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We here at AmateurSkeptics are not scientists. We are normal people who are trying to look at the world with an evidence-based approach. We strive to have open minds and change our opinions with new evidence.

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The major issue is the spot the logical fallacies segment

I don't have a problem with the audio quality personally, because I'm willing to listen to much worse than this, but the problem that makes me cringe is your spot the logical fallacies segment. You need to study logical fallacies and logical arguments more closely, and bear in mind that someone can say something that is completely wrong and crazy and still not make a logical fallacy - either because one of the premises is false or because there is no actual argument stringing the claims together.

For instance, on the story about the woman who thinks Harry Potter causes school shootings, you're right to call it an argument that correlation equals causation. She was saying that because Harry Potter is in schools, school shootings are occurring. But a mistake is made when one of the panelists says that her saying the book is evil when she hasn't read it is an argument from ignorance.

An argument from ignorance is when you say "I can't think of any other explanation, so this must be it" or "I can't imagine how this could have happened, so this (God, for example) must have caused it." If she had said "I can't imagine what would motivate a student to shoot his classmates, so it must be the evil force of Harry Potter," that would be an argument from ignorance.

Use caution from now on when trying to identify logical fallacies and the podcast will improve greatly. The podcast is generally enjoyable. I like the vulgar humor, and I even like when politics enters into it - sometimes it challenges my views.


If it were not for the host Ian this would be a good, skeptical podcast. Unfortunately, every episode seems to include him. He speaks too loudly, too quickly & often seems to dominate the conversation with childish, ignorant, non skeptical comments.

Love the podcast

Just found you a month ago, and I'm working my way back. Great Podcast!

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