On this episode of Fermenting Opinions our last guest, Ben Watkins of the Real Atheology podcast, returns to us following a bizarre exchange that took place on social media between several Facebook “friends” and himself in regards to the Nunes memo being released. We first discuss the actual content of this memo which alleges bias and corner-cutting on the part of the FBI in its obtaining of the FISA warrant on Trump-affiliated Carter Page.
We go on to discuss with Ben how the memo served more or less as a Rorschach test for those who read it and how confirmation bias and other fallacious argumentation plays such a large and damaging roll in political discourse. This was of course well evidenced by the nature of the commentary Ben encountered from his Facebook interlocutors.
On this episode of Fermenting Opinions we are pleased to introduce Benjamin Watkins who is a philosopher and co-host of the Real Atheology Podcast. We discuss Ben’s interest, as an Atheist, in the philosophy of religion as well as his approach to the bigger questions in life. From the we move on to discuss his political engagement following the 2016 presidential election as well as the coining of the #MakeFactsMatterAgain hashtag and his endorsement of the Pro-Truth Pledge.
This of course leads us into a discussion of the apparent moral abdication of Trump supporting Christians, particularly evangelicals, in America as well as a discussion of the efficacy of calling out what seems like obvious hypocrisy and what better approaches might be more useful to the aggrieved anti-Trump voter.
Finally, Ben critiques the argument of our last podcast guest, Johanan Raatz, on the subject of quantum non-realism with regards to the soundness of the position and alternative theories that have been posited as an attempt to explain some very strange phenomena within quantum physics.
Happy New Year and welcome to Season 2! On this episode of Fermenting Opinions, we delve into Quantum non-realism with Johanan Raatz, a proponent of the concept. Mr. Raatz has a backround in physics and he explains the basics of the theory to us. From there we explore the political and theological implications associated therewith.
Today on FO we have an interview with a charter Fermenter, Lacey Rochester, who spent her weekend in Mobile, Alabama to canvass neighborhoods for the Doug Jones campaign. Jones is the Democratic nominee in the Senate special election that is occurring on 12/12/2017. This race, which would normally be a republican landslide if it weren’t for the controversy surrounding the Republican nominee, Roy Moore, who has recently been accused of the sexual assault of 9 minors (at the time), to include a 14 year old. This has had the effect of turning this would-be blowout into a down-to-the-wire contest where every vote will count. Ms Rochester was kind enough to share her experiences and gauge the enthusiasm of the voting public in Mobile.
On this episode, we talk with Thom Gray about cryptocurrencies, the varied applications afforded by blockchains therefrom, as well as the intricacies of Net Neutrality in terms of the free market and consumer liberty. Mr. Gray is an attorney barred in both Tennessee and Virginia who works for a media consulting firm that utilizes a tech-first approach to media ad purchases, and as such he offers a unique perspective on the impact of repealing Net Neutrality. Mr. Gray is also a radio host of Call To Freedom, a libertarian talk show that is part of the Liberty Radio Network.
On this episode of Fermenting Opinions, we discuss the ethical considerations in using violence in response to hate speech and violent rhetoric with a proponent of these tactics, Ronald Wuest. Mr. Wuest argues that “punching Nazis” is a justifiable response to the message and behavior of white nationalists.
On this episode of Fermenting Opinion, we speak with Rebecca Baillie, who joined the peaceful counterprotest organized by a movement called Murfreesboro Loves that brought over 800 counterprotestors together at a White Lives Matter rally scheduled for October 28, 2017. Rebecca discusses the organization’s strong presence at the white nationalist rally and the role that presence played in the decision by rally organizers to ultimately cancel the event.
On this episode of Fermenting Opinions, we talk with Gleb Tsipursky, a proponent of the Pro-Truth Pledge. In doing so, we seek to understand more about discerning fact from fiction or opinion in sources we read daily online, and we seek to establish a groundwork for doing just that.
On this episode of Fermenting Opinions, we discuss the issues with Mariah Phillips, Democratic primary candidate for U.S. Congress in the 4th District of Tennessee. In doing so, we give Mrs. Phillips the opportunity to explain her policy stances and to answer questions about how she would advocate for Tennesseans and our country as a whole.
On this episode of Fermenting Opinions, we discuss the issues with Steven Reynolds, Democratic primary candidate for U.S. Congress in the 4th District of Tennessee. In doing so, we give Mr. Reynolds the opportunity to explain his policy stances and to answer specific questions about how he would advocate for Tennesseans and our country as a whole.