Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Friends Like These

by Gary Niederhoff on March 24, 2013









We love our family and friends, but sometimes their ideas about how the world works seem a little wacky. We asked BiPiSci listeners to share examples of what they can’t believe their loved-ones believe, no matter how much they hear rational explanations to the contrary. Then we asked some scientists about those beliefs, to get their take.

Discover whether newspaper ink causes cancer … if King Tut really did add a curse to his sarcophagus … the efficacy of examining your irises – iridology – to diagnose disease … and more!

Oh, and what about string theory? Is it falsifiable?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Steven Novella on medical beliefs
Part 2: Matthew Hutson on luck and curses
Part 3: Brian Greene on string theory
Part 4: Guy Harrison addresses conspiracy theories

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