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.
Sarah and Jack go all-out depressing on this episode — it’s a sad, sad world. Who shot down flight MH17? Was it an Illuminati plot? How are ants impacting climate change? Why will the Great Barrier Reef be not-so-great in a couple of decades? And what’s the deal with apes?
Jack and Sarah are finally back in the not-studio with science news, respiratory tract infections, and a phone with no batteries. Did you know organic food is better for you? (Or is it?) Dengue fever’s fun too. And what’s the difference between a macronutrient and a micronutrient? Find out, all in this episode!
For the seventeenth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Sarah Murphy and Andy Cutting to chat about teaching science to school children. Sarah is a high-school science teacher with a background in biotechnology and analytical chemistry, and Andy is a PhD student in developmental biology at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Both work for the Gene Technology Access Centre along with Jack, and he caught up with them on a high-school science outreach trip to Bendigo.