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Wet Blanket Skeptics Podcast

Harrison & Jake

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Wet Blanket Skeptics Podcast
Wet Blanket Skeptics Podcast

Wet Blanket Skeptics Podcast

Harrison & Jake

3
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7
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Can two skeptics solve the world’s issues? Scientific skepticism is the practice of seeking whether extraordinary claims are supported by extraordinary evidence. It may be helpful not to think of skepticism as the opposite of optimism, but as the opposite of unquestioning certainty.In this weekly podcast, Harrison and Jake use a combination of science, skepticism, free thought and rationality to challenge all popular and unpopular beliefs. As a general warning, if you hold views near and dear to your heart, they may be challenged in this podcast. We often attempt to challenge our own beliefs in order to let nothing go unquestioned. As a result, we will frequently get off-topic and there will be swearing, name-calling and jokes in very poor taste. Welcome to the Wet Blanket Skeptics podcast, where there are no sacred cows allowed.

Latest Episodes

2018-08-27: The Illusion of Explanatory Depth, Optimism Bias, and Futurism

In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about the illusion of explanatory depth, optimism bias, Alex Jones, Tinder, bitcoin, socialism, capitalism, economics, the war against the media, futurism, and teleportation. References: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/~rlawson/PDF_Files/L-M&C-2006.pdf https://twistedsifter.com/2016/04/artist-asks-people-to-draw-bicycle-from-memory-and-renders-results/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-infowars/apple-youtube-and-others-drop-conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-idUSKBN1KR0MZ https://gizmodo.com/woman-tricks-dozens-of-men-on-tinder-into-showing-up-fo-1828467914 https://www.npr.org/2017/03/02/517915510/americas-complacent-class-how-self-segregation-is-leading-to-stagnation

58 MIN2018 AUG 27
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2018-08-27: The Illusion of Explanatory Depth, Optimism Bias, and Futurism

2016-12-04: The Sunk Cost Fallacy

In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about recording in-person, the sunk cost fallacy, Richard Spencer, the election results, the Pope, zipper merging, sacred cows, and lessons learned. References: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/251836-we-re-so-self-important-everybody-s-going-to-save-something-now-save http://arstechnica.com/cars/2014/07/the-beauty-of-zipper-merging-or-why-you-should-drive-ruder/ Harrison’s recommendedpodcasts: http://pennsundayschool.com/ Skepticism:http://www.theskepticsguide.org/andhttp://ohnopodcast.com/ Rationality:http://rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/ Economics:http://www.econtalk.org/ Politics:http://the-e-r-podcast.foreignpolicy.com/

87 MIN2016 DEC 4
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2016-12-04: The Sunk Cost Fallacy

2016-11-20: Ramble On

In this week's podcast, Harrison, Jake and Joe talk about the election results, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, diabetes, the Bermuda Triangle, space travel, and audio issues. References: http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/11/07/tuesday-shouldnt-change-the-narrative/ http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/myths/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccdfzq2M1Ec https://www.facebook.com/officialdanagould/posts/947789788661093 http://skepdic.com/bermuda.html http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/12/trans-teen-suicide-spike-post-election https://www.washingtonpost.com/2016-election-results/us-presidential-race/

49 MIN2016 NOV 20
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2016-11-20: Ramble On

2016-11-13: Sugar

In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about voting, TCM, meteorology, sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, addiction, food documentaries, DNA, and the Bermuda triangle. References: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-scientists-great-barrier-reef.html#nRlv https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/14/great-barrier-reef-severe-stress-not-dead-yet http://www.yalescientific.org/2010/09/mythbusters-does-sugar-really-make-children-hyper/ https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/high-fructose-corn-syrup/ https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-sweetener-wars-hfcs-strikes-back/ http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/high-fructose-corn-syrup-addictive-myth/ https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/does-the-movie-fed-up-make-sense/ https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4088 http://azdailysun.com/news/national/human-dna-tied-mostly-to-single-exodus-from-africa-long/article_4dd9c676-bf0c-52c0-8a79-8249722ef66d.htm

68 MIN2016 NOV 13
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2016-11-13: Sugar

2016-11-06: Skepticism 201

In this week's podcast, Harrison, Jake, and Joe talk about the show’s final episodes, Katie May, chiropractic, unfriending on social media, scientism, Skepchick, Rebecca Watson, elevatorgate, rape accusations, Exxon, the Great Barrier Reef, and devil’s milk. References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9TpRfDdyU0 http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2016/10/20/mystery-solved-chiropractic-manipulation-of-the-neck-did-cause-katie-mays-death-from-stroke/ https://gimletmedia.com/episode/9-forensic-science http://www.innocenceproject.org/ http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp http://www.theskepticsguide.org/ http://skepchick.org/ http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-1004-tavris-what-is-rape-20151004-story.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGMi0UtvTIc http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-18/exxon-decides-to-fight-new-york-s-climate-change-probe http://www.outsideonline.com/2112086/obituary-great-barrier-reef-25-million-bc-2016 http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sc...

