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Skepticule 112: Has Peter Hitchens lost his marbles?; Facism; Research Ethics; Atheist Etiquette; Cognitive closure and certainty; Losing my religion; TTPMO - GOP Debates. Shownotes: Paul Jenkins couldn't be with us this time, but fear not, all is not los...
Shownotes: Paul Jenkins couldn't be with us this time, but fear not, all is not lost. Taking his place for this episode is Anonymous Steve. Peter Hitchens (brother of Christopher Hitchens) - has he completely lost his marbles? After his appearance on the 'Unbelievable?
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This isn’t just a simple talk; it’s a call to arms. Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can’t be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them, or buy their products, then we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens.
 
The Ask for Evidence campaign has seen people ask a retail chain for the evidence behind its MRSA resistant pyjamas; ask a juice bar for the evidence behind wheatgrass detox claims; ask the health department about rules for Viagra prescriptions; ask for the studies behind treatments for Crohn’s disease, and hundreds more. As a result, claims are being withdrawn and bodies held to account.
 
This is geeks, working with the public, to park their tanks on the lawn of those who seek to influence us. And it’s starting to work. Come and hear what the campaign is going to do next and how you can get involved.
 
 
Sense About Science challenge many misleading claims about scientific and medical evidence. They are launching a public campaign, ‘Ask for Evidence’, to bring about wider, more lasting change. When people come across dubious scientific claims, they want someone to go to with their questions. The campaign will encourage everyone to take up claims they think are misleading, both by reporting dodgy science claims and by getting involved in tackling claims themselves, to help stop the spread of misinformation in public discussion.
 
http://askforevidence.org
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Creationist twaddle, anyone?
I'm on the mailing list of Creation Ministries International (because... see this post from a while back, about my previous local creationism encounter). So today I learned that Australians Rod and Nancy Walsh will shortly be touring the UK giving presentations and answering questions about ...
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Skepticule 111: Psychic Fair; Darwin Day Lecture; Anticipatory Socialisation; Old Atheism; Believing Nonsense; TTPMO: TfL. Shownotes: Paul T talks about his visit to a Psychic Fair with High Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub. Adventures with the Fairy Whisperer i...
Skepticule-111-20160216. Skepticule 111: Psychic Fair; Darwin Day Lecture; Anticipatory Socialisation; Old Atheism; Believing Nonsense; TTPMO: TfL. Shownotes: Paul T talks about his visit to a Psychic Fair with High Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub. Adventures with the Fairy Whisperer in La La Land.
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Horrors or Heroes? Learning to Love Parasites

Parasites are the stuff of horror movies, consuming their host and often capable of controlling their host’s body and mind in the most freakish of ways.

But this is only half the story. Around 75% of all species are parasitic, and parasites play an essential ecological role, prove unlikely allies and are in many ways responsible for life as we know it.
 
In this presentation, Josie Pegg will give us an insight into the world of parasites and challenge their negative reputation.
 
Josie Pegg is a postgraduate researcher at Bournemouth University and is passionate about marine and aquatic ecology, fish and parasites.
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Here at last is the first in Ted Forbes' The Artist Series...
Paul S. Jenkins, writer, podcaster and tech-enthusiast (and atheist and skeptic) lives and works in Hampshire, UK. Notes from an Evil Burnee is his blog about things skeptical. image. Subscribe. Posts. Atom. Posts. Comments. Atom. Comments. Followers. Blogroll ...
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Spin it
This is the real tragedy. It's not that politicians spin things their way — of course they do. That is politics. It's that politicians have grown so used to misusing numbers as weapons that they have forgotten that used properly, they are tools. Depressing. Posted by Paul Jenkins at 11:58 ...
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My photos of the 2016 Darwin Day Lecture delivered by Professor Jerry Coyne
Here are my pics taken at this year's Darwin Day Lecture given by Professor Jerry A. Coyne, at Logan Hall, Institute of Education, University College London: 2016 Darwin Day Lecture - Jerry Coyne at Logan Hall, UCL The BHA's video of the event can be found here: https://youtu.be/sazo1J4Zsj4 ...
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Hindsight Bias - On being wise after the event - with Hartmut Blank

"After the event (or after having learned a new fact), we’re not only wiser but also often fall prey to the illusion that this was knowable before, with subtle but important consequences for learning from experience, decision making and judging others’ decisions and actions: If I believe that I knew something all along, why would I take reality feedback on board? If I think that others should have foreseen a negative outcome, I might be more likely to blame them for it, etc. I will give an introduction to hindsight bias research including my own research that explores the idea that distinct aspects of hindsight (impressions of foreseeability and inevitability, as well as memory distortions) work in different ways, i.e. involve different psychological processes and functions. I will also discuss ways of reducing hindsight bias.

"Short biography: After briefly studying geophysics and training as a heating installer, I studied psychology and received my doctoral degree at the University of Konstanz. Later I worked as a lecturer (teaching social psychology) at the University of Leipzig. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2005, where I mainly teach research methods and statistics. My research is on hindsight bias, social memory (including eyewitness suggestibility) and lately also meta-analysis."

This talk is part of British Science week 2016
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Skepticule 110: JWs lie; London Thinks; Vexatious secularists lobby; Steve's desirable aliens; Secularism leads to incest; Unbelievable? : Gay parents and Devil's advocates; Johno's demographics; TTPMO: Uncontrolled crossings; TTIMS: Pedestrian token accele...
Skepticule 110: JWs lie; London Thinks; Vexatious secularists lobby; Steve's desirable aliens; Secularism leads to incest; Unbelievable?: Gay parents and Devil's advocates; Johno's demographics; TTPMO: Uncontrolled crossings; TTIMS: Pedestrian token acceleration. Shownotes: ...
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