Be Reasonable is a podcast from the Merseyside Skeptics Society, with Hayley Stevens and Michael Marshall.
Each monthly interview will examine beliefs from outside of the mainstream, exploring how those views are constructed and what evidence people feel supports their case.
We believe in approaching subjects with respect and an open mind, engaging with people of differing viewpoints in an environment where debate is polite and good-natured, yet robust and intellectually rigorous.
Be Reasonable: Episode #069 – Paul Boland
Marsh is joined by Paul Boland, a registered vet who regularly uses alternative medicine, and also treats human patients at his Klana Natural Health clinic. In this episode, we explore how Paul came to be an avid user of alternative medicine, why he felt he should expand his practice to treat people too, and what he makes of illnesses like COVID-19 and cancer.
Be Reasonable: Episode #068 – Milena Ivovic
Marsh is joined by Milena Ivovic, a writer and painter who is a voluntary worker on the path of The Knowledge Book. In this episode, we explore what The Knowledge Book is, where it came from, and what effect the Omega energy that followers believe is contained in the book can have on humanity at an individual and global level.
Be Reasonable: Episode #067 – Darren Nesbitt
Marsh is joined by returning guest Darren Nesbitt, a flat earth proponent who has become a prominent figure in the anti-lockdown protests, and whose folk song “Stick Your New World Order Up Your Arse (We Are The 99%)“ became something of an anthem for the protests against COVID-19 safety measures.
Be Reasonable: Episode #066 – Gez Lamb
In the first episode of 2021, Marsh is joined by Cranial Osteopath Gez Lamb, to talk about what osteopaths do, the vitalistic energy at the heart of osteopathy, and how the osteopathic industry is regulated.
Be Reasonable: Episode #065 – Nicky Alan
This episode, Marsh is joined by Nicky Alan, a medium and former psychic detective.
Be Reasonable: Episode #064 – Paul Connett
This episode, Marsh is joined by Dr Paul Connett, a retired chemist and the head of the anti-fluoridation organisation the Fluoride Action Network.
Excellent Interview Pod
In a world full of us, we should all strive to be more like Marsh. I never feel like he’s condescending towards his guests or trying to trick them into saying something ridiculous. He just gives them space to express themselves and their ideas, asks appropriate questions, and trusts the listener to do the rest.
I love this show but this quack was infuriating with both his gish gallop interruptions and his toxic belief that the pandemic doesn’t exist. Infuriating! I have soooo much respect for Marsh’s patience. Also I listened to the whole thing.
For the first 10 minutes, the interviewer seemed so credulous that steam was coming out of my ears and I was about to unsubscribe. But as the interview continued, he raised a few points to which the quack responded with completely absurd and self-contradictory statements. In the end I would have to say the level of comedy was on par with John Cleese interviewing the pet store owner.