55 minutes | Mar 28th 2019

Episode 046: Skepticism with Professor Chris French

Episode Notes In this episode I chat to Professor Chris French who is an active skeptic and Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. Chris is Special Advisor and former Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic Magazine, the UK's foremost and longest-running skeptical magazine. It's a chance for us to talk about skepticism and the use of science, reason, and evidence to examine all sorts of phenomena. We cover the paranormal, near death experiences, conspiracy theories, anti-vaxxers and the kind of psychological biases that can creep in to all these areas. A concise description of skepticism used by Chris as the strapline for The Skeptic Magazine is: "Pursuing truth through reason and evidence". We delve into the skepticism movement and knowing how we are prone to biases can only help us make sound, reasoned decisions about all sorts of areas of our life. We also manage to talk about risk perception in humans, MMR vaccines, and the wonderful Skeptics in the Pub movement. (Get yourself along to an event if you can.) Links Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit The Skeptic Magazine Skeptics in the Pub Skeptics in the Pub - Greenwich QED Conference - two day science and skepticism convention Podcast Promotion I've moved away from most social media but I realise it is still an important part of many people's lives. If you want to share an episode or more on Twitter, Facebook etc then I'd be thrilled. Even better, why not mention it to a colleague, friend, or family when you next speak to them. In fact, why not give them a call and meet up anyway? All the evidence suggests you'll be healthier and benefit. And, if you can and it's relevant, thanks for mentioning the podcast to them.  If you got something out of this episode then please mosey on over to Apple Podcasts and kindly leave a rating, a review and you can subscribe there too! Other ways to subscribe to Blokeology Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts Click here to subscribe via RSS Click here to subscribe on Android You can also subscribe via Stitcher Sign up for the Journal of Blokeology newsletter It's my regular newsletter that shares some cool evidence-based health, fitness, and lifestyle advice. And get your free Healthy Bloke Action Plan. Head over to www.blokeology.io/journal to do that. Feedback I would love to hear from you and your own experiences. Best bet is to email: blokeology AT gmail.com.
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