This week on Science Saturday, I got suckered in to exploring the super diverse phylum of molluscs! (Or mollusks, as it were) Let me know what you think and, as always, let me know if you have any burning questions or…
Jack is joined by special guest Marita Petherbridge to calmly discuss extreme religious beliefs about faith healing and what the skeptical community looks like to an outsider, while Jargonauts expresses the meaning of “driver line”.
For the twelfth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Sarah McBride to chat about religious themes in fiction. When she’s not co-hosting The Pseudoscientists podcast, Sarah is a medical student at Monash University. She suffers from crippling addictions to caffeine and Tumblr.
The premise of Unfiltered Thoughts is simple: every fortnight, I sit down with a young person in a Melbourne café and we chat about a topic that’s close to their heart, all over coffee. Or, in my case, usually hot chocolate, because I don’t drink coffee. For some reason, I thought making a podcast that is partially about coffee while simultaneously hating coffee would be hilarious. I guess we’ll see if people agree.
In Chapter 2 of Disbelieving Disbelief, edited by Phillip Brown, Simon Angus begins with a hypothetical conversation that juxtaposes the views of two scientists, one a believer and the other a non-believer, about the seemingly miraculous recovery of a terminal cancer patient.
Jack, Liz and Sarah get romantic for Valentine’s Day with news about how to fix a broken heart with stem cells and how scientists made functional artificial DNA, and discuss science-fantasy movies, while Jargonauts gets biochemical with “lipids”.
Using the world’s most powerful assembly of lasers, a team of American physicists and engineers have, for the first time, extracted more energy from laboratory-scale nuclear fusion than was absorbed by the fuel to trigger it.
In Chapter 1 of Disbelieving Disbelief, edited by Phillip Brown, Robert Martin provides a brief overview of the position of well-known atheists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett, identifying their principle objections to religion being that it is…