The Dentith Files – Reductionism and the Skeptics of Hamilton

Between 2008 and 2010, Matthew Dentith first joined 95bFM’s Simon Pound, then José Barbosa, on Sunday mornings to talk about conspiracy theories. Listen, as they say, again!

This week’s Dentith Files is a pre-record and, I should point out, not altogether serious whilst being very serious indeed. I’m giving a talk at the Skeptics Conference down in Waikato next weekend and what we presented today is a less serious (but still mostly1 accurate) version of my paper ‘Saving the Paranormal from the Laws of Science,’ which was recently published as ‘The Curious Case of Freeman Dyson and the Paranormal’ in Skeptic Magazine2. I think it’s quite funny, but some people who have heard it aren’t convinced; you are so warned.

Next time: A review of the Skeptics Conference.

Notes

  1. Some points may have been ‘lost in comedic translation.’
  2. Interestingly enough, both the published version and the comedic version are the same length (although the broadcast version, now that I’ve heard it, is now considerably shorter; apparently the file didn’t save properly and this wasn’t apparent until it was being broadcast), word-wise, which goes to show something, although the gods know what that might be.

About Matthew Dentith

Author of "The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories" (Palgrave Macmillan), Matthew Dentith wrote his PhD on epistemic issues surrounding belief in conspiracy theories. He is a frequent media commentator on the weird and the wonderful, both locally and internationally. On occasion he can be caught dreaming about wax lions but, mostly, it is rumoured he works for elements of the New World Order.