Exposing PseudoAstronomy

November 11, 2013

Podcast Episode 92: Spiral Galaxies and a Young Universe

Spiral Galaxies,
Young-Earth Creationists … a
Potent mixture here.

I managed to get this episode on young-Earth creationism out on time, somehow. It is not the expected episode on the Pioneer Anomaly, but, well, that required some work. This topic I could do more quickly and get out on time.

As I gear up to do an episode every few days in prep for my trip to Australia, Dec. 16 – Jan. 21, it’s going to be probably more of the same, and I have a lot of interviews slated for that time (yet to be recorded … most are yet to be confirmed, so we’ll see). I’m trying to figure out how to make an episode about the peer review process and an episode about uncertainties and errors sound interesting, for those are the next two planned at the moment.



  1. Always a please to get home and see a new episode is out! Keep up the good work Stuart!

    Comment by Jorik — November 12, 2013 @ 9:24 am | Reply

  2. That was a good episode. Though I will admit when you bought up the Whirlpool galaxy the first thing I thought was that “This galaxy is interacting…” and so finding detailed spiral structure would be no surprise.

    Comment by Graham — November 17, 2013 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  3. Not sure if this is the best place to post this… but anyway I have a suggestion for a future topic, regarding the claims discussed here: http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2013/11/19/proof-that-humans-are-extra-terrestrial/
    I know that some of it has to do with biology, but there’s a good astronomy angle in that Dr Silver claims that humans could not evolve on Earth because we can’t handle sunlight. The first thought I had was “but we evolved somewhere else that might also have sunlight?” I’d love to hear a more about the Goldilocks zone, his claims, and whether or not life could evolve with/out sunlight. (Follow the links to the Yahoo page… there’s plenty there for you to turn into a podcast I think. Especially in the comments)

    Comment by flip — November 20, 2013 @ 2:50 am | Reply

    • Planetary habitable (and galactic habitable) zones seem like a possible interesting future topic, though I’m not entirely sure of the “pseudoastronomy” angle I could take on it. Suggestions?

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — November 29, 2013 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

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