Episode #42: Cell phone nuttiness, NASA and Crocodiles

The 42nd episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (19mb) and the

Tracy-Lee Dorney

Can Haz Tantrum?

file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

1737 – Thomas Paine was born. Paine was an Enlightenment philosopher, pamphleteer and one of the founders of the United States. He had all sorts of amazing achievements – including being elected to the French National Convention in 1792 (after the revolution) despite not speaking French – but the reason we’re talking about him tonight is his magisterial book, The Age of Reason. It was, among other things, a defence of deism and the an extended argument for freethought.


Tracy-Lee Dorney, of the Electromagnetic Research Foundation of South Africa, has turned her sights on MTN alleging that a trial 4G network is affecting her trees. Chances are she is confused and has blamed harmless technology for the effects of a common pest (Spanish Aphid). Ms Dorney’s application for the International Making a Huge Fuss Because I’m Ignorant of the Facts Alliance has been approved.

Researchers at NASA have developed a carbon nanotube biocapsule that could diagnose and treat an astronaut before he even realises that he’s ill. This could also, potentially, save millions of lives on Earth if used to treat diabetes or allergies.

Shieldcroc, a newly identified crocodile fossil found in Morocco, is the oldest known crocodile species in Africa.

Sponge-like organisms found in Namibian rocks are (possibly) the oldest known multi-cellular life, dating to 760- 550 million years ago.

Listener Quiz
Results from last quiz:

Do you think people landed on the moon in 1969 or was it all a hoax?

Yes – 100%

No – 0%

(Conclusive proof that our listeners are awesome!)

Link of the Week

Owen – Google Maps (there is a good reason)

Mike – Disgrace on Marc Hauser

Angela – Gizmodo


“Humans are good… at discerning subtle patterns that are really there, but equally so at imagining them when they are altogether absent.”
Carl Sagan – Cosmos


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