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Little Atoms

By Neil Denny

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Little Atoms is a weekly show featuring the worlds of science, journalism, politics, religion, academia, human rights and the arts in conversation. Produced and presented by Neil Denny. It's broadcast every Wednesday from 11:00 GMT on Resonance 104.4 FM.

Customer Reviews


Although it's been available for at least a couple of years I only discovered this excellent podcast a few days ago. It features many of the same topics covered by other skeptical podcasts like The Skeptics Guide to the Universe but in much greater depth, as well as a healthy recap of the science, philosophy, and technology of the last few hundred years. I highly recommend it.

Top quality stuff - refreshing and thought provoking

Anyone with an open mind and curiosity won't fail to find this podcast fascinating. They have such a wide range of different guests and subjects, and as they say during the opening, it's ALWAYS interesting. I've listened to many of the programs multiple times as they are often very deep and complex, not to mention a source of really valuable information!

It's really opened my eyes having discovered Little Atoms, i use the material as a constant source of interesting topics and having followed up the subjects gone on to dominate many dinner party tables with intellectual banter.

It's also a great show for jogs/bikerides/exercise etc. keeping not only the mind healthy but the body too.

People i'd like to see on the show include:
- Dawkins (obviously, maybe he's already been on?)
- Malcolm Gladwell
- Steven Pinker
- Charlie Brooker
- Derren Brown

To Niel and Padraig - You've done an excellent job, thanks for creating such good quality entertainment for the world of free-thinkers.

NOT a truly scientific or skeptical podcast

This podcast does not pass muster as a scientific and/or skeptical podcast. Neil Denny allows his guests to spew unrealistic idealisms and general woo without challenge. In one case, he even supported and made excuses for his guest’s woo-woo statements.

In The World That Never Was:
They mention that Alex’s definition of anarchy can’t exist for long because it requires all people to be totally altruistic all the time. Alex even gives an example of a famous anarchist who went bad. Yet they forget the general and specific unfavorable evidence and pretend such a utopia is possible.

In City of Disappearances:
1. Ian spewed rhetoric about the abundances of “blotches and splots and cancers and poison” affecting the people around Enfield waste burning facility. Neil allowed this subjective judgement to go by with a chuckle and never asked for actual incidence rates or sources or any kind of corroborating information.
2. Ian started talking about spirit paths through a neighborhood, mapping the energies of the place. He jokes about this being a “rational radio show”, but again ignores the facts and makes excuses for why this woo is important and necessary. They go even farther to explain how much better belief in “toad gods” is than rationality.

I'm absolutely certain that many people feel better after taking homeopathic remedies too, but it's still wrong to hawk them to desperate people. It is our responsibility to maintain rationalism in the face of feel-good deception. This podcast does not bear that standard.