79 MIN2016 NOV 6
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2016-11-06: Skepticism 201

2016-10-09: Scientism

In this week's podcast, Harrison, Jake, and Joe talk about racism, heroin, vaccine-preventable diseases, chiropractic, scientism, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kurt Vonnegut, climate change, and time crystals. References: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin/what-are-immediate-short-term-effects-heroin-use http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/heroin/organs.html http://time.com/27308/4-diseases-making-a-comeback-thanks-to-anti-vaxxers/ http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/586 https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0393082067 http://rationallyspeaking.blogspot.com/2013/08/steven-pinker-embraces-scientism-bad.html https://gradycarter.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/20120831-115749.jpg http://www.popsci.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-just-proposed-government-that-doesnt-work http://s3.amazonaws.com/libapps/accounts/9119/images/notripevpyr.jpg http://www.openculture.com/2016/07/in-1988-kurt-vonnegut-gives-seven-pieces-advice-to-people-living-in-2088.html http://www.climatecentral...

71 MIN2016 OCT 9
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2016-10-09: Scientism

2016-10-02: Joe and the Litmus Test

In this week's podcast, Jake is absent, so Harrison performs a skeptical litmus test on Joe, where they talk about vaccines, psychics, ghosts, conspiracy theories, and more. *Spoiler alert for Zoolander 2* References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdZTZQvuCo http://www.skepticink.com/tombc/

61 MIN2016 OCT 2
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2016-10-02: Joe and the Litmus Test

2016-09-25: Placebo

In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about the illusion of explanatory depth, randomized controlled trials, placebos, placebo effects, alternative medicine, marijuana, and a Chinese satellite. References: http://herewearepodcast.com//episode/64/philip-fernbach http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/09/02/492394717/fda-bans-19-chemicals-used-in-antibacterial-soaps https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_in_the_Land_of_Chalk_Drawings https://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/08/21/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0A_7JVce2g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-hYHqnyhvI http://huffpost.com/us/entry/203990 https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-it-worked-for-me-gambit/ http://bestbuds.com/fbi-hackers-smoke-weed/ http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/chinas-tiangong-1-space-station-will-fall-to-earth--somewhere--in-2017-20160921-grlodq.html

80 MIN2016 SEP 25
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2016-09-25: Placebo

2016-09-18: #election2016 Again

Inthisweek'spodcast,HarrisonandJaketalkaboutbidets,RobZombie,third-partycandidates,Clintoncash,theTrumpFoundation,GaryJohnson,Aleppo,JillStein,AjamuBaraka,votingstrategies,truth,andconspiracytheorists. References: http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-bidet-toilet-seat-washlet/ http://chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/f/Can-You-Drink-Distilled-Water.htm http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/evidence/gold.html http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/jul/07/fact-checking-donations-clinton-foundation/ http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/9/12/1569223/-The-Trump-Foundation-is-a-real-scandal-and-it-should-be-a-campaign-ending-scandal http://www.politifact.com/personalities/gary-johnson/ https://www.reddit.com/r/skeptic/comments/4yf1kk/cnn_recently_hosted_a_green_party_town_hall_i/ http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gist/2016/09/former_bush_adviser_kori_schake_explains_her_pledge_to_vote_for_hillary.html http://thehill.com/policy/defense/295409-johnson-tops-among-veterans ht...

86 MIN2016 SEP 18
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2016-09-18: #election2016 Again

2016-09-11: Mental Illness

Inthisweek'spodcast,HarrisonandJaketalkaboutjetfuel,steelbeams,lifestraws,pulchronomics,theautismspectrum,methaneclathrate,thedifferencemodel,denialofmentalillness,depression,Politifact,andprotestingoilpipelines. References: http://www.givewell.org/international/health/water/process http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martha-ts-laham-/sitting-pretty-good-looking-people-make-more-money-but-its-not-all-roses_b_8203894.html http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2014/08/how-much-methane-came-out-of-that-hole-in-siberia/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane_clathrate http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/health/flossing-teeth-cavities.html http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/most-depressed-adults-in-the-u-s-remain-untreated/# http://mentalpod.com/ https://www.netflix.com/title/80046193 http://www.heraldnet.com/news/state-to-receive-14-million-for-mental-health-facilities/ http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...

