Jack is joined by Alastair Tait to chat about life on Mars and other places in our solar system. Alastair is a PhD student at Monash University in Melbourne, where he studies planetary geology and meteorites. You’re about to hear about his work, actually.
“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” ― Bill Watterson Do you ever wonder if we are alone in the universe? I certainly do. There are at least 176 billion,…
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.
Every week we ask a question of our readers, to stimulate discussion and critical thinking about an issue or topic relating to science, skepticism, technology or religion. Our favourite points are discussed on our weekly podcast, The Pseudoscientists. It seems like…
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 80 — The reluctantly curable HIV, non-alien UFOs, restricted science and Rupert Sheldrake, with Tess Armstrong
Jack and Tom are joined by their good friend and radio genius Tess Armstrong to chat about a young child being cured of an HIV infection, as well as a classic skeptical topic, UFOs — and Tess has her own weird UFO “encounter” to reveal. Jargonauts gets grammatically controversial with the infamous “data/datum” distinction, and we have a look at whether or not any scientific research should be restricted.