SFR 315: Inside Heaven’s Gate

–The deadly assault on the Charlie Hebdo offices in France lead to discussions of religious extremism, freedom of speech, and guns.
–Bobby recounts a recent debate online with a global warming denier. But the rhetoric used makes Jason ponder a few questions of his own.
heavensgate–The Fallacy of the Week! Jason and Bobby talk a bit about the Argument from Authority, and how to spot it.
–Jason reviews the recent film, “Whiplash,” proclaiming it his 2nd favorite movie of the past year behind “Boyhood.” He predicts JK Simmons will win Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars.
–Recommendations: Bobby recommends the book The Genesis of Justice by Alan Dershowitz, while Jason asks your to check out “How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass,” by Christopher DiCarlo.

In hour 2 of the show, we welcome Dr. Benjamin Zeller to discuss the American UFO religious group, Heaven’s Gate, as documented in his new book of the same name. We get into the founding of Heaven’s Gate, learn more about its founders and members, talk about what their beliefs were, why they committed mass suicide, and why it all still matters.

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About Jason Korbus

Friend, family member, possible werewolf. I co-host Strange Frequencies Radio, blog at Confidential Korbus, and generally walk among the weird. When I'm not doing busywork, I can usually be found with my nose in a book, my eyes glued to a glowing screen, or my ears tuned to The Ramones.
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