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Episode 220 – 17th January 2014

This week we tackle net neutrality, assisted dying, asylum seekers, aircraft safety and much more!



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Net Neutrality (1:28) by David Eastman
Assisted Dying (5:53) by Andy Gault
Atheist Asylum Seeker (10:18) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Bob Churchill)
Life Jackets & Oxygen Masks (18:45) by Drew Rae
Eruv of this Nonsense (30:27) by James O’Malley
Care.Data (35:27) by Adam Jacobs
History Projects (43:59) by Vicky Stiles

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Episode 216 – 6th December 2013

This week we explore why Amazon’s drones aren’t ambitious enough, how faith schools are actually discrimination based on class, how GPS works and why Burt thinks that religion is in decline.



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Pigeon Post (1:36) by Nathan Rae
Faith School Map (10:25) by James O’Malley (ft Richy Thompson)
GPS (20:08) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof David Last)
Why Religion Is In Decline (31:51) by Burt Flannery
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 201 – 23rd August 2013

This week we look into what really happened with ask.fm, give Section 28 a hostile welcome back, measure the effectiveness of charitable giving… and talk to some Bronys.



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What Really Happened With Ask.FM? (2:29) by Alex J Brown
Section 28 Returns (12:37) by Richy Thompson
Give Well (18:30) by Glen Travis
Brony Interview (24:17)eve by Alex Fitch
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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BHA Conference 2013 – Full Talks

The British Humanist Association held their annual conference in Leeds this year. Here’s some of the talks from some of the guests in full.

Christopher Priest
Magic as metaphor; metaphor as the reality ingredient of literature; a rational approach to the fantastic. Presented by the award winning author of The Prestige, which was later adapted into a successful Hollywood movie directed by Christopher Nolan, Priest will explore another way of seeing – exploring magic as a metaphor in literature and lifting the veil on taking a rational approach with the fantastic.


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Sue Blackmore
“I did not come to this conference of my own free will because free will is an illusion. Plenty of evidence from neuroscience suggests that there is no persisting ‘me’ who could exert this mysterious power. Libet’s experiments on the timing of voluntary actions throw free will into doubt; the neuroscience of volition reveals the brain areas responsible for decision-making and self-control; and research by Wegner shows how the feeling of being responsible for an action depends on post-hoc attributions based on sequence, similarity and timing. So if our intuitions are not to be trusted, how should we live our lives? Many people reject the traditional idea of free will but still say they must live ‘as if’ they have free will. Otherwise, they claim, society would disintegrate and all hell break loose. I disagree and will discuss ways of living a moral and happy life without believing in free will.”


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Marek Kukula
Our tiny blue planet is the only place we know where life can exist – a precious oasis in the vast desert of space. But throughout Earth’s history everything from exploding stars to impacts with giant asteroids have all left their mark on our planet – with profound consequences for its cargo of plants and animals. Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula explores how the world around us has been shaped by events in space, and how life on Earth has adapted to survive them.


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Melinda Gebbie
Having used art in many areas of politics – from Processed World, the magazine for Angry Secretaries, to anti-nuclear vehicles such as the 1985 film When the Wind Blows, Melida Gebbie’s work has always had the message that if an artist is doing their job properly they are meant to be the social, political, and universal barometer of their times. Currently working with Alan Moore on Angel Passage, a tribute to William Blake Gebbie will focus on the art and life of William Blake, exploring his vision and aspirations.


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Jim Al-Khalili
With ongoing discussions between neuroscientists and philosophers on the existence, or not, of free will, and with so many people in the so-called ‘enlightened’ West still believing that their fate is somehow linked to the movements of the stars and planets, what does modern physics have to say on the matter of determinism and chance? Indeed, is our future preordained? This lecture will be a whistle-stop tour of Einsteinian relativity, quantum indeterminacy and whether, according to our current understanding of the nature of time, the future is knowable.


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Episode 190 – 7th June 2013

We use SCIENCE to find out the difference between a geek and a nerd, why school admission by religion is wrong, why advertisers aren’t all out to control us and much more!



