/Getting to Know the Crew part 1

January 6, 2017 Episode 62

Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm Podcast Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Angela, Leo, and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and today is January 6, 2017. If you want to support Brainstorm you can do so by becoming a patron atpatreon.com/brainstormpodcast, by starting a free trial with audible at audibletrial.com/brainstorm or by shopping at our Amazon store. Our guest tonight is an atheist blogger, podcast host, a millennial, and an SJW so you just know he’s trying to destroy the world. Jeremiah Traeger aka The Prophet Jeremiah is co-host on the SJW Circlejerk and frequent guest on No Religion Required. 

The PC Lie with Marissa Alexa McCool

The PC Lie with Marissa Alexa McCool

December 22, 2016 Episode 61


Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm Podcast Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and I have no panel. The crew is off for the week to spend the holidays with their family. I'm recording from home in Regina, Saskatchewan and today is December 22th, 2016. The Skeptic Studio is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at www.reasonistink.com. My guest this episode is Marissa (Ris) Alexa McCool; host of the Inciting Incident podcast, blogger, and author of the recent book; The PC Lie, How American Voters Decided I Don't Matter

A Mechanical Engineer's take on the 9/11 WTC building collapses

A Mechanical Engineer's take on the 9/11 WTC building collapses

I'll try to keep these points as separate and clear as possible, to avoid accidentally muddying the waters.  The points of concern seem to be 1) collapse speed and the visual lack of resistance, 2) the apparent homogeneity of the collapse (simultaneous yielding of multiple structural members), and 3) the temperature of the fires.  

Skepticism in a Post Truth World with Steve Novella / Antivaxers, Advertorials, and Chemotherapy

Skepticism in a Post Truth World with Steve Novella / Antivaxers, Advertorials, and Chemotherapy

December 9, 2016 Episode 60


Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm Podcast Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Leo, and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and today is December 9th, 2016. The Skeptic Studio is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at www.reasonistink.com. Tonight’s guest is a genuine heavyweight in the skeptical movement. He’s a prolific writer for Neurologica Blog, and Science Based medicine, he’s got multiple courses on skepticism and critical thinking in the Great Courses series, he’s been and speaker at many skeptical conferences, and he’s the host of the best podcast in skepticism; The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. Thanks and welcome to Dr. Steven Novella. 

Secular Activism with Dan Arel / Spermomax

Secular Activism with Dan Arel / Spermomax

November 25th, 2016

Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm Podcast Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. Angela is our host tonight and joining her on the panel are Leo, Rene, Lisa and special guest host Dan B. from our local CFI group, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We're here in Roman Empire Studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and today is November 25th, 2016. The Skeptic Studio is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at www.reasonistink.com. Our interview guest tonight is Dan Arel; author of Parenting without God and The Secular Activist; A How To Guide, as well as writer for the Danthropology blog on Patheos and host of the new Danthropology podcast. 

 

What the Fuck, America?/ I Love the Earth, but just as a Friend.

What the Fuck, America?/ I Love the Earth, but just as a Friend.

November 11th, 2016 Episode 58

Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm Podcast Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Leo, and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and today is November 11, 2016. The Skeptic Studio is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at www.reasonistink.com. Our guest tonight is X; host and producer of The Utah Outcasts podcast. The Utah Outcasts is a collection of atheists who cover news story’s and discuss current events from an atheist, skeptic and social justice outlook.   

Don't Euthanize Me Bro/Lets Get Pedantic

Don't Euthanize Me Bro/Lets Get Pedantic

October 28, 2016

Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm podcast Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Rene and Lisa, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and today is October 14th, 2016. The Skeptic Studio is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at www.reasonistink.com. We don't have a guest tonight but we do have a new potential crew member. Welcome to the show Lisa.

Fighting the Fear Babe with Kavin Senapathy

Fighting the Fear Babe with Kavin Senapathy

Oct. 14, 2016 Episode 56

Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm podcast Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Leo, and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan and today is October 14th, 2016. The Skeptic Studio is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at www.reasonistink.com. Tonight’s guest is Kavin Senapathy, she is an author, speaker, and science activist who writes about health, medicine, genomics, agriculture and food. She's the co-Executive Director of international pro-science, pro-biotech movement March Against Myths, and co-author of “The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House,”. She's also a regular contributor to Forbes and The Genetic Literacy Project.

The Secular Barbershop Visits The Skeptic Studio

The Secular Barbershop Visits The Skeptic Studio

September 30, 2016 Episode 55

Hi and welcome to the first episode of the Brainstorm podcast’s Skeptic Studio where we do interviews, major topics, and news related to skepticism and atheism. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Leo, and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Skeptic Studio is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at www.reasonistink.com. Tonight’s guest is the host of The Secular Barbershop, a podcast by a secularist of color for people of all colors. Uber4ortyse7en is great at ranting, is an avid gamer, a horror movie fan and a fellow nerd

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

September 16th, 2016 Episode 54

Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm podcast. This is episode 54 and today is September 16th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin and Rene, with the always amazing Dave doing sound. We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight’s show is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at ReasonistInk.com. Tonight’s guest didn’t make it onto the show due to some unforeseen circumstances. So we had to wing it. Short two crew members, sleep deprived, and without a guest; but we still did a show. I leave it to you to decide how good it was.

