Archive for December, 2012

Skeptics with a K: Episode #088

The final episode of 2012!  Featuring journalists, Coronation Street, Snoop Dogg and HIV.  Plus shamanism, engaging with the press, winging it and druidry.  Oh, and the world didn’t end.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Skeptics with a K.

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MSS Christmas Party – tonight!

The Merseyside Skeptics Christmas Party is TONIGHT at the View Two gallery on Mathew Street. Everyone is welcome (even homeopaths… So long as you’re nice!)

Come along!

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Dr Geraint Parry: Future food – Why GM is Important!

When: Thursday, January 17th, 2013 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool

In a last-minute change to our scheduled programming January’s talk will presented by Dr Geraint Parry on the “Future food: Why GM is Important!”.

Geraint is a plant biologist and researcher at the University of Liverpool. He has had papers published in Nature Cell Biology, PNAS and Plant Cell.

NOTE This event replaces our advertised talk from Andy Lewis on Steiner Schools, which has unfortunately been post-poned due to circumstances beyond our control.

Andy Lewis: What Every Parent Needs To Know About Steiner Schools

With Michael Gove and the coalition approving new Steiner Schools to open under the Free School Programme, it is timely to look closely at the origins and beliefs of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the occult movement of Anthroposophy. Steiner was a mystic who believed he had direct clairvoyant access to cosmic knowledge. As such he developed an esoteric belief system based on karma, reincarnation, astrology, homeopathy and gnomes. His visions gave insights into architecture, art, dance, agriculture, medicine, education, science and diet. His racial hierarchy of spiritual developmental resonated in Germany in the early 20th Century turning a personal belief into a worldwide movement. Today we find hundreds of anthroposphically inspired organisations in the UK alone: everything from Steiner Schools, Biodynamic farms to banks, pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, charities and cheese makers.

Andy Lewis has been trying to lift the veil on the inner secrets of the movement and will discuss how this secretive movement has direct impact on public life. He is the developer of the web site quackometer.net, which explores the pseudo-medical claims of alternative medicine web sites and their impact on society.

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InKredulous: Episode #017

Episode 17 of our satirical comedy podcast. With questions on skeptical topics, and three guests answering them.

Your host is Andy Wilson (@InKredulosi) of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and director and co-organiser of QED Conference, April 13th-14th 2013.

Appearing this time are:

Merry Christmas!

You can contact the show at andy@inkredulous.org, follow @InKredulosi on twitter or join our facebook page.

As always, thanks for listening.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #087

Dating, genetics, pea plants and Korean unicorns.  Plus sugar daddies, monozygotic twins, golf and plenty of Knightmare.  It’s another unedited special from Skeptics with a K.

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A lovely letter from a homeopathy user

On a recent episode of our podcast, we talked about an email we received from a pro-homeopathy visitor to the 10:23 website. What made this email particularly noteworthy was how polite, genuine and respectful it was (a far cry from the usual email we get to 10:23).

Since the show went out, I’ve had several requests from people to publish the email and my reply. So here it is in full, save for the redaction of Emily’s full name and email address.

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