Episode #33: Houdini, prostitute donkey, and van Praagh’s zombie FAIL

The 33rd episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (22.2 mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

24 October, 1926 was Harry Houdini‘s final performance.

Harry Houdini in chains

Harry Houdini in chains


FTL neutrinos probably not a clock up.

Harold Camping’s doomsday prediction was wrong (again (SURPRISE!))


South African Department of Science and Technology to establish Astronomy Agency.

Malaria vaccine almost halves risk of malarial infection.

A Zimbabwean Man claims a prostitute turned into a donkey.

Dutch study show no link between cell phones and cancer in 450 000 Danes.

Zombies try to talk to James van Praagh.

Links of the Week

Angela: Epic, Awesome page of Physics Essays
Michael: The New England Journal of Medicine paper on the RTS,S  malaria vaccine.
Owen:  The Skeptics Dictionary – skepdic.com


“The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the universe are so remote, the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied” – Douglas Adams, the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Skeptics in the Pub – Wednesday 2 November, Brazen Head Pub, Sandton



About Michael Meadon

Michael Meadon is a graduate student in cognitive science at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. When he's not procrastinating online or propitiating his wife, he investigates the effects of rapid & unreflective facial judgments on political elections. He expects to graduate any decade now. When he was an innocent undergrad Michael studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at the University of Cape Town. Unfortunately, he had to find out for himself that "social" and "science" often don't go so well together.
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One Response to Episode #33: Houdini, prostitute donkey, and van Praagh’s zombie FAIL

  1. (Anti) Tom Maydon says:

    Hey guys

    Just an idea for a guest, I know you’ve talked about him on Skeptic Detective, Angela, but he’s a bit of a consumer advocacy champion in SA and in my view worth a chat: Dr Harris Steinman. Would just like to hear his views on regulation of CAM, food, diets, supplements; allergy diagnosis (lactose, gluten and other). I know he has a lot to say, you’ll find a fair bit on the intergooglewebtubes.

    Another source of material for next week’s show – The Big Issue. Ivo Vegter has made some good points from a pro-fracking perspective; there’s also an anti-Fracking piece there too. There’s also a piece on some worrying stuff around National Health Insurance and how CAM and Muti will be included. It’s ~R20 and it’s for a good cause and has a couple of good articles. Hey I’ll even sponsor you a copy! 🙂

    Enjoyed the last episode, thanks.


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