I also listened to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe episode 313. The show was done before TAM, and done earlier than their normal Wednesday recording for Saturday release. While the show overall was good, it was a little off. Nothing terrible, but I think the Rogues had lots of others things on their mind such as TAM, packing, TAM, studying the rules of Baccarat, and packing.
Near the top of the episode, Evan mentions that we are upon the anniversary date of the Trinity Test where the first atomic bomb was tested in 1945. They briefly discuss how the bomb brought the war with the Empire of Japan to a close, and the only other alternative was to invade Japan to bring the war to a conclusion among other things. First, I realize this is a skeptical and more science-focused show, and they were talking off the cuff. Yet, like the time Dr. Novella blithely made some comment about Ayn Rand, this seems likely to start a bit of a row in SGU-dom.* The dropping of the atomic bombs upon Japan is best something not to be brought up unless you are willing to give it is due. (My take on the use of the bomb was that it was a terrible, terrible, horrific thing to do. Two cities were wiped out with tens of thousands killed and many more scared and injured for life. Yet, I have a hard time arguing that President Truman made the wrong decision in the dreadful context of the times, and much harder time crucifying him for it. It is not something to be celebrated, or hopefully repeated. This very well might be my pro-American bias pushing through, and it may not.) It seemed a bit ham-fisted of the Rogues who have become quite adept at what they do to deal with such a touchy topic.
An email question was sent in on their take on a creationist argument on the Paluxy River tracks that shows that man and dinosars walked together, and that the global cultural myths of dragons is evidence that men and dinosar shared the Earth at the same time. The Rogues dealt fairly with the Paluxy question, but more or less blew off the dragon question. I think is rather silly argument myself. However, I can see from a believer perspective that the Rogues' lack of attention to the topic could be seen in some circles as a win. "Why those meddling Rogues just blew off the dragon evidence. They could not even come up with a cogent response. We win. Yeah, Jesus on a dinosar." (Or something like that.)
|Chapman can't mean this? I hope. Then I again I live in the|
upper right blue area, so I'm cool.
On a positive note, Rebecca did sort of defend President Geo. W. Bush for not being an idiot, but just being stricken with a knack for misspeaking at times. I am not fan of President Bush. He clearly made a lot of errors, but an idiot? I have always thought it unfair, and a branding made by those who disagreed with his politics and an easy jab. I put it in the same camp as those who refer to the current President as Barack HUSSEIN Obama, and members of the Tea Party movement as "Tea-baggers."
It was not a terrible episode. The loyal listener should still listen to the episode, but in my opinion it was a bit off.
*There is a bit of a debate on the SGU forums. I did the initial post. Perhaps a small mistake.