Jack, Rachael and Liz discuss why 432Hz isn’t a better reference pitch for your music, how an anti-epilepsy drug might let adults learn perfect pitch, and whether or not we should bring extinct animals back from the dead, while Jargonauts wades into the weird world of “magnetic fields”.
Belinda, Sarah and Jack are joined by Annika Victoria, a blogger who injects science into fashion and inspires young people along the way, and they chat about human-human brain interactions and why the UN is causing floods in central Queensland (or why an Australian political candidate thinks so). Jargonauts divides the world into science and pseudoscience with “demarcation”, and Question of the Week thinks wishfully and wonders which pseudoscience should be real, in an ideal world.
Skeptics tend to have strong opinions about pseudoscience. After all, believing something that is most likely wrong and potentially harmful isn’t the wisest choice. But it’s always possible that a pseudoscience could redeem itself and turn out to be supported by evidence, as unlikely as that seems in the present. So, if that happened to one pseudoscience in particular, which one would you want it to be? Which pseudoscience do you wish was real?
The Pseudoscientists Episode 98 — Unhealthy happiness, pseudoscientific science, and a Laborastory interview
Tom, Belinda and Jack find out why there are healthy and unhealthy forms of happiness, and interview Nat, Aaron and Andrea from The Laborastory storytelling night about why science makes for such good stories. Jargonauts fixes the definition of “polymorphism”, and Question of the Week tries to find some ideas in science that might actually be a little bit pseudoscientific.
It’s the epitome of false balance. The prime voice of unverified, unjust, unquestioning, unempirical, un-sane belief. It is the bane of skeptical inquiry and critical thought. The fear of many a debater. It’s where irrational and rational collide to form a…
Book review: Nonsense on stilts (Massimo Pigliucci) How do we define science, what is a soft or a hard science and how do we determine whether not something is scientific in nature? Massimo Pigliucci delves into this topic in a…