Episode Guide - Logic & Persuasion


2/4/14It's Just Science (Skeptoid #400) - Some pseudoscience promoters attack the messenger rather than the evidence.
Read | Listen (3:04) | Discuss
11/19/13The JFK Assassination (Skeptoid #389) - How should we regard the conspiracy theories about the assassination of John F. Kennedy?
Read | Listen (12:48) | Discuss
10/15/13Asking the Socratic Questions (Skeptoid #384) - A line of reasoning named for Socrates helps us help believers in the strange re-examine their beliefs.
Read | Listen (12:11) | Discuss
7/9/13The Science of Muzak (Skeptoid #370) - Can background music really influence our buying decisions?
Read | Listen (11:53) | Discuss
6/25/13Legislating Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #368) - Lawmakers are often pressured by ideologues to pass laws based on bad science.
Read | Listen (12:34) | Discuss
2/12/13Top 10 Best Pro-Science Celebrities (Skeptoid #349) - A list of ten Hollywood celebrities who have leveraged their fame into the promotion of science.
Read | Listen (12:34) | Discuss
11/13/12How to Tell a Good Website from a Crap Website (Skeptoid #336) - When you find a science article on the web, how do you know whether it's reliable or not?
Read | Listen (13:33) | Discuss
6/26/12Al-Ghazali and Arab-Islamic Science (Skeptoid #316) - Some say that Persian theologian al-Ghazali was solely responsible for the end of the Golden Age of science.
Read | Listen (12:32) | Discuss
5/8/12The Science and Politics of Global Warming (Skeptoid #309) - Global warming is the poster boy for failed science communication. What went wrong?
Read | Listen (12:20) | Discuss
3/6/12The Secret of the Gypsy Queen (Skeptoid #300) - In which a little girl saves her kingdom when she is the only one who does not fall for the pop pseudoscience of the day.
Read | Listen (14:09) | Discuss
2/14/12A Magical Journey through the Land of Reasoning Errors (Skeptoid #297) - Four common types of analytical errors in reasoning that we all need to beware of.
Read | Listen (11:49) | Discuss
12/27/11Approaching a Subject Skeptically (Skeptoid #290) - My process for examining a new topic, to learn whether it's fact or fiction.
Read | Listen (10:44) | Discuss
10/25/11The Science of Voting (Skeptoid #281) - Are democratic elections actually as free and fair as we think they are?
Read | Listen (11:03) | Discuss
7/19/11Zeno's Paradoxes (Skeptoid #267) - Greek philosopher Zeno proved that movement was impossible with a few simple paradoxes.
Read | Listen (12:11) | Discuss
6/28/11Conspiracy Theorists Aren't Crazy (Skeptoid #264) - We usually dismiss conspiracy theorists as crazy people; but that doesn't tell the whole story.
Read | Listen (11:52) | Discuss
8/3/10Some New Logical Fallacies (Skeptoid #217) - Skeptoid looks at some newer logical fallacies, often used in place of sound arguments.
Read | Listen (12:08) | Discuss
1/5/10Emergency Handbook: What to Do When a Friend Loves Woo (Skeptoid #187) - How you can help a friend or loved one with a potentially harmful pseudoscientific belief
Read | Listen (11:58) | Discuss
8/18/09Should Science Debate Pseudoscience? (Skeptoid #167) - Do debates against pseudoscience advance the cause of science, or do they do more harm than good?
Read | Listen (11:34) | Discuss
7/21/09How to Make Skepticism Commercial (Skeptoid #163) - Critical thinking offers the opposite of what seems to be popular. How do we get people to want it?
Read | Listen (11:17) | Discuss
6/30/09Sarah Palin Is Not Stupid (Skeptoid #160) - Is an ad hominem attack really the best way to express disagreement?
Read | Listen (10:26) | Discuss
5/26/09NLP: Neuro-linguistic Programming (Skeptoid #155) - Is Neuro-linguistic Programming really a scientific psychotherapy breakthrough, or just a New Age self-help trend?
Read | Listen (12:03) | Discuss
12/30/08Who Is Closed Minded, the Skeptic or the Believer? (Skeptoid #134) - Skeptics and believers both tend to accuse each other of similar faults in their thinking.
Read | Listen (11:37) | Discuss
8/26/08How to Be a Skeptic and Still Have Friends (Skeptoid #116) - Being known as a skeptic is not necessarily good for your social life. Here's how to overcome the difficulties.
Read | Listen (8:51) | Discuss
2/26/08Despicable Vulture Scumbags (Skeptoid #89) - My thoughts on a company that sells useless pseudoscientific hardware to an ALS victim.
Read | Listen (10:31) | Discuss
11/13/07A Magical Journey through the Land of Logical Fallacies - Part 2 (Skeptoid #74) - The second part of our exploration of logical fallacies.
Read | Listen (11:54) | Discuss
11/6/07A Magical Journey through the Land of Logical Fallacies - Part 1 (Skeptoid #73) - An examination of many of the most common logical fallacies.
Read | Listen (13:14) | Discuss
8/28/07Subliminal Seduction (Skeptoid #63) - How true is Wilson Key's magnum opus work about subliminal advertising?
Read | Listen (9:11) | Discuss
6/30/07Science Magazines Violating Their Own Missions (Skeptoid #52) - Do science magazines undermine themselves by publishing ads for pseudoscientific products?
Read | Listen (7:19) | Discuss
5/16/07The Importance of Teaching Critical Thinking (Skeptoid #45) - There is perhaps no more importance task before us than teaching critical thinking to young people.
Read | Listen (7:33) | Discuss
4/6/07How to Spot Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #37) - This 15-point checklist will help you tell science from pseudoscience.
Read | Listen (11:45) | Discuss
2/5/07Scientists Are Not Created Equal (Skeptoid #25) - Does calling someone a "scientist" mean that he knows anything at all?
Read | Listen (6:51) | Discuss
1/1/07The "New" Bill of Rights (Skeptoid #18) - An amended Bill of Rights to better reflect modern American values.
Read | Listen (4:37) | Discuss
12/11/06A Primer on Scientific Testing (Skeptoid #13) - Understand the basics of scientific testing.
Read | Listen (7:15) | Discuss
11/30/06An Evolution Primer for Young Earth Creationists (Skeptoid #10) - Evolution 101 for Young Earth Creationists who want to know better.
Read | Listen (8:11) | Discuss

 

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