9 episodes

Witness science and conspiracy collide!

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    • Earth Sciences
    • 4.9 • 43 Ratings

Witness science and conspiracy collide!

    #8 - Michael Butter & The Nature of Conspiracies

    #8 - Michael Butter & The Nature of Conspiracies

    This week I had a fascinating chat with Professor Michael Butter of Tübingen University about the nature of conspiracies, and the people that push them.  Can we trick a conspiracy expert on Guess the Conspiracy??
    You can find Michael Butter here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ercpact
    Email: michael.butter@uni-tuebingen.de
    His book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nature-Conspiracy-Theories-Michael-Butter/dp/1509540822/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1R8KGSAVU5V1B&dchild=1&keywords=the+nature+of+conspiracy+theories&qid=1610532274&sprefix=nature+of+conspiracy+%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1

    • 41 min
    #7 - Abbie Richards & The Inverted Conspiracy Pyramid

    #7 - Abbie Richards & The Inverted Conspiracy Pyramid

    TikTok sensation and climate science student Abbie Richards joined us this week to chat about her viral conspiracy chart. Were there any conspiracies that either Catz or I had never heard of? Also, Abbie plays guess the conspiracy in a bid to extend the guests lead!
    You can find Abbie's chart on her TikTok here: https://www.tiktok.com/@tofology?lang=en
    Here she is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/abbieasr
    And her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abbiesr/
    Thanks for listening everyone!

    • 37 min
    #6 - Kellie Gerardi & The Mission to Space

    #6 - Kellie Gerardi & The Mission to Space

    The commercial spaceflight professional Kellie Gerardi joins us this week to chat the Mars One Mission, microgravity flights and the many space conspiracy theories that we see every day! And with the guests 3-1 in front in Guess the Conspiracy, can Catz and I pull it back for the podcast?
    You can find Kellie here...
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelliegerardi/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelliegerardi
    Website: https://www.kelliegerardi.com/
    Thanks for listening everyone!

    • 21 min
    #5 - Professor Jim Al-Khalili & The Quantum Quandary

    #5 - Professor Jim Al-Khalili & The Quantum Quandary

    The awesome Jim Al-Khalili joins us this week as we discuss the world of quantum physics, how we deal with conspiracy theorists and of course enters the gladiatorial ring that is the guess the conspiracy game!
    Here is Jim's book, The World According to Physics: https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-According-Physics-Jim-Al-Khalili/dp/0691182302/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=jim+al+khalili&qid=1608718674&sr=8-3
    Here is Jim's novel, Sunfall: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunfall-Jim-Al-Khalili-ebook/dp/B01M2WMC9N/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=jim+al+khalili&qid=1608718706&sr=8-9
    Thank you all for listening!

    • 35 min
    #4 - Amy of Vintage Space & The Tale of the Two

    #4 - Amy of Vintage Space & The Tale of the Two

    Joining me this week was the lovely Amy from the Vintage Space YouTube channel, who is an author and avid space flight enthusiast.  We discussed her book "fighting for space", her love of space flight and some of the space related conspiracy theories.
    You can find the Vintage Space YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw95T_TgbGHhTml4xZ9yIqg
    Her books can be found here:
    Breaking the Chains of Gravity: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Breaking-Chains-Gravity-Spaceflight-before/dp/1472911245/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2OJ638CNF0YZU&dchild=1&keywords=amy+shira+teitel&qid=1608120294&sprefix=amy+shira+t%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-1
    Fighting for Space: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Space-Pilots-Historic-Spaceflight/dp/1538716046/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2OJ638CNF0YZU&dchild=1&keywords=amy+shira+teitel&qid=1608120320&sprefix=amy+shira+t%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-2
    Thank you all for listening! Get well soon Catz!

    • 42 min
    #3 - James from Action Lab & The Vacuums of Doom!

    #3 - James from Action Lab & The Vacuums of Doom!

    James from the brilliant Action Lab joins us this week to chat about his cool experiments and what sort of experiences he has had with the conspiracy theorists! Enjoy!
    Action Lab: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1VLQPn9cYSqx8plbk9RxxQ
    James' book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Extreme-Garage-Science-James-Orgill/dp/164170120X/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=extreme+garage+science&qid=1607512202&sr=8-1

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Ozzpot ,

A promising start to a great podcast

Whether it’s the much needed resistance against a rising tide of baseless and ridiculous, social-media-borne, anti-science conspiracy theories, or real morsels of intellectually nourishing science explained in a calm and accessible manner, it’s great to see Dan in this convenient and portable format.

For a nascent venture, the guests have been an impressive line-up so far. It’s been fun and refreshing to hear familiar science communicators give their candid take on the world of conspiracy nuts, especially since each one has brought new depths of expertise in their respective fields to the conversation.

My only criticism is the length of the episodes thus far. I feel they need to consistently be 45-60 minutes, with at least two thirds devoted to high quality discourse with the guest. One was barely more than twenty, and felt like it was over before it had even got going.

Very promising start though, I eagerly look forward to each episode.

Pointy001 ,


Great stuff as always.

Jonpleasetalk ,

Great podcast, enjoying the variety of guests!

This interview based podcast has had a great variety of guests so far and I’m enjoying the running themes and the flow of the show. It’s great to hear from other science based experts who are super passionate.

Great driving companion.

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