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Skepticality:The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine

By Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine

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Description

We're tired of pertinent social and science news being buried by clap trap. Our podcast is here to bring you relevant, under reported current events, as well as in-depth discussions from a scientific, critical, skeptical, and humorous point of view. Derek and Swoopy are your hosts, filling your pod and your brain with skeptical insight and conversation, sometimes heated, on a plethora of topics that are ripe for critical examination. Bringing truth to podcasting, and all who choose to listen. In our travels we will tackle the beasts of pseudoscience; the paranormal, supernatural, ufo / alien encounters, mis-understood history, and overwrought legends - urban or otherwise. Our interview shows feature notable skeptics including; leading astronomy speakers, scientists, philosophy experts, and other scientific, secular, humanist, and skeptical book authors, and critical thinkers.

Customer Reviews

Good resource for skeptical community

I absolutely disagree with "scienceListener" about this podcast. I think he needs to listen to more than two episodes before he passes judgment. As someone new to the skeptical movement, I found this podcast extremely valuable as a launchpad... a starting point. It highlights great skeptical thinkers like Michael Shermer, James Randi... etc. This podcast isn't meant to be the ultimate forum where science and religion are pit against each other. It by no means pretends to serve that purpose. It is a podcast by skeptics for skeptics in a world that inherently doesn't understand and is hostile to skeptics. scienceListener seems to expect all skeptics to dig their own grave by bickering amongst themselves, questioning their own well established ideas instead of enlightening others. Maybe he is one that expects this podcast to give "equal time" to religion, pseudoscience, pseudohistory before it is truly "skeptical." If so, he is mistaken.

Be Skeptical of This Podcast

"Science and Skeptic Thought." "Truth in podcasting." I am really skeptical of those claims. I feel that the hosts of this podcast are pushing an agenda. Before you dismiss me, you should know that it is an agenda that I generally agree with. However, I feel that the description and supposed ideas behind the podcast misrepresent what you will actually hear. Skeptics question what they agree with as much or more than they question opposing views. The hosts of this show do not. I have only listened to a couple of episodes, but I believe that it is a podcast where the only things being questioned are the viewpoints not shared by its creators. Question yourselves along with everything else. Question and explain science, don’t just regurgitate it in a dry and boring way. Talk about religion rather than just put it down. Don’t spend so much time making fun of any and all things; it makes it hard to discern what you really want us to absorb. Provide concise and meaningful interviews rather than giving the excuse “we talked for 45 minutes and I don’t feel like editing it.” Know that when you listen to this podcast, you are getting a specific “truth in podcasting,” one that is far more specific than the description would lead you to believe. Of course, you shouldn’t take my word for it. Be more skeptical than they are and decide for yourself.

Skepticality: Refreshing that people can still think, and talk about it

In the increasingly rare style of grad students making fun of idiocy, Skepticality restores some of my faith in the future of mankind. Why is ignorance rewarded? Why must we tolerate the bleats of the truly dumb? While the fashion of the day seems to be to denigrate science, liberal (in the Enlightenment sense) ideas, and knowledge-seeking in general, the hosts give no quarter to fools, even if they are not exactly charitable to their subjects. But why should they be? The critics of smart people aren't charitable either.

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