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Ep 435 – The Religion of Science? – Part 1
What does it mean to be open-minded vs. closed-minded? We experienced some kind of “open vs. closed” clash of ideologies when we challenged and deconstructed the dogmas of Mormonism, right? So what do we do with that now? And what about the accusations that some of us simply substituted the cultural dogmas of Mormonism for the cultural dogmas of Science?
Listen in as Randy totally keeps his cool (eh hem…) while joining Glenn, John, Lindsay, and Matt in a discussion of Rupert Sheldrake’s 2012 “Banned Ted Talk” about the 10 dogmas of a Scientific Materialist Worldview. And don’t miss the special easter egg parody about the press conference announcing the new LDS Prophet at the end.
Ep 104 – The Placebo Effect – Part 1
Chelsea Shields Strayer joins Glenn, Matt, and Scott for a discusion on The Placebo Effect.
Part 1 covers Chelsea’s time as a cultural anthropologist in Ghana, why she got involved in Africa, and how her field work among the Ashanti changed the way she views her Mormon culture. We also discuss cultural relativism — when is it OK to judge a culture’s vices and become an advocate for change? And we begin to discuss the Placebo Effect based on the faith healers Chelsea studied in Africa — how an inert medication or treatment can actually cause measurable physical change in a person’s body.