The Skeptic Canary Show is a weekly Internet show that goes out live at 7pm every Wednesday on Google Hangouts. You can watch live on Google Hangouts, or watch it live on this site. You can watch previous episodes on our YouTube channel. The audio of the show is also is available as a podcast, just search for “Skeptic Canary” on iTunes!
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This week Tom was joined by Skeptic Ink writers Ed Clint (Incredulous), Zach Sloss (Notung) and the returning Jonathan MS Pearce (A Tippling Philosopher) from the Skeptic Ink Network to talk about their new book 13 Reasons To Doubt. Topics included evolutionary psychology, philosophy, miracles, assisted dying and the departure of Michael Gove. Enjoy!
In this episode Tom and David were joined by corporate lawyer Helen Dale to talk about the recent “Hobby Lobby” decision in the states, healthcare provision, corporate law, some quirks of Scottish law and a few tips for skeptics to avoid being sued. However, remember kids, this isn’t legal advice!
We are back! This week we were joined by Nigerian human rights campaigner Leo Igwe to talk about subjects that included humanism in Nigeria, the religious makeup of the country, and witchcraft. Enjoy! Nigerian Humanist Movement on Facebook
This week Tom, Ash Pryce and David James were joined by AHS President Rory Fenton and various other AHS members to talk about student humanist issues and the “My AHS Story” competition. Enjoy!
This week we were joined by Heather Doran from the Science Tourist and Aberdeen Skeptics to talk about science, politics and skepticism. Enjoy!
In this episode Tom was joined Jonathan MS Pearce from A Tippling Philosopher to talk about philosophy, free will, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Jonathan’s new book! At the halfway point we were joined by Dan Fincke from Camels With Hammers and a lively debate ensued!
In this episode Tom was joined by Stuart Ritchie, a research fellow at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, to talk about IQ testing and Daryl Bem’s research into precognition. The show has gone back to being an hour long this week!
In this episode Tom and David were joined by Mike Hall from the Merseyside Skeptics Society to chat about the 10:23 campaign, Shuzi band test, Sally Morgan and of course a little bit about Doctor Who! We experimented with the format a little, with the first of the show being a more formal interview and …
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Daniel Newman, Lee Christie and Rob McDermott joined Tom and James to chat about the fantastic time they all had at this years QEDcon, held in the Palace Hotel in Manchester of the weekend of April 11th to 13th 2014. We all have a good chat about our favourite (and sometimes controversial!) talks and Tom …
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Well, we’ve managed to make it to 50 episodes and we celebrated with a bumper show! Previewing the upcoming QED conference Tom was joined by: David James, sometimes co-host of the Skeptic Canary Show! Miranda Celeste Hale Lee Christie of Aberdeen Skeptics Dan Fincke from Camels with Hammers Chris Malburn from the University of Liverpool …
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This week Tom was joined by Hazel Gibson, a PhD researcher at the University of Plymouth, to talk about her work in geology. We talked about volcanoes, earthquakes and the public perception of geology, as well as finding out about some minerals with some pretty quirky names. Enjoy!
For this episode Tom was joined by Scottish Skeptics Ewan Leeming, Diane Waugh, Keir Liddle and Ash Pryce to chat about skepticism in Scotland, including the fifth birthday of Edinburgh Skeptics, Skeptics on the Fringe and of course the Loch Ness monster! We also got a little bit political towards the end of the show, …
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In this episode Tom was joined by students Chris, Cloe and Ella to chat about humanist student issues including censorship, no platforming, safe spaces and vegetarianism. Enjoy!
This week your hosts Tom Williamson and David James were joined by investigative journalist Brian Deer to talk about his work on Andrew Wakefield and the MMR scare. Warning: skeptics might find some of his opinions on the media and scientific journals a little controversial!
This week your regular hosts were joined by Kevin Friery to talk about mental health, alternative medicine and skepticism. We also learned about Kevin’s appearances on the BBC Sunday morning discussion show “The Big Questions”. Enjoy!
In this episode Tom and Guy were joined by Dan Fincke from Camels With Hammers and Empowerment Ethics to chat about philosophy, science and ethics. It was a fascinating discussion, and if you’d like to learn more from Dan, you can enroll in his online philosophy classes!
After an obligatory chat about the Nye-Ham debate, Tom, David and Medtek talked about the work of one Dr Burzynski. Enjoy! www.thehoustoncancerquack.com
In this episode, your regular hosts were joined by Michael Story, a Social Policy postgrad researcher, to talk about his research and many aspects of social policy, from taxes to charities to pensions. It’s though-provoking stuff, and an area of study that is ripe for skepticism. Enjoy!
