Posted Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at 10:47 AM
Image credit: Phil Plait
What with the Maya Notpocalypse™ almost here, I’ve been doing a lot of interviews lately about how nothing will happen. It’s a living.
Over the past few weeks I’ve also talked about science, skepticism, TV shows, and more on a handful of different podcasts. Here are a few for your listening enjoyment, and there are more to come.
My astronomy buddy Sara Mitchell interviewed me and broke it up into several bite-sized listening chunks for the NASA Blueshift podcast. Part 1 came out a little while back, and she just posted Part 2. In this one we talk about science in TV shows, and I talk a little about lending an astronomical hand to Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory.”
You can subscribe to Blueshift on iTunes.
I did a short interview on the famous EarthSky podcast about some silliness revolving around a planetary alignment over the Pyramids (my part starts around the 14:15 mark). The planets Venus, Saturn, and Mercury are all still visible in the east before dawn, so if you’re up early, take a look!
The folks at Groks Science talked to me about skepticism and bad thinking in general. This turned out to be interesting: they took what I said and wove a narrative around it giving the Q&A a framework. It’s nicely done. I talked a bit about using emotional arguments (a technique some skeptics incorrectly dismiss out of hand), because facts don’t speak for themselves. They need an advocate.
I’ll have a few more links to interviews coming up soon, including a TV show! That one was fun. You’ll see.