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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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Apr 25, 2017

Relax, breathe, be present, and accept the thoughts which enter your mind... while listening to this month's episode of The Last Tuesday Project.

Our Guest Tuesday this month is Simon, a rationalist, skeptic, curry fan, and all-round-nice-guy. Also, like Shaun, Hayley, and Alex, has some experience with the theme of this month's episode.

As Mental Health Awareness Week is coming up in May, we decided that this month's theme would be mental health. Shaun takes the Dimbleby role whether there is any evidence for mindfulness meditation as a treatment for depression. We talk about the potential harms of mindfulness meditation, our experiences with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Plus, rockstar Hayley sings us into the episode.

 

Don't forget that we'll be releasing our Extra TWOsday companion episode on Tuesday 9th May 2017, on the theme of mental health, plus the usual levels of irreverent conversation.

 

Not listened to the most recent TWOsday companion episode? Listen to our thoughts on various conspiracy theories (Lost Cosmonauts, dead Paul McCartney and dead Avril Lavigne) and Neil Young's Pono, all on Episode 009a.

 

Want to get in touch? We're on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or, you can email us at podcast@lasttuesdayproject.com.

 

This month's icon uses a drawing of Indian saint and yogi Mahavatar Babaji from Wikimedia Commons.

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

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