Best Skeptic podcasts — Discussion from a skeptical standpoint (Updated June 2018; image)
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The Cracked Podcast is facts, jokes, and more from the Internet’s leading comedy website. Every week, host Alex Schmidt brings together comedians, authors, scientists, and Cracked staffers, to celebrate the awesome truth that being alive is more interesting than people think it is. Fill your week and your brain with hilarious, mind-blowing revelations that’ll make you the most interesting person in every room you’re in.Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found e ...
 
Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join host Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game as long as we can bring reason to bear upon it, with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor!We agree with the Marquis de Condorcet, who said that in an open society we ought to devote ourselves to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding pl ...
 
Devin, Joe and Steve have always been curious. Though they don’t have any formal education to guide them, they sit down every week to discuss unsolved mysteries of all kinds: weird noises, strange website and horrific suicides that look a lot like murders. They take a skeptical approach, but never discount the truly odd nature of the world.
 
Every episode we blast anyone who gets in our way. We bring critical thinking, skepticism, and irreverence to any topic that makes the news, makes it big, or makes us mad. It’s skeptical, it’s political and there is no welcome mat.
 
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Inquiring Minds
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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers. Produce ...
 
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The Skeptics Guide
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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly science podcast discussing the latest science news, critical thinking, bad science, conspiracies and controversies. -The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: Your escape to reality - Produced by SGU Productions, LLC: http://www.theskepticsguide.org
 
Skeptical, even of skepticism, The Evil Twin Podcast takes on a variety of topics from very unexpected angles. In this podcast you get to ride shotgun while twin brothers Brad and Thad explore the strange underbelly of "belief" in American culture and what it means to identify with those beliefs.
 
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Skeptics with a K
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Skeptics with a K is the podcast for science, reason and critical thinking from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.
 
Skeptical discussion, critical thinking, science, and the de-bunking of the supernatural and psuedoscience.
 
Science for the People is a weekly syndicated radio show and podcast. We are a long-format interview show that explores the connections between science, popular culture, history, and public policy, to help listeners understand the evidence and arguments behind what's in the news and on the shelves. Every week, our hosts sit down with science researchers, writers, authors, journalists, and experts to discuss science from the past, the science that affects our lives today, and how science migh ...
 
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Ask Science Mike
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A weekly podcast where Mike McHargue answers questions about science, faith, and life.
 
Join Thomas for some critical thinking on questions of science, philosophy, skepticism and politics. These serious topics are discussed with some serious guests, but in an entertaining and engaging way! This is not your typical interview podcast; it’s a friendly dialogue, conducted thoughtfully and with plenty of humor. It's Serious Inquiries Only; but like, not boring or anything.
 
Reasonable Doubts takes an informative and humorous look at religion from a freethinking perspective; offering news and commentary of interest to skeptics, atheists, agnostics, humanists, courageous religious believers looking for a challenge and freethinkers of all persuasions. In addition to interviewing the top minds in skepticism (former guests include Christopher Hitchens, Susan Jacoby, Paul Kurtz, Edward Tabash, DJ Grothe) RD offers regular segments on counter-apologetics, biblical cri ...
 
Why do we believe weird things? What does feminine intuition really mean? How do you become an effective activist for science and reason? Are you ready for a fortnightly show that poses these questions and more? Tune into the Token Skeptic for a slightly more skeptical look at stories in the news, urban legends, good science, pseudoscience, and what makes popular culture pop. Hosted and produced by Kylie Sturgess.
 
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The Reality Check
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Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.
 
A podcast for the morbidly curious. From serial killers to ghosts, ancient remains to obscure medical conditions, let us satisfy your curiosity. (Some episodes may not be appropriate for children. Listener discretion is advised.)
 
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Be Reasonable
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Examining beliefs from outside of the mainstream
 
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The Skeptic Zone
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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and the crew for interviews and reports from around the world.
 
Explore controversial science with leading researchers and their critics... the leading source for intelligent skeptic-versus-believer debate...
 
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InKredulous
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InKredulous is the topical, skeptical, news quiz game from the Merseyside Skeptics Society. We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of scientific skepticism on Merseyside, around the UK and internationally.
 
