Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Is It True?
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We often hear fantastic scientific claims that would change everything if true. Such as the report that algae is growing on the outside of the International Space Station or that engineers have built a rocket that requires no propellant to accelerate. We examine news stories that seem too sensational to be valid, yet just might be – including whether a killer asteroid has Earth’s name on it.
Plus, a journalist investigates why people hold on to their beliefs even when the evidence is stacked hard against them – from skepticism about climate change to Holocaust denial. And, why professional skeptics are just as enamored with their beliefs as anyone else.
Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Lynn Rothschild / Space Plankton
Part 2: Will Storr / The Unpersuadables
Part 3: Steven Novella / Propellantless Drive
Part 4: David Morrison / Killer Space Rocks