Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Episode 10: By the Numbers

Generally, people are bad at determining what's a safe bet and what's a risky bet. In other words, people suck at numbers. Dave Brodbeck returns once again to demystify statistics and probability. We go into several popular areas where people tend to lack understanding including political polls, the lottery, and everyday risks that we all take.

Spurious Correlations

Too Close to Call (Direct link to the significance worksheet)

Dave Brodbeck on YouTube

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Episode 9: Creationism & Evolution

Marc Pelletier joins me on the show to discuss the theory of evolution and the belief in creationism in a calm and rational manner. While there are "old earth" creationists, the young earth creationists are the more vocal in American society and are also the ones trying to have their beliefs taught in our schools. There is quite a bit of science packed in here, but it's all accessible.

Futures in Biotech on TWiT.tv

All of his episodes can be found on iTunes and all other podcasting apps.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Episode 8: The Chemtrail Conspiracy

Dave Brodbeck returns to discuss chemtrails and the conspiracy theories around them. We spend some time getting sidetracked and attempt to discuss some of the reasons why people believe such odd things. There are a few uses of the F-word and we say bullshit, in a couple different contexts. I am labeling it "explicit" just to be cautious.

Dave Brodbeck can be found on Twitter @dbrobeck

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Episode 7: Dream Interpretation

Kate joins me on this episode to discuss the pseudoscience of dream interpretation and analysis. What are dreams and why do we have them? Honestly, there is no scientific consensus, but it probably isn't to predict the future. We do go off on a tangent and discuss tarot cards and horoscopes, but really, aren't they all the same?