This week we find out about the counter campaign to the awful Coalition For Marriage, discover how religious extremists are targeting university campuses to recruit students, find out if the government’s new alcohol advice stands up to scrutiny and reminisce about 2000AD at 25. We also come closer to answering the age-old question… are the colours we perceive the same as the colours other people do?
Coalition for Equal Marriage (2:50) by James O’Malley (ft Conor Marron) Extremism on Campus (11:48) by James O’Malley (ft Raheem Kassam) Leading Faiths (25:36) by Drew Rae Alcohol Limits (29:20) by Adam Jacobs Bad Valentines PR (37:25) by Marsh 2000AD at 35 (43:28) by Tom Hodden Lottolab (50:40) by James O’Malley (ft David Robertson) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
This week is a bit of a secularism special – punch your fist in the air at the Rally to Defend Freedom of Expression, find out about the perils of censorship in Nick Cohen’s new book and get the accurate story on the Bideford council prayers ruling. Plus we talk about a new survey showing Christians aren’t terribly Christian, find out why Alan Turing deserves a pardon and solve the mystery of which Sherlock Holmes adaption is best.
Rally to defend Freedom of Expression (2:40) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff
(ft Richard Dawkins, Nick Doody, Kate Smurthwaite, Rhys Morgan, Joan Smith and Anne-Marie Waters) Nick Cohen Interview (18:10) by Liz Lutgendorff & James O’Malley Census Christians (28:54) by James O’Malley (ft Paula Kirby) Bideford Council (37:35) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Tessa Kendall) Turing Pardon (45:00) by Peter Rowlett Sherlock and Copyright (54:56) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
CineSci6 is a series of events at Clapham Picture House exploring the science behind some classic films by first screening the film, and then having the science writer Simon Frantz discuss the film with an expert. You can find out more about how to attend the events on the Science in the Pub website.
In this 6th podcast, Simon Frantz discusses Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film Memento. He is joined by Guardian neuroscience blogger Mo Costandi and Hugo Spiers, who researches spatial cognition, memory and goal-directed behaviour at UCL.
This year’s 2012 British Humanist Association Darwin Day lecture was presented by renowned author, broadcaster, scientist, and geek Adam Rutherford. Dr Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, author and broadcaster, as well as an editor at the science journal Nature. He presents television and radio programmes and is a writer for The Guardian newspaper. The 2012 Darwin Day lecture was chaired by biologist Steve Jones.
Recorded at Westminster Skeptics on 23rd January 2012, Colin Leys spoke about the proposed NHS reforms.
The government maintains that the Health and Social Care Bill doesn’t mean the privatisation of the NHS. Is this true? What are the main changes implied by the Bill, and what do they imply for patients and taxpayers? What are the reasons for the changes, and do they add up to a persuasive case?
Colin Leys is an emeritus professor of political studies at Queen’s University, Canada, and an honorary professor at Goldsmiths University of London. His most recent books include Market-Driven Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest (2001) and (with Stewart Player) The Plot Against the NHS (2011).
Recorded at London Skeptics in the Pub, Martin Robbins of the Guardian’s Lay Science talks about dangerous pseudo-medical practices outside the Western world, from homeopaths in East Africa to flat earthers and anti-vaccine campaigns in Nigeria.
Recorded on the 25th January, Liberal Democrat MP spoke to a meeting in Reading about his consultation on science policy and about his recent work on their digital policy. The meeting was organised by Dr Jenny Woods.
In a very chilly Westminster today a rally was held to defend freedom of expression. Organised by the One Law For All campaign, it brought together a number of groups and individuals including many university atheist societies, the BHA, NSS, Richard Dawkins, Nick Cohen, Joan Smith and AC Grayling.
You can hear further coverage of the recent free-speech cases that have provoked this rally on The Pod Delusion’s weekly programme…
UN Reform (2:25) by James O’Malley (ft Sir Jeremy Greenstock) Twitter Joke Trial Appeal (12:36) by Carl Gardner (ft David Allen Green) Moon Bases (16:56) by Alex Fitch Women’s History Month (25:53) by Jessica Metheringham-Owlett Filibustering (30:41) by Craig Lucas (ft Christopher Chope) Challenge Sally (38:40) by Tom Williamson (ft Michael Marshall) Electric Lullaby (47:15) by Sarah Angliss