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Fair Admissions (2:01) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Prof Ted Cantle)
John Carr is Wrong (11:10) by Kate Russell
Legal Aid (15:05) by Emma McClure
Carl Heneghan Interview (21:53) by Paul Hopwood
Advertising Conspiracy (36:46) by Koen VD
Parking Mad (43:36) by Paul Orton (ft Keith Porteous-Wood)
Geeks vs Nerds (51:51) by James O’Malley (ft Burr Settles)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 187 – 17th May 2013

MICHAEL GOVE SPECIAL! But don’t let that put you off. We’ve three pieces about the education secretary including an interview with the teacher Gove attacked for using Mr Men to teach history, a look at Gove’s approach to classic literature, and a piece on how he used PR surveys to justify policy. We also have some exclusive clips from an event celebrating the reform of the libel laws featuring the likes of Dara O’Briain, Nick Cohen, Brian Cox and many more.



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Mr Men History (2:36) by James O’Malley (ft Russel Tarr)
Gove and Prejudice (11:44) by Sean Ellis
Gove and One Poll (18:53) by Marsh
Libel Reform Celebration (28:01) by Liz Lutgendoff (ft Dave Gorman, Simon Singh, Chris French, Hardeep Singh, Brian Cox, Nick Cohen, Dara O’Briain and Evan Harris)
Cosmic Genome (36:48) by James O’Malley (ft Robin Ince and Trent Burton)
Humanist Weddings (45:51) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Pavan Dhaliwal)
Homosexuality and DSM (49:17) by Chris Chapman
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 170 – 18th January 2013

Highlights from the Leveson debates, European secularist court victories, an atheist church, dodgy charity PR, and some burgers with horse in it.



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The Leveson Debate Highlights (1:24) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nick Cohen, Suzanne Moore, Evan Harris, Natalie Fenton and Helen Lewis)
Secularist Court Wins (11:15) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Pavan Dhaliwal and Richy Thompson)
Sunday Assembly (26:43) by James O’Malley (ft Sanderson Jones)
Bad Charity PR (36:56) by Marsh
Django and Spaghetti Westerns (42:35) by Alex Fitch
The Death of DVD (54:17) by David Biggins
Horse Burgers (63:39) by Sean Ellis

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Episode 166 – 14th December 2012

Jim Al-Khalili is announced as the new British Humanist Association President and we speak to the BHA’s Chief Exec about what the amazing new census numbers mean for non-religious people in the UK. It’s not so great for non-believers elsewhere though as a new report shows – and we also pick apart the Snoopers Charter, which was shot down this week by Nick Clegg. Plus a new mental health manual could have a big impact, why Northern Ireland is still flagging, and why Erasmus Darwin was awesome.



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Census Results and a new BHA President (2:11) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andrew Copson)
Atheist Persecution Worldwide (9:11) by Bob Churchill
Snooper’s Charter Slapdown (19:56) by Jenny Woods
Mental Health Diagnosis Pronosis (29:35) by Max Davie
Reviewing Peer Review (36:30) by Drew Rae
Flying The Flag (42:13) by Rory Fenton (ft Brian McClinton)
Erasmus Darwin (48:48) by Philip John
Video Codecs (55:11) by Trent Burton

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Episode 159 – 26th October 2012

Earthquake predictions, atheists and the scouts, a psychic challenge and Simon Singh explaining What Doctors Don’t Tell Him – and much more on this week’s Pod Delusion. We also speak to film maker Chris Atkins to preview the first meeting of Soho Skeptics, and find out what the BHA are doing about faith schools – and more!



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Predicting Earthquakes (2:07) by Drew Rae
Chris Atkins Interview (10:46) by James O’Malley
Scouting & Atheism (22:56) by Shaun Joynson
Psychic Challenge (31:14) by James O’Malley (ft Simon Singh, Chris French, and Kim the psychic)
A New Singh Libel Case? (48:36) by James O’Malley (ft Simon Singh, again!)
BHA Faith School Fundraiser (51:34) by James O’Malley (ft Richy Thompson)
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Episode 145 – 20th July 2012

The government approve creationist schools, we speak to Alom Shaha about the Young Atheist’s Handbook, discover why sport is a bit like the church, and much more!



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Creationist Schools Approved (2:05) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Richy Thompson)
Mooniversary (6:58) by Drew Rae
Alom Shaha Interview (12:45) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff
AC Grayling on Alom (25:22) by James O’Malley (ft AC Grayling!)
Sport is like Church (28:04) by Trent Burton
Understanding the Higgs (35:52) by Tom Williamson
The Haber Process (41:52) by Andrew Holding
Robot Woman of the Future (48:02) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Keen)
Questival (52:00) by James O’Malley (ft Mike Paynter)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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