We're tired of pertinent social and science news being buried by clap trap. Our podcast is here to bring you relevant, under reported current events, as well as in-depth discussions from a scientific, critical, skeptical, and humorous point of view. Derek and Swoopy are your hosts, filling your pod and your brain with skeptical insight and conversation, sometimes heated, on a plethora of topics that are ripe for critical examination. Bringing truth to podcasting, and all who choose to listen. In our travels we will tackle the beasts of pseudoscience; the paranormal, supernatural, ufo / alien encounters, mis-understood history, and overwrought legends - urban or otherwise. Our interview shows feature notable skeptics including; leading astronomy speakers, scientists, philosophy experts, and other scientific, secular, humanist, and skeptical book authors, and critical thinkers.
October 26th, 2010
Episode 160 of 299 episodes
Professor James Kakalios, a mild-mannered physics professor at the University of Minnesota, has something in common with the characters he chronicled in his 2005 bookThe Physics of Superheroes-he has a super power. In fact, his new bookThe Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World,Kakalios reveals thatallhumans have a super power: our intelligence. With that power(and with a little help from quantum mechanics)we have created the greatest technologies the world has ever known. This week onSkepticality, Swoopy talks with Kakalios (a science consultant on the 2009 Warner Brothers filmWatchmen) about his latest book. Not only does he explain how quantum mechanics enables your blu-ray player; he also explores the similarities between the young physicists who developed quantum theory and the science fiction pulp writers of the 1920s and 1930s - blending pop culture and hard science to reveal the physics behind our world.