Friday, February 02, 2007

Skeptiko

A new podcast, called Skeptiko, has just started releasing episodes. It's about controversial scientific issues, and the scientific method. I've enjoyed the two episodes so far, so if you're interested in this sort of thing, you can download the shows from the official site or the usual way through iTunes.

The reason I mention this is to follow up my review of Dean Radin's book below. He was just on Skeptiko talking about the book and more. What I found quite cool is that the interviewer gave Radin several opportunities to put down "skeptical" critics - for example, by accusing them of fiddling with statistics in order to support their own agenda - but Radin did not go for it. Instead, he (rightly) pointed out that it's a double-edged sword. Every scientist, consciously or not, is going to focus on the results and methods that support their hypothesis, which is why it's good that there are proponents of both sides of the issue to bring balance.

Apparently Dr. Radin is now working on some research involving one of my favourite things in the world: chocolate. This place is where he gets the chocolate. I wish it was possible to taste things through a computer screen. If this research works out, I just might have to change my PhD dissertation to a replication of it. Of course, it will require constant sampling of the chocolate to make sure it's still good. For science.

3 comments:

Jason said...

Did you see the hour long documentary on chocolate on the CBC a couple weeks ago? Very good and interesting. I learned that a good chocolate should make a 'snap' sound when you break off a piece.

Phronk said...

I didn't see that, but it sounds like something worth looking up (I wonder if people put CBC documentaries on Bittorrent?). Mmmm, just imagining that "snap" is making me hungry.

R2K said...

Cool link thanks.