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47 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Cultural Appropriation vs Appreciation
Cultural appropriation is a growing concern in today's connected society. Similar to cancel culture, it is often triggered by profoundly emotional situations. Join us as we discuss cultural appropriation to determine when and where it could be considered valid.
35 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Social Cohesion: Integration vs Segregation
Throughout the world, multiple cultures can exist within a given area. Currently, due to the ease of migration amongst other factors, interactions between these groups are unavoidable, sometimes creating concerns about the exclusion of minorities from society. In this episode, we discuss previous attempts to mitigate such exclusions and possible modern solutions.
44 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Drug Legalisation: A Progressive Solution or Dangerous Threat
In recent years, drug legislation reform has been a hot topic in many countries across the world. Previously, such discussions leaned toward severe punishments for being involved with drugs, but such a stance only lead to more chaos.In this episode, we compare the effects of past and present responses to drugs to determine what direction any future legislation should take.
47 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Importance of History to identity
For many people, history is just another, somewhat useless, subject taught at school. Part of the reason is that they do not know the importance of history or how to apply it to the present. In this episode, we invite a guest to help to address why many have this perception of history and also how it is relevant in today's society.
51 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Artificial Intelligence and Society
Over the years, Hollywood has produced movies such as 'The Terminator' and 'I, Robot' depicting a time in the future where robots with artificial intelligence have taken over the world. It leaves the viewer to wonder what exactly is artificial intelligence, and is it a threat to the human race as we know it?This episode, we explore AI and the impact it is having and can have in the future.
58 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
Special II: Social Media and Consequences
In this special, we leave the research aside to have an impromptu discussion surrounding the use of social media and the resulting consequences of misuse.
38 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Equal Outcome vs Equal opportunity
In today's society, it is almost impossible to refute the fact that inequality does exist. Two of the most debated methods for bringing about equality are having equal outcomes and equal opportunity. In this podcast episode, we explore the benefits and downfalls of both schools of thought and determine if either option is a suitable solution in today's world. Social Preferences under Risk: Equality of Opportunity versus Equality of Outcome-https://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/aer.103.7.3084The case against equality of opportunity- https://www.vox.com/2015/9/21/9334215/equality-of-opportunity
37 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
In recent years there has been an online movement to censor anything judged socially unacceptable. This movement, now commonly described as cancel culture, has been used against individuals as well as organizations. In this episode, we discuss cancel culture and its necessity to maintain a healthy society. Dangers of cancel culture- https://www.city-journal.org/cancel-cultureCancel culture a chaotic good?- https://daily.jstor.org/cancel-culture-is-chaotic-good/Tales From the Teenage Cancel Culture- https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/31/style/cancel-culture.htmlWhen the Mobs Are Looking for Witches to Burn, Nobody's Safe': Talking about the Reactionary Crowd.-https://www.jstor.org/stable/42888412?seq=1
49 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
The term Incels has been used with increasing frequency to describe a growing online subculture of involuntary celibate people. Within the last decade, there have been murderous acts against the public from self-proclaimed incels. In this episode, we delve into the world of Incels to try to discover more about these individuals.Analysis of Involuntary Celibacy Using Reddit - https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-020-09724-6Surfing for sex: Studying involuntary celibacy using the internet- https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12119-001-1028-xThis Is What The Life Of An Incel Looks Like (HBO)- https://youtu.be/oliq8m8Qph0I'm An Incel. Ask Me Anything.- https://youtu.be/DdHqzr4DyIs
48 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
What Does it Mean for a Society to Progress?
Progress, generally speaking, is a concept that can be very subjective. On an individual basis, it is easy to say one has progressed as they reach set milestones or simply reach a more comfortable place in life. When looking at society it becomes a more problematic task to determine progress due to the conflicting ideologies that exist among individuals. In this episode, the guys discuss our views of what progress is and what should be done to ensure there is societal progress. SOURCES:What constitutes the next era of societal progress?https://www.sitra.fi/en/news/constitutes-next-era-societal-progress/Rewiring progresshttps://www.sitra.fi/en/publications/rewiring-progress/#introductionMoral Progress: an Introductionhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10677-017-9782-5
61 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
Reparations: Overhype or overdue?
