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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.

Fundies Say The Darndest Things

Fundies Say The Darndest Things

For colossal laughs and jaw dropping amazement at the sheer depths of human depravity take a look at the huge collections of stupidity and banal evil collected from other parts of the web and archived on Fundies Say The Darndest Things, FSTDT. Much of the inhumanity and idiocy comes from fundamentalist religious cults that seem to specialize in turning their members into brainless barbarians or brainless sheep, but other forms of imbecility are also catered for. There are large sections devoted to conspiracy theorists, Conspiracy Theorists Say The Darndest Things, CTSTDT, and racists, Racists Say The Darndest Things, RSTDT,

The way it works is that people search fundamentalist and racist websites and forums to find boneheaded quotes which are submitted to FSTDT and posted in the relevant section. The site is updated every day and the supply of stupidity never seems to diminish. Apart from enjoying the moronic posts themselves, many of which will have you splitting your sides, you can also read the comments associated with each one, they can also be hilarious. And if you feel you have something to add, you can add your own comment too, I’ve added many myself. It’s a brilliant idea and a brilliant site. Take a look and be prepared to be hooked. Make sure you’ve got plenty of time available to you because you’re going to have difficulty pulling yourself away. Let the laughter commence.

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.