The Prism Podcast – Episode 62

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John Horgan, Science Journalist, created quite a stir at NECSS and on the Scientific American blog with his talk and post titled: Dear “Skeptics,” Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More. In it, he accused the skeptical community of being too “tribal” and not as critical of themselves as they are of the pseudoscience they bash.

John Horgan is a science journalist and Director of the Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. A former senior writer at Scientific American (1986-1997), he has also written for The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Slate and other publications around the world. He writes the “Cross-check” blog for Scientific American and contributes to “Science Faction” on . He tweets under the tag @​horganism (​Horganism).

John’s SciAm Blog Post
The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Prism Podcast – Episode 61

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Science Based Nutrition. With all the fads and changing trends out there, what are we to believe about what we should and shouldn’t eat? Clay and Grant sit down with Katherine to discuss the current state of nutrition and how the consumer can separate truth from fiction.

Katherine (aka@SmarfDoc) is a graduate student in Nutrition Biochemistry and Epidemiology; her vision is to provide high-quality nutrition science news, opinions, and interactive content for readers and provide a place for nutrition professionals and students to contribute.

On many websites, nutrition science is filtered through the lens of a particular diet outlook or “way of eating” philosophy. At Nutrition Wonk, she covers the science and its context, not promote a specific diet. She welcomes all science lovers and those with a genuine curiosity about their diet.

Baby Carrots!!

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The Prism Podcast – Episode 60

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Brennen McKenzie, MA, VMD is a 2001 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and he works as a small animal veterinarian in private practice in California. He has a special interest in promoting science-based veterinary medicine and is currently President-Elect of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medical Association. He has published articles on evidence-based medicine in veterinary science journals, and he also writes about both science-based and “alternative” veterinary medicine as the SkeptVet.

Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. McKenzie completed a Master’s Degree in animal behavior, studying captive chimpanzees and working as a specialist in environmental enrichment for captive primates.

Also, Dr. Clay Jones is introduced as the new co-host of the Prism!

Chiropractic adjustment of a giraffe.

Chiropractic adjustment of a ferret.

Chiropractic adjustment of a horse.

Acupuncture on a dog.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 59

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Dr. Alan Mead, head honcho of The Dental Hacks podcast, joins Grant and Jason to discuss the concept of “The Death of Expertise” as outlined in an excellent article in The Federalist by Tom Nichols.


On a sad note, Jason makes his announcement that he is leaving the Prism. The new permanent co-host will be announced on our next podcast (you probably won’t be surprised). Jason will be sorely missed, but has agreed to return as a guest host from time to time.

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The Prism Podcast – Episode 58

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In this episode, Clay and Grant welcome Colin McRoberts back on the show to continue his conversation about the Conspira-Sea cruise. Colin focuses on his interactions with and interview of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, and we discuss Wakefield’s upcoming anti-vaccination documentary being screened in April 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Colin’s Aeon article: