The official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics — a weekly journey into the overlapping worlds of science, religion, critical thinking and pop culture with a group of young skeptics and science communicators.
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Posts by The Pseudoscientists:
The Pseudoscientists Episode 89 — The Jim-gularity, gold mine bacteria, abortion, and the limits of science
Jack, Sarah and Tom find out how and why the owner of Jim’s Many Business Franchises wants to change the world with a crazy scheme, how bacteria can live in arsenic-rich gold mines, and discuss the complex issue of abortion. Jargonauts harks back to high school chemistry class with redox reactions, and Question of the Week looks at the limitations of science: is there anything it can’t answer?
The Pseudoscientists Episode 88 — Heroin vaccines, government vs. science, tickling rats, and scary science
Sarah once again joins Tom and Jack, this time to discuss why tickling rats is good for them, why the US Congress wants to destroy science, and why a vaccine against heroin might be possible. Jargonauts redefines the ice-cream headache, and we peer into the dark heart of terror… scientific terror, that is.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 87 — @realscientists, glowing trees and treating autism, with Upulie Divisekera
Jack and Tom are joined by science communicator extraordinare Upulie Divisekera to discuss her successful Twitter project @realscientists, why glowing trees won’t replace streetlamps, and why a treatment for autism might be around the corner. Jargonauts looks at “epigenetics”, and we think about whether or not we’d go on a “suicide” mission to Mars, with some help from your opinions.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 86 — Sleeping flies, Martian colonists, freaky animal sex, and gender identity
Tom and Jack discuss flies sleeping like humans, the crazy ambitions of the Mars One project to have people on Mars by 2023, and the weird sex that animals have. Jargonauts takes a look at comas, and we discuss last week’s Question of the Week on gender identity (and sexuality, of course).
The Pseudoscientists Episode 85 — Vat-grown organs, pseudoenzymes, science vs. religion, and aliens
Tom and Jack find out why you might soon be able to grow new organs in a vat, what the deal is with pseudoenzymes, and look at the relationship between science and religion. Jargonauts is all about insects this week, and we look at your thoughts on the societal implications of contact with an intelligent alien race.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 84 — Intelligent design, an Indian psychic girl, weird diets and technology from the future, with Claire Shepard
Jack, Tom and returning guest Claire Shepard muse on a potentially-psychic girl in India, some terrible online science journalism, why wisdom teeth don’t make intelligent design unlikely, and weird diets. Jargonauts looks at “detoxification” (and why it doesn’t mean what alternative medical proponents think it means), and we discuss what futuristic technology we’d love to see around in the present day, with your help.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 83 — Ducks fathering chickens, the atheist movement, vaccines, and the carbon tax
Tom, Rachael and Sarah discuss why vaccines really, really, really don’t cause autism, how the Australian carbon tax is affecting hospitals, and how a duck fathered a chicken. Jargonauts looks at the loaded term “nuclear”, and we reflect on the concept of an “atheist movement”, with some help from you guys.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 82 — Atheist smugness, long-lasting effects of malnutrition, sugary soft drinks, and skeptical superstitions
Jack, Sarah and Tom step into their fancy new studio at SYN to talk about smug atheists, malnutrition and the health effects of eating too much sugar. Jargonauts defines “isomer”, and we take a look at yours and our skeptical superstitions.