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Question of the Week: Birds or Monkeys? (For Perry)

This Thursday we host our first ever guest speaker in our Skeptics in the Pub series. I’m sure you don’t need to be told we’ll be having the excellent Professor Chris French along to talk all things anomalous, psychological and experiency in his talk ‘The Psychology of Anomalous Experiences’. It promises to be a corker, and we’d love you to come along.

The speaker series will not, never fear, signal an end to our hitherto-successful social-only events though. I can almost hear the communal sighs of relief! Fret not, I for one love our agenda-less, unstructured and mildly alcohol-oriented chances to meet, chat and share influences and heroes. It was in fact at the last SitP that I got chatting (as we always seem to at some point) about the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and the influence of the skeptical rogues on getting us into skepticism. And, inevitably, the question arose: When did you hear about Perry Deangelis, and just how upset were you at the time?

The answer, for me, is late on (I began listening maybe a year ago and worked patiently through in order from episode one) and immensely upset. I felt I’d lost a friend, a friend who was gone before I ever even knew he existed. And everyone who I’ve spoken to tells me the same – such was the influence of the man. Last month marked the two-year anniversary of his passing, and the skeptical community will always miss Perry.

But, if there’s one thing Perry was about (as much as a humble listener and fan such as I could say), it was a great sense of fun and wit. So with that in mind I ask you not only for your thoughts of Perry but also to add your voice to the age-old debate, in which Perry’s knowledge was peerless:

Just who would win in a fight – a bird or a monkey? Would the monkey indeed give the bird an almighty beak-flip? Or would the avian beak prove too much for the simian? Your thoughts below.