Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Skepticule 080: Drenched ashes dispersal ceremony; Muslims: no need to understand the Koran and have temporary wives; Fatonomics and fad diets; Should skeptics ally with moderate believers?; Inconsequential Krauss/Dawkins DVD; Skepticism of exploding e-cigarettes; Personhood of a non-existent God.


Paul S Jenkins asks if his uncle was playing a joke on those attending his ashes disposal ceremony.  [The answer is no.]

Sinbad queries whether it makes sense for Muslims to be able to read out the Koran without understanding it, and discusses the use of temporary wives in Islam.

Paul Orton queries whether an invitation to join a Fatonomics tv programme would be worthwhile.

Anonymous Steve asks whether Islam is the biggest religious threat in the world and if skeptics should ally themselves with moderate believers against the extremists.

Paul S Jenkins evaluates whether his newly-purchased Krauss/Dawkins TheUnbelievers DVD was worth £15.

Sinbad highlights skeptical issues around the exploding e-cigarette stories in the press.

Man killed as e-cigarette ‘explodes’: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-28701515
Leicester woman's 'shock' as 'e-cig explodes' in car: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-27142760

Johno flummoxes the team with a question about the personhood of the Abrahamic god in Pearced Off.

Editing & shownotes: Paul Orton

Paul Thompson ("Sinbad")
The Skeptical Probe

Paul Orton, militant agnostic
Missing God Gene

Paul S. Jenkins
Notes from an Evil Burnee

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