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Skepticule 122:  Ben Watts on Unbelievable ; Big Pharma Pricing; Culpable Steve; Biblical Authenticity; TTPMO. Shownotes: To follow Editing: Paul S. Jenkins Paul Thompson ("Sinbad") The Skeptical Probe http://skepticalprobe.blogspot.com/ Paul Orton, militan...

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Listen to a full-cast audio production of Kim Newman's "Where the Bodies are Buried"

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Get scared the traditional way...

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Skepticule 121: Poisonous Darwinism; Johno is Trumped; Underwhelming Apologetics; Steve's Liquidised Todger; TTPMO. Shownotes: (To follow) Editing: Paul Thompson Paul Thompson ("Sinbad") The Skeptical Probe http://skepticalprobe.blogspot.com/ Paul Orton, mi...

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Non-theistic Christianity is a thing, apparently

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Seasonal Skeptical Cabaret - 1st December 2016, at Le Cafe Parisien

A skeptical start to the season with an evening of songs, poetry, comedy and science with a splash of philosophy and a visit from Santa (and possibly some zombies)

Hosted by Johno Pearce
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03/12/2016
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The Philosophy of Star Trek - with Dr Clio Bellenis, 2016-11-10

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, Dr Clio Bellenis boldly takes us on a mission of philosophical discovery.

Like science fiction in general, Star Trek is a show of ideas, with a number of episodes exploring such philosophical questions as: What is it to be a person? What is it to be the same person over time and change? We explore some of these, and also wonder if some of the characterisation might be loosely drawn from Ancient Greek Philosophical ideas. Vulcans, for example might seem particularly Stoical!

In 2006 Clio Bellenis completed an MA in Philosophy with the OU, and learned that it is a way of thinking that doesn't come easy to someone with a scientific background! Her thesis was on the Theory of Mind and Autism.

Dr Bellenis has worked in the NHS all her life, as a child and adolescent psychiatrist for the last 25 years. She officially retired in October but hasn't managed to get away yet.
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19/11/2016
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Skepticule 120: QEDcon Special Shownotes: (To follow) Editing: Paul S. Jenkins Paul Thompson ("Sinbad") The Skeptical Probe http://skepticalprobe.blogspot.com/ Paul Orton, militant agnostic Skepticab http://skepticab.blogspot.co.uk/ Paul S. Jenkins Notes fr...

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No, I will not donate to your campaign for ignorance.

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Herding Hemingway's Cats - with Kat Arney, 13 October 2016

The language of genes has become common in the media. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. We're told that genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer's. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise.

There are 2.2 metres of DNA inside every one of your cells, encoding roughly 20,000 genes. These are the 'recipes' that tell our cells how to make the building blocks of life, along with all the control switches ensuring they're turned on and off at the right time and in the right place. But rather than a static string of genetic code, this is a dynamic, writhing biological library. With the help of cats with thumbs, fish with hips and wobbly worms, Kat will unpack some of the mysteries in our DNA and explain the latest thinking about how our genes work.

Dr Kat Arney is a science communicator and award-winning blogger for Cancer Research UK, as well as a freelance science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured on BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists and more. She is about to publish her first book, Herding Hemingway's Cats, about how our genes work. You can order it here: http://bit.ly/HerdingHemingwaysCats
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05/11/2016
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