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Owning on the Radio

Talkin' 'n' Shruggin'Our club has started a radio show!  The Owning Our Ignorance Show debuts on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on WDBK.  Tune in to 91.5 FM if you live near Blackwood, New Jersey.

The first episode is on humility.  Club members Destiny Byrd, Cal Engime, Rachel McDonnell Mojica, and Jordan Smart discuss the role that humility plays in effective reasoning.

We’ll post the episode here after it airs on the radio, along with links to subscribe to a podcast version of the show.


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Tumbling Our Ignorance

At our latest meeting, we decided to set up a tumblr for the club.  It makes this whole normal-sized ‘blog’ thing seem pretty clunky.

In other news, we’re planning on starting up a discussion-based podcast, Plus, we decided to focus our do-gooding efforts on charity watchdogs like GiveWell and a campaign to promote effective charities.

Lastly, here are our March events:

-Free Will discussion: 3:30 p.m.  on Monday, March 7th in Madison 105
Inception movie night: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10th in Madison 107
-Legitimacy of Government discussion: 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22nd in Madison 105
Paper Man movie night: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th in Madison 107

Ignorance is My Totem

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Our Religious Tract

Front side:

Life's Big Questions: Why am I here? What happens when I die? Why is there a universe? What does it all mean?

Back side:

We don't know! These are tough questions that deserve respect. Answering them probably requires a lot of time and effort. Maybe it's best to start humble while trying to tackle the tricky issues.

Debuting at CCC’s Spring Fling.

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The Grapes of Fallibilism

BEN: “I’m promoting a culture of skepticism. That’s what I’m doing. Hey, just take a look at what you believe and what you think about stuff, and stab it in the throat. And if it lives, we’re good.”

AARON: “Stabbing it in the throat… you had me until then.”

BEN: “I’m kind of an all-or-nothing guy.”

AARON: “Yeah! ‘Go big or go home. No fear.’  I think you can always be wrong. Always. You never ever know. Like I act like I know all the time, but if you have a good solid point, I will listen to you and I might change my mind because of it. I think more people need to do that. More people need to realize that, even though you may be totally committed to this idea or ideology, and you might have so much invested in it, you can always be wrong. You don’t know 100% anything…”

-Ben Parsons and Aaron Mason, episode 66 of The Grapes of Rad


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Learn How to Think

“And I’m a big believer that the most important thing that a kid can learn in school is how to learn and how to think. If Malia and Sasha, my two daughters, are asking questions, know how to poke holes in an argument, know how to make an argument themselves, know how to evaluate a complicated bunch of data, then I figure that they’re going to be okay regardless of the career path that they’re in. And I think that that requires more than just rote learning — although it certainly requires good habits and discipline in school — it also requires that in the classroom they’re getting the kind of creative teaching that’s so important.”

Barack Obama, YouTube Interview

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Degree of Difficulty

“The formal study of complex systems is really, really hard.”

David Colander

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The Smart Bias

“Many of us would like to believe that intellect banishes prejudice. Sadly, this is itself a prejudice.”

-Nigel Warburton, “Everyday Philosophy”

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