Archive for January, 2013

Be Reasonable: Episode #001 – Anita Ikonen

Anita Ikonen, a Swedish national, describes herself as a medical intuitive, claiming to be able to detect medical information about a person by simply looking at them. She runs a website called Vision From Feeling which documents her abilities, and her attempts to test them.

Anita also describes herself as a skeptic. As a result of her skepticism Anita agreed to have her abilities tested by the Independent Investigations Group – a test that she didn’t pass after failing to name the person missing a kidney out of a number of volunteers. She also failed a similar test conducted by the James Randi Education Foundation at The Amazing Meeting 8 in Las Vegas. Hayley and Marsh spoke to Anita to find out more about her alleged abilities, the tests, and whether her past failures have made her reconsider whether she has supernatural abilities or not.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #090

Rheumatoid arthritis, mutant fish, firm tomatoes and magic mistletoe. Plus Blue Monday, Rudolf Steiner, copper insoles and Jeffrey Dahmer’s cardigan. Stopping kids from using the computer, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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Coming soon – Be Reasonable!

Next week sees the launch of a new monthly podcast from the Merseyside Skeptics Society, featuring Hayley Stevens and Michael Marshall: Be Reasonable.

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Each month, we’ll be speaking to people who believe in ideas and theories that run contrary to the mainstream scientific and skeptical worldview, in order to examine how such beliefs are constructed and what evidence people feel supports their case.

Be Reasonable is about approaching subjects with respect and an open mind, engaging with people of differing viewpoints in an environment where debate is polite and good-natured, yet robust and intellectually rigorous.

Episode One features an interview with Anita Ikonen - a Swedish national who describes herself as a medical intuitive. Anita believes she can detect medical information about a person by simply looking at them. She runs a website called Vision From Feeling which documents her abilities, and her attempts to test them.

You can find Be Reasonable at the Merseyside Skeptics website, on iTunes, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and you can get in touch with the show by contacting reasonablepod@merseysideskeptics.org.uk.

We look forward to exploring the other side of skeptical issues with the people who strongly believe them, and we hope you’ll join us.

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InKredulous: Episode #018

Episode 18 of our satirical comedy podcast. A bumper episode with questions on skeptical topics, and four 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.

We organised a transatlantic face off pitting the USA, represented by Tom and Cecil from Cognitive Dissonance against the UK, represented by Marsh and Mike, two thirds of Skeptics with a K. “Light the blue touch paper and stand well back” is the phrase that springs to mind. It’s a long episode but… well you’ll see why.

Appearing this time are:

  • Tom and Cecil of the Cognitive Dissonance podcast (@dissonance_pod)
  • Michael Marshall (@MrMMarsh), co-host of Skeptics with a K and director and co-organiser of QED Conference
  • Mike Hall (@mikehall314) President of Merseyside Skeptics Society, producer and host of Skeptics with A K podcast and director and co-organiser of the QED conference.

You can contact the show at andy@inkredulous.org, follow us on twitter @InKredulosi or join our facebook page. As always, thanks for listening. We’re always looking for fun, interesting guests. Let us know who you’d like to appear.

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The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

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by Rob Brotherton

When: Thursday, February 21st, 2013 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool

Why do some people believe unproven and implausible conspiracy theories? What’s the harm if they do? And just what is a conspiracy theory, anyway? Rob Brotherton provides a psychological perspective on the peculiar phenomenon of conspiracy theorising.

Rob Brotherton is a doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. His ESRC-funded PhD concerns the measurement and cognitive correlates of conspiracist ideation. Rob is Assistant Editor of The Skeptic, the U.K.’s longest running sceptical magazine (www.skeptic.org.uk). Rob blogs about the psychology of conspiracy theories at www.ConspiracyPsych.com.

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Skeptics in the Pub: tonight!

In a last-minute change to our scheduled programming – this evening’s talk will now be 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.

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