SkepSun #81 (03_09_2014)

Is there reason to think that ‘cryptids’ like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Congo dinosaur Mokole Mbembe might really be out there? Is cryptozoology potentially a respectable field? On Point of Inquiry host Lindsey Beyerstein talks with Daniel Loxton who is co-author with palaeontologist Donald R. Prothero of Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids that examines the nature of the science and pseudoscience within cryptozoology. We’ll hear a Healthcare Triage short from Dr. Aaron Carroll, a Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine in which he reviews the what we know about the safety of artificial sweeteners. Then, highlighting the television debut tonight of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox and the National Geographic Channel, we hear Bill Moyers interview the show’s host, astrophysicist and director of the Haydn Planterium, Neil de Grasse Tyson. They talk about the cosmic enigma known as dark matter,  the possibilities of parallel universes and whether science and religion can ever be reconciled. But first, On Freethought Radio Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker get us caught up on the news: the “Baby Messiah” judge censored; bibles finally removed from Iowa State University hotels; an atheist legislator in Arizona offers another “prayer” in the Arizona House, and deplorable sectarian violence in Africa. Then, Annie Laurie and Dan discuss the reboot of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” as well as the Saudi movie Wadjda and talk with Bobby Hinds, 84, from Madison, Wisconsin, who was just inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.


Abominable Science book cover
Daniel Loxton’s new book, coauthored with palaeontologist Donald Prothero

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