Skeptics with a K: Episode #116

Married exorcists, lying calendars, overstimulated babies and dodgy hips. Plus snakes, swaddling, submarines and spaceport. From the year AD 1717, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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Be Reasonable: Episode #014 – Lembit Öpik

Lembit ÖpikFormer Lib Dem MP, Lembit Öpik is probably already a familiar face after appearances on Have I Got News For You and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! However, you may not know that he is also a champion for near-earth object studies and a UFOlogist at the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. He talks to Be Reasonable about what this involves.

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Lifting The Lid: Ongoing adventures in the world of pseudoscience

It’s been a little while since I’ve written a new Skeptics in the Pub talk, but I’ve recently been inspired to put something new together on the topic of hands-on skepticism, and the fun that can be had from exploring the pseudoscience around you.

I’d like to do as many talks as possible, so if you’d like me to talk for your Skeptics in the Pub, university group, humanist group or other, let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate you. To book my talk, email press@merseysideskeptics.org.uk.

Lifting The Lid: Ongoing adventures in the world of pseudoscience

by Michael MarshallMichael Marshall: Bad News: How PR Came to Rule Modern Journalism

It’s easy to think of pseudoscience existing in a glass case at a museum – something to be examined and critiqued from a safe distance, but not something to touch and to play with. Using examples taken from his own personal experiences in skepticism, Michael Marshall will show what happens when you begin to crack the surface of the pseudosciences that surround us – revealing the surprising, sometimes-shocking and often-comic adventures that lie beneath.

Michael Marshall is the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and Project Director of the Good Thinking Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work with the MSS has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Scientist.

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Requirements: projector, screen, audio playback (this talk involves some short video clips with sound).

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #115

Vegetarians, ghostly spiders, chemtrails and cannibals.  Plus Eddie Murphy, killing angels, smashing wine bottles and NASA.  It’s just science, from Skeptics with a K.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #114

Stress, social policy, smoking and stage hypnosis.  Plus teddy bears, Star Trek, critical thinking and sheeple. Chewing the cud, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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Be Reasonable: Episode #013 – Jens Foell

Dr Jens Foell is a GP and teaching fellow at Imperial College London, as well as a medical acupuncture practitioner with his own private practice. He regularly uses medical acupuncture with NHS patients, and is part of the council for the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

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