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Trolling With Logic
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Weekly Skeptical podcast. Topics to make you think, Movie reviews to make your head explode.
 
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No Religion Required
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Skepticism with a touch of southern charm. Stand for Reason or you will fall for anything!
 
Your home for news and ridiculous comment with Jesse Dollemore and Brittany Page!
 
Passionate skeptics Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors and friends about skepticism, conspiracies, urban legends and the effects of misinformation on us all. Guests of the show are a mix of skeptics, scientists, humanists and the occasional hard line, conspiracy nut. Discussions are deeply impassioned, mostly respectful and always funny.Skeptically Yours - Where Thinking Is Free!Listen LIVE Sundays 2-3 PM PST on skepticallyyours.net.
 
The European Skeptics Podcast is a project in support of the skeptic movement across Europe. By providing a forum for all national and international organisations and initiatives, our goal is to become a real meeting place for skeptics and science enthusiasts.
 
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REASON
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REASON Podcast is a weekly discussion of events, current and historical, from a skeptical and rational perspective without theological bias.
 
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Skepticule
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Spanking the bottom of ignorance since 2009
 
On Psilly Rabbits we talk about the science, history, myth, and philosophies behind altered states, entheogens, and the nature of consciousness. We will be analyzing said history and myth from an interdisciplinary standpoint, coupling academia and the occult. Our format includes a mix of conversation, education, and interviews with experts and innovative minds from all practices as we apply their works to the fields of consciousness studies and psychedelic research.
 
Join Don as he explore the world with a skeptical eye. It's the show that applies skepticism and critical thinking to everyday issues. The place where reason and reality cross swords with politics, religion, economics and of course science. Join us each week, subscribe to our podcast and get ready to be skeptical.
 
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Thinkery
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A podcast featuring the intellectual and existential struggles of two creative, skeptical, well-meaning fellows. Fed directly into your ear-holes.
 
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The Skeptic Wire
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A skeptical look at the news of the day.
 
Paul Loebe runs Sgt Skeptic. It used to be a humorous blog about atheism in the military. He now focuses on fantasy writing, D&D, and other nerdly crafts.
 
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Skeptic
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Examining Extraordinary Claims and Promoting Science
 
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Skeptics with a K
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Skeptics with a K is the podcast for science, reason and critical thinking from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.
 
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The Skeptic Canary Show
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Dr Tom Williamson, David James and Paul Hopwood talk about the skeptical issues of the day, usually joined by a special guest!
 
Science and Critical Thinking in Manitoba
 
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How do we create artificial intelligence that isn't bigoted? Can we teach machines to work exactly like our brains work? “You don’t program a machine to be smart,” says our guest this week, “you program the machine to get smarter using data.” We talk to James Scott, statistician, data scientist, and co-author (with Nick Polson) of the new book ...…
 
On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Lauren explores the great hucksters of history with Laura and Ashlyn—and Gem’s back! Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues of science, critical thinking, and secular humanism. Links: Radionics (Wikipedia) | Albert Abrams (Wikipedia) | The Untold Story o ...…
 
Church members angry over placement of giant Marilyn Monroe statue in Conn. | TheHill Man gets $75 after being wrongly imprisoned for 31 years Christian Activist Will “Shame” Gays, Women, and Muslims Into Accepting Jesus – Friendly Atheist Pope Francis Accepts Bishop Juan Barros’ Resignation Amid Child Sexual Abuse Scandal Lance Wallnau Claims ...…
 
What is it about dolls that creeps us out? Is it their staring eyes? Their vague smiles? Or is it the fact that they have a history of being used as vessels for supernatural beings? In this episode we discuss the history of dolls, some famously haunted ones, and why they creep us out. Now sponsored by: ThinkGeek bit.ly/morbidgeek Audible www.au ...…
 
Are you 100% sure you exist? Good news: we’re sure. But here’s a few TERRIFYING headlines saying otherwise: “The universe shouldn’t exist, according to science.” (New York Post) “The universe shouldn't exist, scientists say after finding bizarre behaviour of anti-matter” (The Independent) “Universe shouldn’t exist, CERN physicists conclude.” (C ...…
 
