Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Science Blunders

by Gary Niederhoff on January 28, 2013

We’ve all had an “oops” moment. Scientists are no exception. Sometimes science stumbles in the steady march of progress. Find out why cold fusion is a premier example why you shouldn’t hold a press conference before publishing your results. Also, how to separate fumbles from faux-science from fraud.

Plus, why ignorance is what really drives the scientific method.

And our Hollywood skeptic poses as a psychic for Dr. Phil, while our Dr. Phil (Plait) investigates the authenticity of a life-bearing meteorite.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Phil Plait on Unlikely Evidence for Panspermia
Part 2: David Goodstein on Cold Fusion
Part 3: Michael Gordin on Pseudoscience
Part 4: Jim Underdown on Posing as a Psychic
Part 5: Stuart Firestein on Ignorance

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