The Pseudoscientists
Rotating panel discussions on science and skepticism news and popular culture, with special guests, interviews, personal stories and general ridiculousness, all out of Melbourne, Australia. A podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics.

Crowdfunding seems to be the hip new thing to do these days, so much so that scientists all over the world are getting involved and raising money for their own research. Dr Jenny Martin, a zoologist at the University of Melbourne, is no exception. On this episode, she chats with Jack about her crowdfunding campaign on kangaroos and wallabies, why it's vital science, and the future of scientific crowdfunding. 

Direct download: The_Big_Roo_Count__An_Interview_with_Jenny_Martin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22 AM

Science! Comedy! Science comedy! Ted Janet has a chat to UK broadcaster and comedian Robin Ince about his upcoming Australian tour, "Happiness Through Science". Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you get one before they're gone!

Direct download: Happiness_Through_Science__A_Chat_with_Robin_Ince.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03 AM

Why would someone dislike the skeptical community? Jack speaks with Sydney-based writer Eleanor Robertson about her misgivings with skepticism, why we shouldn't pin too many hopes on celebrity spokespeople, science and ethics, and the benefits of listening to those with whom you disagree. 

Direct download: Problems_with_Skepticism__A_Discussion_with_Eleanor_Robertson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22 AM

It's a mini-episode! Sarah and Jack both went to the Richard Dawkins event in Melbourne on the 29th of November, wherein he was interviewed by Leslie Cannold: so they chat about it.

Direct download: Richard_Dawkins_and_Leslie_Cannold__A_Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31 AM

Sarah, Nicola and Jack dive deep into the genetics of homosexuality, why autoimmune diseases aren't caused by female self-hatred, and why young children love to laugh at everyone else's misfortune. 

Plus: a new YAS project in the works, Australian Christmas, hail, and homosexual conversion.

Direct download: Episode_130__Fake_Snow_is_Offensive.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20 AM

Jack, Joanna and Sarah make a triumphant return to the studio to delve into how protein evolution can help save us from climate change, what the deal is with ebola, and why mantis shrimp are the coolest animals on Earth.

Plus: theses, jobs, superhero shows, and nuclear fusion.

Direct download: Episode_129__Batman_Cant_Get_Ebola.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10 AM

Sarah and Jack look at the science and skeptical themes in the recent movies "Lucy", "Snowpiercer", "Guardians of the Galaxy" and the James Randi documentary "An Honest Liar", and also touch on some self-assembling robots and turning brown butterflies purple.

Plus: nanotechnology, chemistry joke feedback, and climate change-denying geologist Ian Plimer.

Direct download: Episode_128__Symbolic_Perpetual_Motion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09 AM

Jack geeks out with parasitologist and general cool person Kelly Weinersmith about the seriously interesting world of parasites, zombies and evolutionary neuroscientists. Are mosquitos parasites, or just annoying? How do fungi control ants? Which parasite is in the brains of one third of all human beings? And how many bad jokes can Jack make in an hour? Listen and find out...

Direct download: Parasites_and_Zombies__A_Discussion_with_Kelly_Weinersmith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10 PM

Jack is joined by returning guest Upulie Divisekera to freak out about electric bacteria and why they might be able to turn us into cyborgs, how an anti-GMO activist royally screwed up, and the essentiality of respiration.

Plus: Snowpiercer, Russian sex geckos, dead dinosaurs, and more brain pseudoscience from "Lucy".

Direct download: Episode_127__Lactic_Acid_Shakes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55 AM

Sarah and Jack go all-out depressing on this episode - it's a sad, sad world. Who shot down flight MH17? Was it an Illuminati plot? How are ants impacting climate change? Why will the Great Barrier Reef be not-so-great in a couple of decades? And what's the deal with apes?

Plus: throwing blood, barcoding with kids, and Jake Guy-lan-HAL on ice.

Direct download: Episode_126__Now_Thats_What_I_Call_a_Plasma_Weapon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30 AM