It’s rare that my podcast-listening choices lead to a post here—there’s not much room to include genre film reviews and potty humor. However, following a recent episode of Skeptoid (“Left Handed Myths and Facts
”), host Brian Dunning mentioned that you
can have Skeptoid live at your event
Scientists, researchers and philosophers of various disciplines regularly grace the stages of meetings and events worldwide. Dunning may not have a New York Times bestseller burning through the charts, but he does have a critical mind, a professional delivery and an audience—176,000 listeners per weekly episode. And when you consider knowledge of the medium—podcasting—Dunning is a master: Each episode is between 11 and 15 minutes in length, the perfect, digestible size to deliver one tight story. And the Skeptoid podcast is always free.
Consider two of the topics for which Dunning is ready to speak about:
- The Secret Weapon You Already Own. The same patterns of thought that encourage us to believe in unscientific therapies, products, and phenomena also skew our perceptions in the workplace.
- Health Scams Are Your Friend: How You Can Use Them to Promote Skepticism. Health scams are your friend. At least, they can be, if you're trying to spread the message of critical thinking to those who need it most.
Imagine having a professional skeptic debunk some myths, legends and misunderstandings related to your industry. As long as you’re not selling patent medicines such as Lucy’s Vitameatavegamin or medical devices found at the Museum of Quackery, Dunning could be a great fit for your next gathering.
Image (CC) andedam “Linus being his usual skeptical self”