Journalist Paul Lewis has completed a study into the causes of the riots, and came back to Westminster Skeptics on the first anniversary of the first night of rioting, to tell us the results.
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In this edition of the Westminster Skeptics podcast David Allen Green casts a critical eye over privacy and libel law, and on where developments in libel and privacy are going well and going badly.
Recorded on February 7th, Times Science Editor Mark Henderson and Westminster Skeptics President Evan Harris talk about Mark’s forthcoming book ‘The Geek Manifesto’, for which he was soliciting ideas.
Sorry the sound is a bit ropey – the recording wasn’t very good, so I’ve had to wrangle it into something audible, even if it is difficult at times.
You can hear a more succinct interview with Mark on the book on Episode 71 of the Pod Delusion.
Critical thinking and an evidence based approach about sex work with Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon and Dr Brooke Magnanti, otherwise known as Belle Du Jour. Here are the slides Belinda used:
(Thanks to Teela Sanders for providing the first few slides!)
Last night’s Westminster Skeptics discussed the Digital Economy Act with two of it’s most eminent critics – author and blogger Cory Doctorow and Labour MP Tom Watson.
Freedom of Information campaigner Heather Brooke (of MPs expenses scandal fame) speaking about FOI and evidence based policy. Kindly recorded on Monday 13th September by Craig Lucas for us.
Last night’s Westminster Skeptics talk by Frank Swain, the Science Punk, offering ‘A critique of skepticism’. It was interesting stuff – and you can hear it in full here (aside from 3 minutes removed for legal reasons). Also features Councillor John Dixon.
Dr Brooke Magnanti, otherwise known as blogger Belle de Jour gave last night’s talk. Before becoming well-known for her blogging, Dr Brooke Magnanti worked in forensic macrobioinformaics research at the University of Sheffield. She is currently based in Bristol, specialising in developmental neurotoxicology and childhood cancer aetiology. Last night she spoke about the construction of identity.
The sound is a bit ropey for the first five minutes or so, but then dramatically improves.
A full length podcast of last night’s event will hopefully be online either tonight or tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s a recording of Simon Singh speaking, followed by spokespeople for the three main political parties explaining their commitment to libel reform.
The Pod Delusion is proud to be the official podcasting partner of the Westminster Skeptics. Here’s the first podcast from the meeting last week featuring Cern physicist Professor Brian Cox talking about science funding in the UK. Also featuring Nick Dusic, the director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, and Doctor Evan Harris MP.