0:00:00 Hunting for Bigfoot 0:01:48 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:06:12 Interview with Yvette d'Entremont Yvette d'Entremont, also known as SciBabe, is a public speaker, science blogger, and former analytical chemist. She has a background in forensics and toxicology. 0:23:00 Skeptics in the Pub - USA We head for Skeptics in the Pub in the cit ...…
 
Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Rachel Carson; News Items: Lying About Golden Rice, Solar Roads Again, Polio Comeback, Fastest Supercomputer; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction
 
A mashup episode all about ‘effects’. Darren discusses the sometimes misunderstood cognitive bias called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures, Cristina digs into the Matilda Effect and highlights some groundbreaking women scientists who were famously and shamelessly snubbed for their achievements. Pat explains an illu ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss the gift they received from Chase in Virginia – a lifesize cardboard cutout of Donald Trump, listener emails and voicemails related to Amy Schumer, ways to deal with bigoted family members, and suicide, Quillette’s Editor and Founder, Claire Lehmann, and her ridiculous tweet to Nature, a study on white Americans’ shif ...…
 
What does heredity really mean? Carl Zimmer would argue it's more than your genes along. In "She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity", Zimmer covers the history of genetics and what kinship and heredity really mean when we're discovering how to alter our own DNA, and, potentially, the DNA of our children.…
 
In 1920 a man living in Washington state claimed to be the only survivor of the famed Battle of the Little Big Horn. Was Frank Finkel there or was he just another one of the many attention seekers who hoped to attach themselves to the story?
 
Aircraft with attitude, homeopathy prescriptions, twenty minutes walk, and flat planes. Plus Alice’s new job, arguable grounds, Mike’s Sega Mega Drive, and the Mighty Cheese. Listen to Marsh singing video game music in Skeptics with a K. Get your tickets for QED now, as they’re running out fast: qedcon.org!…
 
Aircraft with attitude, homeopathy prescriptions, twenty minutes walk, and flat planes. Plus Alice’s new job, arguable grounds, Mike’s Sega Mega Drive, and the Mighty Cheese. Listen to Marsh singing video game music in Skeptics with a K. Get your tickets for QED now, as they’re running out fast: qedcon.org!…
 
By popular request, I'm joined by Kevin, who goes by The One Janitor or T1J on YouTube, recently put out a brilliant critique of Sam Harris. I found it to be keenly critical while still being fair. We talk about that, YouTube in general, and delve into his political views as well. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to ...…
 
This week we're talking about personality tests, a 100% oxygen atmosphere, the biology of male violence and unrequited love. Anyone interested in doing public work (books, podcasts, speaking, etc) may be interested in my upcoming webinar.
 
We talk to Peter Rubin, editor at Wired and author of Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life.By adam@adamisaak.com (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss the study from the Annenberg Inclusion Institute describing the demographic characteristics of movie critics on Rotten Tomatoes, listener emails and voicemails related to cousin-love, Bill Clinton, and the SCOTUS decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, Donald Trump’s appearance at the G-7 Summit, including his atta ...…
 
Dr. Mariana Caplan think yoga is just what psychology and psychotherapy needs. photo by: Skeptiko Alex Tsakiris: Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. My guest today is Mariana Caplan, who has a new book, Yoga & Psyche. Mariana, welcome. Thanks so much for joining me. Ma ...…
 
Mark Taylor: Hurricanes Will Be Created To Suppress Pro-Trump Voter Turnout | Right Wing Watch Crocodile kills Ethiopian pastor during lake baptism - BBC News US Supreme Court backs Colorado baker's gay wedding cake snub - BBC News Lance Wallnau: God Is Using 'The Wrecking Ball Of Heaven' To Take Down Trump's Critics | Right Wing Watch Alex Jon ...…
 
Soccer: it’s the sport the rest of the world calls “football”, despite how loud America yells otherwise. It’s also the global obsession that peaks every 4 years with a World Cup. This year’s Cup is about to start in Russia. 2026’s Cup is about to get awarded to the United States and Canada and Mexico, maybe. And everyone is abuzz about which of ...…
 
This episode features Stuart Ritchie, intelligence researcher and author of the book "Intelligence: All That Matters." Stuart responds to some of the most common conceptual objections to the science of IQ testing. Can we even define intelligence? Aren't there lots of different kinds of intelligence? How do we know the tests are measuring intell ...…
 
Interview with Kurt Czarnowski. He is a Social Security Expert. He worked for Social Security for 34 years.
 
