All Videos Tagged DJ (Atheist Nexus) - Atheist Nexus 2014-09-02T18:28:15Z http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/video/listTagged?tag=DJ&rss=yes&xn_auth=no Paul Kurtz - Skepticism and Religion | For Good Reason tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2012-02-05:2182797:Video:1848526 2012-02-05T13:36:30.454Z Donegal http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/Donegal <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/paul-kurtz-skepticism-and-religion-for-good-reason"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/Fqn866EyDhbfTs2P4Dqj9SVobHtBJ9W3*b0fyIWAolFlz0P00Ntc9G1cMAd*W0Ug-qCz24*QAMQU4vqMV9sSZKQleQsTsVOc/477184894.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Paul Kurtz talks about how skepticism is continuous with the methods of science, and why skepticism and science should apply to religion. He explains why he rejects the traditional is/ought distinction in the philosophy of science, and why he rejects the NOMA theory. He posits that skepticism can be warranted in investigating claims of religion, including the… <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/paul-kurtz-skepticism-and-religion-for-good-reason"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/Fqn866EyDhbfTs2P4Dqj9SVobHtBJ9W3*b0fyIWAolFlz0P00Ntc9G1cMAd*W0Ug-qCz24*QAMQU4vqMV9sSZKQleQsTsVOc/477184894.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Paul Kurtz talks about how skepticism is continuous with the methods of science, and why skepticism and science should apply to religion. He explains why he rejects the traditional is/ought distinction in the philosophy of science, and why he rejects the NOMA theory. He posits that skepticism can be warranted in investigating claims of religion, including the claim that God exists. Regarding "untestable" religious claims, he suggests that if a supernatural or paranormal claim is untestable, it ought not be believed. He shares some reasons why he is generally skeptical of religion after looking into its various claims, including reasons resulting from historical criticism, psychology, and philosophy. He explains why he thinks a closed-minded atheist who rejects religion without investigation is similar to a religious believer who accepts religious claims on faith. He discusses the great skeptics Martin Gardner and Anthony Flew and their belief in God, and why they believed despite the lack of evidence. He discusses deism, and why skepticism is warranted in the face of no evidence either way. He describes pragmatic reasons one may avoid pronouncing skepticism of God. And he reveals why he often prefers other terms than "atheism" to describe his religious skepticism. Dr. David Gorski - (So-Called) Complimentary and Alternative Medicine | For Good Reason tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2012-02-05:2182797:Video:1848356 2012-02-05T13:34:32.708Z Donegal http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/Donegal <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/dr-david-gorski-so-called-complimentary-and-alternative-medicine"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/8ilg9fXKZJuV3c7SEccA4qblg*C1LdVHpDteB6G7NS9XhHKqjPzAO*b3ye3F2e3bkcDKRKNV-hPZr-RiXlzoDEOYPrT0xCmK/933969241.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Dr. Gorski defines complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and contrasts it with science-based medicine. He talks about whether its acceptance is growing. He debates to what extent massage therapy and aromatherapy are examples of CAM. He reveals whether he likes to refer to CAM as (S)CAM, and how helpful such an acronym is. He… <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/dr-david-gorski-so-called-complimentary-and-alternative-medicine"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/8ilg9fXKZJuV3c7SEccA4qblg*C1LdVHpDteB6G7NS9XhHKqjPzAO*b3ye3F2e3bkcDKRKNV-hPZr-RiXlzoDEOYPrT0xCmK/933969241.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Dr. Gorski defines complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and contrasts it with science-based medicine. He talks about whether its acceptance is growing. He debates to what extent massage therapy and aromatherapy are examples of CAM. He reveals whether he likes to refer to CAM as (S)CAM, and how helpful such an acronym is. He explores to what extent traditional medicine and herbal medicine are science-based, resulting in aspirin, digitalis, and various chemotherapy drugs, and why they should not properly be considered CAM. He describes the health freedom movement, and what social criticism fuels it. He talks about the ways that adopting CAM approaches harm patients, including leading to patents to forgo other, more effective treatments; paternalistic deception of the patient through knowing use of placebo. He explores the moral values that motivate skeptical activism. And he talks about why more medical doctors are not skeptic activists. Joe Nickell - Why Investigate the Paranormal | For Good Reason tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2012-02-05:2182797:Video:1848523 2012-02-05T13:32:07.271Z Donegal http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/Donegal <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/joe-nickell-why-investigate-the-paranormal-for-good-reason"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/8ilg9fXKZJvMb9lTwAQEEEmB0FBFlf8gr8hLf8bRDhxMTDcjayH0O2Dz2kBcOkZ*WCa21c6KykkCetHn2eBUS0g5og1WSKdk/933969229.