Archive for December, 2011
Episode 11 of our satirical comedy podcast. With questions on skeptical topics, and our guests answering them. Your host is Andy Wilson (@InKredulosi) of the Merseyside Skeptics Society.
This episode is a little longer and of slightly lower technical quality due to a tech problem that affected the recorded files. Apologies for that. Normal service will resume in InKredulous 12!
Appearing in this episode are:
- Kylie Sturgess of the Token Skeptic podcast and too many other things that can be listed here. @podblack
- Geoff Whelan of Greater Manchester Skeptics and co-organiser of QED, @keep_it_brief
- Dr*T of the Thinking Is Dangerous blog and many podcasts including Righteous Indignation @DRstarT
As always, thanks for listening.
Christmas Special! Mike, Marsh and Colin take a look at Christmas-based myths. And we don’t just mean that one about the Son of God. That definitely happened. Oh, yes.
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to our lovely Skeptics in the Pub crowd, where I took about dissecting the media and generally picking out just how to spot PR bullshit in the press. For all of you who were sadly unable to make it, fret not! For we have the whole thing on video. Feel free to discuss in the comments below!
*Sorry for the random sound issues in the middle – apparently passing taxis were interfering with the radio mics. It was not – repeat NOT – any kind of nefarious hacking tactics from the tabloids…
Homeopathy: Is it legal?
by Peter Blanchard
When: Thursday, January 19th, 2012 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool
Homeopathic products have long been shown to have no effect on illnesses, and no active ingredients – yet these sugar pills are sold on high streets across the country and by our most respected pharmacists. Given that the pills are indistinguishable from sugar pills, yet proponents claim remarkable powers of healing from them, how legal are the claims made?
Peter Blanchard is a blogger and activist who has amassed the most comprehensive lay understanding of the ins and outs of regulating homeopathic products.
In this talk, he’ll explain who can and can’t supply homeopathic products, what homeopathic remedies can be advertised and what claims can and can’t be made about. He’ll also cover the highly restricted circumstances under which some homeopathic medicines can be supplied – exposing those who operate outside of these rules.
Having been successful in getting reluctant regulators to act on those who break the law, he’ll go through tactics you can use to make successful complaints, and how you can help.
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Psychics, visions, wells and railway lines. Plus Geena Davis, Belinda Carlisle, G.O.D. and Lucifer. With a low nourishment potential, it’s Skeptics with a K.
Aliens in the fridge, bullshit in the cage and cancer quackery in Texas. Plus chicken, bread, the Secret and drinking urine. By the power of Yahweh – it’s Skeptics with a K. Oh, and Mike got married.