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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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Jul 13, 2016
tSE 008 - A Tour of Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part I

Science Enthusiast Podcast 008 -
A Tour of Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, Part I

Episode 008 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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Disclaimer: Have you caught all the Pokemon? 

Sponsor: The Ark Encounter.

God of the week: Noah. Not really a god, but close enough?

Topic: Ken Ham's Ark Encounter in rural Kentucky. The nearly $100 million theme park based around rape and incest is receiving about $18 million in taxpayer money. We're a bit upset about this situation. Dan went to the Ark though, so you don't have to! He's ready to tell you all about it.

You can see pictures on the blog post.

Quote of the Week: To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed. - Rowan Atkinson

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Jul 6, 2016

Science Enthusiast Podcast 007 - Dr. John Snyder Discusses Complimentary & Alternative Medicine

Episode 007 with hosts Natalie Newell (Skeptical Parenting) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

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Disclaimer: You may not need to go to school in Texas if the rapture is coming.

Sponsor: Mercola basically gave people cancer while saying he was preventing it

God of the week: Osiris (Egyptian god of the Underworld). Cliff's notes version: The dude has a golden penis.

Guest: Dr. John Snyder! Dr. Snyder is a pediatrician in Massachusetts, where the Naturopathic Practice Act was just passed. Dr. Snyder is passionate about speaking out against 'Complimentary Alternative Medicine' (or CAM), where patients "double-dip" by seeing both a legitimate medical doctor and a Naturopath/Homeopath/etc. A local example for Dr. Snyder is North Hampton Wellness. This not only wastes time, but also can result in unnecessary (and often expensive) tests. We talked to Dr. Snyder about this issue and how to address it. You can follow Dr. Snyder on Twitter at @SciPeds, and also read his writing at Science Based Medicine.

Why we love the Internet: da share z0ne! In particular: This, this, this, this, and this.

Quote of the Week: It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it. (Carl Sagan)

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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):

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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: ascienceenthusiast.com/ep004

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:http://ascienceenthusiast.com/ep003/

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
Poliovirus
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

May 28, 2016

Episode 002 with hosts Natalie Newell (Science Moms) and Dan Broadbent (A Science Enthusiast)!

Guest: Dr. Clay Jones!
He is a pediatrician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts. He also writes for Science Based Medicine and has his own podcast, The Prism Podcast, which he does along with Dr. Grant Ritchey (who also has written for SBM).

Articles mentioned during the interview:
Naturopaths Push to Go Mainstream
Fact-checking Naturopathic Talking Points at DCFLI
A Question off the Naturopathic Licensing Exam
Petition: Naturopaths are not doctors

God of the week: Huitzilopochtli ... Which somehow turned into a discussion about how fucking awful Christopher Columbus actually was

Why we love the Internet: Crap Taxidermy! Particularly, BDSM rats.

May 19, 2016

In our first episode, Devin Scott (Skepticism by the Pint), Natalie Newell (Science Moms), and myself discuss a variety of topics:

Intros/backgrounds

March Against Monsanto

Proposition 37

March Against Myths

Glyphosate Is Not a Cancer Risk

2016 NECSS recap:


Why we love the Internet: ATC Memes

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