Listen in as Canadian skeptics Jonathan Jarry and Andrew Cody bring you voices of reason to look at the evidence at the core of contentious issues. Goodbye, fantasy; hello, reality.
Episode 208 - Finale
It’s the season 2 finale. Jonathan sits down with Andrew Cody, Anna af Hallstrom, and Matt Barbacki to talk about rationality, skepticism, and what’s next for Montreal. We discuss the inaugural edition of Café Hitchens; what we know about how the mind works to become better at what you want to accomplish in life; Andrew’s cynicism vis-à-vis the politically correct Left; the value of entertainment in skepticism; and concrete steps skeptics can take to put rationality into action.
The Body of Evidence can be found at http://www.bodyofevidence.ca and on iTunes.
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So long, and thanks for all the fish. We may be back. Who knows… who knows….
Episode 207 - Joe Nickell on Hauntings
Ghosts, poltergeists, apparitions… if we believe in them, does that make them true? Jonathan sits down with an expert who does sleight-of-hand before every interview: Dr. Joe Nickell! The Mackenzie House in Toronto, London’s Enfield poltergeist, even The Conjuring: none escape the skeptical investigations of Dr. Nickell. Back in the studio, a ghost hunter writes Jonathan an email which local skeptics take apart in between sighs. We talk unsubstantiated claims, David Carradine, and whether or not genetic mutations might predispose you to liking Johnny Walker Black.
Only one more original episode before the season ends.
Episode 206 - Daniele Fanelli and Jonathan Kimmelman on (Bad) Science
Is scientific research inefficient or have we grossly oversimplified the situation? We begin with a mad comedic dash through the life of a young scientist to the sound of Italian music and then meet an actual Italian scientist! Dr. Fanelli and Dr. Kimmelman unearth the nuances behind falsification, idealization, animal studies, and reproducibility. As science goes meta, what can we do to be better scientists? If these discussions are too cerebral for you, there’s Christopher Hammock and Kishanda Vyboh to make you laugh. Are they cynical? No…. Sarcastic? Yes! We talk C.S.I., PCR, pedestals, and sharks! By the time you’re done listening to this episode, you will realize that scientists are human beings.
The word of the month is P.I. (principal investigator): the lead researcher in a laboratory. Generally does not own a Magnum (for the safety of his students).
This is a Moutons No More production: http://www.MoutonsNoMore.com
Episode 205 - Funny You Should Think That!
It's a ho-ho-holiday special, bringing you audio from our November 16 stage show, Funny You Should Think That! Stuck with annoying relatives with no idea how to entertain them? Start playing this show and, soon, you'll be rolling on the floor, clutching your stomachs! (or maybe it'll be because of the bad cranberry sauce) Jonathan hosts a comedy quiz show on stage with comedian panelists David Pryde, Chris Sandiford, and Darren Henwood and fellow Moutons No More producer and funny guy Andrew Cody. Water beds! Chakra Khan! Muted confirmations! Good Macaulay Culkin references! Russell Crowe as Javert! Poor Scottish upbringings! It's all there… and more! To come to our next show, visit http://www.MoutonsNoMore.com and click "follow independently". Happy New Year, listeners!
Episode 204 - Christopher Labos on the Rise of Integrative Medicine
Would you like a side of magic with your chemo? Disproven folk remedies used to be domain of snake oil salesmen; now, they are being integrated into university health centres. Jonathan speaks to Dr. Christopher Labos, a public science educator and cardiologist, on this worrying trend. Where is the line between feel-goodery and wishful thinking? The recent case of Makayla Sault highlights the harm caused by magic's new veneer of respectability. Back in the studio, Andrew Cody returns to the podcast, flanked by Anna af Hallstrom, to discuss laundry balls, foot detox, and child abuse. Are our panelists hopeful for the future of science-based medicine?
The Jewish General Hospital promo video can be accessed here: http://youtu.be/-CKnbESAHa4
The blog Science-Based Medicine is available here: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org
And check us out at http://www.MoutonsNoMore.com
Episode 203 - Jill Tarter on SETI Funding
It's a tug-of-war between a Romantic yearning for the stars and the sometimes harsh economic reality. As we listen for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, who pays the phone bill? Jonathan sits down with Dr. Jill Tarter, the outgoing director of the Center for SETI Research, to talk about the long, uncertain road SETI has had to navigate in search of money. The panel this month is made up of Matt Barbacki, Anna af Hallstrom, and Dave Tsang of Astro McGill. Which basic research should be funded and by whom? We talk Ice Bucket Challenges, the Conservative government's War on Science, and alien autopsy videos.
The Astro McGill podcast can be found here: http://www.astro.physics.mcgill.ca/podcasts.php
The panel discussion was recorded on Carl Sagan Day. Go watch COSMOS!
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Customer ReviewsSee All
touches all the bases
While it obvious the hosts, guests and staff are serious about wha they do, they don’t let get in the way of having fun, be it at their own expense of the expense of some of the ridiculous beliefs and subjects covered on the show. The point of view is unique from other skeptical shows, they definitely have a niche of their own and it’s it’s really great to hear not just a Canadian point of view, but the Montreal QC one which is nowhere else in science podcasting that I can find. Passion and humour for science, reason and fairness seem to feul this podcast and it’s all the better for it.
The perfect balance between serious content and funny comments! Jonathan and Andrew are a wonderful team! Looking forward to the next podcast! :)
Only one flaw
Really enjoyed the first episode and have subscribed. Looking forward to more. But please, PLEASE drop the fake American redneck accent. It's truly grating, and would eventually make me stop listening to the show. Other than that, it's a delight!