Category: "skepticism"


December 28th, 2012
I listen to a few podcasts, when I'm driving or walking around the city, doing laundry or working in the yard. Among them I find econtalk to be informative and engaging, due in part to the in-depth and calm discourse of the interview format between the diverse assortment of guests and host Russ Roberts. more »

Nigerian prince scams - exposed!

September 9th, 2012
... the scams are so obvious because the perpetrators need to filter out the people who won't end up sending money. more »

pseudoscience on econtalk

June 22nd, 2012
I was aware of the scandal surrounding Andrew Wakefield fraudulently claiming research linking autism with vaccination.  Interview subject Deer was the person primarily responsible for exposing Wakefield. more »

science, replication, and journalism on econtalk

June 13th, 2012
This was one of a series of interviews with economist Russ Roberts, whose podcast subjects range broadly through the human enterprise, around how and why people do what they do, and what happens as a result.  A recurring theme has been to question how w… more »

on the perpetuation of ignorance

January 29th, 2012
One of my regular podcasts is The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, which features a "science or fiction" segment where the host tries to stump the panel to distinguish obscure science news items from roughly plausible science fictions, following up with… more »

problems with science

January 7th, 2011
Some things can look like science (e.g., be published in peer-reviewed journals) but still be subject to subtle procedural and statistical and other errors and biases that can call the results into question. I wouldn't say that this one event demands w… more »

kitzmiller versus dover, 2005

March 24th, 2007
A couple weeks ago I heard on Science Friday and also the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, commentaries that referred to the recent court case pertaining to teaching of evolution in the public schools.  It sounded interesting, so I looked it up on line a… more »

None dare...

October 29th, 2004
None dare ... call it conspiracy (because maybe this really is a hoax). "It" being whether the real story of the 9/11 Pentagon crash has been revealed. Actually there are lots of people who would call it conspiracy, but not me yet... Usually my resp… more »