Ted Janet interviews Adam VanLangenberg, the teacher behind the “Sceptic School” group at McKinnon Secondary College. They talk about critical thinking courses in schools, what it’s like to run a skeptical group for high school students, personal reflections on being a skeptic, and what it was like bringing a homeopath in to talk to the students. Plus, Jack has an exciting announcement about the relaunch of the Young Australian Skeptics blog…
Merry Christmas! Belinda and Jack are joined from Sydney by their old friend Elliot Birch, back for another ride on the Pseudoscientists… train? Are we a train? Anyway, they talk about a vector video codec, violence and video games, obesity vs. malnutrition, and a win for gay rights in California. Jargonauts looks at “phenotype” and “genotype”, and your answers to last week’s Christmas-themed question. Sadly, no On The Street this week, though. Next episode’s question: “What scientific breakthroughs do you think will happen next year?”
The Pseudoscientists Episode 70 — Birds and butts, epigenetic sexuality and creationist beliefs, with Sarah McBride
Jack, Belinda and Rachael are joined by new YAS writer and medical student Sarah McBride to talk birds and butts, the epigenetics of homosexuality, eating fat, and what creationists actually believe about science. Jargonauts focuses on the word “fiducial”, and we look at your answers to last week’s question about the best argument for the existence of God. But sadly, no On The Street! Next week’s question: “Is it okay for atheists to celebrate Christmas?”
The Pseudoscientists Episode 69 — Scientific sexism, codon conundrums, Wikipedia and gay conversion, with Holly Warland
Belinda, Rachael and Jack are joined by special guest Holly Warland to discuss a curious finding in molecular genetics, the readability of Wikipedia, sexism in science and gay conversation therapy. Plus, Jargonauts looks at “negative reinforcement”, and your answers to last week’s question about the definition of life — now with added On The Street opinions, via our good friend Luke Freeman. Next week’s question: “What is the best argument for the existence of God?”
The Pseudoscientists Episode 68 — Hyperparasitic wasps, rising sea levels, horizontal gene transfer, and scientific politicians
Jack, Rachael and Belinda get into accurately measuring rising sea levels, tapeworms and hyperparasitic wasps, and some curious cases of horizontal gene transfer. Plus, Jargonauts looks at the word “sequestration”, and your answers to last week’s question on the scientific qualifications of politicians. Next week’s question: “What do you think is the definition of ‘life’?” Also: Game of Thrones, Ebola, Sydney, and some exciting On The Street news…
Jack presents the audio from the “Four Squires: A new generation of freethinkers” discussion at Embiggen Books on the 24th of November. For the event, Jack and Belinda were joined by Jason Ball and Jonathan Meddings to discuss the future of atheism, young people in the atheist movement, and the relationship between atheism, science, skepticism and social justice.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 67 — Black holes, deadly solariums, genetically-modified food, and Chris Heath
Belinda and guest Chris Heath, filling in for Jack (and Rachael and Tom), chat deadly solariums, black holes hiding hydrogen from astronomers, and a new Google star visualisation program. Plus, Jargonauts takes a look at the word “affect”, and your answers to last week’s question on labelling genetically-modified food are poured through. Next week’s question: What level of scientific qualifications should science policy makers hold?
Please join Belinda Nicholson (Young Australian Skeptics), Jack Scanlan (Young Australian Skeptics), Jonathan Meddings (Townsville Humanists) and Jason Ball (Freethought Student Alliance) as they discuss the future of atheism and freethought, and the challenges for a new generation.