The search for extra terrestrial intelligence continues at SETI, but they also have an excellent podcast at:
This week they had me on as a guest, and I have to say, I think we managed to have an extremely interesting discussion about the medicalisation of culture, risk, homeopathy, the placebo effect, nutritionism, politics, and stuff, in amongst the inevitable “wacky Dr Ben debunks” thing. I seriously recommend downloading the whole thing from the link below, as they have a lot of great guests on the show generally, but here’s my bit, and if you want to subscribe to all audio content on badscience.net as a podcast, just use this link.
September 3, 2007
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Here’s an important health tip: cell phones fry your brain. Oh, wait. Cell phones are safe. But red wine is bad for you. Except in moderation, in which case it’s good. Also, magnets cure arthritis, coffee causes heart attacks, and rhino horn is an aphrodisiac (but only for rhinos).Sorting through the medical zeitgeist is enough to have you reaching for the aspirin, which, last we heard, is still used to treat headaches.
Join us as we separate sound medical science from the snake oil. Also, talk about getting away from it all: scientists induce out-of-body experiences in the lab. Plus, our Hollywood skeptic prepares us for television prognostication this fall with a “Viewer’s Guide to Seers.” And, Phil Plait finds out just what vacationing brains are up to.
It’s Skeptical Sunday… but don’t take our word for it!
- Ben Goldacre – Medical doctor and author of the column “Bad Science” in The Guardian as well as the badscience.net website
- Susan Blackmore – Psychologist and visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol
- Phil Plait – Astronomer and keeper of the web site badastronomy.com
- Jim Underdown – Executive Director, Center for Inquiry West in Hollywood
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