In this week’s episode Tom Williamson and Guy Chapman chatted to Ian Wilson, a PhD student and founder of the Scouse Science Alliance, to chat about his research and science communications. Enjoy!
This week your hosts Tom Williamson, Guy Chapman and David James were joined by special guest Crispian Jago from the Reason Stick to chat about all manner of skeptical things, including the Society of Homeopaths’ attempt to become accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. Enjoy! The Reason Stick
It’s the first show of 2014, so your regular hosts looked back through their favourite moments of 2013, as well as looking forward to the year ahead. Guy Chapman has now joined us as a semi-regular co-host (for now!) and David James makes a welcome return!
Merry Christmas! In this special Christmas edition of the Skeptic Canary Show, Tom takes a break from the usual format to review 2013, play a few music tracks and chat to Justin Vacula and Karla Porter from Brave Hero Radio about all things Christmassy. Enjoy the show everyone and have a great 2014! Brave Hero …
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In this week’s episode, your regular host Tom Williamson was joined by Jonny Scaramanga from Leaving Fundamentalism to talk about his experiences of Christian fundamentalist education. Enjoy the show!
In this episode your regular hosts were joined by Alex Brown of Norwich Skeptics to discuss all manner of topics, including Simon Singh’s visit to the fine City, ticketing at skeptic events, Nelson Mandela and Panorama’s investigation into what charities are doing with their money (it’s available on the BBC iPlayer here). Also, it’s David’s …
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In this episode your regular hosts were joined by Dr Russell Blackford to discuss skepticism, atheism, and of course his latest book “50 Great Myths About Atheism”. Enjoy! 50 Great Myths About Atheism on Amazon The Hellfire Club – Russell Blackford’s Blog at Skeptic Ink
In this episode a rather frantic Tom was joined by Guy Chapman to talk about What Doctors Don’t Tell You and Guy’s project What “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” Don’t Tell You. www.wwddtydty.com
This week your hosts were joined by Ben King of the Grime and Reason blog to talk about complexity theory and skepticism in relation to politics and economics.
This week Tom Williamson, David James and Alex Brown chatted to Josephine Schuppang from Berlin Skeptics to talk about skepticism in Germany. Topics included provision of homeopathy, conspiracy theories, a plague of plagarism in the German government and Nazi UFOs. Also, David wears a rather peculiar T-shirt!
Tom Williamson couldn’t make the show this week, so David James and Paul Hopwood were left to play with the skeptical Lego on their own. But being the good toy sharers they are, Alex Brown and Shaun Sellars joined them to talk about all manor of things, including What Doctors Don’t Tell You, the newly …
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This week your hosts Tom Williamson, David James and Alex Brown (Paul had to attend an academic emergency) were joined by author, artist, QI elf and “skeptical bobby” Stevyn Colgan to chat about all manner of wonderous things! Of course, the main topics were applying skepticism to policing and QI, but we also addressed the …
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In this episode, your regular hosts Tom Williamson and Paul Hopwood are joined by guest Laurie Phillips to talk about dodgy doctors, from Wakefield to MacKeith via Hovind! Sadly, David James got stuck in London, he will be back next week!
In this episode, your regular hosts Tom Williamson, David James and birthday boy Paul Hopwood were joined by none other than Simon Singh to talk about his new book, “The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets”. Simon also answered questions from the audience on all manner of subjects, including alternative medicine, libel, mathematics, and of course …
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This week, the plan was to broadcast live from Berlin. However, due to technical reasons this wasn’t possible, so instead David and Paul take a look at some alt med papers on accupuncture and homeopathy.
This week, all three regular hosts were joined by James Cole from the Stuff and Nonsense blog to talk about chiropractors, Bounty reps and a big update on What Doctors Don’t Tell You. Stuff and Nonsense Blog
In this episode your hosts discussed the magazine What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You, Tom reports on a surprising insult in a drinks bottlecap, and Paul has a painful experience with a very hot chilli.
This week we were joined by Dr Matthew Pocock from Newcastle University to learn about the exciting discipline of synthetic biology. With added bonus creationism!
In this episode we were joined by Mark Edon of the British Centre for Science Education to talk about creationism in the UK.
In this episode, your usual hosts were joined by Cherry Black to chat about her work as a radiographer, Tom had a small rant about the NHS and we covered the surprisingly interesting BBC documentary “The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese”.
