This week: ZOMBIES at the LHC, who won the first annual Good Thinking Soc Science Blog prize, we speak to sci-fi writer Jasper Fforde, who was a judge on the Royal Society’s Winton Prize, we check in with Friendly Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta about his new book, try to save the naked scientist, posit a radical idea for changing benefits and find out why Argos is powered by nanotechnology.
Science Blogging Awards (1:57) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre, Suzi Gage & More) The Winton Prize (17:14) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jasper Fforde) Decay (23:35) by James O’Malley (ft Luke Thompson, Clara Nellist and Michael Mazur) Young Atheists Survival (32:23) by Salim Fadhley (ft Hemant Mehta) Universal Basic Income (40:24) by Steven Sumpter Naked Scientists (48:36) by Kat Arney Argos Conspiracy (53:46) by Sean Ellis The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
So every week when planning the podcast I’ll send an email out to the mailing list on a Monday with some suggestions of what I’d like to see in Friday’s show. As a bit of an experiment this week I want to open it out and ask anyone if they’d like to contribute features on the following:
Following the UKIP/Rotherham thing it’d be interesting to see if anyone has anything interesting to say about adoption/criteria? Like, what do they look for? Are there any interesting systems they use to determine it? Any other similar test cases? Don’t want to just parrot the news but it seems like there must be a sideways angle for us here somewhere.
A while back I remember reading that for every centrist voter the Tories win, they lose 3 right wing voters to UKIP, or something like that (it was losing more voters for winning one on the other side of the spectrum). What does this mean for politics? Parties chase the centre but should they instead be appealing to the base? And then who represents the center? Anyone want to try doing some psephology for us?
Intrigued? Want to be on Friday’s show? Have a look at our submission guidelines and get in touch if you’d like to contribute!
Last night was the Good Thinking Society‘s Science Blog Prize event, hosted by the Soho Skeptics. We’ll have full coverage on this week’s Pod Delusion (and possibly the full thing available to listen too) – but in the meantime here’s the moment the winners were announced by Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre.
Internet freedom around the world – an exclusive report from Azerbaijan, the gamification of war, Bayes Theorem, former Labour MP Chris Mullin on “A Very British Coup” 30 years on, Peter Tatchell getting arrested and some American atheists take on the American tax man. What more could you want?!
Freedom of Tweet Around The World (2:15) by Kate Russell Gamification of War (19:59) by David Eastman Bayes is the Wayes (25:40) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Richard Carrier) Chris Mullin Interview (36:17) by Cory Hazelhurst (ft Chris Mullin!) Peter Tatchell’s Arresting Experience (49:30) by Adam Knowles and Richard Unwin (ft Peter Tatchell) FFRF vs The IRS (57:00) by Salim Fadhley (ft Annie Laurie Gaylor) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
New Twitter prosecution rules, the National Health Action Party launch, a report on freedom of expression from Azerbaijan – it’s an eclectic show! We also speak to a man crowdfunding some scientific research, find out about fusion reactors, hear how humanists are excluded from Remembrance events and laugh at how some Americans on the right aren’t taking Obama’s re-election victory terribly well.
More DPP Social Meeja Woe (2:06) by Matt Flaherty National Health Action Party (12:54) by Trish Hann (ft June Hautot) Kids & Free Expression Online (20:31) by Kate Russell Crowdsourcing Science (30:10) by James O’Malley (ft Ethan Perlstein) For All Who Serve (40:24) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Holden) Fusion Reactor (49:35) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nick Balshaw) Crazy Obama Reactions (61:25) by Blakeley Nixon (ft the vocal stylings of Marc Silk) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
We speak to Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye about his party and author Stephen Trombley about his new book looking at the key figures in western philosophy. We also tackle censorship and law, dodgy Ofsted inspections, communicating the scientific method and how to make the perfect cheese toastie.
The Pirate Party (2:18) by James O’Malley (ft party leader Loz Kaye!) Ofsted & ACE (18:42) by Jonny Scaramanga Censorship & UK Law (23:40) by Alex Fitch 50 Thinkers (34:16) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Stephen Trombley) The Scientific Method (50:01) by Paul Hopwood The Perfect Cheese Toastie (56:40) by Sarah Castor-Perry The inbetween bits were researched by Blakeley Nixon & recorded by Alex Foster The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
We find out if the psychics passed the Halloween test, discover how losers can win elections, and hear about a machine that can turn your thoughts into actual 3D objects. For real. Also: Self-driving cars are a problem for the future, atheist street preaching and how pathology was developed.
Psychic Test Results (2:18) by James O’Malley (ft Marsh) Can Losers Win An Election? (13:20) by Cory Hazlehurst Do We Care About Democracy? (20:10) By Eon Thinker Thing (28:120 by Sean Ellis (ft Bryan Salt) Self Driving Cars (36:12) by Salim Fadhley (ft Greg Clark) Atheist Street Preaching (45:32) by Simon Clare Murder And Pathology (53:13) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two