This week we find out if atheists are smarter than religious people, how a rational Parliament might work, and why Straight Pride UK are rather silly. We also look at the sad case of Neon Roberts, FGM in the news, the portrayal of mental health in videogames, and a brand new material.
Smart Atheists (2:11) by Tessa Kendall Privilege & Straight Pride (8:24) by Richard Firth-Godbehere Rational Parliament (16:26) by James O’Malley (ft Adam Smith) Neon Roberts (30:46) by Keir Liddle Upsalite (36:10) by Dean Burnett FGM (45:02) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere Mental Health & Videogames (52:38) by Chris Chapman The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
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
We speak to newly elected Green Party leader Natalie Bennett about her plans – and her views on some controversial subjects (GM, nuclear and homeopathy to name but three). We also speak to Simon Singh and Johnnie Shannon about their new ‘Good Thinking’ Society, figure out why the government bothers with reshuffles, discover why IQ tests are actually a rather scientific business, and figure out how students are cheating on their exams.
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Natalie Bennett Interview (3:08) by James O’Malley (ft new Green Party leader Natalie Bennett!) Reshuffles (26:25) by Cory Hazlehurst Good Thinking Society (34:14) by James O’Malley (ft Simon Singh and Johnnie Shannon) Cheating on Exams (41:12) by Drew Rae New Abortion Research (48:29) by Andrew Holding (ft Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya) IQ Tests (54:48) by Stuart Ritchie Who Made Your Pants? (61:38) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft BeckyPants) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two