This week, Paul Hopwood returns to the show to tell us why common sense isn’t that common, and topics for discussion include psychology, drugs in sports, Gillian McKeith and war criminal Radovan Karadžić.
In the first Skeptic Canary Show on Google Hangouts, your hosts Tom Williamson and David James chat about all things skeptical, including David and Tom’s bet, Tom’s talk at Ignite Liverpool 15 and World War 2. [display_podcast]
No guest this week, so join your hosts for some general chat. Recently Channel 4 aired a documentary entitled “You’re Killing Our Son”, so we will be examining that. Tom has been to Liverpool Pride, and we’ll be talking about sport and skepticism.
In this episode your hosts will be joined by Dr Geraint Parry, a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, to discuss the science of genetically modified crops, their benefits and potential drawbacks.
This week our special guest will be Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland. We will be discussing the history and role of religion in Ireland, as well as the work of Atheist Ireland. http://www.atheist.ie/
This week your usual hosts will be joined by international award-winning mangaka and TED fellow Sara Mayhew. We will be talking about skepticism and art, as well as Sara’s recent TAM talk entitled “Skepticism is for everyone”.
This week your hosts will be joined by Ash Pryce, founder of Edinburgh Skeptics. Ash will be telling us all about his new Edinburgh Fringe show, which features Victorian seance trickery and the birth of the psychic movement.
This week your hosts will be joined by members of the University of Liverpool Humanists to discuss issues relating to students who identify as atheists, humanists and secularists. Chris Malburn will be reporting from his recent trip to the AHS AGM in Oxford.
This week your hosts will be joined by Keir Liddle. Keir is President of the Edinburgh Skeptics, as well as the organiser of the award winning Skeptics on the Fringe. Up for discussion will be the recent decision by NHS Lothian to withdraw funding for homeopathy, as well as the results of Kier’s recent survey …
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This week your hosts will be joined by Simon Clare from Horsham Skeptics to talk about his experiences with the Alpha Course.
In this show your hosts will be chatting about their memories of their time in skepticism, taking a look at the highlights they have experienced.
For this episode your hosts will be joined by writer, speaker, skeptic and atheist Miranda Celeste Hale. We will be talking about the upcoming TAM conference, skepticism, religion and education. http://mirandaceleste.net
Your hosts this week will be joined by Dr Beth Hellen to chat about life as an academic. We will be discussing how academia works, what it means to be peer reviewed and the process of getting a PhD. If you are thinking of starting a PhD, looking for advice, or are just curious as …
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This week, join your hosts as we talk about Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski and the Burzynski Clinic. We’ll be joined by two special guest, Doctor David Gorski of Science Based Medicine and Bob Blaskiewicz from Skeptical Humanities. David and Bob have both written about and spoken publicly about the Clinic and their concerns regarding the treatments …
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In this episode, your hosts will be joined by evolutionary psychologist Kat Ford to discuss her recent project on physiognomy, the notion that one can judge a person’s character on the basis of their facial appearance. Kat recently presented her findings at Ignite Liverpool, and she will be talking about her studies at Skeptics in …
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This week, your hosts will be joined by Gavin Schofield from the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society and Just Skeptics podcast. We will be covering the world of conspiracy theories.
After the conclusion of Word War 2, Germany was partitioned along capitalist and communist lines, resulting in the emergence of West and East Germany. To find out what life was like in socialist East Germany we will be joined this week by Paula Kirby, who lived and worked there between 1985 and 1987.
In this episode we will be joined by barrister Geoff Whelan from the Greater Manchester Skeptics to discuss the case of James McCormack, who has recently been found to have made millions from selling fraudulent bomb detectors. We will discuss whether the case has wider application to quackery and pseudoscience. We will also take a …
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Traditionally, skepticism has covered topics such as science, alternative medicine and the paranormal. But, should skeptics limit themselves to such topics? Ben King, author of the Grime and Reason blog, thinks not, arguing that skepticism should be expanded to cover politics and economics. Ben will join your host Tom Williamson to discuss the scope of …
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Join your hosts as they discuss their experiences at QEDcon, a science and skepticism conference held in Manchester on the weekend of April 12th 2013.
Join Ed Clint and your host Tom Williamson for a discussion on Evolutionary Psychology. Ed Clint is a co-founder of the Skeptic Ink Network and a grad student at UCLA, and will answer any questions about Evo Psych you may have.
Join Paul Hopwood, David James and your host Tom Williamson to discuss Skepticism 101! What is skepticism, how do you define it, and how do you feel about the skeptic community?
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