Or maybe it doesn't. Who am I to judge. Anyway, it will probably be proven wrong. Or confirmed. I don't know.
I'm giving this five stars, mostly to counteract all the negative reviews where he covered someone's pet topic and hurt their feelings. I enjoy the content of the show but the format isn't great. I understand people need to eat and pay bills but the ads are a drag. Because it is so brief, the ads feel like a significant percentage of the show. You can skip the episodes where he tries to be funny.
Brian, thank you for your research and presentation! Very well put together! I’ve enjoyed each episode!
I am an archaeologist-turned-geologist and, boy, do I come across pushers/believers of pseudoscience and woo-woo on a DAILY basis!!! Skeptoid is my first go-to for quick debunks and recommendation for people ‘on-the-fence,’ in these situations. Brian keeps it short, sweet, thorough and also updates his information with corrections! Brian Dunning is the real deal, and so is Skeptoid. Plus, The Premium Feed is pretty awesome, too!
This used to be a good high-quality podcast to go to to get the truth on things it is now turned into a liberal right bashing garbage cast. This is a shame. Don’t waist your time.
Lost a star based on additional political bias. This podcast is hit or miss. On basic subjects, it is great. If he is advocating for one of his sacred cows he does not use reason or proper skeptical techniques. The Soros, electric car, and wind farm episodes were particularly terrible. Be skeptical. Especially of this podcast.
The fantastic irony of this podcast is that the host labels anything outside mainstream scientific conventional wisdom a “pseudo-field.” Well, guess what this podcast is? A big ol’ heaping of pseudojournalism, psuedoscholarship, and 200 percent snake-oil salesmanship. Don’t take my word for it: look at their “scientific advisors” and board of directors on the homepage — lotta comedians, actresses, and folks with laughably thin “academic” credentials. The host is neither scientist nor journalist, which explains why there are so many inexcusable and downright embarrassing errors. In my role as a public policy writer (a real one) I’d get fired ASAP if I had to run a corrections episode every other month. But that’s not what’s most galling (as podcasts, by their nature, ain’t exactly academically rigorous). No, what’s most grimly hilarious about the agenda of These Brave Truth Tellers is how their smack down of, say, an alternative medicine is immediately followed up with an ad for quickie loans, or one of another of the countless internet scams/bogus businesses that plague these podcasts. Including AWS. Apparently, rigorous thinking stops once the paychecks start rolling in.
Brian does the world a huge service in teaching evrn just critical thinking and if you must, use it the scientific method go debunk ridiculous things. Big claims require equally big evidence. Oh, I had Bigfoot for dinner last night....tasted just like chicken.
Thanks for teaching me how to think!
I do tend to skip over the really tinfoil stuff, such as aliens, Bigfoot, UFOs etc. But that’s just personal taste. I am more of a microwaves, GMO’s, you know… Clearing up misnomers. Fantastic work keep it up and thank you
Keep up the good work.
Clarity, professionalism and straightforward. Best education I will ever get outside of hanging with Stephen Hawking for a decade (he was notoriously slow to speak), and unlike the beloved Hawking... this podcast gets the message out fast. My weekly addiction!
This is an amazing compendium of rational thinking applied to the vast fields of pseudoscience, folklore, and alien visitation to name just a few topics Brian Dunning and his supporters have cast their skeptical eye at. The show notes provide in-depth sources.
This douche of a narrator is grasping a straws constantly. I much prefer academia over alternative researchers and I’m no conspiracy theorist but that doesn’t mean they can’t be on to something with the sphinx. Nothing you said proved the older sphinx theory to be impossible yet you kept reiterating that bc you said so its bs I’m not even a huge fan but to call true researchers like graham Hancock a “ ancient aliens pseudo scientist” because he might have appeared on a few episodes is so trashy and wrong and has nothing to do with the topic at least he’s open to being wrong unlike tons of mainstream academics that when pressed immediately begin throwing insults and tantrums. This guys methods are just as bad as the claims he makes about the covered alternative researchers. This episode was cherry picked and lacked huge amounts of information to say case closed its debunked. For me I don’t know its still up In the air, but they way this guy lead this narrative intentionally trying to make people like Dr. shock and the others appear as complete quacks purposely instead of using that time to show more evidence for the topic is absolutely unethical and intellectually dishonest.. 0 stars not worth the lies that come with the listen.
This smug presenter, as a skeptic myself, gives us a bad name. He literally quotes “debunking evidence” from a lot of texts and sources that are lacking in veracity to begin with. Then he uses circular evidencing with past episodes, as if that last episode was based on quality research. This is what’s wrong with people who THINK theyre smarter than everyone else, they can’t see that their own work is faulty! Where are your primary sources?! And no, researches you agree with are not primary sources. Again, sometimes the points made are valid and are interesting, but the smugness derived from his actual LACK of knowledge overshadows a small technicality that he think proves his point. This is armchair-professionals at its finest. Do you understand, Mr narrator, that you can’t believe everything your read online?! The world needs less stupid people that think they know everything.
