Monthly Archives: November 2010

Episode 61 – 26th November 2010


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Student Occupation (2:42) by James O’Malley
Michael Behe in the UK (9:48) by Craig Lucas
Equal Marriage by (16:51) Salim Fadhley (ft Peter Tatchell)
Revolutionary Treatments (25:32) by Dean Burnett
Skeptical about Football (35:15) by George Poles

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The BHA Bentham Lecture 2010 with Janet Radcliffe Richards

For the Bentham Lecture 2010, Janet Radcliffe Richards spoke on “The Darwin Wars and the Battle of the Sexes: The Sceptical Feminist Thirty Years On”.

Janet Radcliffe Richards is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oxford, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and Senior Research Associate at the Department of Philosophy, UCL. Her first book, The Sceptical Feminist, was critical of much existing feminist theory, offering a new approach which sacrifices neither rationality nor radicalism

Partnering with the British Humanist Association

Exciting news everyone – we’re now officially partners with the British Humanist Association. We’ve been friends with them for a while – they like what we do, and we like what they do, so we decided to formalise our relationship.

Though this is exciting – I know you lot are a skeptical bunch, so I want to clarify what this actually means.

We retain complete editorial independence – the decisions on content, what we talk about, who we talk to and so on are not going to be run past the BHA first for their stamp of approval. Similarly, we will not be changing our content in the slightest. Having our lead story as “God still doesn’t exist” every week would get a bit tedious – the contents of the podcast is not going to change. We’re still going to have provocative reports slagging off Remembrance Day and interviews with interesting people regardless of how they define their personal philosophy. What’s unified the podcast since day one has been a set of values, rather than a set of topics – those of rationalism, critical thinking, and of course, things that are just plain interesting.

Similarly, we’re still going to talk to other organisations – be they the National Secular Society, the JREF, the Church of England or even a certain litigious cult, should they want to speak to us. Just because we’re partnered with the BHA doesn’t mean that after every report we’re going to say “And now here’s what the BHA thinks, and what you should think too”. We’ll obviously be approaching the BHA should they have relevant comments to make – like we’ve been doing anyway.

Also, in case it’s not obvious – the BHA do not ‘own’ the Pod Delusion. I do, still. It’s not going to be “The BHA’s Pod Delusion” or “The Pod Delusion, brought to you by the BHA”. We’re still going to be “The Pod Delusion” and I’ll still be as foul-mouthed as usual.

If the above wasn’t the case then we wouldn’t have agreed to partner – compromising editorial independence and the ability for me to use the podcast for my own (possibly evil) agenda would have been a deal breaker for me.

So why have we done this? I’ll tell you now – no money has changed hands. What we’ve essentially got is a cross-promotional quid-pro-quo. We’re going to put a couple of links on the Pod Delusion site, and in return the BHA are going to put a page about us on their website – as well as put a bit in their weekly newsletter to their members about us. We figure that humanists are a fairly receptive audience to what we have to say – so hopefully this should make the show even more popular, and allow us to grow even more!

Of course, if you have any questions, comments, or want to call us sell outs, put them in the comments below and I’ll attempt to address them.

James

Episode 60 – 19th November 2010



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Defending McHealth Policy (2:01) by Dr Simon Howard
Negotiating with Pirates (9:52) by Drew Rae and David Couch
Monarchists are people too (16:50) by Malden Capell
Stop Bashing Christians (26:20) by Jourdemayne
Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell Interview (36:31) by James O’Malley and Liz Lutgendorff

Come to the recording of our Christmas Show!

Come and see our Winterval Special being recorded!

Hey everyone! Following the success of our previous live show recording, we’re going to record this year’s Pod Delusion Christmas Winterval Special in front of a live audience at Winchester Skeptics in the Pub. We need you to be that audience!

What?

The same show you know and hopefully love – different interesting topics linked together by myself. It will possibly have a bit of a festive theme, what with it being a Christmas show. Or might not.

When?

December 14th 2010 at 7pm (ish… make sure you’re there at 7. Not sure if we’ll kick off 7 or 7:30 yet).

Where?

The Roebuck Inn, 57 Stockbridge Road, Winchester, SO22 6RP, United Kingdom

Who?

We haven’t fully decided the line-up just yet, but it’ll be some of the Pod Delusion’s regular contributors, and maybe some other people too!

How?

Stereotypical American Indians will be welcome at the event, as we don’t discriminate.

Tell us you’re coming so we don’t worry that no-one will turn up:

Episode 59 – 12th November 2010


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Twitter Joke Trial Implications (1:25) by James Firth
Leo Behe Interview (6:22) by Salim Fadhley
Remembrance Day (14:46) by Pete Hague
Response to Pete (21:54) by Liz Lutegendorff
Starwisp (26:18) by Sean Ellis
Defending Big Pharma (33:09) by Adam Jacobs

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Episode 58 – 5th November 2010


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NICE to see you, to see you, NICE (1:36) by Drew Rae and David Couch
Lauren Booth is a Twat (6:06) by Liz Lutgendorff
Security and Liberty (12:12) by Robert Matthews
Government Snooping Petition (18:32) by Salim Fadhley
The ISS at 10 (25:46) by Pete Hague
BBC Three Science (31:25) by Dean Burnett

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