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Offline JoelWhy

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« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2009, 08:07:33 PM »

This might be more appropriate for the Suggestions section, but I would like to see them broaden their topics a bit.  Jenny Mccarthy's an idiot, we get it!  But, how about an entire episode on global warming?  Or, some of the less-obvious skeptic topics?  I love the show, but I would like to see them expand their topic range, a bit.

i think they are; the last ep i listened to had a guest that wasn't exclusively talking about skepticism, which was refreshing. there have been a couple in recent memory that have included working scientists talking about their fields, which i think is great. i don't necessarily think that the SGU should move over to this kind of interview, but i would encourage the rogues to keep this kind of mixing-it-up going.

Well, I'm fine w/ them sticking with 'skeptic' topics.  (I mean, it is a skeptic podcast.)  I just want to see them go into topics that (a) aren't 100% clearly 'woo'; and (b) haven't been discussed over, and over, and over again.

For instance, chiropractics are quacks.  End of story.  I think every SGU listener understands that.  We're all pretty confident that the UFO-story of the week is b.s.  We all understand that the research shows no link between vaccines and autism.  And, it's ok for them to mention these issues from time to time, but I don't think they've gone two episodes without going into at least 1 of these topics.

I'd like to see them expand their reach into issues where the conclusion may not be so clear cut.  I read an article a few months back questioning the validity of shaken-baby syndrome.  There's lots of talk out there about whether the New Deal worked.  And, there are even some posters in the SGU forum who believe that ESP research has some validity.  I'd love to see them go into these issues.  And, heck, how about a 9/11 episode?  That should get us a steady stream of forum trolls:)
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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2009, 08:11:14 PM »
And they don't have to become experts to do that.  Hopefully they're big enough names and/or their audience is large enough that they can get real experts to join them for interviews. 
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« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2009, 08:13:23 PM »

This might be more appropriate for the Suggestions section, but I would like to see them broaden their topics a bit.  Jenny Mccarthy's an idiot, we get it!  But, how about an entire episode on global warming?  Or, some of the less-obvious skeptic topics?  I love the show, but I would like to see them expand their topic range, a bit.

i think they are; the last ep i listened to had a guest that wasn't exclusively talking about skepticism, which was refreshing. there have been a couple in recent memory that have included working scientists talking about their fields, which i think is great. i don't necessarily think that the SGU should move over to this kind of interview, but i would encourage the rogues to keep this kind of mixing-it-up going.

Well, I'm fine w/ them sticking with 'skeptic' topics.  (I mean, it is a skeptic podcast.)  I just want to see them go into topics that (a) aren't 100% clearly 'woo'; and (b) haven't been discussed over, and over, and over again.

sorry, i didn't read past this. :P but i agree that it would be interesting for them to branch into less clearly cut woo. except, of course, degrees of clear cut depend on your sophistication as a skeptic. you and i aren't newbs, and can definitely say that mercury in vaccines, homeopathy, and chiropractic are all crap. newbs to crit think will need the reminders of why this sort of thing is crap. but, yeah, again, i would love to see an ep on something that isn't so clear cut.

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« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2009, 08:32:57 PM »
For instance, chiropractics are quacks.  End of story.  I think every SGU listener understands that.  We're all pretty confident that the UFO-story of the week is b.s.  We all understand that the research shows no link between vaccines and autism.  And, it's ok for them to mention these issues from time to time, but I don't think they've gone two episodes without going into at least 1 of these topics.
You know, people may stumble upon this forum and NOT be SGU listeners. They might be people interested in learning more about chiropractors, UFOs, skepticism, whatever. Just because they come here, doesn't mean it is because of the podcast. Google can do that when searching for things, you know. If they aren't clearly a troll, I think we should be encouraging them. Hold the criticism until they are either trolls or clearly not getting it.
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2009, 08:38:37 PM »
For instance, chiropractics are quacks.  End of story.  I think every SGU listener understands that.  We're all pretty confident that the UFO-story of the week is b.s.  We all understand that the research shows no link between vaccines and autism.  And, it's ok for them to mention these issues from time to time, but I don't think they've gone two episodes without going into at least 1 of these topics.
You know, people may stumble upon this forum and NOT be SGU listeners. They might be people interested in learning more about chiropractors, UFOs, skepticism, whatever. Just because they come here, doesn't mean it is because of the podcast. Google can do that when searching for things, you know. If they aren't clearly a troll, I think we should be encouraging them. Hold the criticism until they are either trolls or clearly not getting it.

I think you misunderstood.  My point is that I would like to see the podcast branch out into other areas, and stop repeatedly going over the same issues.  The forums are another matter entirely.  I'm all for discussing anything/everything here.
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« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2009, 09:00:48 PM »
For instance, chiropractics are quacks.  End of story.  I think every SGU listener understands that.  We're all pretty confident that the UFO-story of the week is b.s.  We all understand that the research shows no link between vaccines and autism.  And, it's ok for them to mention these issues from time to time, but I don't think they've gone two episodes without going into at least 1 of these topics.
You know, people may stumble upon this forum and NOT be SGU listeners. They might be people interested in learning more about chiropractors, UFOs, skepticism, whatever. Just because they come here, doesn't mean it is because of the podcast. Google can do that when searching for things, you know. If they aren't clearly a troll, I think we should be encouraging them. Hold the criticism until they are either trolls or clearly not getting it.

