Tag: Skeptic Check

Are We Alone, Little Ice Age edition

By Phil Plait | June 28, 2011 2:14 pm

Every month or so I go on SETI’s "Are We Alone" radio show/podcast with Seth Shostak, and we discuss some weird scientifically distorted news item in a segment we call "Skeptic Check". The latest one is now online, where Seth and I talk about the recent news about the Sun’s potentially weakening magnetic field, and some folks who have leapt to the conclusion that we’re facing a new ice age because of it.

Here’s an article I wrote about this topic, and here’s the direct link to the show. [UPDATE: I just found out the AWA blog has links to the various show segments as stand-alone audio files, so here’s the link to mine.]

The conclusion? Spoiler alert: don’t stock up on portable heaters just yet.


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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Antiscience, Science, Skepticism

Are We Alone, of DEATH

By Phil Plait | May 3, 2011 2:00 pm

This week’s episode of the SETI radio program "Are We Alone" is up, complete with my semi-regular contribution to the segment "Skeptic Check". The show’s theme is apocalyptic scenarios real and imagined, so astronomer Seth Shostak and I talk about various forms of both. Supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, slamming into molecular clouds, the death of the Universe, and of course the Mayan 2012 end times-o-rama.

The whole show is pretty cool, so go check out the Are We Alone page, or if you’re impatient you can just directly download the MP3.


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Supermoon Skeptic Check
Are We Alone Skeptic Check: Tyche, or not Tyche
Are We Alone, Death by Betelgeuse edition
Skeptic Check: Power bands

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, DeathfromtheSkies!

Supermoon Skeptic Check

By Phil Plait | April 4, 2011 10:21 am

Every now and again I chat with astronomer Seth Shostak about some astronomical skullduggery as part of the SETI radio show "Are We Alone". The segment is called Skeptic Check, and the latest is now online, where Seth and I apply a little kryptonite to the idea of the "supermoon" causing earthquakes.

You can also hear Joe Nickell talking Bigfoot, and other scientists discussing the Mozart Effect and magic. It’s a good show… but as we say, don’t take our word on it. Go hear it for yourself!

Are We Alone Skeptic Check: Tyche, or not Tyche?

By Phil Plait | March 1, 2011 10:30 am

This month’s "Are We Alone" podcast segment Skeptic Check is now online, where astronomer Seth Shostak and I talk about the purported jovian planet that might or might not exist in the cold depths of the solar system out past Neptune. We talk about the science of such a world, and how the media perhaps puffed this piece past a proportionate planetary propriety.

Probably.

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