Welcome to the Edinburgh Skeptics Society podcast. We'll be bringing you talks from our guest speakers on a variety of topics in our Skeptics in the Pub podcast. There'll be talks from areas such as science, social issues, politics, and lots more, all with a view to promoting reason and critical thinking.
You'll also be able to see what makes our guest speakers tick with our 10 Questions segment, plus there'll be bonus content along the way that doesn't fit anywhere else.
Do make sure you rate or review us, and get in touch and let us know what we're doing right (or wrong!). Email us at email@example.com
Special: Skeptics on the Fringe 2020 details!
It's that time of year again! Only it isn't, and we're all (mostly) couped up in our homes and not having fun. But, thanks to the wonders of the internet, we're able to bring you some lockdown Fringe events! Join Mark Pentler, Sean Slater & Heather Pentler as they discuss the three events EdSkeptics will be running during what SHOULD have been the Edinburgh Fringe.
The events are on 11/18/25th August at 8pm BST. For more details visit our website: www.edinburghskeptics.co.uk - or check out our Facebook and MeetUp events for details. We're also on Twitter as @EdSkeptics
As ever, we're running our events under the banner of the PBH Free Fringe and we're encouraging people to donate directly to them this year since you can't drop money in a bucket at the end of our talks. See https://paypal.me/freefringe for details and help the Fringe get back to its old self again in 2021.
SITP: Brexit: What Comes Next?
We're back! For one episode. Maybe more, we don't know. But we had a lot of interest in this talk from people who couldn't make it for whatever reason (mostly the novel coronavirus, as it turns out). So we popped a C90 in, hit record and play, and we're happy to bring you it just in time to kill 69 minutes-worth of lockdown.
After its victory in the December 2019 election, Johnson’s radicalised Conservative Party succeeded in implementing the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. But leaving the EU was the easy part. Now, a large number of complex and controversial policy choices, international negotiations and domestic challenges have to be addressed. And so far, the evidence suggests that the Johnson Government is committed to an extreme form of Brexit far removed from the original promises of the Leave campaign, the “deep and special partnership” model of Theresa May or even the revised Political Declaration signed off by Johnson himself in October 2019. So what will the next stage of Brexit really look like?
Michael Dougan is Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool and Joint Editor of Common Market Law Review - the world’s leading scientific journal for European legal studies.
Twitter - @mdouganlpool
QEDCon 2018 Special
Join us for a special episode of the podcast recorded at QEDCon 2018. QEDCon is the UK's best (only?) skeptical conference and each year a large contingent of Edinburgh Skeptics migrate south for the weekend to Manchester for it. There are talks, panels, podcast recordings, and the chance to mingle with like-minded people and swap ideas for the future.
As we have done for the past few years we took the opportunity to talk to some interesting people who we bumped into over the weekend to find out what's going on right now in science and skepticism, as well as find out about QEDCon itself.
In this episode:
- Comedian and archaelogist Paul D. McGarrity
- QEDCon 2018 compere and science communicator Helen Arney
- American skeptic and podcaster Eli Bosnick
- QEDCon and Greater Manchester Skeptics' co-organiser Rick Owen
SotF 2017: Our Friends On The Fringe
Are you enjoying this year's Fringe? Why not step into our time machine and enjoy something you may have missed from last year's Fringe! Traditionally we have a few nights every year where we find the best in nerdy, scientific and skeptical content from around the Festival. Whether you like maths, music, gay animals or the power of the mind there's something in this episode for you.
@BabaBrinkman - the evidence based rapper
@BenDaliHypno - stage hypnotist and Edinburgh Fringe regular
@kyledevans - the folk mathematician
@floschechter - curator of the Vagina Museum!
Details of our current 2018 Skeptics on the Fringe run can be found on social media and on our website. You can also find us in the various Fringe programmes and guides.
Skeptics on the Fringe is part of the PBH Free Fringe.
SotF 2017: Mid Fringe Binge
From the middle of last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe run we present an amuse bouche of acts from this year's Free Fringe that have a skeptical bent. We scoured the festival to find the best in nerdy material, rationalism, skepticism and other cool stuff and the result is this podcast of three cracking acts. Go and see them if they're on near you!
Your MC for this podcast is ex-EdSkeptics chair Ewan Leeming.
Charlotte Mykura - Comedy spliced with genetics
Kate Oliver - Real Research, Really Unnecessary
Kate Smurthwaite - Comedian, skeptic & token atheist
SotF 2018 is coming soon! Full details on social media and on our website.
10 Qs @ The Fringe - Dr Smith - Zombie Science
Theoretical zombiologist Dr. Smith joined us during the 2017 Fringe to explore the real science behind a potential zombieism outbreak. Zombieism is a fairly new field but has great relevance in our everyday lives. Unfortunately Dr. Smith's very interesting talk was heavy on visuals/video and not really appropriate for audio release. Thankfully he very kindly agreed to answer our questions beforehand on this very important issue and its implications for the field of disease and infection control.
Dr. Smith has been giving talks on the science of zombies for many years from Brighton to Unst, informing and inspiring over 20,000 people. When not lecturing, he works for the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies, where he and his colleagues prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. With the motto "love the zombie, hate the zombieism", the group focuses on how the condition could come about and how it could be prevented and treated. He is often asked if he has ever seen a real zombie, but, thanks to the groups preventative measures, none has yet been forthcoming.
Supported by the Wellcome Trust and University of Glasgow.
Twitter - @ZombieScience1Z
A must subscribe
A refreshing addition to skeptic podcasting, especially the 10 questions segment.
the interviews with the guest are most interesting, but also useful as I missed most of these talks. Edinburgh Skeptics always have a huge range of interesting speakers and really pleased to be able to access them here.
Interesting and entertaining
Enjoyed the interviews more than the talks. It's nice to learn more about speakers. The QED episode was the so far. It's a promising podcast I hope it continues