Oh boy… A fake paper does not make an entire field fake. There’s no need to use fake papers to criticize any field. Any field of research has holes and tings that look ridiculous from the outside. Relying on hoaxes to try and make your point especially when those hoaxes were spotting as much makes you look a bit silly! The whole conceptual penis should also draw attention to the shitty publishing behaviors of big publishing houses which curate real journals and have scam journals on their books too.
Myles feels like he needs to vent ok, let’s all just let him get this off his chest and be cool right? In this weeks TLoNs Myles recounts his experiences in giving a GMO evidence based talk to the skeptics in the pub throughout the UK. He thinks it shows a underbelly in the skeptic moment of people who cheery pick science while James holds more of a direct position that those people are likely not skeptics.
Part 2 of our last recording session with c0nc0rdance and again due to technical issues this episode is not up to our normal high standard. We talked about the idea known as Nobel disease, this is when nobel winning scientist go on to support bizarre and at time crazy ideas.
The nerds are joined by the wonderful Colin McRoberts who some might recognise as the violent metaphors Conspiracy cruise correspondent. Colin crowd funded a ticket to join the cruise to help him fact find for a upcoming book on irrational beliefs. This cruise was no small time fish, some of the biggest names in the woo world were midship with Colin such as Mr Wakefield. Colin was kind enough to join us for an hour to go through what happened on the cruise and his experiences with woo believers.
- A much more detailed account of Colin’s time can be found here at his wife blog
- We also mentioned the popular mechanics article which can be found here
- Colin is on twitter here
Myles is back from his vacation and ready to start a ruckus! Before leaving for the pokemon rich shores of Asia Myles penned and filmed a critic of Rebecca Watsons talk on evolutionary psychology in which she used spurious citations to cast doubt on the field on evolutionary psychology. This peaked the interest of one PZ Myers, sensing a fertile debate he swayed into the discussion and posted on his blog in defence of Watsons talk without really providing any structured rebuttal to Myles original video. Myles decided to make a show talking about his surprise to the interaction and how little PZ seems to care for a coherent argument regarding Evo psychology.
The British public are tired of experts. Words uttered by Gove during the recent brexit campaign, but surely an indictment on the general population and their lack of reason when it comes to expert opinion. But are experts even trust worthy? Should we listen to the experts we see on the TV and in the papers? Buck and James talk over the complicated world of expert opinion and why they should be ignored for expert evidence.
Consumed is a 2015 film that details the descending mental state of the main protagonist Sophie. Sophie comes to believe that she is being targeted by Big-Agro as she is slowly putting together the pieces that her sons mystery illness is the result of GMO foods. The Nerds are joined by Kitch from Trolling with Logic to review this fine attempt at propaganda.
DDT is banned for agriculture in most of the globe (India still routinely using it). There are serious thing to consider when dealing with DDT and it does have draw backs. But the foundation of why DDT was banned is built on terrible research. The nerds talk about DDT and its application and Rachel Carson’s book the Silent Spring.