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SkepLit: The Choosening for May 2013

Published on May 20th, 2013 by in Bookclub, Books, Skeplit

The various members of SkepLit gathered yesterday afternoon to select books for the next few months. We have changed the rules for book selection this time around, and we no longer have public voting. Remember, if you’d like SkepLit to consider a book (which must be non-fiction), you need to show up for the Choosening meetings. I will not consider books that have been sent to me out of the blue unless you’re a regular attendee.

These are the books we will be reading over the next six to seven months. This time around, we have opened selection up to YouTube videos and good quality blogs. The specific dates for each month’s meeting will appear on our GMSkeptics Facebook page about a month before the meeting is due.

June 30th – Milton Rokeach: The Three Christs of Ypsilanti (Prologue, Introduction, first 3 chapters and the epilogue)

July – Vice.com’s series of videos on Afghanistan: Link here for the first video (the second and third are linked on that page)

August – Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine (there is also a documentary version available on Netflix)

September - Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine: Against Intellectual Monopoly, available for free here.

October – Bill Bryson: Shakespeare

November – James Randi: Flim Flam!

(There is no meeting in December)

January – John Gribbin: In Search of the Multiverse

February – Christopher Hitchens – The Missionary Position (a documentary version of his critique of Mother Theresa is available by searching YouTube)

Our next meeting will be held at 1pm (note the time change) on June 30th in the Waterstones Deansgate cafe, 2nd floor. I do recommend that you read the book before attending, although we usually don’t mind if you haven’t managed all of it! I also suggest you plan to arrive about 10 minutes early if you want to order food or drink from the bar.


Just Skeptics Episode 32

We’re a little late with this post… this episode went up at the end of January, and we’ll be recording again this week.

“Janis, Gavin and Rick are joined by local author and organiser of the GMSkeptics Bookclub ‘Skeplit’, Joely Black for a Soapbox on ‘The Secret’.

Meanwhile, Rick discusses the recent news on four cases brought to the European Court of Human Rights by Christians who said their employers had discriminated against them because of their beliefs, Gavin fills us in on some creative parking payment thinking, and Janis is still talking about boobs.”


Just Skeptics Episode 30

Hello! Welcome to the End of the World and/or Christmas 2012!

This week we don’t have a Soapbox, but we’re discussing all things apocalyptic-y and have some light-hearted festive fun around our potential last day on the planet, with regulars Janis Callister, Gavin Schofield and Rick Owen, and almost regular Geoff Whelan.

GMSS Skeptics in the Pub regular, Nick, tells us his best candidate for disaster, whilst at the Pub.

Janis asks if we should tell our kids the truth about Santa (that he farts and steals money out of Dot Cotton’s purse).

Rick dutifully explains what we really might have to worry about here on planet earth (glad someone is thinking ahead).

Gavin… well… it’s hard to describe some days. You’re probably better off just listening.

Oh and while I’ve got you, here’s a link to the wonderful Astronomycast Podcast. No Cheating, get right in at episode 1! http://www.astronomycast.com/


Just Skeptics Episode 29

Join us for Episode 29 of Just Skeptics, now available as usual via itunes, libsyn, or your favourite rss client. This episode is a little late due to a pesky little nerve, we hope it won’t spoil your enjoyment.

This week, Janis, Rick and Gav are  joied by returning guest host Geoff Whelan ranting about something he saw on the internet, of all places!

We also discuss ‘The Bloop’, underwater monitoring, submarines and Operation Ivy Mike, plus Gav fills us in on an interdimensional rift in North Yorkshire, important for the future of mankind. Miss this episode at your peril!


We’ll be back in just over two weeks for an end-of-the-world/christmas special, when we’ll be joined by local author and organiser of the GMSS Book club ‘Skeplit’, Joely Black.


Just Skeptics Episode 28

Episode 28 of the official GMSS podcast “Just Skeptics” is upon us!

In this episode, Gav, Alex and Rick and myself (Janis) are joined by blogger and SitP speaker, Tom Williamson AKA Skepic Canary for the fortnightly general news round up and gentle piss taking of anything which grabs our fancy.

On the bill this week, Alex has something new, both to celebrate, and to get in a skeptical tizz about.  First on the list: Vitamin K.  We also hear more from Gavin about a certain skeptic-hater with a love of google image search (don’t try this at home, kids), Rick discusses politics, and guest host Tom waxes lyrical about Brass Eye (and why not!).

Don’t forget, questions and comments are always welcome, and if you get a chance, leave us a review on itunes!

Download directly by clicking here, or find us and SUBSCRIBE on itunes, or use your favourite rss client here!

*And it was the Daily Star!

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