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.

Special Christmas/‚ÄčAnnual Gift Day Edition!

INTRO: Alastair, Jason and Jack.  Christmas, childhood nostalgia and gifts.

ON THE STREET: What is the meaning of Christmas?

INTERVIEWS: Jason Brown from -  and Simon Taylor, mentalist/‚Äčillusionist/‚Äčentertainer and Lawrence Leung, comedian and ABC personality.

NEWS: Wikileaks and conspiracy theories, and an exciting PowerBalance update.


Don’t forget the blooper at the end, everyone. That’s a thing now.

Direct download: Episode2026.mp3
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Special TAM Australia Edition!

INTRO: The whole gang! General tomfoolery. We interviewed a lot of people.

ON THE STREET: Impressions from TAM Australia.

INTERVIEW: Rebecca Watson, from and The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.

Direct download: Episode2025.mp3
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INTRO: Jack, Elliot, Belinda and Richard - a very special George Hrab promo, TAM Australia (come talk to us!), Brian Dunning and Rebecca Watson event.

NEWS: Power Balance, the Catholic Church's changing stance on condoms, Tim Minchin's "White Wine in the Sun" outrage.

BOOK REVIEW: Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World


Remember, if you're at TAM Australia, come talk to us! We'll high-five you for hours (maybe).

Direct download: _Ep2420Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am AEDT

INTRO: Richard, Belinda, Jason and Alastair - George Hrab, Brian Dunning and Rebecca Watson's TAM Fringe events, Jason's job.

NEWS: The Large Hadron Collider, the cellphone-using time traveller, the latest AVN screw-up, and the Humanist Society of Victoria in the news.

Direct download: Ep2320Final20112.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:19pm AEDT

INTRO: Elliot, Richard, Jason and Belinda - Belinda's introduction, George Hrab's Styrofoam Tour.

ON THE STREET: Do witches deserve a religious tax exemption?

NEWS: NSW ethics classes, 9-11 conspiracy theorists on ABC Radio, and more on the Australian Vaccination Network.

Thanks again to Catherine Donaldson, without whom the George Hrab gig wouldn't have taken shape.

Direct download: PS02220Final2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:04am AEDT

INTRO: We're back at last! Various announcements, including new audio equipment, Jack's Guardian mention, and more.

ON THE STREET: Mary MacKillop.

NEWS: Danny Nahlia's magic hands; a new, possibly habitable, exoplanet discovered; Alastair's geology field trip; and a mystery news item...

BOOK REVIEW: The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

Direct download: Episode202120Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30am AEDT

Jack interviews Bec Crew, science blogger and winner of National Science Week's Big Blog Theory competition, which named her Australia's Best Science Blogger, and talks about her experiences during Science Week, her blog, and science communication in the mainstream media.

Plus, a surprise announcement that many of you have been waiting for...

Bec's blog is "Save Your Breath For Running Ponies", and can be found at

Direct download: Pseudo20Scientists20Minisode205.mp3
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Elliot is joined by Richard Hughes to talk about the HCCC finding of the AVN and Julia Gillard, the new PM. Jason Ball then goes on the street to find out what the public has to say about Julia Gillard's atheism.

Direct download: The-Pseudo-Scientists-Minisode-4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:06pm AEDT

Elliot is joined by Richard Hughes to discuss the Rationalists Magazine Relaunch, the state of mathematics education in Australia and crazy psychic mobile phone services. We then interview Teresa Russell from the St James Ethics Centre.

Direct download: The-Pseudo-Scientists-Minisode-3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:11pm AEDT

Elliot and Jason discuss the pope arrest controversy and Jack and Richard go on the street to see what the public have to say!

Direct download: The-Pseudo-Scientists_-_Mini-Episode-2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:28pm AEDT