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Skeptoid

Posted: August 25, 2009 in Podcast, Science, Skepticism
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Brian Dunning of Skeptoid

Brian Dunning of Skeptoid

There are quite a few podcasts I listen to these days and one of my favourites is Skeptoid by Brian Dunning. His weekly podcasts are ten minutes or so in length and usually address one subject per podcast. The oft stated truism that we like to listen to what we like to hear said or like to listen to a point of view with which we agree does apply to me in the case of this podcast since I generally agree with him on most points. However, that’s not to say that his broadcasts don’t give me pause for thought and different viewpoints to consider, because they often do. No mean feat in these days of being swamped by information. Also, because they are quite short in duration, it is very easy to find time to listen to them.

Brian has covered many topics on these podcasts so far, obviously all of a skeptical nature covering pseudoscience, popular misconceptions, logical fallacies, paranormal activities, alternative medicine and herbal remedies. All shows have a lively listener comments section and the text for each episode is presented on his excellent web site. It may be a case of preaching to the converted but there is much of interest to be gained from listening to the shows and you’re bound to learn something new, as I do by listening every week. Though he doesn’t pull any punches, his carefully researched episodes are both hard-hitting and illuminating and are an excellent educational resource that I’ve no hesitation in recommending to all. I’ve downloaded every episode and look forward to the next podcast every week.

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Bad Astronomer Phil Plait

Bad Astronomer Phil Plait

Another must visit fun science site is Bad Astronomy created by author and astronomer Phil Plait the Bad Astronomer and champion of reality. Not only does he post great science articles but he also makes informative entries in his capacity as a tireless campaigner against the nuttier elements of society. The insanity of the anti-vaccination morons, Young Earth Creationists and the numbskulls who deny man ever landed on the moon are subjected to a healthy dose of reality and are soundly debunked by the Bad Astronomer.

Phil Plait comes across as a friendly and enthusiastic communicator who desires only that mankind continues in its adventure into realms scientific, for the benefit of all. To that end, he rightly reveals the harm that idiotic thinking and slavish devotion to senseless ideas and ideals, for which there exists not the slightest shred of evidence, can cause. Unmissable truth. It’s what the web’s for.

Pharyngula

Posted: August 15, 2009 in Blogs, Science
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PZ Myers

PZ Myers

Biologist PZ Myers, that’s Pee Zee not Pee Zed, runs the Pharyngula blog and it’s updated daily with interesting posts on matters not only of a scientific and biological bent but also posts about atheism and the fundamentalist right-wing Christian elements that seem to proliferate in America. As an educator, he takes a special interest in the doings of the morons that harm the educational well being of the USA.

But whether of a scientific nature or of a political/religious nature, the posts are always a thoroughly good read. One of the best parts of the blog is the comments section for each post where many of the commenters are regulars and are renowned for their wisdom and humour, sometimes in the face of extremely trying obduracy from fundamentalists who infest the comments.

I have spent hours lurking in the comments section enjoying myself and maybe that means I’ve too much time on my hands, but it’s so easy to be hooked into reading on and on.

PZ Myers himself comes across as a humane and intelligent man who, nevertheless, does not suffer fools and who seemingly miraculously always manages to come up with interesting material every day. Get over there.