March 12, 2019 10:00 am
Updated: March 23, 2019 11:33 am

Super Awesome Science Show recap: Separating science from nonsense

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No matter where you look, there always seems to be someone trying to sell you a new way to improve your life, health, or environment.

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Unfortunately, many of these products, programs, and routines are not based in science. In some cases, the hawkers purposefully reject science in the hopes you may believe they have the right answers.

Historically, these people have been called a variety of names but today, we tend to call them quacks. On this week’s Super Awesome Science Show, we’re going to explore this anti-science world with two people who have spent years trying to squash pseudoscience.

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Our first guest is the host of two incredibly insightful science and medicine programs, “Cracked Science,” and “The Body of Evidence.” His name is Jonathan Jarry and he is a science communicator at the Office of Science and Society at McGill University.

We explore the world of quacks and discover why they have become so popular and how trying to minimize their impact on us is incredibly difficult. He reveals some of his tricks to identify and counter those whose only wish to gain regardless of your losses.

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We next talk with Darren McKee, who is one of the hosts of the long-running podcast, The Reality Check.  He has spent over a decade putting the spotlight on the unscientific world and ensuring that the record – and the science – is kept straight.

We discuss the sheer amount of quackery that exists and how you can find ways to prevent being tricked into spending your money.

Thanks to you, we’ve won a Canadian Podcast Award as Outstanding Science and Medicine Series. Thank you all very much for helping us keep this show AWESOME!

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Guests:
Jonathan Jarry
https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/jonathan-jarry-msc-science-communicator
Twitter: @crackedscience

Darren McKee
http://www.trcpodcast.com/ 
Twitter: @dbcmckee

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