Talking with Jo Thornley about Cults and Their Zealots
Why would anyone join a cult? Perhaps they just want to give themselves the chance to have sex with aliens.
Get Thinking with Podcasts – Some to Check Out in 2018-2019
If you know anyone who loves podcasts, you’ll know they’re always keen to recommend what the next big thing will be
Vitamania: The Sense and Nonsense of Vitamins
An Interview with Sonya Pemberton
Wellington Paranormal – Clueless in Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Before I begin this review, a quick shout-out to the skeptic folk of New Zealand, who hosted a very fine (although a little shaky post-earthquake) conference in Wellington back in 2013.
On Animals, Language, Koko, and Wish-fulfilment
An Interview with Daniel Midgley
Putting Fact over Fiction – Campaign By Australia’s Choice on Alternative Medicine
Hundreds of bizarre health claims such as “tonifies kidney essence” and “opens body orifices” could appear on complementary medicine labels under new laws being pushed by the Australian federal government.
Mr. Shaha’s Recipes For Wonder – An Interview with Author Alom Shaha
Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London; as a parent, teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life trying to share his passion for science and education with the public.
Talking about The Woman Who Fooled the World: A Conversation with Nick Toscano
Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she’d never had cancer.
Let’s Be Reasonable
An Interview with Rebecca Fox
A Skeptics’ Six-Month Book Club List for a New Year
(AKA the Science-Based-Diversity-Fetus-Transgender-Entitlement-Vulnerable-Evidence-Based Reading Suggestions for the Start of 2018)
Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search For Wellness—Interview with Brigid Delaney
Cold-pressed juices, quitting sugar, Paleo, hot yoga, mindfulness … if you embrace these things you will be happy, you will be well—just ask Instagram.
Homeopatía: los hechos sin diluir Entrevista a Edzard Ernst
En el cual examina el origen, los principios y la práctica de la homeopatía y discute las razones de su permanente popularidad.
Override: My quest to go beyond brain training and take control of my mind
Interview with biologist and writer Caroline Williams.
On Homeopathy: The Undiluted Facts–An Interview with Edzard Ernst
Most people who are tempted to try homeopathy and even many users of homeopathy have little idea what this type of treatment is all about.
No Alternative To Cancer–Interview with Dr. Paul Willis
Every year, thousands of Australians are suffering and dying prematurely because of alternative cancer treatments
The Keeper of the Skeptic’s Dictionary: An Interview with Robert Todd Carroll
It would probably be more fashionable to go out with a bang rather than with a whimper, but at this time, this is as good as it is going to get.
Finding a Powerful (and Skeptical) Voice—Speaking Out with Tara Moss
Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV presenter, and an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. Since 1999, she has written eleven bestselling books, which have been published in nineteen countries and thirteen languages.
Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work–Interview with Kat Arney
A look at the history, influence, mysteries, and misconceptions about the field of genetics.
From Pop-Sci to Puppets – Quest For Wonder
Can puppetry encourage a love of science?
The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To
If you’re on a beach drinking delicious cocktails on your four week holiday, that’s a very nice sensation. You see someone walk past with a broken leg then you might think, ‘Poor thing,’ but you won’t give up your holiday to go and help them.
A Skeptic on the ConspiraSea Cruise—Interview with Colin McRoberts
If you’re a skeptic and you want to talk to people about conspiracy theories and talk them out of being conspiracy theorists, you’ve got to find them. You’ve got to know who they are and where they’re coming from, and that really requires a personal face to face conversation. The idea of a ‘conspiracy cruise’ is great because it makes that easy and it makes it fun.
The Unseen (But Often Heard) World of Welcome to Night Vale – An Interview with Joseph Fink
While many skeptics may deride conspiracy theories and the paranormal, you cannot deny the creative inspiration such claims provide to shows like Welcome to Night Vale.
What if Alternative Health Fixes Are Making You Unhealthy? Interview with Dr. Garth Maker
The medical community is not aware of the scope of use of these particular compounds, and then at the same time when things go wrong people often don’t go to their GP or they don’t fully disclose what has potentially caused the adverse reaction, so we also have considerable under reporting of these adverse reactions.