In this episode, we invite a guest to discuss reparations for slave descendants. We cover if reparations are necessary and if so, what they should look like, and who should benefit from them. The effect on society if such an event was finally undertaken is also considered. Sources:When will Britain face up to its crimes against humanity?https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/29/slavery-abolition-compensation-when-will-britain-face-up-to-its-crimes-against-humanityCapitalism and Slavery - Eric Williams https://www.amazon.com/Capitalism-Slavery-Eric-Williams/dp/0807844888Summary of Major Holocaust Compensation Programshttp://www.claimscon.org/forms/allocations/Summary%20of%20Major%20Holocaust%20Compensation%20Programs.pdfReparations to Africa and the Group of Eminent Personshttps://journals.openedition.org/etudesafricaines/4543Africa and Europe- A new partnership for development, peace and a better future (cornerstones for a Marshall Plan with Africa)https://www.bmz.de/en/publications/type_of_publication/information_flyer/information_brochures/Materialie270_africa_marshallplan.pdfIn Defense of Lootinghttps://thenewinquiry.com/in-defense-of-looting/The Empire Pays Back - Dr.Robert Beckfordhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzctBXOHewk&feature=youtu.be
33 minutes | May 20, 2020
Vigilante justice is a practice that has existed for as long as there has been law to protect the masses. Though in some cases it is not illegal, it can often cause persons involved to end up on the wrong side of the law. In this episode we discuss some of the issues surrounding vigilantism and whether or not it is necessary in society. SOURCES:Vigilante rituals theory: A cultural explanation of vigilante violence- https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1477370819887518Dealing with Vigilantism: Issues and Lessons for the Police- https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0032258X0107400204Vigilante Justice in America- https://5clpp.com/2018/11/07/vigilante-justice-in-america/Vigilantism- https://law.jrank.org/pages/11129/Vigilantism.htmlVigilante Justice definition- https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/vigilante_justice
44 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Technology: Effects on Youth
The rise in young people using technology is causing them to spend lots of time using technology to connect with other persons online instead of going outside and connecting in person, a form of self-isolation?There is also a trend of youth working remotely or alone in co-working spaces. This is going to make this generation more miserable, lonely, burnt-out and purposeless than any generation that has come before. However, technology also presents an opportunity for the average person with a smartphone and talent to get recognized and become an entrepreneur through social media. SOURCES: https://sources.contextmatterspod.com/ep3
57 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
Special Episode: COVID-19
Stay at home. Three powerful words that can help flatten the curve. Join us, and a guest star, in this special episode where we discuss our opinions and experiences during this whole COVID-19 pandemic.
36 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Overpopulation: Is the World full?
In its most rational sense it is clear that talking about world population is rather sensible - how do we feed 7 billion (and counting) people on Earth? Where are they going to live? What type of quality of life are they going to want to have? All of these questions are reasonable, but when we think about forced population control, like the One Child Policy in China or forced sterilization in India, then preventing people from creating families becomes a fact of cruelty. SOURCES: https://sources.contextmatterspod.com/ep2
40 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
Conspiracy Theories: Far-fetched Fairy Tales or Natural Responses to Certain Events
Thanks for listening to Episode 1! Per our promise on "Context Matters", we do the research so you don't have to. Below are links to all papers referenced in the episode.RESEARCH PAPERS:Drinkwater et al. 2012 Reality testing, conspiracy theories, and paranormal beliefsDarwin et al. (2011): Belief in conspiracy theories. The role of paranormal belief, paranoid ideation and schizotypyNeil Dagnall et al., 2015: Conspiracy theory and cognitive style: a worldviewYouGov Cambridge Globalism Project - Conspiracy TheoriesJan-Willem van Prooijen et al. 2017 Conspiracy theories as part of history: The role of societal crisis situationsJan-Willem van Prooijen et al. 2012 Belief in conspiracy theories: The influence of uncertainty and perceived moralityYubo Koui, Kathleen Pine et al. 2017 Conspiracy talk on social media: Collective sense-making during a public health crisisDaniel Jolley et al. 2014 The Effects of Anti-Vaccine Conspiracy Theories on Vaccination IntentionsKaren M. Douglas et al. 2017 The Psychology of Conspiracy TheoriesLara M. Bogart et al. 2006 Relationship of African Americans' sociodemographic characteristics to belief in conspiracies about HIV/AIDS and birth controlPia Lamberty et al. 2018 Powerful Pharma and Its Marginalized Alternatives?No, drinking bleach will not ward off coronavirusBrendon Nyhan & Jason Reifler 2010 When Corrections Fail: The Persistence of Political MisperceptionsJohn M. Carey et al. 2020 The effects of corrective information about disease epidemics and outbreaks: Evidence from Zika and yellow fever in BrazilBig Tobacoo kept cancer risk in cigarettes secret: StudyMaster Settlement Agreement Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date and get sneak peeks of upcoming episodes! Join our discord to chat with us, leave feedback, or even topic suggestions for upcoming episodes.Launching on your favourite podcast listening app soon!
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