17July2019

Good example of a Brain Study

Wow! I’ve seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time I’ve seen it with numbers. Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a strong mind. And better than that: Alzheimers is a long, [...]

Fooling the mind’s eye

If you’ve been to a magic show, you’ve almost certainly witnessed the mesmerizing trick in which a showman saws his female assistant in half. The woman lies down, her body seeming to extend the length of the table or some box. The magician [...]

Grammar Quiz: Do You Know Your Commas?

Most of us think we know when to use commas and when to leave them out. We went to elementary school, after all. Still, be it all those years without grammar lessons or an initial misunderstanding about this all-important piece of punctuation, [...]

The winners of NCSE’s bumper sticker contest

We asked you to submit your ideas for a new NCSE bumper sticker, to speak loud, speak proud, for evolution — and by golly you did. NCSE (National Center for Science Eduction) headquarters was flooded with almost 550 entries from almost 150 [...]

Attention, teachers!

John Thomas Scopes Three exciting opportunities for teachers for the month of October, in the form of two webcast symposia on human evolution and a chance to have a visit from the Darwin Day Roadshow! First, Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin [...]

Famed Magnetic Boy Is Probably Just Very Sticky

A 7-year-old Serbian boy named Bogdan is attracting media attention for his apparent ability to attract other things, such as silverware, remote controls, plates and even a large frying pan. The objects seem to miraculously stick to the boy’s [...]

Maria Maltseva – The Discovery Institute about intelligent design

Maria is an editor, writer and attorney from Washington State in the US, and is well known in the Skeptics community in the US. She spoke to me about the Discovery Institute and the agenda they are trying to push in science classes in [...]

National Science week – Australia – with Dr Andrew Prentice and Dr Simon Singh

The 100th episode of Brains Matter coincides with National Science Week – and to celebrate both the 100th show and National Science week, in this episode, we cover a range of topics. There are two great new interviews, as well as highlights [...]

What is skepticism?

We’ve all heard of the word sceptic / skeptic. It is used in many contexts – and there is a worldwide movement of people who identify themselves as “skeptics”. What does that entail? Who is a skeptic? What’s the difference, [...]

Lynne Kelly – Skeptics Guide

In this episode I talk to Lynne Kelly, author and educator, about her book “The Skeptics Guide to the Paranormal”, and some of the anecdotes she had about the reality behind some so-called paranormal events. To listen or download this [...]