Sarah and Jack sink deep into the recent debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and young Earth creationist Ken Ham and discuss the question of whether or not scientists should debate creationists, and also take a look at the alarming prevalence of “tropical” diseases in countries such as the US and Australia. Jargonauts submits itself to Jack’s will and takes on “endosymbiont”, too. What a ride.
For the very first episode of our new show, Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Jessie Browne to chat about climate change. Jessie is a 3rd year undergraduate geology student at the University of Melbourne with a keen interest in rocks and cats, and is involved in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
Belinda and Jack get another dose of astrophysics with Alan Duffy, a charming cosmologist, and chat about Australia’s new lack of a science minister, Voyager 1’s trip out of the solar system, and the scientific argument against gay marriage. Jargonauts goes into questionable territory with “harassment”, and Question of the Week is a brutal free-for-all about which area of science deserves the least amount of funding.
Where has Australian skepticism come from? What are some of its past and recent success stories? Who are some lesser known skeptical activists doing great work? All of these topics and more will be covered this month.
This is really two introductions: one to a collection of articles over the next month about climate change, and another to the very concept of the Perspectives series. As I always say, “if you can do two things at once, do…
The Pseudoscientists Episode 74 — Bushfires, flu vaccines, fire ant chromosomes and anti-vaccination free speech
Jack, Belinda and Rachael are once again on their own to talk about Australian bushfires and telescopes, why pregnant women should definitely get the flu vaccine, and how a weird supergene controls the social structure of fire ants. Jargonauts delves into “homozygous”, “heterozygous” and “hemizygous”, while your opinions about anti-vaccination literature and free speech are discussed — as well as a brief trip On The Street in Sydney with the help of Luke Freeman. Next week’s question: “What is the difference between a religion and a cult?”
The Pseudo Scientists Episode 46 — The Square Kilometre Array, river emergencies and a commercial space-flight milestone
Jack, Belinda, James and Richard discuss the Australian and South African Square Kilometre Array telescopes, problems with a plan to help save the Murray-Darling river basin in eastern Australia, and the successful launch and docking to the International Space Station of a pioneering commercial space capsule, SpaceX’s Dragon.