The Science Enthusiast Podcast

Just the right amount of not-a-science-podcast! Hosts Dan Broadbent and Natalie Newell talk about skepticism, religion, and politics as they relate to science, medicine, and rational thought.
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Jun 29, 2016
tSE 006 - Eli Bosnick Talks Atheism Activism

Episode 006 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

Disclaimer: Has Anyone Really Been Far Even as Decided to Use Even Go Want to do Look More Like?

Sponsor: A moment of silence for the victims of background checks for firearms.

God of the week: Bacchus, the Roman god of agriculture and wine, because why not?

Guest: Eli Bosnick! Eli is a co-host on The Scathing Atheist, God Awful Movies, and The Skepticrat. You can follow Eli on Twitter as @EliBosnick, follow Eli on on Facebook, and also support his podcasts by donating to their Patreon for God Awful Movies and Patreon for Scathing Atheist!

Topics referred to during the discussion: The Miracle of the Sun, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for the Religious World (David Silverman), The Moral Landscape (Sam Harris), Neil Degrasse Tyson, & NOMA

Why we love the Internet: Dogspotting FB Page

Quote of the week: "Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of that observation so that belief can be preserved." - Tim Minchin

Jun 22, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 005: Grant Ritchey & Dental Woo

Hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast):

God of the week: Sheela Na Gigs, AKA "the old hag of the breasts"

Guest: Dentist Grant Ritchey! We discuss some BS about root canals thanks to Joseph Mercola, what makes for effective science communication, and asked him why dentists always try to talk to us when they have their hands in our mouths.
You can follow Dr. Ritchey on Twitter as @SkepticalDDS, read his articles on Science Based Medicine, and listen to his podcast (with friend of the show Clay Jones), Prism Podcast

Why we love the Internet: Joan Cornella on Facebook! Particularly: this post, this post, and this post.

Quote of the week: "The very concept of alternative medicine exists to create a double standard where the rules of science and evidence are stood on their head specifically to manufacture the result that is desired by cranks, charlatans, snake oil salesmen, and self-proclaimed gurus. There is no alternative medicine. There is just medicine. Either it works or it doesn’t." - Steven Novella

Jun 10, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 004: Psychologist Stuart Vyse & Irrational Behavior

Full notes on the site:

Episode 004 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting), Devin Scott (Skepticism By The Pint), and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)! 

Intro: Mike Adams' bio is great. It's just the best ever. It's perfect. It's such a great bio, let me tell you all about it. This bio will go down as one of the greatest bios in the history of mankind.

God of the week: Hypnos, the mythological god of sleep. I mean uh, it totally happened and is real. Not a myth.

Guest: Psychologist Stuart Vyse! He is the author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition. He is also author of Going Broke: Why American’s Can’t Hold on to Their Money. He is an expert on irrational behavior, frequently quoted in the press and has made appearances on CNN International, the PBS NewsHour, and NPR’s Science Friday. You can check out more from Stuart on his website, follow him on Twitter at @StuartVyse, or follow his column on Skeptical Inquirer.

Links/articles relevant to the discussion: Bad Is Stronger Than Good by Roy Baumeister (link to PDF is found in this article) We also asked questions sourced from our discussion group: The Science Enthusiasts!

Why we love the Internet: Christians For Michele Bachman!

Quote of the week: "Even when I have no power over important events in my life, I gain a feeling of control from understanding them. And I, too, have a sense of wonder. For me, discovering the workings of nature is a vibrant, satisfying experience that is both intellectual and emotional. To recognize the astronomical relationship between the Sun and the Earth, or to understand the optical phenomena that create its rosy light, does not strip the sunset of its beauty." - Stuart Vyse

Jun 1, 2016
tSE 003 - Biology Babe Discusses Cancer Woo

Science Enthusiast Podcast 003: Biology Babe discusses cancer woo

Full notes:

A rant: Harambe killed after 4 year old falls into enclosure

Guest: Lauren from Biology Babe! Lauren is a cancer researcher, so we talked about immunology and cancer woo with her! Lauren has written for our site, too!

Links/articles relevant to the discussion:

The Three Es of Cancer Immunoediting
Targeting Cancer with Genetically Engineered
American Cancer Society: Immunotherapy
Mercola settles for $5.3 million for lying about reducing cancer risk (while actually increasing the risk)

We also asked her questions sourced from our discussion group: The Science Enthusiasts!

You can find Lauren on Facebook, on Twitter as @BiolBabe, or on Instagram as @BiolBabe, or on Snapchat as @BiolBabe. Because: #socialmedia

God of the week: Themis! To the ancient Greeks she was originally the organizer of the "communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies". Let's give Themis all our #thoughtsandprayers this week.

Why we love the Internet: Garlic Bread Memes! Particularly, their exposure of banana bread being an Illuminati conspiracy.

Quote of the week: Sea salt. It's the same fucking thing as regular salt. -Biology Babe