The SGU’s Experiment
The long-running podcast The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe did an intriguing experiment for the show number 762. It was recorded in front of a live audience in Australia, with the experiment being they did the show as though it was the year 2035. They made no mention of doing something usual, they just did it.
They talked about climate change, asteroid/earth collisions, new technologies and current state of social media. And they did it really well. Especially well, when, from what I learn from George Hrab on his Geologic Podcast, you consider they didn’t do loads of prep before recording.
I did not that the group seemed a little amped up. The show mostly flowed as normal, but there was just an increased intensity.
As long as I was talking podcasts, I thought I’d recommend this excellent show to my listener. It’s called The Dream and it is in its second season.
The first season had them investigating multilevel marketing scams (MLM for short and don’t call them pyramids). The idea of these business opportunities is to recruit people to sell product (which those people have to but a certain amount to sell) and recruit other people to sell that product and recruit more people and so on. It ultimately doesn’t work. Virtually every person recruited loses money and eventually cuts their losses and quits. Some then get caught up in another MLM.
Season two tackles the wellness industry. They look into diet fads, supplements, alternative medicine, anti-vaccination, and everyone’s favorite vagina-owner Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop.
Both seasons are informative and infuriating.
Expert?! Since When?!
Last week I talked about the “Science” Channel’s new program Curse Of The Bermuda Triangle.
There isn’t any mystery about the particular chunk of the Caribbean. It gets lots of traffic and is prone to rough seas. Ships sink, planes crash, divers drown. Sometimes they are never found. It’s a big area. And it doesn’t suffer more such incidences than other comparable areas of the world’s oceans. There’s no mystery.
Well, there’s one mystery.
I mentioned that I have a friend who is involved in the show. He is introduced as an author and an expert on the Bermuda Triangle. There’s the mystery. He has written a few books. But expert on the Bermuda Triangle? Since when?!
Well, I watched the first episode which focuses on Flight 19, the naval training flight mission which, in December 1945, went off course, got lost, ran out of fuel, and ditched in the ocean. The planes and the men were never found.
It wasn’t as bad as I expected.
When my friend was consulted and he listed the silly… er… I mean paranormal explanations for Flight 19’s disappearance (aliens, “electronic fog”), the fellows weren’t buying it.
Music heard on the show…
Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: Radio Free Europe by REM and One Step Ahead by Split Enz
Second ad break bumpers: Straight To Hell by The Clash and Stigmata Martyr by Bauhaus
Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle
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