Episode 104 – 30th September 2011

Can neutrinos really travel faster than light? What’s Lawrence Krauss going to be doing in London? And are the BBC part of a godless conspiracy? Find out on this week’s show!

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Faster Than Light Neutrinos (1:53) by Kash Farooq (ft Ben Still)
Lawrence Krauss Interview (12:18) by Liz Lutgendorff
BCE-Gate (25:00) by Dave Cross
Pope in Germany (30:41) by Sven Rudloff
Spontaneous Human Combustion (39:03) by Sean Ellis
Protesting (46:15) by Nick Boorer
Reflective Learning (51:55) by Drew Rae
Architecture (58:03) by Andrew Gould
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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8 thoughts on “Episode 104 – 30th September 2011

  1. Just want to clarify that I mis-quoted the baseline of the OPERA experiment which is obviously ~730km not 370km. I did the same with the distance to the large Magellanic cloud as well (if you listen to the extended interview) which is meant to be ~167,000 light years.

    I was a jet lagged at the time so please be kind.

  2. I completely agreed with your piece Andrew. I work in a technology company and the attitude of some coders is that if you can’t read code you’d just as well be dead.

    The fact is, not everyone wants to be a programmer.

  3. Just wanted to say that Andrew Gould was absolutely spot-on this week. Well, everyone was great, but Andrew really struck a chord with me

    I’m a big believer in people doing what they enjoy, children (and adults) should be given a wide range of subjects to choose from, and be given just that, a choice.

    There’s not much point in me learning to program, I’d never be any good at it, but there are some things I can do and enjoy, I do these, mostly

    (Oh dear, I appear to have used the cover of “praise” to basically talk about myself)

    PS. Loved the facebook Dave skit too

  4. Andrew, one thing I would say about your segment:

    Computer programming is very much about problem solving. As part of it, you learn how to break complicated, difficult problems into smaller issues that you can deal with issue by issue. This is a skill that many people could do with learning in regards to their general life. Computer programming also opens up a whole new world of creativity that children who don’t have a flair for music, art or drama can engage in. As a child, I was forced to learn all of those things. I found them immensely dull and I was not good at any of them. I would have loved to have learned how to program computers as a child but I never had that option.

    Yes, computers are often a tool. But they can also be a playground of creativity and expression.

    So, in summary: Teaching children to learn programming also teaches them an effective mechanism for real world problem solving and offers them a new way to express creativity.

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