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Mediumship: Talking to the Dead?

Mediumship: Talking to the Dead?

In this episode Cat and Rebecca discuss their experience attending a Spiritualist Church and witnessing Jackie the medium seemingly contact the dead. Is Jackie a Psychic Vampire, a conduit to the other side or something else entirely? We discuss the history of spiritualism and mediumship […]

Wake Up: A Documentary

Wake Up: A Documentary

This episode we’ll be talking about Wake Up a documentary by Jonas Elrod. Jonas was a (arguably) normal guy until he suddenly started seeing angels and demons, hearing people’s thoughts and having precognitive visions. The angels, or maybe the demons, urged him to tell the […]

Astrology

Astrology

In this episode Rebecca plans to ruin Cat’s day by convincing her astrology isn’t a super-reliable method for seeing the future. We look at our astrological charts to see how accurate and useful we find them and test if Rebecca’s partner can guess who’s is who’s.

We discuss a YouTube video Skeptic Michael Shermer vs. Jeffrey Armstrong Vedic Astrologer and as usual the whole topic turns out to be a lot more interesting and nuanced than either of us predicted. But will Cat delete her favourite astrology apps? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Links mentioned:

Exploring esoteric, paranormal and spiritual topics from two completely different perspectives it’s The Seeker and The Skeptic.

Skeptic Michael Shermer vs. Jeffrey Armstrong Vedic Astrologer.

China Job ads Discriminate Against Scorpio and Virgo. Telegraph.

How Astrology Took Over the Internet. NY Times.

The Real Constellations of the Zodiac. International Planetarium Society.

Why Dr. Oz’s astrology tweet was so disappointing. Vox.

The Fallacy of Personal Validation (Forer’s original paper on the Forer Effect)

Wicca

Wicca

Yuletide greetings to our skeptical and not-so-skeptical listeners! We just got home from a Winter Solstice celebration, so this episode we will be pouring ourselves some mulled wine and mulling over the topic of Wicca. Give us a break- tis the season for terrible puns. […]

Jordan Peterson: Benevolent King or Sneaky Ideologue?

Jordan Peterson: Benevolent King or Sneaky Ideologue?

Cat was invited to a book club discussion of Jordan Peterson’s best selling 12 Rules for Life and Rebecca tagged along hoping for drama. This episode we’ll be taking about what we and the other book club members made of the book and continuing a […]

The Skeptic

The Skeptic

In this episode Cat interviews Rebecca, The Skeptic.

Rebecca explains what being a skeptic means to her and why she is passionate about spreading ‘the good news’ of reason and compassion. Cat digs into Rebecca’s past and they talk about her previous life as a Wiccan and what made her change course from a spiritual to a scientific worldview.

Exploring esoteric, paranormal and spiritual topics from two completely different perspectives it’s The Seeker and The Skeptic.

Skeptical Books

The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Astrophysicist and science communicator Carl Sagan’s 1995 book intended to explain the scientific method to lay-people. Considered a key text by many skeptics.

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why we Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson’s 2007 book explores numerous cognitive biases and their impact in our political and personal lives.

Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience Superstition and Other Confusions of Our Time
Renowned skeptic and editor of skeptic magazine Michael Shermer’s 1997 book reflects on the psychology behind belief in the incredible.

Skeptical Websites

What’s the Harm?
A website which documents the stories of people who have been harmed by lapses in critical thinking leading to financial loss, physical injury or death.

Skeptical Podcasts

Skeptics with a K
British fortnightly podcast. Each episode the irreverent hosts chat about current affairs and topics of perennial interest to skeptics.

Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
American weekly podcast. Each episode the hosts skeptically examine several issues and present a game that allows listeners to hone their own critical thinking skills.

The Reality Check
Canadian weekly podcast. The hosts discuss topical ‘controversies and curiosities’ using critical thinking skills and wit to separate science-fact from science-fiction.

Sceptical Education

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills
24 lecture course presented by professor Steven Novella, M.D. empowers students with knowledge and techniques which will improve their critical thinking skills.
Available directly from The Great Courses or on Audible.com.

Skeptics on YouTube

Rethinking Doubt: The Values and Achievements of Skepticism
An impassioned TedX talk from prominent skeptic George Hrab which introduces the audience to skepticism and explains its critical importance.

Captain Disillusion
A YouTube channel produced by independent filmmaker Alan Melikdjanian. In monthly installments The Captain humorously debunks viral videos.

James Randi Educational Foundation
A YouTube channel curated by the James Randi Educational Foundation featuring lectures from prominent skeptics on many topics.

Skeptic Socialising

Skeptics in the Pub
Informal meetups held all over the world predominantly in the U.K. and U.S. events usually feature a talk, a Q&A session and a chance to socialise with fellow skeptics.

Your Local Skeptic Society
Try Googling your location and the word skeptic, most countries have at least one skeptical organisation that hosts social and educational events. You could also try looking for skeptically themed events on meetup.com.

The Seeker

The Seeker

In this episode Rebecca interviews Cat, The Seeker. Cat explains what being a Seeker means to her and how she became interested in the spiritual and esoteric topics we discuss on the show. Rebecca grills Cat about growing up Catholic and how it did, or […]

Glastonbury (Part 3) Maitreya and his Pyramids

Glastonbury (Part 3) Maitreya and his Pyramids

This episode we are talking about our experiences at Buddha Maitreya The Christ’s Soul Therapy Meditation Centre where we meditated in pyramids and almost joined a cult… Exploring esoteric, paranormal and spiritual topics from two completely different perspectives it’s The Seeker and The Skeptic. Links […]

Glastonbury (Part 2) Channeling Angels and Aliens

Glastonbury (Part 2) Channeling Angels and Aliens

In this episode Cat and Rebecca discuss their first angelic and their first extraterrestrial encounter, it was quite an evening. We saw an advertisement for a Pleiadian Healing Session with Michiel Kroon in the Miracles Room and couldn’t resist.

This was Rebecca’s first experience with channelling and she was surprised to learn how popular it is, and that Cat has a favourite channeler. We share the wisdom gleaned from the Arc Angel Michael and the Pleiadians and wonder what makes someone a channeler- divine insight, lust for money or mental illness? You probably know by now it’s going to be a bit more complicated than that.

Exploring esoteric, paranormal and spiritual topics from two completely different perspectives it’s The Seeker and The Skeptic.

Dissociation: Adjustment or Distress? Dissociative Phenomena, Absorption and Quality of Life Among Israeli Women Who Practice Channeling Compared to Women with Similar Traumatic History. 

Personal identity the Narrative Self. Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University. 

Rational Wiki’s page on Pleiadians 

Michiel Kroon

Glastonbury (Part 1) Myths and Ley Lines

Glastonbury (Part 1) Myths and Ley Lines

This Episode Cat and Rebecca are just back from a weekend in Glastonbury a town in the South West of England renowned for its Arthurian Legends, Ley Lines and New Agey population. We discuss the myths and legends we learned about on a tour of […]