Episode 51 of The Pseudo Scientists: The Higgs Boson, pseudoscientific tape, school chaplains, and new panel member Rachael Skerritt

The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 51

In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, new panel member Rachael Skerritt joins Richard, James and me to discuss the discovery of the/a/maybe-probably Higgs Boson, a Power Balance-like strapping tape that has appeared in the sporting world, and an update on the Australian National School Chaplaincy program.

You can follow Rachael on Twitter at @rachaelmk.

This week’s “Houston, We Have A Problem” clip is American conservative Bryan Fischer succumbing to the power of the Dark Side.

If you have feedback for the show, get in touch via our Contact page or send us an email: youngausskeptics(at)gmail(dot)com.

To support the show (and get a great book, but that’s secondary, right?) you can purchase the Young Australian Skeptics’s Skeptical Blog Anthology – available in paperback or ebook!

What are you waiting for? Listen in the audio player above, subscribe via iTunes or Libsyn RSS, become a fan on Facebook, and follow the Young Australian Skeptics on Twitter.

Episode 50 of The Pseudo Scientists: Circumcision, “Science: It’s A Girl Thing”, the death of Lonesome George, and a special caption contest

The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 50

In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, I host discussions with Belinda and Richard about the illegality of infant circumcision in Germany, equations vs. publication impact in biology, the death of the giant tortoise Lonesome George, and “Science: It’s A Girl Thing!” Plus, we announce the details of a very special caption contest to celebrate our 50th episode! You just know you want to caption my stupid face, don’t you? Of course you do.

This week’s “Houston, We Have A Problem” clip is some delicious quantum nonsense. Way too delicious.

You can watch the “Science: It’s A Girl Thing” video here.

If you have feedback for the show, get in touch via our Contact page or send us an email: youngausskeptics(at)gmail(dot)com.

To support the show (and get a great book, but that’s secondary, right?) you can purchase the Young Australian Skeptics’s Skeptical Blog Anthology – available in paperback or ebook!

What are you waiting for? Listen in the audio player above, subscribe via iTunes or Libsyn RSS, become a fan on Facebook, and follow the Young Australian Skeptics on Twitter.

This Week in Intelligent Design – 21/12/10 (5th anniversary of Kitzmiller vs. Dover edition)

Intelligent design news from the 15th of December to the 21st of December, 2010.

It’s the 5th anniversary of the Kitzmiller vs. Dover decision this week, a seminal court case that provided legal precedent to rule the teaching of intelligent design unconstitutional in the United States. The York Dispatch has written a retrospective piece, including interviews with some of the key voices in the trial – I recommend you check it out.

But what about the ID proponents? Surely they’re feeling bitter, reminiscing over their defeat with a mixture of anger and… anger? Or what about…

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This Week in Intelligent Design – 17/08/10

Intelligent design news from the 11th of August to the 17th of August, 2010.

Here I was thinking that the Discovery Institute and friends were going to continue their trend of delivering fewer and fewer blog posts every week. I even thought they hadn’t noticed what they were doing. Clearly, I was wrong. I mean, wow – Uncommon Descent went on a posting spree this week, throwing out articles about any little thing that crossed their mind. Sure, there were the usual comments on breaking scientific research that the authors think keep evolutionary biologists up at night, but most of what was posted was pure filler, meant to keep the masses happy and frothing at the mouth about the state of the scientific community with regards to intelligent design.

That being said, there were a few “serious” articles, so they will be focused on, but I won’t be able to resist a roundup of all the brief and superfluous opinion pieces.

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The Discovery Institute engaging in illegal censorship!

DonExodus2, a popular YouTube defender of evolutionary theory and critic of creationism and intelligent design, had a false DMCA copyright claim filed against him by the Discovery Institute. The video below explains it all.

While I’m not really that surprised, I’m saddened that an organisation that prides itself as being all for “academic freedom” and free inquiry in science would stoop to this level. Disgusting.

Please, help spread the word about this video around – repost it on your blog or tweet about this post on Twitter.

Tabletop Transitional – The Ladybird Book of Chiropractic Treatment & English Libel Law

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Crispian Jago, the man behind the Simpsonised Skeptic Trump Cards, has done it again, this time with a little something he likes to call the Ladybird Book of Chiropractic Treatment & English Libel Law. Ever wanted to teach children about British libel law and how it relates to the current case involving Simon Singh and the British Chiropractic Association? Well… now you can.

Here’s a brief sample:

Crispian Jago, you’re a genius.

Sign to Support Simon Singh (Alliteration Not Necessarily Needed)

Sorry about the title, but you’ve got to take the opportunity to do that when it arises. Just be grateful that I didn’t use a paraphilia like I did before.

Skeptics who are “hip” with all the recent news related to the movement will probably know all about what’s happening with Simon Singh, one of the authors of the book Trick or Treatment?: Alternative Medicine on Trial. Simon is being sued by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for libel, relating to claims he made in an article he wrote for The Guardian newspaper about the veracity of chiropractic treatments, calling them “bogus”.

In a recent preliminary court hearing, the judge held that, by using the word “bogus” to refer to the chiropractic treatments, Simon was stating that the BCA was being deliberately dishonest and knew that the chiropractic it was endorsing was unevidenced and/or harmful. While he really wasn’t saying that, due to the nature of British libel law, Simon had to prove his innocence, which essential meant that he had to supply evidence that the BCA was being dishonest.

He’s now trying to appeal the decision, and he needs everyone’s help. The main way you can help at the moment is to sign this statement entitled “The law has no place in scientific disputes”. You can also, if you have a blog or a website, place this button in your sidebar, like I have:

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Please try and tell everyone you know about this. Simon Singh really needs our support.

(h/t to Podblack Cat)