Exposing PseudoAstronomy

April 1, 2013

Podcast #69: The Solar Neutrino “Problem”

I was all set to do a few other episodes, and I was re-kajiggering the schedule of episodes for the next several months. I realized that – gasp! – I had almost nothing planned picking on young-Earth creationists! And it had been about 20 episodes since I had last done it.

Clearly, I had been neglectful, so this episode deals with one of the more technical but one of my more favorite topics in young-Earth creationism: The Solar Neutrino “Problem.” Listen to the episode, especially towards the end of the main segment, and I think you’ll see why I like it so much.

Otherwise, in this episode we have the solutions to the past two puzzlers, a new puzzler for this one, and three announcements of upcoming talks: Colorado School of Mines on April 12 (Apollo moon hoax), Denver Skepticamp on April 27 (image anomalies), and TAM in mid-July.



  1. Puzzler: If i recall correctly the photons are created when the hydrogen is fused into helium at the core of the sun? The photons then pinball around from the core until they leave the surface “bouncing” off the hydrogen atoms that constitute the sun all along the journey. There is such a distance and so many hydrogen atoms to ping off it takes an enormous amount of time for photons to get out. This is from Astronomy 101 recall from 1992, so I might be all wet or god did it. (If I am correct I dedicate this answer to Prof Larry Marschall. If wrong I only have myself to blame.)

    Comment by Nigel — April 2, 2013 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  2. Good podcast. Very dense and nutrient-rich. I recently posted a blog post intro to anciet aliens. I just couldn’t do Richard C, Hoagland. I’m not posting as often as I’d like, but I’ve recently gotten a new job, so that might partially explain my lackadaisical posting habit. I always listen to your podcasts.

    Comment by Julian Janssen — April 2, 2013 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  3. That was not only a very good podcast, it was a very interesting one. I learned a few things I didn’t know before and as you’ve said it’s a wonderful illustration of how science actually works.

    Comment by Graham — April 3, 2013 @ 3:00 am | Reply

    • Thanks, glad you liked it!

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — April 3, 2013 @ 11:03 am | Reply

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