No Jab, No Pay–Now the Australian Way: Interview with Julie Leask
The Australian federal government’s no-jab-no-pay laws will remove childcare benefits, rebates, and the end-of-year Family Tax Benefit A supplement from parents who don’t immunize their children.
Going Clear: Interview with Tony Ortega
A documentary about Scientology is now distributed worldwide, after successfully screening on HBO in the USA. Written and directed by Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney and based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology and the Religion of Belief
Science, Podcasting (And a Little Nudity Doesn’t Hurt) – The Naked Scientists
The Naked Scientist podcast is a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials and promote it to the general public. They’ve been around since the early 2000s—making them one of the very first podcasts.
From the Whole Pantry to the Whole Health Hoax
For over a month now, I have read over Belle Gibson’s The Whole Pantry–a book that reportedly has been removed from the shelves, but is readily available at my local bookstore and the local library–and find myself repeatedly going back to the disclaimer on the back of the title page.
Art of Saving a Life – Interview with Alexia Sinclair
At first glance, you might think that Australian artist Alexia Sinclair has produced a photo for a glossy fashion magazine. The glamorous, fantasy-like image is of three people – but one of them is being inoculated.
A Response to Lars Andersen: A New Level of Archery – Interview with Anna Maltese
Anna Maltese, an artist, digital painter and archer, joined forces with long-time skeptical filmmaker John Rael, to produce A Response to Lars Andersen: a New Level of Archery.
A Scientist In Wonderland – Interview with Edzard Ernst
Professor Ernst’s reverence for the pursuit of truth through the application of scientific methods led to an appointment as the world’s first chair in alternative medicine.
Feeding the Mind—Challenging the Myths—Science Babe
Yvette Guinevere has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in forensic science. She’s been a chemistry professor, explosives chemist, toxicology chemist, analytical chemist—and has recently taken up running the Science Babe site full time.
Behind the Magic – Interview With James Randi
In 2012, documentary filmmakers Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom began work on An Honest Liar, a profile of the life of “The Amazing” Randi, as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose America’s beloved psychics, mentalists, preachers, and faith healers with religious fervor.
You Should Have Seen This One Coming – Protesting With Good Thinking At UK Psychic Events
In March of this year, the UK charity Good Thinking was contacted by Mark Tilbrook. Mark is a skeptical activist who had been planning to hand out leaflets to people on their way to attend a range of psychic shows.
The British Humanist Association: Which Witch is Which?
The promotion of science and reason is not without its challenges. The British Humanist Association (BHA) and Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) are being sued by the wealthy evangelical preacher and “witch hunter” Helen Ukpabio who has dubbed herself a “Lady Apostle.”
ExpeRimental Science on YouTube with Alom Shaha
Alom Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London. A teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life sharing his passion for science and education with the public.
Schooling for Good Sleep—Interview with Richard Wiseman
Based on exciting new research, mass-participation experiments, and the world’s largest archive of dream reports, Richard Wiseman’s new book, Night School, reveals the truth about sleep and dreaming.
Checking Out Consumer Rights With The Checkout – Interview With Julian Morrow
From cradles to graves, everyone’s a customer – and we have the right not to remain silent. Each week, The Checkout takes a no-holds-barred, irreverent and entertaining approach to explaining and exposing the ways that all of us are being ripped off.
Rapping Evolution – An Interview With Baba Brinkman
Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, writer, and performer and the creator of “The Rap Guide to Evolution,” a hip-hop exploration of modern evolutionary biology, natural selection and evolutionary psychology.
“Breaking Magic” With Billy Kidd – Magic Meets Science On The Discovery Channel
Street magic is nothing new on our television screens. What makes Breaking Magic different is the discussion of scientific concepts and the use of physics, chemistry and psychology in making magic fun and intellectually stimulating.
“I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie Attwell
I’m very fortunate to live in a great part of the world, near Fremantle in Western Australia. I’m also very fortunate that there’s proactive people here who are very concerned about vaccination rates—and are willing to try outreach in a number of different ways. For this interview, I talked to Dr. Katie Attwell, of “I Immunise.“