Archive for November, 2014

Be Reasonable: Episode #023 – Eugene McCarthy

Joining me this episode is Dr Eugene McCarthy from macroevolution.net. Eugene’s work explores the theory that a conventional view of evolution is incomplete, and that cross-species hybridisation played a significant role in the development of many modern species, including humans.

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The Knowledge – Lewis Dartnell

When: Thursday, February 19th, 2014, 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it is over and humanity must start again. What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Dartnell is a research fellow at the University of Leicester, working in the field of astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth. He has written three the-knowledgebooks: Life in the Universe: A Beginner’s Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

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Truth and Lies in Advertising – by Richard Burdett

When:  Thursday, December 18th, 2014, 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

This talk looks at advertising from both the consumer’s and the advertiser’s perspective. Can consumers trust what they’re seeing, reading, hearing and clicking on? And, in an increasingly fragmented and fractured media environment, can advertisers trust the data on which they’re making multi-million pound investment decisions?

Richard Burdett began his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, spending eleven years working with clients such as BA, BP, Cadbury Schweppes and Sainsbury’s.

He then moved from advertising to the fledgling world of multi-channel television, initially as Head of Ad Sales for The Discovery Channel and subsequently as Head of Marketing for UKTV. Next stop was Vice Chairman of CIA (now MEC) one of the world’s largest media buying agencies. In 2003 he became Head of 4Creative, Channel 4’s in-house ad agency, working on shows such as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Shameless and Jamie’s School Dinners as well as the launches of More4 and Film4.

Richard is currently MD of Horse & Country TV, a thematic channel which does exactly what it says on the tin. The channel has brought over fifty new advertisers on to TV and was one of five nominees for Best Factual Channel in this year’s Broadcast awards, up against BBC3, BBC4, Discovery and History.

Follow Richard on Twitter @rgburdett

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #135

Pain, grapes, nectar and thermal paper. Plus hand sanitisers, thermal paper, french fries, Bisphenol A and rat paws. Avoiding till receipts because our hands are still wet, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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InKredulous: Episode #030

Episode 30 of our satirical comedy podcast.

Your host is Andy Wilson (@InKredulosi) of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and director and co-organiser of QED conference.

Appearing this time are:

As ever thanks for your patience with the episodes and for listening.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #134

Serial killers, HIV, cancer cures and more from psychic shows. Plus blood stains, lanterns, and Michael Crichton. Pawning our shoes, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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