Posts Tagged ‘League of Reason Show’

PSA: Changes to the Show

AndromedasWake
AndromedasWake
Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:36 pm by AndromedasWake

Over the last few weeks there has been an ongoing discussion about the future of the League of Reason Show. Since its inception, the Show has been a popular project, but a growing number of problems both technical and communicational have lead to a radical restructuring of its format. What has up until the present time been known as the League of Reason Show may continue under a different name at the organisation of dprjones.

From the outset I had hoped to steer the Show in a ‘community input’ direction, specifically by taking panelists from the community itself. Due to the nature of the general topic (science/creationism) and the format (specific questions addressed by a panel of scientists) it became difficult make alterations without cutting out critical contributors to the effect of a static panel become more or less permanently established. Whilst the results were good, League of Reason is a community built and maintained by a large number of contributors, and the Show is intended to reflect that as a community project.

Starting Sunday 12th, the League of Reason Show will be moving to a fixed discussion format in which I will be hosting with a panel of three others. Every two weeks, the panel will be different, and the entire episode will be posted to YouTube with an iTunes enabled podcast to follow in the near future.

CosmicSpork has also put together a nice, light Show Site which can be accessed at any time by clicking the rather beautiful little countdown on the top-left corner of the blog and forums. This page contains information about the next broadcast and an embedded chat room specifically designated for discussing the Show. You can now watch and chat with the community without having to leave the site!

Tomorrow’s topic — Don’t be a Dick? — focusses on the suggestions made by Phil Plait at his TAM 8 address. The panel includes familiar LoR Bloggers, Th1sWasATriumph and RabbitPirate, as well as ZOMGitsCriss. We hope to see you there!

Who are your favourite YouTube Atheists?

AndromedasWake
AndromedasWake
Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:14 pm by AndromedasWake

This Sunday 25th of July I will be hosting a special episode of the League of Reason Show on the subject of YouTube Atheismâ„¢.

Rather than invite questions from callers, this time we’re aiming to have a ’roundtable’ discussion, and rather than have to listen to boring old duffers like dprjones and AronRa, you’ll be able to hear a few of my favourite YouTube Atheists.

I’m looking forward to hearing their opinions on subjects I’ve never discussed with anyone before, but when sending out messages to the panel it got me thinking about how we choose our favourites. Who are your favourite atheists on YouTube, and why?

As usual, the show will be at 7pm GMT or THIS TIME! and we welcome you to listen in on BlogTV or THIS PLACE!

Hope to see you there!

Episode IV: A New Show

AndromedasWake
AndromedasWake
Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:41 pm by AndromedasWake

YEAH!

Here are the details.

Sunday, 18th July, 7pm GMT/UTC. Click here to get the time where you are.

This week’s panel will consist of the “core” contributors; myself, AronRu, Whunderf00t, RonExodus2, and pprjones as moderator and call-monkey. As usual, highlights will appear on Youtube. I can also tell you that although the next Show is scheduled to be August 1st, next Sunday (July 25th) is also a date to put in your diary. Usual times will apply. You heard it here first!

Hope to see you all spamming the chatroom with thumbs down to pprjones!

What are you doing this 4th July?

AndromedasWake
AndromedasWake
Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:11 pm by AndromedasWake

Well, the chances are that if you’re a born and bred ‘Merican, you’re celebrating your independence from the fabulous First British Empire – who go on to have many sexy parties you’re not invited to by the way – but for the rest of you, no excuse!

League of Reason Show episode 3 is taking place with a substitute panelist by the name of ZOMGitsCriss (who is that anyway?) as DonExodus2 will be disgracing himself in public somewhere with the aid of alcohol.

I can’t promise our discussions will be any more sober, as this week’s topic (oh, that’s a new feature recommended by you!) is: Are there any good reasons to believe in a god?

There will be no Atheist Experience this week, so we may run over if people are still keen. Hopefully in a couple of weeks, we’ll be back to full capacity. To those who are able and willing to make it, we very much look forward to seeing you there!

