The Science Enthusiast Podcast

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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Jun 10, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 004: Psychologist Stuart Vyse & Irrational Behavior

Full notes on the site:

Episode 004 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting), Devin Scott (Skepticism By The Pint), and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)! 

Intro: Mike Adams' bio is great. It's just the best ever. It's perfect. It's such a great bio, let me tell you all about it. This bio will go down as one of the greatest bios in the history of mankind.

God of the week: Hypnos, the mythological god of sleep. I mean uh, it totally happened and is real. Not a myth.

Guest: Psychologist Stuart Vyse! He is the author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition. He is also author of Going Broke: Why American’s Can’t Hold on to Their Money. He is an expert on irrational behavior, frequently quoted in the press and has made appearances on CNN International, the PBS NewsHour, and NPR’s Science Friday. You can check out more from Stuart on his website, follow him on Twitter at @StuartVyse, or follow his column on Skeptical Inquirer.

Links/articles relevant to the discussion: Bad Is Stronger Than Good by Roy Baumeister (link to PDF is found in this article) We also asked questions sourced from our discussion group: The Science Enthusiasts!

Why we love the Internet: Christians For Michele Bachman!

Quote of the week: "Even when I have no power over important events in my life, I gain a feeling of control from understanding them. And I, too, have a sense of wonder. For me, discovering the workings of nature is a vibrant, satisfying experience that is both intellectual and emotional. To recognize the astronomical relationship between the Sun and the Earth, or to understand the optical phenomena that create its rosy light, does not strip the sunset of its beauty." - Stuart Vyse

Jun 1, 2016
tSE 003 - Biology Babe Discusses Cancer Woo

Science Enthusiast Podcast 003: Biology Babe discusses cancer woo

Full notes:

A rant: Harambe killed after 4 year old falls into enclosure

Guest: Lauren from Biology Babe! Lauren is a cancer researcher, so we talked about immunology and cancer woo with her! Lauren has written for our site, too!

Links/articles relevant to the discussion:

The Three Es of Cancer Immunoediting
Targeting Cancer with Genetically Engineered
American Cancer Society: Immunotherapy
Mercola settles for $5.3 million for lying about reducing cancer risk (while actually increasing the risk)

We also asked her questions sourced from our discussion group: The Science Enthusiasts!

You can find Lauren on Facebook, on Twitter as @BiolBabe, or on Instagram as @BiolBabe, or on Snapchat as @BiolBabe. Because: #socialmedia

God of the week: Themis! To the ancient Greeks she was originally the organizer of the "communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies". Let's give Themis all our #thoughtsandprayers this week.

Why we love the Internet: Garlic Bread Memes! Particularly, their exposure of banana bread being an Illuminati conspiracy.

Quote of the week: Sea salt. It's the same fucking thing as regular salt. -Biology Babe

May 28, 2016

Episode 002 with hosts Natalie Newell (Science Moms) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Guest: Dr. Clay Jones!
He is a pediatrician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts. He also writes for Science Based Medicine and has his own podcast, The Prism Podcast, which he does along with Dr. Grant Ritchey (who also has written for SBM).

Articles mentioned during the interview:
Naturopaths Push to Go Mainstream
Fact-checking Naturopathic Talking Points at DCFLI
A Question off the Naturopathic Licensing Exam
Petition: Naturopaths are not doctors

God of the week: Huitzilopochtli ... Which somehow turned into a discussion about how fucking awful Christopher Columbus actually was

Why we love the Internet: Crap Taxidermy! Particularly, BDSM rats.

May 19, 2016

In our first episode, Devin Scott (Skepticism by the Pint), Natalie Newell (Science Moms), and myself discuss a variety of topics:


March Against Monsanto

Proposition 37

March Against Myths

Glyphosate Is Not a Cancer Risk

2016 NECSS recap:

Why we love the Internet: ATC Memes

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