Why would someone dislike the skeptical community? Jack speaks with Sydney-based writer Eleanor Robertson about her misgivings with skepticism, why we shouldn’t pin too many hopes on celebrity spokespeople, science and ethics, and the benefits of listening to those with whom you disagree.
Throughout my childhood, much like everyone else’s childhood, I was an observer, an explorer, a sponge soaking up every phenomenon I saw and subconsciously piecing it all together to make sense of the world around me. I was fortunate to…
Jack, Joanna and Sarah make a triumphant return to the studio to delve into how protein evolution can help save us from climate change, what the deal is with ebola, and why mantis shrimp are the coolest animals on Earth. Plus: theses, jobs, superhero shows, and nuclear fusion.
Jack is joined by new co-host Joanna Ward to discuss online scientific hoaxes, the annoying trend of “viral” Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts that steal science images, and why parachutes will save you from falling out of a plane even though they haven’t been tested “scientifically”, while Jargonauts gets a rush from “endorphins”.
Jack is joined by young UK skeptic Rhys Morgan to discuss the health effects of wind farms, why multi-level marketing schemes are horrible scams, and why dozens and dozens of whale fossils are being found in one spot in Chile — while Jargonauts persists with “extant”.
Jack is joined by special guest Marita Petherbridge to calmly discuss extreme religious beliefs about faith healing and what the skeptical community looks like to an outsider, while Jargonauts expresses the meaning of “driver line”.
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…
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.