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Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! Hosts Dan Broadbent and Natalie Newell talk about skepticism, religion, and politics as they relate to science, medicine, and rational thought.
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Jul 27, 2016
tSE 010 - Fiona O'Leary, 'Vaxxed', and Autism Advocacy

Science Enthusiast Podcast 010 - Fiona O'Leary, 'Vaxxed', and Autism Advocacy

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Hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

Disclaimer: We made it to ten episodes. Thank you!

Sponsor: David Wolfe's commercial for a "portable essential oil diffuser" looks less like aromatherapy and more like a crack pipe. (It's also tacitly encouraging kids to vape, as the manufacturer says there is no age limit on their product. Good job, David)

God of the week: Morpheus! The dude who is responsible for those "went to work naked" dreams. Or maybe you go to work naked anyway. We're not here to judge.

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Topic: The makers of 'Vaxxed' have sent a threatening letter to Fiona O'Leary of Autsitic Rights Together (ART). ART is an Autism advocacy organization, empowering those with autism and helping curb the negative stigma associated with Autism. As an individual with Autism herself, Wakefield and others from 'Vaxxed' have continuously targeted Fiona to try to harass her into silence. Most recently, they sent her a letter threatening litigation if she so much as mentioned Wakefield's or the movie's name. We talked to Fiona about her personal experiences with Autism, her organization, her background with Wakefield, the threat, and Autism in general.

Article referenced during the interview: The murder of Alex Spourdalakis

You can follow Fiona on Twitter, follow Fiona on Facebook, follow ART on Facebook, and ART's website.

Why we love the Internet: Texts From Your Existentialist! Examples: here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Quote of the Week: The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense! - Prof. Brian Cox

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Jul 25, 2016

A friend, Fiona, has been attacked by the creators and distributors of Vaxxed: From Cover up to Catastrophe. 

Read the full post: http://ascienceenthusiast.com/vaxxed-makers-threaten-lawsuit-for-valid-criticism

Support Fiona by re-tweeting her (https://twitter.com/fionapettit71/status/756289704392265729) or tweeting this article to Andrew Wakefield, Del Bigtree, and Polly Tomley (http://ctt.ec/7H9MJ).

Keep talking about the movie. Tag the makers in posts. Do not let this go away.

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Jul 21, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 009 - Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part II

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Hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):  

Disclaimer: #RNCinCLE

Sponsor: Dragons. Because they're really real.

God of the week: Maui! Because who doesn't like a "trickster" god who dies by getting crushed by a vagina?

Topic: Ken Ham's Ark Encounter in rural Kentucky. The nearly $100 million theme park based around rape and incest is receiving about $18 million in taxpayer money. We're a bit upset about this situation. Dan went to the Ark though, so you don't have to! He's ready to tell you all about it. We're going to need more beer to get through this. You can see pictures on the blog post.

Why we love the Internet: r/HybridAnimals! In particular: this one, this one, this one, and this one.

Quote of the Week: “You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” - Carl Sagan, Contact

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Jul 13, 2016
tSE 008 - A Tour of Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part I

Science Enthusiast Podcast 008 -
A Tour of Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part I

Episode 008 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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Disclaimer: Have you caught all the Pokemon? 

Sponsor: The Ark Encounter.

God of the week: Noah. Not really a god, but close enough?

Topic: Ken Ham's Ark Encounter in rural Kentucky. The nearly $100 million theme park based around rape and incest is receiving about $18 million in taxpayer money. We're a bit upset about this situation. Dan went to the Ark though, so you don't have to! He's ready to tell you all about it.

You can see pictures on the blog post.

Quote of the Week: To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed. - Rowan Atkinson

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Jul 6, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 007 - Dr. John Snyder Discusses Complimentary & Alternative Medicine

Episode 007 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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Disclaimer: You may not need to go to school in Texas if the rapture is coming.

Sponsor: Mercola basically gave people cancer while saying he was preventing it

God of the week: Osiris (Egyptian god of the Underworld). Cliff's notes version: The dude has a golden penis.

Guest: Dr. John Snyder! Dr. Snyder is a pediatrician in Massachusetts, where the Naturopathic Practice Act was just passed. Dr. Snyder is passionate about speaking out against 'Complimentary Alternative Medicine' (or CAM), where patients "double-dip" by seeing both a legitimate medical doctor and a Naturopath/Homeopath/etc. A local example for Dr. Snyder is North Hampton Wellness. This not only wastes time, but also can result in unnecessary (and often expensive) tests. We talked to Dr. Snyder about this issue and how to address it. You can follow Dr. Snyder on Twitter at @SciPeds, and also read his writing at Science Based Medicine.

Why we love the Internet: da share z0ne! In particular: This, this, this, this, and this.

Quote of the Week: It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it. (Carl Sagan)

As always, thank you for supporting tSE Podcast! Be sure to follow tSE on Twitter at @SciEnthusiasts and on Facebook as @ScienceEnthusiastPodcast!

Be just like James C, Michael T, Carlotta, and Michael B and contribute to our Patreon at patreon.com/tSEpodcast!

Have feedback? Suggestions for a topic? Ideas for a new segment? Hate mail? Contact us at podcast@aScienceEnthusiast.com!

 

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