We're getting our release schedule back on track, just two days after the previous episode(!).We talk about Worlds in Collision, how the infamous Andrew Wakefield study has had consequences for a whole generation borne in the late nineties / early 2000s, plus how treating cancer with homeopathy is criminal and that Hans Rosling is commemorated ...…
 
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:50 Michael Marshall from The Good Thinking Society The British Homeopathic Association lost their legal case against NHS England, with the judge dismissing all four parts of their case. The BHA had sought to overturn NHS England’s announcement in November 2017 of new guidance which advises GP’s not to ...…
 
With all the hoopla of episode 500 done, the TRC crew gets back to business. First we reach into our mailbag for a couple of listener’s letters. Next Darren looks into the authenticity of a rejection letter Albert Einstein supposedly received from the University of Bern. Cristina asks can grapefruit juice be lethal when mixed with drugs? Lastly ...…
 
What's the Word: Hermeneutic; News Items: Sterile Neutrino, Tardigrade Lifespan, Louis Vitton Rainmaker, Panspermia Follow Up; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Balance of Nature; Science or Fiction
 
This week: New research shows a 6-month treatment for breast cancer is nearly as successful as the previously-standard 12-month course; the surprising effects that clay can have on your body; and a look into new studies that give new reasons why dark chocolate is good for you. Huge thanks to guest co-host Adam Bristol! Links mentioned: https:// ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss the story of a man who was bitten by the severed head of a rattlesnake he killed, listener calls and emails related to everything from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission/SCOTUS decision to asexuality to a vacation to the happiest place on earth with bigoted relatives, Dollemocracy features Rudy Giuliani popping off ...…
 
Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Volcanoes. These are the sorts of natural disasters movies are made from, because throughout history we've learned that natural disasters often become human disasters. But how much are we contributing to the scale of the human toll of natural disasters when they hit? How much do our decisions about where to build, what to ...…
 
This week we interviewed Dutch mathematician and skeptical activist Pepijn van Erp to talk about his blog, his work at Stichting Skepsis and the Dutch skeptical magazine Skepter and all the topics that he likes to blog about.By info@theesp.eu (TheESP.eu).
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss the results of the California Primary Election and the fun times at Harley Rouda’s election party, listener emails and voicemails related to masculinity, Samantha Bee’s use of the naughty word, and the political climate, Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ refusal to answer questions and take responsibility for her false statemen ...…
 
A member of the Scottish National Party and an anti-nuclear activist, William MacRae was found dying in his car after an accident--and later it was discovered that he'd also been shot in the head. Who killed Willie MacRae?
 
It's a coven of Andrews! We had so much to talk about regarding the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision handed down by the Supreme Court recently, that we had to do some overflow from Opening Arguments! These two expert Andrews are here to break it down for us, including how many different ways Dave Rubin is wrong about this. (It's a lot). Leave Thom ...…
 
Bit of an odd episode today. Cody reviews the recent Exploring Psychedelics Conference and his related blog post about the zealotry and apologetics issued by Octavio Rettig and Martin Ball during that event. Octavio and Martin Dude Ego the Living Planet Show Notes: The blog post in question - Exploring Psychedelics 2018: Reviewing zealotry and ...…
 
In this week’s eSkeptic: Available Now: Skeptic Magazine 23.2: The Rise of the Nones Feature: Jordan Peterson’s Evidence-Based Endeavor MonsterTalk # 158: An interview with Richard Hatem (Part II) SKEPTIC MAGAZINE 23.2 Available Now in Print & Digital Editions Order a print subscription Order a digital subscription Buy the print back issue Buy ...…
 
On this week's program, Science Mike talks about Autism Spectrum Disorder, and how discovering that he's on the spectrum has impacted his life.
 
