Average so far
The first episode of the show was of pretty good quality I enjoyed the discussion and it made for a good listen. I liked that they had a different view and let the strange and alternative viewpoints come out without instantaneous closed mindedness. I have to say, that was about all of the positives so far. The two hosts seemed to only discuss their speculations on unmeasurable phenomena with someone who didn’t seem to have any interest in proving her experiences scientifically. Episode two was an absolute disaster in my books. The hosts clearly got a serving on their plate too big to tackle – which was funny as he was from the Flat Earth Society. Somehow the hosts never managed to even make any compelling argument against his viewpoints other than the fact that his views entailed a conspiracy. Unless you have actually researched the science to question his absolute nonsense, I don’t see the point in interviewing him. I am all for hearing peoples eclectic and alternative viewpoints – but there comes a point when you are just hearing dribble. Would you listen to a church minister speak for half an hour on a podcast without any atheist rebuttal? Probably not. Likewise, I don’t think any sceptic likes completely irrational viewpoints to spew into their brain without the host challenging them. This podcast has potential to be so much more and I really hope it does improve. If they really want to “be reasonable”, they have to accept that some ideas and viewpoints are so eclectic and irrational that they are not even worth postulating. If they do want to play with them – then they need to be prepared to actually debate back and provide a compelling argument. To Hayley and Michael – I really hope you take some insights from my review and see that I am not trying to slam down your podcast. As a sceptic I want to be hearing why viewpoints like the flat earth theory are total rubbish. Sure, it is all well and good to let eclectic views be heard but you need to contemplate whether or not your podcast is just about hearing those views or about debating them.
Wilson! via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/08/13
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Sockel via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 12/06/14
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