Jack Scanlan

Jack Scanlan is a Master of Science student at the University of Melbourne researching insect detoxification genetics, a one-man over-thinking machine, and head editor of the Young Australian Skeptics. Once the LGBT movement succeeds in “destroying” the sacred institution of marriage, he plans on wedding the concept of science.

His research interests include molecular genetics, protein biochemistry and evolutionary biology, and the many ways that they can fit together. This includes things like metabolic evolution, protein family evolution, regulatory evolution, endosymbiosis, plant-insect interactions and xenobiotic detoxification. His Masters research project in the Robin Lab is focused on an uncharacterised phosphotransferase gene family in insects that may be involved in the detoxification of plant defence chemicals. Jack admires biologists who study humans, but falls asleep when he thinks too long about medicine, anatomy or immunology.

Passionate about the interaction of science, skepticism, philosophy, religion, media and society, Jack loves to communicate and develop ideas in any way he possibly can. In his non-science-based spare time, he’s partial to pretentious indie music, amateur audio production, clever comedy, iconic British sci-fi, and American political fantasy shows set on and around the fictional continent of Westeros.

When he’s not dictatorially overseeing the Young Australian Skeptics or producing/editing its podcast, The Pseudoscientists, Jack blogs for The Panda’s Thumb and Nature Education’s Student Voices, and has written for COSMOS Magazine as a freelancer. He writes about intelligent design, evolutionary biology and nonsense at Homologous Legs, his personal blog.

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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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