53 – Principles of Curiosity with Brian Dunning

Brian Dunning of the Skeptoid podcast and Skeptoid Media Inc. returns to talk with us about his newest documentary, The Principles of Curiosity! (Website Link, Video Link)

It presents a general introduction to the foundations of scientific skepticism and critical thinking, focusing on a simple process they call the three Cs: Challenge, Consider, and Conclude.

It’s the spiritual successor to his 2011 intro to critical thinking documentary, Here Be Dragons.

Coming in 2018, Skeptoid Media’s new feature documentary: Science Friction! In their own words:

Finally, a documentary about scientists who get misrepresented by the media.
Those TV documentaries you see, and the science experts they feature? Did you know that producers often edit them out of context, and twist their words, to make it seem like they promoted some pop sensationalism instead of the real facts?

Science Friction is going to expose these faux documentaries by name, and will give the scientists a chance to clear the record. The film is intended for theatrical release. The networks are not going to like us very much, so we are crowdfunding the production.”

This project is still receiving funding and the more money they receive for funding, the better this film will be. Seriously, consider clicking the link above and throw them a few bucks to help bring this documentary to the public and have it pack as much of a punch as possible.

We also discuss a recently released Skeptoid episode 605 – The Civil War Pterosaur.

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2 Responses to 53 – Principles of Curiosity with Brian Dunning

  1. Olexandr Lykhenko says:

    Just paste the quote “This day shall mark the dawn of… the Bayesian Conspiracy” from the rationalist Harry Potter followed by lighting sound or something for the intro.

    • Senjiu says:

      I don’t care that much what’s going to be used but I like that you’re going away from what you currently have because for the first 5-10s you only hear sound on the left ear and that’s weird. I always think “oh no, are these headphones broken now, too?” until sound on the right side starts.

      Oh and I approve of the galaxy song. I think it would make a good intro too. But don’t give my opinion too much weight, I might have weird musical tastes.

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