Exposing PseudoAstronomy

March 2, 2014

Podcast Episode 102: Q&A and D at the Launceston Skeptics in the Pub

Filed under: astronomy,podcast,skepticism — Stuart Robbins @ 10:25 am
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A past recording
Of Q, A, and D because
I have been busy ;-).

It was a short and busy month, so I dug back in the archives and brought up audio that I intended to release anyway, a Q&A and discussion segment recorded immediately following my talk at the Launceston Skeptics in the Pub from January. It has been edited down from 45 to about 30 minutes, and keep in mind that the audio was recorded with the microphone near me, in a small room, with about 30 people in the small room and windows to the outside open.

That said, I’ve been working on planning out the next few months’ of episodes, and I think that you’ll enjoy them. They run the gamut from basic science to conspiracy, Planet X to Martian pyramids, and my first podcast-related foray into the wide-wide world of crazy that is the Electric Universe.


  1. Looking forwards to the Pyramids of Mars episode, will you be mentioning the Dr Who series from 1975? The only reason I ask that that is the earliest mention of the idea of Pyramids on Mars that I can remember, though doubtless the idea goes back further.

    Comment by Graham — March 7, 2014 @ 9:51 am | Reply

    • I have never seen a Dr. Who episode.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — March 7, 2014 @ 9:53 am | Reply

      • Then you missed some of the scariest stuff children were allowed to watch back in the 70’s

        Here is a link to the wikipedia page on the serial.


        Steampunk indeed, tsk tsk tsk..

        Comment by Graham — March 7, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

  2. Sorry to read about the episode glitch. I’m looking forward to the Jupiter episode and the Pioneer Anomaly whenever that appears.

    Comment by Graham — March 12, 2014 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks a lot for this episode, even if it was put together at the last moment. I tracked back through the links and found it interesting that Psarris has been peddling his nonsense for such a long time. Evidently he’s had to reduce the price on his DVDs from $19.99 to $15.

    Anyway, he totally misunderstands why scientists do what they do. It’s amusing how he trumpets the fact that he was once an atheist, as if that had any significance. I’d be more impressed if he told us he had been a skeptic but found evidence that moved him towards YEC Christianity.

    Yes, it does seem to be a constant for just about every YEC who I’ve heard or read, that they must mention “evolution”, “evolutionist”, “darwin”, or “darwinist” as often as possible. I wonder what that means?

    Oh, by the way, in your introduction to the podcast, you mention, “sew doubt”, which probably would be useful if YECs were doing philosophical clothing repair. You might want to try the agricultural version instead: “sow doubt”.

    I’m looking forward to the future podcasts you listed.

    Comment by Rick K. — March 13, 2014 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

    • I also found that interesting, him lowering his prices. Not sure why he did that, maybe they’re not selling and he’s trying to move old inventory.

      I’ve heard other YECs drop the “evolution” stuff before, but it seemed to me that Psarris was particularly egregious about it. It was *really* annoying, and I think that came through in the episode.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — March 13, 2014 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

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