SFR 295: The Philosophy of Pseudoscience

–Police indicate that self-proclaimed UFO contactee Stan Romanek faked assault against himself in wake of child pornography charges.
–New Age nutter JZ Knight, famous for “channeling” 35,000 year old warrior spirit Ramtha, is suing her ex-students for leaking video of her drunken racist, anti-gay rant.
pigliucci–Ken Ham says the work of NASA is basically pointless because any aliens we may find are going to Hell anyway.
–A new Rasmussen survey indicates that, yes, Americans really do believe a lot of crazy conspiracy theories.
–Would you have sex with a robot?  Poll indicates 1 in 5 would.

In Hour 2, scientist and professor of philosophy Massimo Pigliucci joins us to discuss the recently published “Philosophy of Pseudoscience” essay collection that he co-edited.  Along the way, our conversation covers the “demarcation problem,” how to better tell the difference between sound science and nonsense, and why this issue is as important as ever.

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About Jason Korbus

Friend, family member, possible werewolf. I co-host Strange Frequencies Radio, blog at Confidential Korbus, and generally walk among the weird. When I'm not doing busywork, I can usually be found with my nose in a book, my eyes glued to a glowing screen, or my ears tuned to The Ramones.
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3 Responses to SFR 295: The Philosophy of Pseudoscience

  1. Graeme McRae says:

    I don’t understand why so *few* people say they would have sex with a robot. We already have sex with mechanical objects such as fleshlights. Maybe they’re asking the question wrong. If they said would you have sex with a much better fleshlight, maybe more people would say yes.

  2. Graeme McRae says:

    Regarding your story of Ken Ham saying aliens aren’t going to heaven. Why is he focusing on whether or not these nonhuman beings are descended from Adam? The earth is FULL of nonhuman beings who are not descended from Adam. Cows, amoebas, turnips, wallabies, and fleas are some examples. OK, maybe turnips aren’t “beings”, but you get the idea: why doesn’t Ham concern himself with THEIR salvation? If he has some special pleading for nonhuman animals, why doesn’t that pleading (whatever it may be) apply to space aliens?

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