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Joe Nickell explains why he investigates the paranormal, as opposed to merely pronouncing his skepticism of it. He talks about his training as a detective and why it was formative, along with his background in magic. He explains why field experience is so important to scientific paranormal investigation. He distinguishes between skepticism and… <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/joe-nickell-why-investigate-the-paranormal-for-good-reason"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/8ilg9fXKZJvMb9lTwAQEEEmB0FBFlf8gr8hLf8bRDhxMTDcjayH0O2Dz2kBcOkZ*WCa21c6KykkCetHn2eBUS0g5og1WSKdk/933969229.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Joe Nickell explains why he investigates the paranormal, as opposed to merely pronouncing his skepticism of it. He talks about his training as a detective and why it was formative, along with his background in magic. He explains why field experience is so important to scientific paranormal investigation. He distinguishes between skepticism and debunking, and what results from each approach. He argues that the existence of the paranormal is not the only question to answer while conducting paranormal investigations. He explains why he continues investigating subjects he has already looked numerous times, such as ghosts, lake monsters and miracle claims, and why he spends time on the paranormal as opposed to other important topics. He talks about whether the supernatural claim that God exists should be a focus of the paranormal investigator. And he comments on the new trend of skeptical paranormal investigation groups starting up in cities throughout North America. Paul Kurtz - Exuberant Skepticism | For Good Reason tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2012-02-05:2182797:Video:1848353 2012-02-05T13:29:27.587Z Donegal http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/Donegal <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/paul-kurtz-exuberant-skepticism-for-good-reason"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/AwwMe5oGCZ7bCShor*lZefqEKLfM9JztGybxHWUftOyyvehOz00J9jVPq1j3Sr7KcJK5pCcybQR5oqsFOhV-4UFqQWtOGhkX/526744571.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>Paul Kurtz discusses his new book Exuberant Skepticism. He details the origins of the contemporary skeptics movement, and whether or not it has developed according to plan. He contends that skeptical doubt is an antidote to foolish beliefs but explains why, for him, skepticism is not just doubt, but is more active, inquiring, and affirmative. He explains why the… <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/paul-kurtz-exuberant-skepticism-for-good-reason"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/AwwMe5oGCZ7bCShor*lZefqEKLfM9JztGybxHWUftOyyvehOz00J9jVPq1j3Sr7KcJK5pCcybQR5oqsFOhV-4UFqQWtOGhkX/526744571.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />Paul Kurtz discusses his new book Exuberant Skepticism. He details the origins of the contemporary skeptics movement, and whether or not it has developed according to plan. He contends that skeptical doubt is an antidote to foolish beliefs but explains why, for him, skepticism is not just doubt, but is more active, inquiring, and affirmative. He explains why the skeptics movement's focus may be too narrow and trivial, and why skepticism should not be limited only to those questions which can be scientifically investigated: that skepticism should be extended beyond science and the paranormal to questions in ordinary life, politics, religion, ethics, business, personal affairs. He details why this sort of skepticism is vital to the life well-lived. He explains why Pearce's principle of fallibilism is central to skeptical inquiry. And he describes why, for mostly pragmatic reasons, skeptical nonprofits have generally refrained from their critique of religion. James Randi - My Start in Magic and Skepticism | For Good Reason tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2012-02-05:2182797:Video:1848217 2012-02-05T13:27:05.226Z Donegal http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/Donegal <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/james-randi-my-start-in-magic-and-skepticism-for-good-reason"><br /> <img alt="Thumbnail" height="180" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/GAq508e6tCnlgj0r6vkDjFDN99ORkTIaCi54-JrxRVvZtI6u4UZBKp4DciQ2PTZHZcMt6qnDRLF7Qno*58IF-YatGVBxQja1/542906267.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240"></img><br /> </a> <br></br>James Randi describes his start in magic, and early experiences he had that inspired him toward skepticism, including mentalism shows when audience members believed him to be psychic, and sought financial advice. He talks about early predictions of his death. He relates the profound effect that the undue credulity of his audiences early in his career… <a href="http://www.atheistnexus.org/video/james-randi-my-start-in-magic-and-skepticism-for-good-reason"><br /> <img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/GAq508e6tCnlgj0r6vkDjFDN99ORkTIaCi54-JrxRVvZtI6u4UZBKp4DciQ2PTZHZcMt6qnDRLF7Qno*58IF-YatGVBxQja1/542906267.jpeg?width=240&amp;height=180" width="240" height="180" alt="Thumbnail" /><br /> </a><br />James Randi describes his start in magic, and early experiences he had that inspired him toward skepticism, including mentalism shows when audience members believed him to be psychic, and sought financial advice. He talks about early predictions of his death. He relates the profound effect that the undue credulity of his audiences early in his career had on him. He also recounts the episode when he was in his late teens and arrested for disrupting a church service in Toronto when the spiritual leader used magic tricks in the service to inspire belief among the congregants. And he talks about why he feels magicians should become more active in the skeptical movement.