Episode #44: Worms with spines, Supermoon vs the Titanic and Deadly Exorcisms


The 44th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (27mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

2011 – Consilience: An African Science Podcast published its first episode.

1813 – John Snow was born. Physician, the founder of epidemiology, discovered how cholera was transmitted.

Follow Up

Lotter siblings convicted of parents’ murder.


Earliest known chordate described. Flattened worm could be ancestor of all vertebrates.

Looking for alien plants in the moonlight.

The Moon sank the Titanic with its tractor beam.

Using Google for science.

Some interesting new Guiness World Records.

Congolese crazy people kill in the name of exorcism.

Link of the Week

Danny – Upcoming documentary about James Randi

Michael – Schalzi’s review of Atlas Shrugged.

Angela – The oldest domain: http://symbolics.com/

Owen – The SA Skeptics Forum


“Doubt is the basis of all scientific progress.” – T’Pol, Star Trek: Enterprise – The Chosen Realm

“Idiots are not responsible for what they do. The real guilt falls on rational people who sit on their hands while the morons run wild. You can opt out if you want to. Play it safe. But if you do, don’t complain when the roof comes down.”
Jack McDevitt, in Odyssey (2006), Ch. 6, p. 48


Sceptics in the Pub Pretoria – 24 March 2012 @ Moyo Fountains
Sceptics in the Park Johannesburg – 25 March @ Zoo Lake

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5 Responses to Episode #44: Worms with spines, Supermoon vs the Titanic and Deadly Exorcisms

  1. Tracy McIntyre says:

    About 10 years ago, my wife and I used to go around to religious discussion forums/chat rooms and bait the Christians (Insert joke about master baiting skills). One site was particularly fun “Paltalk” (an audio chat room) we hit gold when we ran into Bob Larson, who is one of the famous evangelical exorcists. He proceeded to try to exorcising me of my demons & he kept asking my wife what was happening. I was eating a sandwich at the time and began choking because I was laughing so hard. She told him I was shaking and choking. Larson told her that was the demon fighting to stay in my body. Eventually I managed to clear my throat, apparently demons look a lot like a chewed up peanut butter and jam sandwich. That was one of my brushes with the famous, maybe someday I’ll tell you about taking leak with George Bush.

  2. Anti Tom Maydon says:

    Hi guys. thanks for the shout-out and for that story about the supermoon and the Titanic. Special request, please oh please stop the uninformed Chinese references. Many in the West see China as a megahive of homogenous hard-working and suppressed only-child short people. It’s not. There are 90-odd ethnic groups, it’s economy is in many ways less socialist than e.g. England. It Has credulous and Sceptic, religious and atheist, lazy and diligent. It’s as complex as Africa or Europe in many ways. Also Shanghai’s population is only about 23 Million – less than 1/2 RSA. Please keep it real – you do with virtually all the other topics and if you ever want to talk skepticism/superstition/TCM in China – I’d be only too happy to help.

  3. Anti Tom Maydon says:

    Just listened to skeptic Zone 177. The Irish scepticorns gave you guys a shout out! Well done.

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