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The aim with Blokeology is to explore the evidence in all sorts of areas that will improve our health, fitness, and life in general. I’m shooting at a warm healthy skepticism that helps to pierce through hokum and flannel but does it in a way that is respectful and inclusive.
My name is Dr Euan Lawson and I've been a doctor for over 20 years. I tackle plenty of health-related topics but I'm keen to dig into a wide variety of sciences and disciplines that underpin anything that affects our lives.

Blokeology Dr Euan Lawson

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The aim with Blokeology is to explore the evidence in all sorts of areas that will improve our health, fitness, and life in general. I’m shooting at a warm healthy skepticism that helps to pierce through hokum and flannel but does it in a way that is respectful and inclusive.
My name is Dr Euan Lawson and I've been a doctor for over 20 years. I tackle plenty of health-related topics but I'm keen to dig into a wide variety of sciences and disciplines that underpin anything that affects our lives.

    Update for September 2019

    Update for September 2019

    Episode Notes It's just a very quick hello to let you know that I'm taking the rest of the year off! Will be back in 2020 and look forward to getting back into more healthy skepticism then.
    Podcast Promotion I've moved away from most social media but I realise it is still an important part of many people's lives. If you want to share an episode or more on Twitter, Facebook etc then I'd be thrilled.
    Even better, why not mention it to a colleague, friend, or family when you next speak to them. In fact, why not give them a call and meet up anyway? All the evidence suggests you'll be healthier and benefit. And, if you can and it's relevant, thanks for mentioning the podcast to them. 
    If you got something out of this episode then please mosey on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave a rating, a review and you can subscribe there too°!
    Other ways to subscribe to Blokeology Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe on Android You can also subscribe via Stitcher
    Sign up for the Journal of Blokeology newsletter It's my fortnightly newsletter that shares some cool evidence-based health, fitness, and lifestyle advice. It comes out every other Friday and I share some tips and thoughts. Head over to www.blokeology.io/journal to do that.
    Feedback I would love to hear from you and your own experiences. Best bet is to email: blokeology AT euanlawson.com.

    • 1 min
    Dr Alice Howarth on cancer and skepticism

    Dr Alice Howarth on cancer and skepticism

    Episode Notes Dr Alice Howarth is a clinical and molecular pharmacologist who is heavily involved with Merseyside Skeptics Society and is co-host of their excellent Skeptics with a K podcast. She takes us through some of the science around cancer treatments and how the disease actually affects us. It's an emotive time when people are affected by cancer and it can increase one's vulnerability to suggestions of miraculous cures or other treatments that may not have a good evidence base. She lays bare some of the myths but, in keeping with Merseyside Skeptics' approach, she brings an inclusive healthy skepticism.
    Links Alice's website: DrAlice.blog Twitter: @AliceEmmaLouise Skeptics with a K podcast 10 Persistent cancer myths debunked - CRUK
    Podcast Promotion I've moved away from most social media but I realise it is still an important part of many people's lives. If you want to share an episode or more on Twitter, Facebook etc then I'd be thrilled.
    Even better, why not mention it to a colleague, friend, or family when you next speak to them. In fact, why not give them a call and meet up anyway? All the evidence suggests you'll be healthier and benefit. And, if you can and it's relevant, thanks for mentioning the podcast to them. 
    If you got something out of this episode then please mosey on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave a rating, a review and you can subscribe there too°!
    Other ways to subscribe to Blokeology Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe on Android You can also subscribe via Stitcher
    Sign up for the Journal of Blokeology newsletter It's my fortnightly newsletter that shares some cool evidence-based health, fitness, and lifestyle advice. It comes out every other Friday and I share some tips and thoughts. Head over to www.blokeology.io/journal to do that.
      Feedback I would love to hear from you and your own experiences. Best bet is to email: blokeology AT euanlawson.com.

    • 53 min
    Three books | Dr John Richmond on being human

    Three books | Dr John Richmond on being human

    Episode Notes Next up for Blokeology Three Books is Dr John Richmond. He takes us through three books that can best be themed as 'being human'. What it is to be human, where we came from, where we are going, and, perhaps most importantly, how the hell we get on with each other a bit better. These books cover evolution, anthropology, the future and AI, and social psychology amongst other topics. They are:
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
    Podcast Promotion I've moved away from most social media but I realise it is still an important part of many people's lives. If you want to share an episode or more on Twitter, Facebook etc then I'd be thrilled.
    Even better, why not mention it to a colleague, friend, or family when you next speak to them. In fact, why not give them a call and meet up anyway? All the evidence suggests you'll be healthier and benefit. And, if you can and it's relevant, thanks for mentioning the podcast to them. 
    If you got something out of this episode then please mosey on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave a rating, a review and you can subscribe there too!
    Other ways to subscribe to Blokeology Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe on Android You can also subscribe via Stitcher
    Sign up for the Journal of Blokeology newsletter It's my fortnightly newsletter that shares some cool evidence-based health, fitness, and lifestyle advice. It comes out every other Tuesday and I share some tips and thoughts. Head over to www.blokeology.io/journal to do that.
    Feedback I would love to hear from you and your own experiences. Best bet is to email: blokeology AT euanlawson.com.