White Onion Privilege with Chris Watson

White Onion Privilege with Chris Watson

Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm podcast. This is episode 53 and today is September 2nd, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Rene, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight’s show is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at ReasonistInk.com. Tonight’s guest is Chris Watson, blogger and host of the Podunk Polymath podcast

Issuing the Gaytheist Manifesto with Callie Wright

Issuing the Gaytheist Manifesto with Callie Wright

Hi and welcome to the Brainstorm podcast. This is episode 5 and today is August 19th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Rene, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight’s show is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at ReasonistInk.com. 

Tonight’s guest is Callie Wright, host of the Gaytheist Manifesto podcast, popular conference speaker, and LGBT activist. 

What is an atheist minister? with Gretta Vosper

What is an atheist minister? with Gretta Vosper

This is episode 51 and today is August 5th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Angela, Rene, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight’s guest is Gretta Vosper the atheist minister of the West Hill United Church. She is also a Best-Selling author of two books and the founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity.

Talking Biotech with Kevin Folta

Talking Biotech with Kevin Folta

July 22,2016 Episode 50

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 50 and today is July 22th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Rene, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound and we’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight’s show is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at ReasonistInk.com. Tonight’s guest is Kevin Folta, Professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida, host of the talking biotech podcast, outspoken advocate for biotech and favorite target of attack by anti gmo activists. 

Winter is Coming with Dave E. aka The Great White North

Winter is Coming with Dave E. aka The Great White North

July 7,2016 Episode 49

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 49 and today is July 7th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Rene, Angela, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound and we’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight’s show is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at ReasonistInk.com. Tonight’s guest is Dave Edwards from the wayward atheists podcast. Formerly on the Ehtheist podcast Dave has made multiple appearances on other shows and is becoming one of the more popular voices in Canadian atheism. 

David Smalley.....Unloaded

David Smalley.....Unloaded

This is episode 48 and today is June 24th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Rene, Angela, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound and we’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight’s show is brought to you by Reasonist Ink, atheist, skeptic, and science based apparel. You can find them at ReasonistInk.com. Tonight’s guest is David Smalley; atheist author, speaker, and podcaster extraordinaire. His radio show Dogma Debate is one of the most popular and professional shows in the atheist podcasting community where he regularly hosts religious apologists, to discuss the problems with their beliefs, as well as just about every voice in the atheist movement. 

Blaspheming with Michael Sherlock

Blaspheming with Michael Sherlock

We’ve got another great guest for you tonight; Michael Sherlock is an author, blogger, speaker, and atheist activist. One of the founding members of the human rights for atheists, agnostics, and secularists organization and is active in the global movement to remove all blasphemy laws.

Brainstorm goes Pirate

Brainstorm goes Pirate

May 27h, 2016 Episode 46

Hi and welcome to the brainstorm podcast. This is episode 46 and today is May 27th, 2016. I’m Cory and my panel tonight are Destin, Rene, Angela, and Leo, with the always amazing Dave doing sound and We’re here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tonight's guest is Shawn Vulliez a leader in the Pirate Party of Canada. 

Shift To Reason by Becky Zimmer

A friend of mine is a reporter who specializes in social media. She did a quick phone interview with me (Cory) leading up to the conference. Unfortunately she got very busy and didn't get a chance to write the article until the last minute so it didn't get out before the conference. I thought it would be cool to share the article she spent so much time worrying about with those of you who come to the Brainstorm website. I also wanted to thank Becky for live tweeting the event from the Brainstorm Podcast twitter account. Make sure to follow us @Brainstormpod and follow Becky at @bex_zim. Here's the article Becky wrote. It started out as a podcast.

Now it has led to the first secular conference in Saskatchewan on Apr. 30.

Cory Johnston started the Brainstorm podcast in 2013 to bring critical thinking to the podcast world.

Along with his friends, Johnston discusses news, politics, religion, science; all the things that are taboo at family gatherings.

And really, it was just a needed excuse for Johnston and his friends to hang out.

Atheism and secularism has always been an important subject to Johnston, especially since his 30s.

“Religion does harm in society, so I’ve always thought I needed to be part of the movement to battle against that.”

Discussion, education, and critical analysis of all religions is a big topic on the show.

"Especially for religious or non-religious belief, there is no evidence to support the belief system."

"A lot of religion plays the apology game", says Johnston, "with people excusing parts of their religion as not what they believe."

"This is people's way of justifying religion", says Johnston.

To Johnston, there is no religion that redeems the rest of the belief systems because all religions do harm in some way.

“Lots of atheists say that Buddhism isn’t as bad as some of the more monotheistic religions. But I find there is plenty of harm done by Buddhism as well.”

This Truth that each religion has, including Buddhism, puts other religious belief and non-believers into an Others category, like an out group.

“That creates a type of stress between both groups.”

Some people would say that atheism is a type of belief system, laughs Johnston, but atheism does not speak on what atheists believe.

“It speaks to what I don’t accept from other people’s beliefs,” says Johnston.

Taking on discussions on belief, Johnston just want people to be more understanding of the fact that there is more beliefs than just their own, he says.

They also bring in talk of racism, feminism, sexism, and other discussions about societal issues.

“It’s an attempt in many ways to broaden people's awareness of what other ways of thinking there are.”

One guest that is also going to be at the conference is Nathan Phelps, son of a Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.

He discussed his escape from his father and the church and why he condemns the church on a recent episode of the podcast. 

Other guests include, atheist vlogger and activist, Aron Ra, host  of the webcast and cable access  television show "The Atheist  Experience", Matt Dillahunty, and University of Regina Professor and Head of the Department of Religious Studies, William Arnal.