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This Week: Floating Frogs, Copper Bracelets, & Quantum

A previously unaired episode from  "Lost in Diskspace!" of the Gritty Reboot: What is Pseudoscience?  From toxin removal to magnetic bracelets, Dan leads Sam and Becky through understanding why pseudoscientific explanations can be so convincing to even science enthusiasts.  

32.6 May 19, 2018 00:56:59

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  • What is science? So, what is pseudoscience?
  • scientific method, null hypothesis, experimentation, replication, peer review
  • continental drift
  • fraudulent science (Piltdown Man, using academy to hoax)
  • Ear candling, foot pads, foot bath "toxin" extraction
  • lay lines, ether, acupuncture
  • naturalistic fallacy vs. natural remedies verified by science (aspirin)
  • copper bracelets vs. high fructose corn syrup
  • magnetic bracelets
  • The case of the "floating" frog
  • Science journalism sensationalizing studies
  • IR cold laser treatment
  • Quantum...whatever that means
  • Paleo dieting, the gluten-free craze, and resveritrol red wine marketing
  • Glowing Scorpions

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JM May 20, 2018 at 7:29 pm

While I was working on my geology degree, a few of my coworkers at my part-time retail job asked me in all seriousness if any of my classes covered crystals and their ‘powers’. I had to hold back on my patented “Are you stupid??” look over my glasses as I explained about piezoelectric effect on quartz crystals that powers certain watches. Apparently, this wasn’t the answer they were looking for.


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