    • 17 min
    Three books | A skeptic's toolkit

    Three books | A skeptic's toolkit

    Episode Notes I've put together a Blokeology Three Books - A skeptic's toolkit feature for this episode. These are the books I would recommend if you want to develop your understanding of how to tackle evidence. It can be a forbidding subject but these three books will take you from rank beginner to hardcore skepticism in little time. They are:
    Bad Science by Ben Goldacre How to Read A Paper by Trisha Greenhalgh Bandolier's Little Book of Making Sense of the Medical Evidence by Andrew Moore and Henry McQuay
    Podcast Promotion I've moved away from most social media but I realise it is still an important part of many people's lives. If you want to share an episode or more on Twitter, Facebook etc then I'd be thrilled.
    Even better, why not mention it to a colleague, friend, or family when you next speak to them. In fact, why not give them a call and meet up anyway? All the evidence suggests you'll be healthier and benefit. And, if you can and it's relevant, thanks for mentioning the podcast to them. 
    If you got something out of this episode then please mosey on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave a rating, a review and you can subscribe there too!
    Other ways to subscribe to Blokeology Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe on Android You can also subscribe via Stitcher
    Sign up for the Journal of Blokeology newsletter It's my fortnightly newsletter that shares some cool evidence-based health, fitness, and lifestyle advice. It comes out every other Tuesday and I share some tips and thoughts. Head over to www.blokeology.io/journal to do that.
      Feedback I would love to hear from you and your own experiences. Best bet is to email: blokeology AT euanlawson.com.
     

    • 18 min
    Psychology of conspiracy theories with Dr Dan Jolley

    Psychology of conspiracy theories with Dr Dan Jolley

    Episode Notes Dr Dan Jolley comes on the show to talk about conspiracy theories and the psychology that underlies many of these beliefs. They can include just about any political and social event. Conspiracy theories around the death of Princess Diana and 9/11 seem incredible but there are sound psychological reasons why people believe them. And, of course, conspiracies about vaccines can have very real health consequences. Rather than dismissing conspiracy theorists we talk about the important efforts to understand how and why people feel like this, how we are all a little susceptible, and how we can engage with conspiracy theorists.
    People use conspiracy theories to make sense of the world - particularly when faced with major events that provoke anxiety and can seem hard to explain. Conspiracy theories offer a short-term hit of reassurance but they can, if left unchallenged, be associated with isolation and ostracisation. Some evidence also shows how our natural pattern recognition habits get triggered by conspiracy theories and as we try to make sense of the world it can become maladaptive. Dan also tells us about work going on, and research he is doing, into how we address conspiracy theories and the process of 'innoculation' against conspiracy theories.
    Check out www.blokeology.io/057 for the show transcript. 
    Links Dr Dan Jolley's website: danieljolley.co.uk Twitter: @drdanieljolley Avril Lavigne conspiracy theory Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings conspiracy Rational Wiki: Jewish conspiracy Moon landings Princess Diana death conspiracy theories
    Podcast Promotion I've moved away from most social media but I realise it is still an important part of many people's lives. If you want to share an episode or more on Twitter, Facebook etc then I'd be thrilled.
    Even better, why not mention it to a colleague, friend, or family when you next speak to them. In fact, why not give them a call and meet up anyway? All the evidence suggests you'll be healthier and benefit. And, if you can and it's relevant, thanks for mentioning the podcast to them. 
    If you got something out of this episode then please mosey on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave a rating, a review and you can subscribe there too!
    Other ways to subscribe to Blokeology Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe on...

    • 42 min
    Picking out the bones with anatomist Professor Adam Taylor

    Picking out the bones with anatomist Professor Adam Taylor

    Episode Notes Professor Adam Taylor is a very modern anatomist who is on hand to correct our misconceptions around this important discipline. It's wrong to think anatomy is an old science and there is no more to learn. There are seven billion people on the planet and no two people are the same. We talk cadavers, dissection and how we teach anatomy these days. We also get into the public understanding of anatomy and research Adam has done suggests knowledge levels are surprisingly low. So, if your anatomy doesn't stretch much beyond the knee bone is connected to the ankle bone... then this episode is going to open your eyes to anatomical science.
    *NEW* We have a full transcript for this episode: check it out at the bottom of the page. 
    Links Dr Adam Taylor - Lancaster Medical School Twitter: @adatomy Paper on anatomy: What do the public know about anatomy?: Anatomy education to the public and the implications Research: Fabella prevalence rate increases over 150 years, and rates of other sesamoid bones remain constant: a systematic review Vybarr Cregan-Reid on Episode 043 of Blokeology Palmaris longus - have you got one? Zooniverse.org: Where are my body organs?
    Podcast Promotion I've moved away from most social media but I realise it is still an important part of many people's lives. If you want to share an episode or more on Twitter, Facebook etc then I'd be thrilled.
    Even better, why not mention it to a colleague, friend, or family when you next speak to them. In fact, why not give them a call and meet up anyway? All the evidence suggests you'll be healthier and benefit. And, if you can and it's relevant, thanks for mentioning the podcast to them. 
    If you got something out of this episode then please mosey on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave a rating, a review and you can subscribe there too!
    Other ways to subscribe to Blokeology Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe on Android You can also subscribe via Stitcher
    Sign up for the Journal of Blokeology newsletter It's my fortnightly newsletter that shares some cool evidence-based health, fitness, and lifestyle advice. It comes out every other Tuesday and I share some tips and thoughts. Head over to www.blokeology.io/journal to do that.
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

johnnyrichmo ,

Great Show

Such interesting and wide ranging speakers that always leave me thinking on for weeks about what they have said and how they live their lives.

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Informative, entertaining & friendly

Really enjoy listening to fellow blokes who are active. Highly recommend subscribing.

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