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Nov 28, 2015

November 13 recording

Welcome to the Brainstorm podcast this is Episode 35 today is November 13, 2015 I’m your host Cory and with me tonight are Mike, Rene, Lana, Destin and Leonel with the always amazing Dave doing our sound here in Roman Empire studios in Regina, Saskatchewan

Woo Report

Stanislaw Burzynski goes to court on November 19th.

I did an interview with Rob Blaskewicz regarding Stanislaw Burzynski and I’ll be releasing that soon. 

Wiki info

Stanislaw Burzyinski is from Lublin, Poland and graduated with distinction at 24 from the medical academy in Lublin. He got his phd when he was 25. He started working at Baylor College until 1977 when he established the Burzynski research laboratory where he administered antineoplaston therapy to 21 patients initially. In 1984 he opened the burzynski research institute  He’s been suspected of unethical conduct and giving patients false hope. His papers have caused a lot of controversy with his reviewers calling the design of his trials in to question this leads some to also question the validity of his results.

Antineoplaston therapy

Antineoplaston is a name coined by Burzynski for a group of peptides, peptide derivatives, and mixtures that he uses as an alternative cancer treatment.[8] The word is derived from neoplasm.[9]

Antineoplaston therapy has been offered in the U.S. since 1984 but is not approved for general use. The compounds are not licensed as drugs but are instead sold and administered as part of clinical trials at the Burzynski Clinic and the Burzynski Research Institute.[10][11][12]

Burzynski stated that he began investigating the use of antineoplastons after detecting what he considered significant differences in the presence of peptides between the blood of cancer patients and a control group.[13] He first identified antineoplastons from human blood. Since similar peptides had been isolated from urine, early batches of Burzynski's treatment were isolated from urine.[13] Burzynski has since produced the compounds synthetically.[14]

The first active peptide fraction identified was called antineoplaston A-10 (3-phenylacetylamino-2,6-piperidinedione). From A-10, antineoplaston AS2-1 was derived – a 4:1 mixture of phenylacetic acid and phenylacetylglutamine.[15] The Burzynski Clinic website states that the active ingredient of antineoplaston A10-I is phenylacetylglutamine.[12]

Since 2011, the clinic has marketed itself as offering "personalized gene-targeted cancer therapy" which stirred further controversy as the treatment bears no relationship to gene-targeted therapy and only superficially incorporates elements of personalized medicine.[16] The clinic's version of personalized medicine bears little resemblance totargeted cancer therapy, as the clinic includes chemotherapy drugs and antineoplastons are part of this treatment.[17][18]


Stupid shit about the pineal gland from Spirit Science

I’ll try to remember to put this through the donotlink filter before adding it to the show notes

Here are some facts that aren’t ridiculous

This is a small structure, about the size of a pea, situated approximately in the centre of the head. Because it is one of the few obviously unpaired structures in the brain, the seventeenth-century French philosopher René Descartes (1596–1650) suggested that it was the seat of the soul, mediating subjective experience and intervening in the machinery of the brain in situations of free will and moral choice. In reality, the pineal gland is essentially part of the visual system. In mammals it responds indirectly to light because it receives messages along fibres from nerve cells of the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, which themselves receive signals from the eye via fibres of the optic nerve. The suprachiasmatic nucleus is the body's major rhythm–generating centre — the heart of the body clock. In lower vertebrates the pineal gland is itself a ‘clock’ and its cells respond directly to light. The main output of the pineal gland is the ‘darkness’ hormone melatonin, which is normally made at night. Melatonin, by the duration of its secretion, serves to indicate to the body both darkness and the length of the night. This signal is used to regulate the timing of biological rhythms.


Religious Nuttery

Joshua Feuerstein is pissed about cups that don’t have any Christmas shit on them. Donald Trump figured he could take part in the Starbucks boycott and thinks he can make saying merry Christmas mandatory in America.



Skepticism 101 part 3

Cognitive biases – What are they? What are some examples? How can we recognize them and what can we do to keep our own biases in check?

cognitive bias refers to a systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment, whereby inferences about other people and situations may be drawn in an illogical fashion

Bias arises from various processes that are sometimes difficult to distinguish. These include




Fundamental attribution error (FAE)

Also known as the correspondence bias (Baumeister & Bushman, 2010) is the tendency for people to over-emphasize personality-based explanations for behaviours observed in others. At the same time, individuals under-emphasize the role and power of situational influences on the same behaviour. Jones and Harris’ (1967)[28] classic study illustrates the FAE. Despite being made aware that the target’s speech direction (pro-Castro/anti-Castro) was assigned to the writer, participants ignored the situational pressures and attributed pro-Castro attitudes to the writer when the speech represented such attitudes.

Confirmation bias

The tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions. In addition, individuals may discredit information that does not support their views.[29] The confirmation bias is related to the concept of cognitive dissonance. Whereby, individuals may reduce inconsistency by searching for information which re-confirms their views (Jermias, 2001, p. 146).[30]

Self-serving bias

The tendency to claim more responsibility for successes than failures. It may also manifest itself as a tendency for people to evaluate ambiguous information in a way beneficial to their interests.

Belief bias

When one's evaluation of the logical strength of an argument is biased by their belief in the truth or falsity of the conclusion.


Using a too-narrow approach and description of the situation or issue.

Hindsight bias

Sometimes called the "I-knew-it-all-along" effect, is the inclination to see past events as being predictable.


Atheism For Dummies

Religious apologetics – what does that mean? What are some categories or types of arguments that are considered apologetics?


Music break three songs-Saved by Shelly Segal, from the atheist album check her out on her website     , Fuck you by Bad Religion off of True North and A Beautiful Indifference by Rise Against -9:40

 Main topic
PC language and censorship


Misc. Topics

Is the Atheist movement falling apart?

Canadian politics