Skeptics with a K: Episode #218


Haitian pirates, ultra-processed foods, constipated cats, and Loose Women.  Plus inappropriate cheering, disappointing celebrities, and the Lovely Eggs. Unknown in the domestic kitchen, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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  1. #1 by astrotimer on February 22, 2018 - 18:46

    It was Amanda Peet who did the ad where her brother-in-law is infectious disease doctor and here is the ad.
    https://youtu.be/_qKwpiOcO7Y

  2. #2 by Dan Haycock on February 24, 2018 - 22:30

    It’s a good job the Foo Fighters make music of such puddingy MOR blandness that I don’t have to get too personally distressed by the AIDS denialism and antivaxx links.

    More troubling is Kathleen Hanna, of Bikini Kill, Le TIgre and Julie Ruin and all-round cool person. Troubling in that it tuns out she believes she has Chronic Lyme Disease. My emotional response to this is much more complicated – a mixture of sadness, disappointment and, well I don’t know really. Where people are clearly promoting something like antivaxx, it becomes quite easy to identify bad guys and apportion responsibility for claims made. But with entities like CLD it’s less clear that there are clear villains, only victims. But it does affect the way I perceive her, in a way that a knowledge of, say, a mental illness would not. Which makes me sad in itself.

    Now what, I wonder, would I feel if, say, a group of skeptical ‘heroes’ were to interview a convicted fraudster, allowing them to put across self-justifying arguments without any critical interjection, and (no, seriously) even allowing them to directly solicit for actual money?

  3. #3 by Black Knight No. 3 on February 26, 2018 - 15:05

    Dan Haycock :
    Now what, I wonder, would I feel if, say, a group of skeptical ‘heroes’ were to interview a convicted fraudster, allowing them to put across self-justifying arguments without any critical interjection, and (no, seriously) even allowing them to directly solicit for actual money?

    A good question well put.

    When I listened to that segment I thought they gave Brian a bit of a free pass. I couldn’t decide if it was because he’s a known “good guy” or whether the discussion was really to get the elephant out of the room to make way for the real reason for the segment which was to advertise for doners. I think there were a few tough questions that went AWOL.

    I must admit the whole segment left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I dislike their advertising in the first place (and commend the SWAK podcast for not resorting to this) although it could be argued that this particular advert was pretty much on topic for a skeptical podcast.

    As I write this I see that they have made about 22% of their target so they are attracting doners and it is soemthing I would be interested in seeing.

    Hmmm … mixed feelings.

  4. #4 by Billy on March 1, 2018 - 22:36

    Feel very lightweight and lowbrow after reading the posts above but hey, couldn’t go by without saying thanks for the heads up on the “Heart and Unicorns” album. Sooooo soooo good.
    (Great skeptical stuff as well btw)

  5. #5 by livemusicnation on March 6, 2018 - 22:01

    BTW, I heard a podcast episode that I thought was worth mentioning in regards to this post. This American Life. Always great. But it”s the 2-11-18 episode. It”s sort of in honor of Rom Coms. Definitely worth a listen. Strong recommend.

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