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Satansplain #034 РA Medicine for Melancholy (1992, 2023)

We’re living in some crazy times. What is a Satanist to make of it? A look back at Anton LaVey’s 1992 essay, “A Medicine for Melancholy”, and some surprising insight it offers for today.

00:00 – Intro

01:16 – Relevant Re-reading

03:36 – Religion during hard times

05:40 – Recap: Yes, Satanism is a religion. Really.

07:26 – Don’t be afraid of the “d” word

09:12 – Clown World, subjective jadedness

15:13 – “Demoralization Process”

16:45 – “A Medicine for Melancholy, or How to Avoid the D.P.s”

20:35 – LaVey’s 3 suggestions

27:18 – Comments on the essay, Nostalgia, ‘Member Berries

32:05 – Being a hipster vs. avoiding the D.P.s

33:05 – Bill’s argument for physical media

40:15 – Choices vs. indulgence

41:46 – Dangers of impulsion & compulsion

44:27 – “Instant gratification” and long-term indulgence

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Bill M. to appear on Comedy Central’s “Tooning Out the News”, Jan 25th 2023

I’m going to be on Comedy Central! No, they’re not syndicating my comedy podcast The Devil’s Mischief, unfortunately. But tomorrow I’ll be filming for “Tooning Out the News”, hopefully airing Wednesday, Jan 25th at 11:30PM EST, after The Daily Show.

https://www.cc.com/shows/stephen-colbert-presents-tooning-out-the-news

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Satansplain #033 – Satanism and “journalists”

Gabriella Swerling of the Telegraph contacts the Church of Satan for an article on the “rise of Satanism”, only to completely ignore what we said and print bullshit instead. A look at Satanism vs. the world of incompetent clickbait journalists (including Vice, of course). Also, The Satanic Temple rightfully and expectedly loses another frivolous lawsuit against its ex-members.

00:00 – Intro
01:28 – Review of Satansplain basics
05:34 – Why yes, I am a gatekeeper, thank you.
08:01 – Once again, no: it’s not a No True Scotsman fallacy.
09:22 – Why I’m looking at the Telegraph
12:05 – Why Vice sucks
13:42 – Vice’s “Guest Pass” message and our reply
19:33 – Satanacdote: Lamb of God hat / Bad Religion sticker
24:32 – I may make an appearance on Comedy Central. We’ll see.
25:13 – Gabriella’s message to the COS
27:41 – The COS replies back to Gabriella
35:28 – What the Telegraph wrote
51:48 – Recap on journalists
52:32 – Satanic Temple loses another SLAPP suit against Queersatanic (including Bill’s description of what a SLAPP suit is)
56:12 – SLAPP suit article, continued

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Satansplain #032 – Inclusion, Exclusion, and Calendars

Hear why Satanism shouldn’t be included in “inclusivity” efforts. Also the basics of the Satanic calendar system, and the folly of trying to exclude certain parts of Satanism from the rest.

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Satansplain #031 – Logic & Fallacies, part 2

Part 2 of a 2-part special on the topic of logic and fallacies, covering further examples of logical fallacies, where they show up in common arguments made against Satanism, and why such arguments fail.

Suggested sites:
https://infidels.org/library/modern/constructing-a-logical-argument
https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com

00:00 – Intro / recap
02:38 – No True Scotsman
04:05 – No, that’s not the No True Scotsman fallacy
08:14 – Equivocation
11:52 – Moving the Goal Posts / Gish Gallop
15:04 – Bill’s LHA Anecdote / Dunning-Kruger Effect
18:09 – Non Sequiturs / Affirmation of the Consequent
20:44 – Red Herring / Whataboutism
23:25 – Slippery Slope fallacy (and what it isn’t)
32:58 – Probability fallacies: Intro
34:12 – Appeal to Popularity / Bandwagon
36:12 – Texas Sharp-Shooter / Correlation vs. Causation
38:27 – Anecdotal
39:52 – The stupidity of “deathbed recant” stories
43:39 – More Appeal fallacies: Appeal to Aniquity / Newness
45:51 – Appeal to Emotion
47:57 – Appeal to Authority
50:06 – Ad Hominem
51:51 – Reducto ad Hiterlium / Godwin’s Law
53:17 – No, using an insult doesn’t automatically make it ad hominem
54:31 – Tu Quoque
56:57 – Circular Logic / Begging the Question / Special Pleading
01:00:33 – Fallacies of Division & Composition
01:04:16 – Closing Thoughts

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Satansplain #030 – Logic & Fallacies, part 1

Presenting a 2-part special on the topic of logic and fallacies. Here in part 1, we’ll be going over what logic is and isn’t, why Satanists should care about this topic, and finally an introduction to logical fallacies.

Suggested sites:
https://infidels.org/library/modern/constructing-a-logical-argument/
https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com

00:00 – Intro / Why cover this?
06:05 – Why Logic?
08:51 – Logic intro, what logic isn’t, relevance to Satanists
15:40 – What logic is
16:58 – Inductive Reasoning
18:32 – No, it’s not faith
21:38 – Inductive Reasoning, continued
26:31 – Deductive reasoning: propositions & premises
32:27 – Deductive reasoning: Inference & conclusion
32:46 – Deductive reasoning: summary / example / set theory & circles
40:55 – Deductive reasoning: result types
44:03 – Fallacies: Intro
50:33 – Fallacies: Straw Man
52:58 – Fallacies: Personal Incredulity
53:38 – Fallacies: Black & White / Hoyle’s / Argument from Ignorance
59:06 – Fallacies: Shifting the Burden of Proof

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Satansplain #028 – Joining non-Satanic organizations, Church of Satan policy on crime, why Satanic Temple sucks

Bill reads some listener mail, covering topics such as Satanists joining non-Satanic organizations, the Church of Satan’s policy regarding illegal activity, and oh yeah, why The Satanic Temple sucks.