We’re all wrong about a lot of things — and if you don’t think you are, then you’re wrong about that too. Understanding you’re wrong about a great many things is the first and most important part of being wrong the right way.
Barbie was very disgruntled when she woke up in the dollhouse. Everything smelled of vinyl and was so obliteratingly shiny, she had to wear sunnies indoors. Her stomach, despite its negligible size, was gurgling like a sewer monster, and Ken…
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, Jack, Sarah are joined by their newest cohost, Elizabeth Riaikkenen, and discuss her adventures being a skeptic in high school. But there’s science news too: the base of the tree of life might be wrong, and exam results don’t correlate with fluid intelligence. Jargonauts is all about that “abiogenesis” life, and Question of the Week ponders whether or not it is unethical to teach your kids about Santa.
Tom, Sarah and Jack discuss bacteria acquiring mammoth DNA, beliefs on different sides of the political spectrum, and why memories and fears might be able to be passed to your children. Jargonauts works through “alignment”, and the Question of the Week is all about the public image of the skeptical community.
Wilhelm von Osten was an odd man. He believed in phrenology — the belief that one’s personality, as well as intelligence and trustworthiness could be determined from the shapes and bumps of your head. He was also somewhat of a mystic and…
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.