Many people seem to think that the democratic system of government extends beyond how the state is run and into civil society. In this episode, I advance the theory that this has caused a lot of people to fall prey to propaganda and misunderstand how journalistic reporting and scientific enquiry should be done.
Science-fiction writer and critic Theodore Sturgeon not only invented the Vulcan salute and the Prime Directive for Star Trek, he also pioneered a very interesting approach to critical thinking centred around always asking the next question.
Responding to listener feedback on episodes about Drachenlord, electrical network frequency analysis, Stephanie Sterling vs. the Domina dev, Nord Stream, fear-based journalism and religion.
The law is not the same as justice. There can be unjust laws and illegal actions can beget justice. So why is it that many people can't tell the difference between these two concepts? And how can we reconcile them in our society?
The German Constitutional Court has decided that the strictest pandemic measures were within the remit of the law. The government is already talking about force-vaccinating everyone. I feel stoicism is the only recourse left for freedom-loving citizens of this country now.
Even though science is almost a pseudo-religion to many people these days, a lot of them don't really understand what the word means or how scientists work. And one of the biggest factors in this is that people do not understand a scientist's relationship to facts.
Explaining the scientific method (or: how scientists think) as a basis for further discussions on the podcast.