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The Last Tuesday Project

A group of friends get together once a month thanks to the wonder of modern technology to discuss one topic. That topic can come in the form of either a question, a subject, a claim, or a statement. The thing is, only one of us knows what that topic is going to be. That person shall henceforth be known as the Dimbleby. (It's a long story.) The Dimbleby has two topics in their pocket. They tell us the first one and then the rest of us have the opportunity to veto it based on a majority vote. If we veto the first topic, we hear the second topic. We cannot veto the second topic. You know, just to add a little bit of jeopardy to the whole thing. From that point on we have an hour to each research the topic. We can do it whatever way we want to, either through the internet, or books, or going to the library, or shouting across the road at your neighbour... Once the hour is up, we get back together again and talk about it. The Dimbleby guides us, asks us questions on what we've researched. At the end of it we come to a conclusion. Or not, as the case may be. That brings us to the point of The Last Tuesday Project. This is less about the conclusions we come to, although they can be fun and interesting. It's more about how we get there. Doing this sort of research - looking for evidence, sifting through the crap - is something anyone can do. We don't want to tell you what to think, and we're loathe to say that we want to tell you how to think. What we want to do is give you the tools so that you can come to your own conclusions without being swayed by biased information. Being able to detect fact from fiction, science from pseudoscience, brilliant ideas from bullshit. One group of friends, one topic, one hour to research. Welcome to The Last Tuesday Project.
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Aug 30, 2016

TLTP 002 - Trust Me... I'm An Expert

Welcome to the second episode of The Last Tuesday Project. Each month, this gaggle of rag-tag ruffians meet up to discuss one topic. Only one of us knows what that topic will be, and we get just one hour to research it. The outcome is a podcast full of laughs, stories, facts and tips on how to dig deeper.

This month, Alex, Hayley, Hannah, Shaun, and new recruit David discuss what it means to be an expert. We mull over 10,000 hours (the concept - the episode isn't that long), which sources to trust, the difference between being an expert and having expertise, plus some thoughts on chess.

Plus, this episode features our first topic veto. A decision which we later come to regret...

With huge thanks to Strong4Life for the use of his music.

Aug 8, 2016

TLTP 001 - Fungus In Salem

Welcome to the first episode of The Last Tuesday Project! Each month one of us will come up with a topic which the others will spend an hour researching. Then we'll get back together and talk about that subject. Will we come to any conclusions? Who knows! But that doesn't matter - it's the process that counts.

Trust me, it's funnier than it sounds. :-)

This month, Alex, Hannah, Hayley and Shaun are going to be talking about the Salem Witch Trials. What evidence was there for claims that is was the result of ergot poisoning? What other options can we come up with? Plus, other random thoughts about cholera epidemics and "relieving hysteria."

With huge thanks to @strength4life for the use of his music.

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