71 MIN2016 SEP 11
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2016-09-11: Mental Illness

Latest Episodes

2018-08-27: The Illusion of Explanatory Depth, Optimism Bias, and Futurism

In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about the illusion of explanatory depth, optimism bias, Alex Jones, Tinder, bitcoin, socialism, capitalism, economics, the war against the media, futurism, and teleportation. References: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/~rlawson/PDF_Files/L-M&C-2006.pdf https://twistedsifter.com/2016/04/artist-asks-people-to-draw-bicycle-from-memory-and-renders-results/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-infowars/apple-youtube-and-others-drop-conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-idUSKBN1KR0MZ https://gizmodo.com/woman-tricks-dozens-of-men-on-tinder-into-showing-up-fo-1828467914 https://www.npr.org/2017/03/02/517915510/americas-complacent-class-how-self-segregation-is-leading-to-stagnation

58 MIN2018 AUG 27
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2018-08-27: The Illusion of Explanatory Depth, Optimism Bias, and Futurism

2016-12-04: The Sunk Cost Fallacy

In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about recording in-person, the sunk cost fallacy, Richard Spencer, the election results, the Pope, zipper merging, sacred cows, and lessons learned. References: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/251836-we-re-so-self-important-everybody-s-going-to-save-something-now-save http://arstechnica.com/cars/2014/07/the-beauty-of-zipper-merging-or-why-you-should-drive-ruder/ Harrison’s recommendedpodcasts: http://pennsundayschool.com/ Skepticism:http://www.theskepticsguide.org/andhttp://ohnopodcast.com/ Rationality:http://rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/ Economics:http://www.econtalk.org/ Politics:http://the-e-r-podcast.foreignpolicy.com/

87 MIN2016 DEC 4
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2016-12-04: The Sunk Cost Fallacy

2016-11-20: Ramble On

In this week's podcast, Harrison, Jake and Joe talk about the election results, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, diabetes, the Bermuda Triangle, space travel, and audio issues. References: http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/11/07/tuesday-shouldnt-change-the-narrative/ http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/myths/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccdfzq2M1Ec https://www.facebook.com/officialdanagould/posts/947789788661093 http://skepdic.com/bermuda.html http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/12/trans-teen-suicide-spike-post-election https://www.washingtonpost.com/2016-election-results/us-presidential-race/

49 MIN2016 NOV 20
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2016-11-20: Ramble On

2016-11-13: Sugar

In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about voting, TCM, meteorology, sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, addiction, food documentaries, DNA, and the Bermuda triangle. References: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-scientists-great-barrier-reef.html#nRlv https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/14/great-barrier-reef-severe-stress-not-dead-yet http://www.yalescientific.org/2010/09/mythbusters-does-sugar-really-make-children-hyper/ https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/high-fructose-corn-syrup/ https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-sweetener-wars-hfcs-strikes-back/ http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/high-fructose-corn-syrup-addictive-myth/ https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/does-the-movie-fed-up-make-sense/ https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4088 http://azdailysun.com/news/national/human-dna-tied-mostly-to-single-exodus-from-africa-long/article_4dd9c676-bf0c-52c0-8a79-8249722ef66d.htm

68 MIN2016 NOV 13
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2016-11-13: Sugar

2016-11-06: Skepticism 201

In this week's podcast, Harrison, Jake, and Joe talk about the show’s final episodes, Katie May, chiropractic, unfriending on social media, scientism, Skepchick, Rebecca Watson, elevatorgate, rape accusations, Exxon, the Great Barrier Reef, and devil’s milk. References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9TpRfDdyU0 http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2016/10/20/mystery-solved-chiropractic-manipulation-of-the-neck-did-cause-katie-mays-death-from-stroke/ https://gimletmedia.com/episode/9-forensic-science http://www.innocenceproject.org/ http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp http://www.theskepticsguide.org/ http://skepchick.org/ http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-1004-tavris-what-is-rape-20151004-story.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGMi0UtvTIc http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-18/exxon-decides-to-fight-new-york-s-climate-change-probe http://www.outsideonline.com/2112086/obituary-great-barrier-reef-25-million-bc-2016 http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sc...