Episode 2 – today, 7pm GMT

AndromedasWake
AndromedasWake
Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:44 pm by AndromedasWake

Crikey! Has it already been two weeks? I guess it’s that time again… almost.

Since the first instalment of the League of Reason Show on the 6th, we’ve taken on board a lot of criticism and hope that everyone will agree that this week’s is an improvement.

Things are still progressing slowly as we aim to craft something everyone can enjoy without rushing it. With any luck, this time next year we’ll still be going and everything will be almost unrecognisably more awesome. For now though, you’ll have to share our frustration at trying to explain technology to dprjones (who asked him to be involved again?)

There are just a couple of things I’d like to point out, as I did in my video announcement. If you intend to be a guest on the show, please do not call us (we’ll call you), wear headphones throughout and mute your microphone when you aren’t speaking. These simple steps will help things run immeasurably more smoothly.

Today I’ve created a sub-forum for show discussion, as well as an FAQ thread which I hope will answer any current questions, and will be updated as needs be. Analysis, criticism and suggestions would be very welcome in this forum, and I will be checking it on a daily basis.

Here are the time-zone details for today’s show:

US: 3pm E, 2pm C, 1pm M, 12pm P
UK: 8pm BST
Europe: 9pm CEST, 10pm EEST
Australia: 4am West, 5:30am Central, 6am East

I very much hope to see you there, and before I forget, here’s a nice, clickable link!

League of Reason Show starts today!

AndromedasWake
AndromedasWake
Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:56 am by AndromedasWake

At the end of last month, the notorious YouTube creationist and geocentrist, NephilimFree, posted an open invitation to debate any other user. DonExodus2, author of many popular videos detailing evidences for evolution, accepted the challenge, and they began to establish the debate rules. It was all agreed over Skype, and I myself was privy to some of the conversation and chat between them.

The initial debate subject was Creation and Evolution. Of course, that’s not actually a debate, it’s just the teams. The debate requires a proposition (for example, “Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the world?”) for which one party can argue in favour, and one against. Without such a statement, NephilimFree’s proposal was akin to establishing a game called Chelsea and Manchester United, and then refusing to further specify what game they are actually playing. Without establishing that they are playing football (or soccer to my American friends) we have no rules in place to determine how the game can actually be won or lost. Likewise, Creation and Evolution (and the long list of other subjects NephilimFree listed he wanted to discuss) is not a debate; it’s just two nouns.

For a couple of days a debate question was established and agreed upon by both parties, as was the issue with moderators. It was shortly after that NephilimFree insisted on returning to his original proposition (despite being thoroughly educated about why it was not a debate) and began accusing DonExodus2 of backing out. I wish to make my it clear that from my position as a third person, it is NephilimFree who I think is being unreasonable, and rejecting previously accepted terms without giving good reasons.

Due to the conflict of understanding, the debate as originally planned will certainly not be going ahead, but perhaps that’s a good thing after all. On Friday, Thunderf00t posted a video detailing the first ever League of Reason Show. It’s an idea that myself and others have been considering for a long time, and since NephilimFree won’t be showing up to BlogTV (by his own admission) we have a good excuse to kick it off this weekend.

The format is quite simple; we will be using Skype and BlogTV to broadcast a group discussion, and taking questions live from creationists, or those of a theistic position who feel they can back up their claims. In order to do this, we have created a LoR Skype account (LeagueOfReason) which must be added before a question can be submitted, and a new BlogTV channel.

The show will last 2 hours, giving everyone time to pop over to watch The Atheist Experience on ustream. We won’t deny that our show is flagrantly derivative of their own, we just hope there’s room for one more. To further rip them off, we will also be uploading clips to our YouTube channel and they should be available on Monday for most people. We are not yet sure how regularly this show will take place, but dependent on the turnout, we would like to make it a weekly affair.

The show starts at 3pm EST, which is 8pm BST. This is 7pm GMT, but remember to take Summer Time into account. In any case, I recommend turning up early of course, and I hope to see you all there in the chat!

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