Exposing PseudoAstronomy

October 23, 2016

Podcast Episode 150: Is Dark Matter Liberal Pseudoscience?


WTF is this
“Dark Matter” stuff, anyway?
Lib’ral poppycock?

Getting away from Earth and going to the biggest scales of the universe, this episode addresses dark matter. I think I can justify it as being on such an important episode (150!!) because I spend the bulk of the episode trying to make the case to you, the listener, that dark matter is real science, in contrast with pseudoscience.

There are two additional segments in this episode: Logical fallacies and two announcements, including an announcement about the release schedule (duh — it’s not exactly on the 1st and 16th of the month).

I also must apologize for the audio – again – on this episode. Only in the editing process did I hear that it sounds horribly muffled/garbled, especially during the first 6 minutes. I’ve had issues with my Blue®™ Yeti® microphone ever since I bought it more than five years ago. I think it might finally be dying, but I’ll try a few things next time and test. Sigh. Thought based on the audio starting around 20 minutes in, which is when I re-started the software, I think it’s possible that I was going in through my laptop’s microphone instead of the Yeti. Again: Sigh.

Conservapedia on the Liberal Pseudoscience of Dark Matter

Conservapedia on the Liberal Pseudoscience of Dark Matter

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7 Comments »

  1. Thanks, S. Very informative.

    Comment by expat — October 24, 2016 @ 9:14 am | Reply

  2. Thanks Stuart. That was very interesting as someone who grew up with the Dark Matter story over the years it was nice to read a good retrospective. Now on to some sadder news, in your episode you commented that “Science is science, it’s not liberal or conservative.”, there are people who consider themselves liberal who would argue otherwise. Dr Steven Novella covered a YouTube video of a student activist in South Africa calling for science to be ‘de-colonized’ (eg “Scratched out” and replaced with ‘science from an African perspective’) and she cites Newton as an example of this.

    http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/science-is-not-colonialism/

    I have also seen and read a paper written by a post-modernist that argues that the scientific method is inherently incompatible with females and minorities because objectivity is ‘sexist/racist’.

    http://nsuworks.nova.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2467&context=tqr

    The threat to science education and science as a whole is obvious.

    Comment by Graham — October 27, 2016 @ 1:07 am | Reply

    • My reading of Steve’s article is that he’s arguing just as I did that science is a-political (though in his case, a-cultural).

      Looking at just the abstract of the second article is still unconvincing that science is biased; I think what she’s arguing is that the WAY some of these COURSES are taught reinforces biases. That’s very different from actual “science” being biased.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — October 27, 2016 @ 11:04 am | Reply

    • I recall a research scientist’s characterization of post-modernism as “post-intelligence.”

      Comment by Daniel Anthony Gautreau — November 14, 2016 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  3. The religious objections to dark matter are about the same as religious objections to universal gravity (Angels push the planets around) or to modern medicine (Diseases are caused by demons or apostasy) but it does seem odd that anyone would be upset by dark matter.( Except that Conservapedia is dedicated to attempts to discredit any science, in order to discredit evolution .)

    Comment by Daniel Anthony Gautreau — October 27, 2016 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  4. My YouTube feed just offered me a long series of anti-religious cartoons collectively titled “darkmatter.”

    Comment by Daniel Anthony Gautreau — November 2, 2016 @ 1:20 am | Reply

  5. God, I legitimately am interested in the science and learning, not playing which side of the political tracks is a particular facet of science. I like how it literally doesn’t matter how militant right I am and wing-ding lefty Dr. Roberts may be. SGU might throw around tired pop-culture references like water in the ocean, but be ready when places like Pseudo Science and SGU tear an idea or premise apart with skepticism and scientific logic.

    Comment by Sam — November 3, 2016 @ 6:25 am | Reply


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