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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

By Dr. Steven Novella

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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly science podcast discussing the latest science news, critical thinking, bad science, conspiracies and controversies. -The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: Your escape to reality - Produced by SGU Productions, LLC:

Customer Reviews

Science heavy, skeptic light

Let me preface with this: I haven’t listened in a while, like someone else mostly because of Cara. I liked her at first but didn’t mesh quite like early Rebecca and it’s hard to replace. To be fair I stopped listening in Rebecca’s last year before coming back with Cara because Rebecca too had become intolerable.
Topics now are very science oriented and don’t hit the skepticism like they used to. I know there are only so many ways to cover UFOs and it’s hard to do for every week for the last 10+ years but newer skeptic topics seem to be lost somewhere and pushed to the side for a science topic.
I love science and this is a big reason I got into science (started out as a history major...these guys made me a chemist and material scientist my freshman year), but I love the journey of science and reasoning of it more than just listening to a simplified nature article that misses the nuances.
I highly recommend the first 5-6 years especially first 2 because it’s more off the cuff and developing. When it was a podcast for NESS and not the broader public.
Another aside the guys are amazing personally they went out of their way for a present for my now husband when we first started dating and it’s still on our coffee table and we display it proudly. I’ve met Rebecca Watson on a handful of occasions and she is also very nice and interesting but became to political for me personally.

TLDR: great people who make the podcast, if you like a science podcast listen to the latest ones if you want to hear skepticism and learn listen to the early years.

Blind Leading the Blind

I stopped listening to this podcast primarily because of Cara Santa Maria. Anyone can ask questions, but when you are attempting to explain something out of your field, it is NOT okay to create false narratives that you think make a cohesive story. Particularly when it comes to biological sciences, it is very clear that she has no idea what she's talking about. Which is fine until she says things that are false in an attempt to make sense of things. Very disappointing that this show has a large following and spreading false information on topics like brain mapping and generic research.

Essential Podcast

This is the one I make sure I listen to every week. It's also one of the few I support financially. It's an easy, fun way to learn one of life's most vital skills: critical thinking.

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