January 18th, 2010 by Ben Goldacre in onanism, podcast | 11 Comments »

Brief note to say I’m a guest on LlewTube this week with Robert Llewellyn (or Kryten off of Red Dwarf if you prefer). The show’s great generally, and a galaxy of nerds, recent guests include Patrick Stewart, Graham Linehan, Martha Lane Fox, Adrian Edmondson, Brian Cox, and the rest. It’s also a genius format for interviews: cars are an intimate space where eye contact is not mandatory and occasional silences are acceptable. I mean, we didn’t talk about anything intimate. I’m just saying.

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11 Responses

  1. pv said,

    January 18, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Great! I enjoyed that. Ten years might be a bit excessive, but a couple of hours of chat would have been good.
    Don’t agree though that the motivation of chiroquacks or homeoquacks is so unimportant with regard to their attempts to get their critics to “shut up”. I would have thought their motivation is the one thing that should be exposed.

  2. Dr Aust said,

    January 19, 2010 at 12:57 am

    You didn’t mention Baroness Greenfield, Ben! The chat with her is actually a bit dull (at least to me), though there is a now oddly poignant (or ironic, if you prefer) bit where they drive past the RI and SG tells Llewellyn about what they do there.

  3. Dr Jim said,

    January 19, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Great format for an interview, and good range of topics.

    Though I feel for Robert when you broke out the:

    “This egg sandwich does actually smell like a fart.”


  4. Quick2kill said,

    January 19, 2010 at 2:18 am

    brian cox is not exactly unerringly accurtate btw. you could do a few articles on some of the stuff he says.

  5. pv said,

    January 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Dr Aust said,
    January 19, 2010 at 12:57 am
    “You didn’t mention Baroness Greenfield, Ben!”

    I thought he did, and mentioned her computer games too!

  6. AntibodyBoy said,

    January 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Nerdy pedant mode: his show is called “Carpool”; llewtube is just a gag on the video pages.

  7. mash said,

    January 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    nice hat!

  8. Dr Aust said,

    January 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I meant in the little written preamble, pv.

  9. pv said,

    January 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Dr Aust I read your comment immediately after I watched Ben on Carpool. Obvious error on my part and am humbly apologetic!

  10. ftv said,

    February 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    The gravitational field of the moon is in fact much stronger than the field of a person sitting next to you.

    The gravitational field is given by G*M/r² where G is the gravitational constant (6.673*10-11 m³/(kg¹ s²)), M is the mass of the body producing the field, and r is the distance from the body. The force on another body is proportional to this field.
    So if we want to know the ratio of the moon’s force to Robert’s force, we just calculate
    M_moon/M_robert * (r_robert/r_moon)².

    M_moon = 7.35*10²² kg (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon)
    r_moon = 3.84*10⁸ m (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_distance_%28astronomy%29)
    M_robert = 80 kg (just approximate values)
    r_robert = 1 m

    These values give a ratio of about 6000. This means that the gravitational pull of the moon is three orders of magnitude higher than the pull of Robert.
    However, this is still no evidence that the moon should have a significant influence on us but it shows that we should be skeptical towards the arguments of skeptics.

  11. jonwade said,

    October 26, 2011 at 4:59 am

    £1.5 billion spent on homoeopathy each year in Europe? Mad. And they are just sugar pills. Not even sugar coated vitamin pills, just sugar.