Episode #57: Martian Robots, Cellphone Idiots and Dinosaur Double-whammy

It’s totes a commbadge.

The 57th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (30mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

  1. 1576 – The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe‘s Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven. Johannes Kepler and all that stuff. Hven, an island in the Øresund between Zealand and Scania. King Frederick II of Denmark gave it to him.


  1. Parliament has rejected the DoBE’s catch-up plan, which isn’t even as good as it was described in ep.52; study guides are out.
  2. 5,000 more brand new textbooks found dumped in Limpopo, while Motshekga is trying to use “lack of resources” as part of her constitutional argument.


  1. Curiosity!!!!!11111111111111111111elebenty!!
    1. Doing checks and boring stuff ATM
    2. What’s new.
    3. Specs.
  2. How single-celled life specialised into multi-celled life via division of labour
  3. Government idiots want to put warning labels on cellphones
  4. More evidence building up that the Chicxulub impact wasn’t the sole cause of the KT Extinction


Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

Nothing beats the power of nature for putting our self-importance in check.
— Dr. Hood
Eleventh Hour (US), season 1, episode 15, “Electro”


  1. Johannesburg
    1. SFSA Star Trek Minicon – Saturday 18th August, 10:00 till 19:00. Wits Medical School
    2. Sceptics in the Park – Sunday 19th August, 13:00. Rose Garden, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia
  2. Pretoria
    1. Sceptics in the Pub – Saturday 18th August, 12:30. Venue to be advised.



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2 Responses to Episode #57: Martian Robots, Cellphone Idiots and Dinosaur Double-whammy

  1. Tom Maydon says:

    There are a fair few sceptical interest topics to discuss around the Lonmin tragedy. The first being the use of sangomas to make the miners invisible to bullets. The latest that I’ve found is this religious nut (in a Phelpian rant) blaming the usual “sins” of humanity on the massacre:


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