Down the Rabbit Hole, a sneak peak at the bonus content available on Stitcher Premium-Daniel Burack was on his boat, the Witchcraft, just offshore from Miami Beach, when he radioed the Coast Guard asking for a tow because of boat trouble. When the Coast Guard arrived 19 minutes later the boat and crew had vanished without a trace.…
 
We talk to Carl Zimmer, New York Times columnist and author of 13 books about science about his latest book She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.By adam@adamisaak.com (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
 
Jesse and Brittany discuss the healing power of doing shows with a muppet voice, the upcoming #ThirdEpisode week, the bonus episode with Ryan Bell from Life After God Podcast, listener voicemails and emails related to race, masculinity, and Samantha Bee, the inaccurate death toll in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria and the lack of foc ...…
 
Stories From The Week Donald Trump just put the 'Me' in his Memorial Day tweet Carl Gallups: Trump's Demand For An Investigation Into 'Spygate' Is Really About Uncovering Obama's Birth Certificate | Right Wing Watch Alex Jones: 'The Boy Scouts Of America Is A Pedophile Induction Center' | Right Wing Watch Jim Bakker Knows In His 'Spirit' That 1 ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany welcome Ryan Bell from Life After God Podcast to discuss all things atheism, humanism, and privilege. They dive into Ryan’s backstory, how the atheist movement has changed when he first joined to today, progressive thinking, cognitive biases, privilege, and Ryan’s current projects. Follow Ryan on Twitter: https://www.twitter. ...…
 
The Bimini Road has been surrounded by controversy since it was discovered in the 1960s, with some researchers stating it formed naturally, and others believing it to be a remnant of the Lost city of Atlantis. This episode we discuss this rock formation and why it is still controversial today. Now sponsored by: ThinkGeek bit.ly/morbidgeek Audib ...…
 
The 1st Amendment: it’s America’s most cherished and well-defended constitutional freedom that's not that gun one. Either way, we’re used to living in a country where free speech has few limits, and only really runs into trouble when it can get people killed. But what happens when that free speech lobbies for white supremacist ideas that have h ...…
 
Interview with Alexis Record. She wrote the chapter "Women v Indoctrination" in the book "Women v. Religion".Investing Skeptically: Crash Proof Retirement!
 
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:00 Mind - Body - Wallet Once again, with no regard for personal sanity, our small but brave band of skeptics venture into the world of woo, magic, woo, quackery and woo. Will they make it out in time to find a drink? 0:21:00 Amazing Claims for pets Is your cat sick and tired of being sick and tired? We ...…
 
What's the Word: Irruptive; News Items: Colonizing Mars, Multivitamin Meta-analysis, AI Diagnostics, Musk's Twitter Breakdown; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction
 
In this mini-episode, Kishore talks to neuroscientist and author Dean Burnett about his new book Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why.By adam@adamisaak.com (Indre Viskontas & Kishore Hari).
 
Nerds and geeks of all stripes love to dissect exactly how their favorite (or least favorite) sci-fi and fantasy tales got science so wrong. But many TV shows, movies and book actually manage to get science pretty right (except for those pesky time-travel impossibilities). How do they do that? A lot of times, they phone a scientist. We'll speak ...…
 
Jesse and Brittany talk about Jesse’s obvious muppet-voice illness, their experience watching the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan in concert, listener voicemails and emails related to inappropriate behavior from men and the #MeToo movement, the ongoing discussion of masculinity and femininity, and reactions to #410, including our discussion of G ...…
 
Debating Flat Earthers, placebo sleep, mountain walks, and long commutes. Plus serial addition, friendly physicists, controlling your data, and attracting crime. Wandering the streets of Birmingham whilst high, it’s Skeptics with a K. There is still time to donate to our sponsored walk, at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/merseysideskeptics-mss. And ...…
 
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