I think you misunderstood.  My point is that I would like to see the podcast branch out into other areas, and stop repeatedly going over the same issues.  The forums are another matter entirely.  I'm all for discussing anything/everything here.
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« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2009, 09:06:37 PM »
For instance, chiropractics are quacks.  End of story.  I think every SGU listener understands that.  We're all pretty confident that the UFO-story of the week is b.s.  We all understand that the research shows no link between vaccines and autism.  And, it's ok for them to mention these issues from time to time, but I don't think they've gone two episodes without going into at least 1 of these topics.
You know, people may stumble upon this forum and NOT be SGU listeners. They might be people interested in learning more about chiropractors, UFOs, skepticism, whatever. Just because they come here, doesn't mean it is because of the podcast. Google can do that when searching for things, you know. If they aren't clearly a troll, I think we should be encouraging them. Hold the criticism until they are either trolls or clearly not getting it.

I think you misunderstood.  My point is that I would like to see the podcast branch out into other areas, and stop repeatedly going over the same issues.  The forums are another matter entirely.  I'm all for discussing anything/everything here.

Yeah it has been getting to the point where the news segment should just be called "What did Jenny do this week."  I get that it's a very important current topic but overcoverage will just make people mute it out.

I've noticed that this has not been an issue since they did the prerecorded shows getting ready for TAM. 
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« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2009, 09:11:17 PM »
Also in agreement..  I understand they have to keep things at a certain level since one of the main goals is to reach out to new skeptics, but certain things get a bit old when you have been listening since day 1.

But I expect its like so many programs, people will drift off, then rediscover it months later and be into it..

But they should mention the Forum more..
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« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2009, 09:12:34 PM »
Also in agreement..  I understand they have to keep things at a certain level since one of the main goals is to reach out to new skeptics, but certain things get a bit old when you have been listening since day 1.

But I expect its like so many programs, people will drift off, then rediscover it months later and be into it..

But they should mention the Forum more..


Like have a poll for each episode?
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« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2009, 09:13:14 PM »
It's wastrels avatars. Lord only knows how many noobs are twitching in epileptic fits as we speak.

do you think we could find enough evidence to support this claim?
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« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2009, 09:14:03 PM »
Also in agreement..  I understand they have to keep things at a certain level since one of the main goals is to reach out to new skeptics, but certain things get a bit old when you have been listening since day 1.

But I expect its like so many programs, people will drift off, then rediscover it months later and be into it..

But they should mention the Forum more..


Like have a poll for each episode?

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« Reply #26 on: July 14, 2009, 09:14:43 PM »
Also in agreement..  I understand they have to keep things at a certain level since one of the main goals is to reach out to new skeptics, but certain things get a bit old when you have been listening since day 1.

But I expect its like so many programs, people will drift off, then rediscover it months later and be into it..

But they should mention the Forum more..


Like have a poll for each episode?

Ooh, good idea! Or, perhaps a specific topic to be discussed?  By doing a 'topic of the week', perhaps more listeners would want to jump in and giver their opinion.  And, they could have a brief segment on the show (like they do w/ "Who's that noisy") talking about the comments and mentioning the new 'topic of the week'.
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« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2009, 09:36:27 PM »
Also in agreement..  I understand they have to keep things at a certain level since one of the main goals is to reach out to new skeptics, but certain things get a bit old when you have been listening since day 1.

But I expect its like so many programs, people will drift off, then rediscover it months later and be into it..

But they should mention the Forum more..


Like have a poll for each episode?

Ooh, good idea! Or, perhaps a specific topic to be discussed?  By doing a 'topic of the week', perhaps more listeners would want to jump in and giver their opinion.  And, they could have a brief segment on the show (like they do w/ "Who's that noisy") talking about the comments and mentioning the new 'topic of the week'.

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« Reply #28 on: July 15, 2009, 09:16:37 AM »
Also in agreement..  I understand they have to keep things at a certain level since one of the main goals is to reach out to new skeptics, but certain things get a bit old when you have been listening since day 1.

But I expect its like so many programs, people will drift off, then rediscover it months later and be into it..

But they should mention the Forum more..


Like have a poll for each episode?

Ooh, good idea! Or, perhaps a specific topic to be discussed?  By doing a 'topic of the week', perhaps more listeners would want to jump in and giver their opinion.  And, they could have a brief segment on the show (like they do w/ "Who's that noisy") talking about the comments and mentioning the new 'topic of the week'.
Wouldn't be fun if they had a call in segment ? I'm thinking that's beyond their production capabilities but so many times I find myself wishing I could add things to their discussions.
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« Reply #29 on: July 15, 2009, 09:39:20 AM »
Don't blame me, i've been doing my best to keep the numbers up! I've been more active for the last months than the rest of the year i've been a member.

DoctorOHM was actually the person I was going to blame all of this on. Hmmm.. now I'll have to find a new culprit.  :P

Wait, it isn't the "form destroying proceess of entropy" is it? You know it doesn't say "forum destroying", right!
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