Jack Scanlan

Jack Scanlan is the President of the Young Australian Skeptics, produces its podcasts, The Pseudoscientists and Unfiltered Thoughts, and edits its group blog. Yeah, he’s invested.

He received both a Bachelor of Science (Genetics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) and a Master of Science (Genetics) from the University of Melbourne, where he researched the evolution and function of an insect-specific gene family, branching into the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, evolutionary molecular genetics and insect endocrinology. His other research interests include protein evolution, bacterial metabolic evolution, and symbioses involving insects. His favourite insects are wasps, particularly parasitoids.

Jack blogs for SciLogs about insects and genetics, and writes about evolution, creationism, music and more at his personal website. He is also a member of Sunset Nevers, a band you might like.

Posts by Jack Scanlan:

Question of the Week: Children and Imaginary Beings

Question of the Week: Children and Imaginary Beings

It’s approaching Christmas time! Or the Holiday Season if you prefer, I guess. Whether or not non-​​​​religious people should celebrate a holiday that has roots in religious traditions is another topic entirely… but I do want to focus on one aspect of Christmas — teaching children about the existence of Santa Claus. Does this activity harm children, in the sense that they may be more open to suggestion about the existence of other non-​​​​existent beings, or does the inevitable realisation that they have been lied to make them more skeptical as adults?

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Question of the Week: Unnecessary Science Funding

Question of the Week: Unnecessary Science Funding

Every week we ask a question of our audience to stimulate discussion and critical thinking about an issue or topic relating to science, skepticism, technology or religion. Our favourite comments are discussed on our podcast, The Pseudoscientists! Science can be expensive.…

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