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Critical Analysis of Catholic Claims

It seems that this week is a good one for sceptical podcasts overlapping with our interests, as I’d like to point you towards another exceptional podcast worthy of your attention:

The Skeptoid Logo

Skeptoid is a podcast that runs for around ten minutes on average, critically examining claims from purveyors of pseudoscience in a clear-cut, informative, and thoroughly enjoyable fashion. This week’s episode is called “The Incorruptibles”, and deals with the assertions of the Catholic Church (an organisation we’re all familiar with) that the remains of their saints don’t atrophy after death.

While the results of his findings are unlikely to surprise you, it’s quite enlightening to listen to someone discuss their findings on a matter most people would disregard without requiring further investigation.

The eleven and a half minutes of essential listening is here!

On a personal note, I got interested in the sceptical movement by listenting to Richard Dawkins’ appearance on Skepticality around the time that Expelled was released, and given the massive overlap of interests between these groups, (and the fact that ‘debunking’ religious claims can be such a tirelessly monotonous and futile exercise) I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see more people sympathetic to our cause developing an interest in the broader rationalist community.

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  3. Thanks Sully, I listen to lots of podcasts – I will give that one a listen. I also get Skeptic Magazine, imported from the States – it is excellent, James Randi is a contributor and they have a good website that is worth a look – if only to gawk at the ridiculous claims that they deal with. I will try to remember to bring a copy to the next meeting. Another excellent presentation is

    http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/michael_shermer_on_believing_strange_things.html

    (can you do links when commenting?)

    I would highly recommend the TED website, it has some great presentations on it.

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