Skeptics with a K: Episode #203


The cancer industry, the latest on homeopathy, Big Pharma cash-cows, and role models.  Plus Spider-Man, official graphs, Time Lords, and cracking gravel.  Non-authoritative content from Skeptics with a K.

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  1. #1 by Michael on July 27, 2017 - 22:19

    Hey. I’m an American. I’m from the south. I know what a bairn is. I’m mildly offended.

  2. #2 by Muz on July 28, 2017 - 03:26

    Marsh, how did you miss calling Alice’s clapping hand assistance animal her Seal of Approval?

  3. #3 by Ian on July 28, 2017 - 13:30

    What sexist assumption is there in the “if they only looked at women for the part, they lowered the chance of having picked the best candidate” though? Limiting the pool of candidates by an arbitrary trait like sex seems to be doing exactly this, by providing fewer rolls of the dice. Somehow I don’t think you’d have a problem if this argument were used in the reverse situation, where a male would get chosen for a spot that could have been filled by either a male or a female and the argument would go “if they only looked at men for the part, they lowered the chance of having picked the best candidate”.

    I personally do not really care one way or the other who gets the role, but don’t see how this argument isn’t sound.

  4. #4 by Declan McCafferty on August 2, 2017 - 01:04

    I’ve yet to listen but I’d like to point out that there is not one but two patron saints of gravel.

  5. #5 by Andy on August 10, 2017 - 22:32

    Just a quick point, a post-doc starting salary in the UK is c. £27,000 (lower quoted salaries are often for those without PhDs). With a tax-free allowance of £11,500 (and including NI and pension contributions), this is approx £20,000 net. I do not think you were getting that much as a PhD stipend, Alice!

  6. #6 by Alice on August 11, 2017 - 18:26

    Not many PhD students get paid so well…but I was funded by the very prestigious Wellcome Trust…

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