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Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.

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    • Science
    • 4.6 • 184 Ratings

Canada's weekly podcast that explores a wide range of controversies and curiosities using science and critical thinking.

    What Is Inflation? + John von Neumann: The Man From The Future

    What Is Inflation? + John von Neumann: The Man From The Future

    Darren is joined by our resident economics expert, Lars, for an interesting conversation about inflation, deflation and related economic issues. Darren and Lars discuss the biography “The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann”, who is a revered mathematician, physicist, computer scientist, engineer and polymath.

    • 30 min
    Ethics In Scientific Research with Dr. Robbins and Dr. Robbins

    Ethics In Scientific Research with Dr. Robbins and Dr. Robbins

    On Saturday the world lost a world renowned cardiovascular researcher in a tragic accident.  It was the day of his 50th wedding anniversary. Over the course of his 50-year career, he published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles and his work has earned some of the most prestigious research awards.
    His name was Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, father of our good friend and TRC’s 5th Beatle, Dr. Stuart Robbins. In honour of Stuart’s father and his scientific legacy, we are running an interview Stuart did with him in 2014 for his Exposing PseudoAstronomy podcast about ethics in scientific research. Our hearts go out to Stuart and his family. 

    • 55 min
    JWST With Dr. Stu Robbins + Rogers Outage

    JWST With Dr. Stu Robbins + Rogers Outage

    It’s been a while since we had our favourite planetary scientist Astro Stu on the show! Stuart gives us a breakdown on the James Webb Space Telescope, what we’re seeing in released images, and what’s next for the mission. Adam rounds out the show with a look into the recent “massive” Rogers Communications outage that disrupted telecommunication services for over a quarter of Canada’s population.

    • 30 min
    LaMDA Sentient? + Is Chlorine Smell From Pee? + ‘Reality+’ Overview

    LaMDA Sentient? + Is Chlorine Smell From Pee? + ‘Reality+’ Overview

    Le Gang is back together at last! We kick off with an interesting discussion about a claim that the Google LaMDA Chatbot has become sentient. Adam investigates whether the smell most people associate with chlorine is due to its reaction with pee. Darren rounds out the show with a look at David Chalmers’ book ‘Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy’, an analysis of our technological future.
     

    • 32 min
    Dishwasher Vs Hand Washing + Dog Breed & Behavior + ‘The Road To Unfreedom’

    Dishwasher Vs Hand Washing + Dog Breed & Behavior + ‘The Road To Unfreedom’

    In an effort to settle a hot household debate, Cristina looks into whether it’s more eco and pocket friendly to hand wash dishes versus using your dishwasher. Adam checks out a new study that suggests dog personalities have little to do with their breed. Lastly, Darren gives us an overview of the bestselling book, “The Road to Unfreedom” by Timothy Snyder, which chronicles the rise of authoritarianism.

    • 27 min
    Is Russia Committing Genocide In Ukraine? + No Ugly Old Buildings?

    Is Russia Committing Genocide In Ukraine? + No Ugly Old Buildings?

    Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and since that time have committed all manner of atrocities. But is it genocide?  Darren tackles this difficult topic.  Next, Adam looks into the idea that there are no ugly old buildings and survivorship bias.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

sc_78 ,

Great Podcast for the critical thinker

Fantastic podcast driven by dedicated critically minded hosts. It’s been one of my favorite podcasts for years.

MarkChicagoIL ,

Inflation, blah, blah, blah

The inflation episode was stupid. I wanted more about John VN.

MrCmonster ,

Very fun and educational

The podcast has gotten so much better over the years. Not that it was ever bad, it's just more refined now. It's one of only three podcasts that I absolutely must listen to every week without fail. It has become more mature and thoughtful lately, but it still keeps its original charm and irreverent sense of humor. I adore both sides. I love the outtakes and I'm sad when there aren't any. Keep up the awesome work everyone (Darren, Adam, Pat, Cristina, and guests)! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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