Sarah, Nicola and Jack dive deep into the genetics of homosexuality, why autoimmune diseases aren’t caused by female self-hatred, and why young children love to laugh at everyone else’s misfortune. Plus: a new YAS project in the works, Australian Christmas, hail, and homosexual conversion.
Jack, Joanna and Sarah make a triumphant return to the studio to delve into how protein evolution can help save us from climate change, what the deal is with ebola, and why mantis shrimp are the coolest animals on Earth. Plus: theses, jobs, superhero shows, and nuclear fusion.
For the nineteenth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Bren Carruthers to chat about the big, bad world of journalism, touching on science, climate change and politics.
When asked if the glass of water (or wine, as I prefer to imagine it) is half full or half empty, there has never any doubt in my mind as to the correct answer – it is both at the same time. Is it right to judge the optimist for thinking it half full, or the pessimist for thinking it half empty, given I approach the question from a different (realist) point of view? Of course it is. The mere existence of different beliefs about the nature of the glass of water does not preclude the existence of an objectively correct answer.
For the eighteenth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Will Farr (again!) to chat about the science and science-fiction of asteroids.
Sarah and Jack look at the science and skeptical themes in the recent movies “Lucy”, “Snowpiercer”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the James Randi documentary “An Honest Liar” and also touch on some self-assembling robots and turning brown butterflies purple.
Jack geeks out with parasitologist and general cool person Kelly Weinersmith about the seriously interesting world of parasites, zombies and evolutionary neuroscientists. Are mosquitos parasites, or just annoying? How do fungi control ants? Which parasite is in the brains of one third of all human beings? And how many bad jokes can Jack make in an hour? Listen and find out…
Jack is joined by returning guest Upulie Divisekera to freak out about electric bacteria and why they might be able to turn us into cyborgs, how an anti-GMO activist royally screwed up, and the essentiality of respiration.