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.
This week on Science Saturday, I get a big gay(er than usual) and talk a bit about how biology and natural selection might explain different forms of human sexuality.
Jack and Liz are joined by Melbourne stand-up and improvisational comedian Liam Ryan to chat about a mysterious rock on Mars, how teenagers ruined a longitudinal health study, and why stereotypes about comedians might actually hold some weight, while Jargonauts lays eggs in “parasitoid”.
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.
Merry Christmas! Belinda and Jack are joined from Sydney by their old friend Elliot Birch, back for another ride on the Pseudoscientists… train? Are we a train? Anyway, they talk about a vector video codec, violence and video games, obesity vs. malnutrition, and a win for gay rights in California. Jargonauts looks at “phenotype” and “genotype”, and your answers to last week’s Christmas-themed question. Sadly, no On The Street this week, though. Next episode’s question: “What scientific breakthroughs do you think will happen next year?”
The Pseudoscientists Episode 69 — Scientific sexism, codon conundrums, Wikipedia and gay conversion, with Holly Warland
Belinda, Rachael and Jack are joined by special guest Holly Warland to discuss a curious finding in molecular genetics, the readability of Wikipedia, sexism in science and gay conversation therapy. Plus, Jargonauts looks at “negative reinforcement”, and your answers to last week’s question about the definition of life — now with added On The Street opinions, via our good friend Luke Freeman. Next week’s question: “What is the best argument for the existence of God?”