The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 54
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Belinda, Richard, new panel member Tom Lang and I dive into the disparate worlds of the Curiosity Mars Rover landing and the 2012 London Olympics. Plus, Ted interviews Jay Novella, one of the hosts of the influential and renowned Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast, on the link between skepticism and atheism, how the SGU got started, and how to live [...]
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The answer to the above question is… er… “probably not”. But they’re both great, don’t make me choose between them. Then again, I may have to placate you all with some Doctor Who-related things, given that I’ve been quite busy at university lately with assessments, and subsequently I haven’t had enough time to finish the posts I’m writing on convergent molecular evolution (in response to this ENV post by ID proponent Jonathan McLatchie) and the relationship between evolutionary biology and atheism (in response to various posts by science and [...]
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Ever since 2009, I’ve been waiting for the indie/art/experimental/genre-bending pop/rock group Dirty Projectors to release another full-length album: the next chapter after their terrific Bitte Orca. Sure, they released an EP with Björk that was pretty cool, but at only 22 minutes, it didn’t fully satisfy my deep need for Dave Longstreth’s songwriting and arrangement skills.
But apparently I need not wait much longer! The first single/track/thing from their new record (whose name has yet to be revealed) has dropped
If that title doesn’t draw you in, I don’t know what will, honestly. It’s not misleading, either.
The lovely folks over at TBA - Ben Vernel, Tess Armstrong and Andy Balloch – were kind enough to invite me on their excellent podcast to discuss all things science… and quite a few things not-science. I share some amazing science-themed pick-up lines (which I’ve never, ever used, I promise you), Tess asks me about random topics, Ben just sits there being a bit of [...]
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The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 36
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Elliot, James, Jason and yours truly discuss misogynistic atheists on Reddit, anti-vaccinationist Meryl Dorey’s appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival, and the Pope’s Christmas address; and Richard and Alastair interview Brian Dunning, from the well-known podcast Skeptoid, about his experiences in Australia, and the future and direction of the skeptical movement (recorded at TAM Australia in November 2010).
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The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 33
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Jason, Belinda and I talk about the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Medicine, the implication of alternative medicine in the death of Steve Jobs, and Channel 7′s psychic contest “The One”; and Richard and I talk to legendary Australian skeptic and businessman Dick Smith (recorded at TAM Australia in November 2010) about his journey to skepticism, the problem of uncontrolled population [...]
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The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 31
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Belinda, Jason and I, as well as new panelist James Cooper, discuss faster-than-light neutrinos, the Blackmores pharmacy deal, and secularism in the Israel/Palestine conflict; there’s an On The Street by Martin Pribble at Think Inc. 2011; and I interview Eugenie Scott, from the National Centre for Science Education (recorded at TAM Australia, back in November 2010).
Also, we have a new [...]
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The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 30
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Richard, Jason and I discuss sexism, misogyny and general social etiquette in the skeptical movement (inspired by the recent ElevatorGate/WatsonGate kerfuffle), as well as Dr. Ken Harvey’s victory over alternative medicine legal action – plus there’s a great interview with the Amazing James Randi, recorded at TAM Australia.
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Few bands have the richly harmonic and technical sound of Dirty Projectors, whose last major release, Bitte Orca, was widely regarded as one of the best indie rock albums of 2009.
If you’re a fan, then you’ll be glad to learn of a freely available recording of a show they performed on September 11th this year at the New York venue Terminal 5. It’s a solid one and half hours of incredible live music. Standout tracks are “Two Doves”, “Temecula Sunrise” and “Imagine [...]
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One of my absolute favourite bands, Dirty Projectors, was recently on the Australian radio station Triple J taking part in a something called Like a Version, where a band comes into the studio to play an original song, plus a cover version of a song by another artist. Every year the top covers are complied into a CD – Like a Version 5 was recently released for purchase in stores.
Dirty Projectors (or 4 of the 6 members – Dave, Angel, Amber and Haley) performed Cannibal [...]
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