I do segments for the podcast Skeptical Connections. I’m finally getting around to cross-posting the (approximate) transcripts here.
For completeness’ sake, here are links to earlier segments (that don’t have transcripts)
(To listen to the audio version, go to the Skeptical Connections podcast)
I feel like there’s got to be a name for this, but I can’t find a name for this. So if there’s a name for this let me know. I call it “the invisible therefore”.
It’s the unspoken implications [...]
From the Skeptical Connections podcast.
Imagine some cheesy movie music, then on the screen, in massive letters, appears:
The Wolfman vs. my Mandel-bro
I watched two TED talks the other day, and boy talk about contrast, I mean contrast in demeanor.
The two talks were by Stephen Wolfram and Benoit Mandelbrot. [...]
(from episode 21 of the Skeptical Connections podcast.)
As a skeptic and naturalist, I kind of revel in my comfort with the fact that we live in an uncaring universe. So many people are so freaked out by the idea, dislike even considering it, that I’m happy it doesn’t bother me in any [...]
Let’s start with a quote from journalist Tania Lombrozo: “The striking implication, for which the researchers find support, is that getting people to appreciate their own ignorance can [...]
(To hear the podcast version of this post, visit skepticalconnections.com)
A series of studies was recently published in the journal of Psychological Science. The summary, which I admit I’m lifting directly from the press release, is
“Liberals tend to underestimate the amount of actual agreement among those [...]
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You can’t do everything you want to do.
You can’t even think about everything you want to think about. And you certainly can’t write about everything you think about.
I was trying to juggle too many balls. This one has, for the time [...]
I just enjoyed the latest episode of Radiolab, The Bad Show, and I thought I’d give Jad and Robert a little morality talking-to.
Not that they need it of course, being swell fellas, but during the episode they come to a bit of an impasse when it comes to weighing Fritz Haber‘s legacy.
Whooping cough cases have nearly tripled in New York City. And it’s an entirely preventable disease. So why, why oh why would anyone want more people to be sick?
I can’t say I understand it, but they are out there. They are against vaccination—one of the greatest ideas humans ever came up with, an invention that [...]
I just watched the Tim Minchin song that ITV refused to air. His little rant that accompanies the video is a good one: fair, strong, opinionated, personal.
One line stuck out:
…the small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any [...]
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