Sun, 21 February 2010
Welcome to another special episode of the Token Skeptic - and thanks to everyone who keeps on subscribing to this show despite there being a gap between the episodes. Just when I think I’ve solved one technical hiccup, another appears - this time my recordings were apparently too soft to register and the quality had even me straining to figure out what I said!
So, I'll be rerecording the missing episodes and I really am very grateful that people continue to listen and comment.
Comments is what this episode is all about - it's a discussion between Michael McRae, who you heard in the last episode of the Token Skeptic and Eran Segev. Eran Segev is a reporter on another podcast we have in common, called the Skeptic Zone. Eran is also the President of the Australian Skeptics.
Many thanks to SkepReview: http://www.skepreview.com and to Alom Shaha for inspiring me.
Australian Skeptics site is at http://www.skeptics.com.au.
Official site of Token Skeptic is at http://www.tokenskeptic.org.
Themes by Derek Miller ("P & P") at www.penmachine.com and Milton Mermikides ("365") at www.miltonmermikides.com.
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_10_-_Skepticism_and_Communciation_Part_Two.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:34pm HKT
Fri, 5 February 2010
When I was at the recent 10:23 Event at the Perth Skeptics, plenty of new people came to ask questions about what skeptics and skepticism is achieving. They included such things as - is this really science communication? Could we be doing more harm than good by such stunts or is it part of an important 'bigger picture' that's being presented? What should be the next step? Were people drawn in because of nerdy stereotypes or skeptics being 'sexed-up' - and is it misleading or preventing progress to go down those paths when promoting skepticism?
All of these notions and views have intrigued me since taking part in the 'What Do I Do Next? Leading Skeptics Discuss 105 Practical Ways to Promote Science and Advance Skepticism' document. In response to my experiences I took an opportunity to speak to Michael McRae, a science communicator and former science teacher. He's the author of 'Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad Ideas', out in 2011, and he blogs at www.tribalscientist.wordpress.com.
Other episodes backdated and out by end of this weekend - thanks for your patience and thanks for continuing to listen to the show! Themes by Derek Miller ('P & P') at www.penmachine.com and Milton Mermikades ('365') at www.miltonmermikades.com.
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_9_-_On_Skepticism_and_Communication.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:09am HKT