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.

Ted Janet interviews Adam VanLangenberg, the teacher behind the "Sceptic School" group at McKinnon Secondary College. They talk about critical thinking courses in schools, what it's like to run a skeptical group for high school students, personal reflections on being a skeptic, and what it was like bringing a homeopath in to talk to the students.

Plus, Jack has an exciting announcement about the relaunch of the Young Australian Skeptics blog...

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Merry Christmas! Belinda and Jack are joined from Sydney by their old friend Elliot Birch, back for another ride on the Pseudoscientists... train? Are we a train? Anyway, they talk about a vector video codec, violence and video games, obesity vs. malnutrition, and a win for gay rights in California. Jargonauts looks at "phenotype" and "genotype", and your answers to last week's Christmas-themed question. Sadly, no On The Street this week, though. Next episode's question: "What scientific breakthroughs do you think will happen next year?"

Plus, what Elliot's been up to, YAS blog relaunch chat, and Jack plugs the book really well. So smooth.

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Jack, Belinda and Rachael are joined by new YAS writer and medical student Sarah McBride to talk birds and butts, the epigenetics of homosexuality, eating fat, and what creationists actually believe about science. Jargonauts focuses on the word "fiducial", and we look at your answers to last week's question about the best argument for the existence of God. But sadly, no On The Street! Next week's question: "Is it okay for atheists to celebrate Christmas?"

Plus, Jack has some controversial opinions about cats and birds. Cat lovers be forewarned.

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Belinda, Rachael and Jack are joined by special guest Holly Warland to discuss a curious finding in molecular genetics, the readability of Wikipedia, sexism in science and gay conversation therapy. Plus, Jargonauts looks at "negative reinforcement", and your answers to last week's question about the definition of life - now with added On The Street opinions, via our good friend Luke Freeman. Next week's question: "What is the best argument for the existence of God?"

Also, Jack and Rachael talk about fun times at the National Skeptics Convention!

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Jack, Rachael and Belinda get into accurately measuring rising sea levels, tapeworms and hyperparasitic wasps, and some curious cases of horizontal gene transfer. Plus, Jargonauts looks at the word "sequestration", and your answers to last week's question on the scientific qualifications of politicians. Next week's question: "What do you think is the definition of 'life'?"

Also: Game of Thrones, Ebola, Sydney, and some exciting On The Street news...

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