Think: Why You Should Question Everything by Guy P. Harrison is an excellent introduction to skepticism and critical thinking. Written in such a way as to make it accessible to readers of all ages and backgrounds, this is a book…
Sarah and Jack are joined by guest host James Garth to discuss if Christians can be skeptics, why TED Talks aren’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, how children can be born with three parents, and what the latest Pew Forum data says about US acceptance of evolution. Jargonauts separates the in-group from the out-group with “shibboleth”, and Sarah presents an update on acupuncture vs. dry needling.
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.
The skeptical community is fighting an uphill battle in spreading the word about science and critical thinking, but why? Could the general public really be that resistant to learning about these topics, or could the issue lie more with the way the skeptical movement is perceived?
For the third episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with James Fodor to chat about disagreement. Regular listeners to The Pseudoscientists will recognise James’s name from the Question of the Week segment, but when he’s not giving us his opinions, he’s the President of the University of Melbourne Secular Society, studying for a Bachelor of Science and has a particular interest in science communication, skeptical activism, interfaith dialogue, and effective altruism.
For the second episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Will Farr to chat about scientific expertise, engineering, pseudoscience and Nobel Prizes. Will is an electrical engineering student at Swinburne University of Technology, with interests in climate change, nuclear…
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.