Skeptic Check: Friends Like These

Big Picture Science show

Summary: <p>We love our family and friends, but sometimes their ideas about how the world works seem a little wacky. We asked BiPiSci listeners to share examples of what they can’t believe their loved-ones believe, no matter how much they hear rational explanations to the contrary. Then we asked some scientists about those beliefs, to get their take.</p> <p>Discover whether newspaper ink causes cancer … if King Tut really did add a curse to his sarcophagus … the efficacy of examining your irises – iridology – to diagnose disease … and more!</p> <p>Oh, and what about string theory? Is it falsifiable?</p> <h2>Guests:</h2> <ul> <li> <strong><a href="">Steven Novella</a></strong> – Physician at Yale University, host of the podcast, <a href="">“Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe”</a> </li> <li> <strong><a href="">Matthew Hutson</a></strong> – Author of <i><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0452298903&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=arweal-20">The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane</a><img src=";l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0452298903" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style=""></i> </li> <li> <strong><a href="">Brian Greene</a></strong> – Physicist, Columbia University, author of <i><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0307278123&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=arweal-20">The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos</a><img src=";l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0307278123" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style=""></i> and <i><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0375708111&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=arweal-20">The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory</a><img src=";l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0375708111" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style=""></i> </li> <li> <strong><a href="">Guy Harrison</a></strong> – Author of <i><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1616144955&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=arweal-20">50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True</a><img src=";l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1616144955" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style=""></i> and, most recently, <i><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=161614727X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=arweal-20">50 Simple Questions for Every Christian</a><img src=";l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=161614727X" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style=""></i> </li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Descripción en español</a></strong></p>