Standing as the longest running and most successful science podcast, The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe balances informative and fresh discussion with a lighthearted, conversational rapport between its five panelists. Helmed by neurologist Dr. Steven Novella, and starring his brothers Bob and Jay, Rebecca Watson, and Evan Bernstein, The Skeptics' Guide ranks not only as one of the best podcasts available, but also as one of the most important, confronting a world teeming with fanatics and frauds.
The cast discusses doomsday ‘prophets,’ and other wrongdoers before remembering Christopher Hitchens after his death to cancer. Steve entered enemy territory and appeared on Dr. Oz, and a Texan school board chose evolution materials over creationistic propaganda. The cast plays ‘Name That Logical Fallacy,’ ‘Science or Fiction?’ and the new game ‘Is it a Dinosaur?’ before Jay closes the show with a skeptical quote.
Listen to a sample of this episode.
0:09:00 – This Day in Science
0:39:00 – News
3:39:00 – Remembering Christopher Hitchens
4:09:30 – Who’s That Noisy?
4:25:00 – Name That Logical Fallacy
4:46:30 – Emails
5:23:30 – Science or Fiction
5:51:00 – Skeptical Quote
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe was a production of The New England Skeptical Society and SGU Productions. All clips in this episode are the property of those parties. It was produced by Steven Novella. The percentage of the original show in this episode is approximately 9% (5hrs 53min/68hrs 20min). This episode has been mastered at 48kbp/s, at the original audio quality of the shows available to us. Timestamp notes are available here.
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Dr. Steven Novella is a board certified clinical neurologist, assistant professor and Director of General Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. In 1996 he co-founded the Connecticut Skeptical Society with his brothers and friend Perry DeAngelis, assuming the position of President. It later became the New England Skeptical Society. In 2005, the organization started The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, which Novella hosts and produces to this day.
Robert Novella co-founded the Connecticut Skeptical Society with his brother, and currently serves as Vice President of the New England Skeptical Society. From his official biography—“He has written numerous articles that are widely published in the skeptical literature and has a special interest in physics and astronomy, their abuse by pseudoscientists, and methods of self-deception.”
Watson founded the popular Skepchick blog in 2005, describing it as “an organization dedicated to promoting skepticism and critical thinking among women around the world.” In 2006 she joined The Skeptics' Guide as a permanent panelist.
Novella is the Marketing and Technology director of the New England Skeptical Society and a board member of the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism. He appeared on the debut episode of The Skeptics' Guide, but did not star again on the podcast until a year later when he became a regular panelist.
Bernstein is the chairman of the Connecticut chapter of the New England Skeptical Society and the technical advisor for the Society’s practical field work. Bernstein works in television production. He founded many of The Skeptics' Guide’s segments, including the Skeptical Puzzle and Who’s That Noisy.
(Left to right): Joshie Berger, George Hrab, Phil Plait, Jamy Ian Swiss