79 MIN2016 NOV 6
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2016-11-06: Skepticism 201

2016-10-09: Scientism

In this week's podcast, Harrison, Jake, and Joe talk about racism, heroin, vaccine-preventable diseases, chiropractic, scientism, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kurt Vonnegut, climate change, and time crystals. References: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin/what-are-immediate-short-term-effects-heroin-use http://www.narconon.org/drug-abuse/heroin/organs.html http://time.com/27308/4-diseases-making-a-comeback-thanks-to-anti-vaxxers/ http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/586 https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0393082067 http://rationallyspeaking.blogspot.com/2013/08/steven-pinker-embraces-scientism-bad.html https://gradycarter.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/20120831-115749.jpg http://www.popsci.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-just-proposed-government-that-doesnt-work http://s3.amazonaws.com/libapps/accounts/9119/images/notripevpyr.jpg http://www.openculture.com/2016/07/in-1988-kurt-vonnegut-gives-seven-pieces-advice-to-people-living-in-2088.html http://www.climatecentral...

71 MIN2016 OCT 9
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2016-10-09: Scientism

2016-10-02: Joe and the Litmus Test

In this week's podcast, Jake is absent, so Harrison performs a skeptical litmus test on Joe, where they talk about vaccines, psychics, ghosts, conspiracy theories, and more. *Spoiler alert for Zoolander 2* References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfdZTZQvuCo http://www.skepticink.com/tombc/

61 MIN2016 OCT 2
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2016-10-02: Joe and the Litmus Test

2016-09-25: Placebo

In this week's podcast, Harrison and Jake talk about the illusion of explanatory depth, randomized controlled trials, placebos, placebo effects, alternative medicine, marijuana, and a Chinese satellite. References: http://herewearepodcast.com//episode/64/philip-fernbach http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/09/02/492394717/fda-bans-19-chemicals-used-in-antibacterial-soaps https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_in_the_Land_of_Chalk_Drawings https://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/08/21/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0A_7JVce2g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-hYHqnyhvI http://huffpost.com/us/entry/203990 https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-it-worked-for-me-gambit/ http://bestbuds.com/fbi-hackers-smoke-weed/ http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/chinas-tiangong-1-space-station-will-fall-to-earth--somewhere--in-2017-20160921-grlodq.html

80 MIN2016 SEP 25
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2016-09-25: Placebo

2016-09-18: #election2016 Again

Inthisweek'spodcast,HarrisonandJaketalkaboutbidets,RobZombie,third-partycandidates,Clintoncash,theTrumpFoundation,GaryJohnson,Aleppo,JillStein,AjamuBaraka,votingstrategies,truth,andconspiracytheorists. References: http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-bidet-toilet-seat-washlet/ http://chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/f/Can-You-Drink-Distilled-Water.htm http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/evidence/gold.html http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/jul/07/fact-checking-donations-clinton-foundation/ http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/9/12/1569223/-The-Trump-Foundation-is-a-real-scandal-and-it-should-be-a-campaign-ending-scandal http://www.politifact.com/personalities/gary-johnson/ https://www.reddit.com/r/skeptic/comments/4yf1kk/cnn_recently_hosted_a_green_party_town_hall_i/ http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gist/2016/09/former_bush_adviser_kori_schake_explains_her_pledge_to_vote_for_hillary.html http://thehill.com/policy/defense/295409-johnson-tops-among-veterans ht...

86 MIN2016 SEP 18
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2016-09-18: #election2016 Again

2016-09-11: Mental Illness

Inthisweek'spodcast,HarrisonandJaketalkaboutjetfuel,steelbeams,lifestraws,pulchronomics,theautismspectrum,methaneclathrate,thedifferencemodel,denialofmentalillness,depression,Politifact,andprotestingoilpipelines. References: http://www.givewell.org/international/health/water/process http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martha-ts-laham-/sitting-pretty-good-looking-people-make-more-money-but-its-not-all-roses_b_8203894.html http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2014/08/how-much-methane-came-out-of-that-hole-in-siberia/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane_clathrate http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/health/flossing-teeth-cavities.html http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/most-depressed-adults-in-the-u-s-remain-untreated/# http://mentalpod.com/ https://www.netflix.com/title/80046193 http://www.heraldnet.com/news/state-to-receive-14-million-for-mental-health-facilities/ http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...

71 MIN2016 SEP 11
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2016-09-11: Mental Illness

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