Consilience – Episode #64: Citation Needed, “False” Prophets and Fake Crap

Crazy eyes and a fancy hat

Crazy eyes and a fancy hat

The 64th episode of Consilience is here! You can download the mp3 here (26mb) and the file’s page on is here.


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

Guest special segments

  1. Patrick: News headlines from Around the world in 5 minutes
    1. Alexandra Hospital neglect: Jeremy Hunt ‘disgusted’
    2. New strain of winter vomiting bug norovirus: Sydney 2012
    3. National Cathedral to have same-sex marriages.
    4. Grandfather saves family by sheltering in the sea to escape lethal Tasmania wildfire
    5. Zombie planet Formanhaut b “shocks” scientists.
    6. Milder temperatures reduce wildfire danger across southern Australia as scores of blazes burn.
    7. UN rings alarm over conditions of domestic workers
  2. Chris: Citation Needed
    1. Today’s link: Wide Binary Stars Wreak Havoc in Planetary Systems
    2. Next time’s link: ‘Tricorder’ Closer to Reality


  1. Gambia to slaughter AIDS patients
  2. Labrador-sized dinosaurs walked Earth “243 million years ago”
  3. Study shows lion population plummeting as habitat disappears
  4. Zimbabwean prophet uses power of Jesus to rape woman.
  5. Fake Crap


Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

I’ve been around long enough to know how ignorant I am. I don’t assume the universe obeys my preconceptions. Huh! But I know a frelling fact when it hits me in the face!”~Rygel, Farscape.



  1. Pretoria
    1. Sceptics in the Pub. Saturday 26th January, 12:30. Venue TBD.

Link of the week

Chris: Albert Bartlett’s population growth lecture.

Patrick: Encyclopedia of Life.

Owen: Gauteng Skeptics Google+ Community

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3 Responses to Consilience – Episode #64: Citation Needed, “False” Prophets and Fake Crap

  1. Tracy M says:

    Missing the podcast, hope you haven’t given up entirely.

    Could you recommend a good online South African newspaper. I’ve been trying to keep up with other parts of the world. I don’t want to be one of those self-centered ugly Americans… or at least be a well informed self-centered ugly American.


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