Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Check the Skeptics

by Gary Niederhoff on June 16, 2014

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Check the Skeptics

One day, coffee is good for you; the next, it’s not. And it seems that everything you eat is linked to cancer, according to research. But scientific studies are not always accurate. Insufficient data, biased measurements, or a faulty analysis can trip them up. And that’s why scientists are always skeptical.

Hear one academic say that more than half of all published results are wrong, but that science still remains the best tool we have for learning about nature.

Also, a cosmologist points to reasons why science can never give us all the answers.

And why the heck are scientists so keen to put a damper on spontaneous combustion?

Studies discussed in this episode:

Chocolate and red wine aren’t good for you after all
The Moon is younger than we thought

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: John Ioannidis – Science Follies
Part 2: Skeptical Poker
Part 3: Marcelo Gleiser – Limits of Science
Part 4: Joe Schwarcz – Healthy Skepticism

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