This podcast should be weekly listening for grade schoolers (and adults). I have a post-graduate degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering and I absolutely love this pod cast. I frequently tell my wife how hard it is for someone who knows everything to live with someone who only thinks she knows everything, but Skeptoid.com keeps my eyes opened wide! Skeptoid.com is informative, interesting, and entertaining. I would absolutely recommend it to EVERYONE who is not a well-educated super-genius like me (and make your children listen). I heartedly recommend subscribing and becoming a sustaining member, donating a regular amount each month to keep these good ideas in our world. The world desperately needs more Brian Dunning!
This show was fantastic, but Dunning has lately used several of its entries solely to advertise other podcasts and paid products. Listen to the back catalogue, but don’t subscribe.
This podcast has been instrumental in helping me see errors in logic and to identify times when I had been relying on misinformation to inform my world view. Back in 2013-14, when I first discovered Skeptoid, I binge-listened to every single episode. I agree that the musical episodes celebrating podcast milestones are my least favorite. To each his own. I’m glad that I found this valuable information.
Thanks for letting me know that I am not only cranky skeptic! Love the way you present your reasoning. I don’t always agree, but I defer to your superior fact checking! Keep it up!
Skeptoid is a great resource for all the reasons others have listed. My only complaint is the musical episodes. They’re awful. I appreciate all the research Mr. Dunning and his team put into each episode, but really, the musicals are bad.
I recently found Skeptoid and I love it! The deadpan delivery and willingness to accept criticism is just fun to listen to and it’s very informative. Brian’s rational and scientific approach is refreshing and he debunks irrational thought without being condescending. I love it!
I generally like this podcast and find the information useful and well researched. Sadly, the recent episode on wind energy and birds was disingenuous and incomplete. There was no mention of how wind farms affect bats, which in the world of bat conservation, is a very hot topic. Bats are often unfairly maligned in our society, and glossing over the negative impact wind farms have on their populations is gross and misleading.
If you don’t believe in climate change eat my *ss
Skeptoid podcast and Skeptoid Media as a whole is my absolute ’go-to’ for all topics, things, curiosities, etc. that have given me pause as to their validity and the explanation of how the said subject has crept into my consciousness. Their rigor in adhering to the scientific method and dedication in allowing only the most tested and factual studies and understandings of all things to make it to me and my listening/reading is appreciated more than words in a review can express.
What’s that? You’ve happened across “Adam Ruins Everything” but you want more of science and skeptical views of topics ranging from urban legends and conspiracy theories to aliens and monsters? Look no further! With 700 episodes in the bank, you’ll find plenty here to pique your curiosity and then relieve it. The host, Brian Dunning, even has all his references for each episode on his website. Hmmm... sounds familiar. Although you won’t find the overt humor of Adam, Brian takes you through topics and turns his skeptical eye on them taking you on a 10-15 minute journey every week on a new topic.
Do your research. There is no man made Global Warming. Google Elliptical Orbit And NASA. No need for any taxes. Particularly for BS carbon taxes. Stick to something you understand, Like UFOs and big Foot. Socialism does not work.
I cannot count how many times I've sent people links to Skpetoid episodes to educate them on whatever scam/BS/misinformation they believe. This podcast has been an invaluable resource for 13 years so far. Thanks Brian!
Learn something new every time I listen. Love the science and comprehensive reporting on interesting topics.
Been a listener for years and still look forward to each weekly addition. Covering a wide range of topics, each podcast provides a condensed deep dive into the background of each subject along with informative skeptical (sourced) analysis. Great for anyone interested in critical thinking. Enjoy.
The world needs more clearly argued and dispassionate skepticism. Mine is too often confrontational and emotionally charged. Brian reminds me of the value of calm rational thought!
Just listened to the electric car episode, cancelled subscription. Brian makes a weak argument from analogy, ignores the important question of tradeoffs, and goes pie in the sky in terms of best case scenario payoffs. Really disappointed.
I´ve been listening this podcast from its very begining, It delivers what it promises. They take a subject from the supernatural world and demostrates with facts, logic and evidence and proves it wrong. The best thing is that is not a hour and a half long, so you can listen to it from begining to end just having lunch.
Find it quite a coincidence that episode number 666 is the one on Jesus. Feel there is a lean to every episode just like everyone else.
Skeptoid was my entryway to logical, skeptical thinking on topics I had questioned for years. The format is focused and the episodes are just the right length to get in depth analysis, without getting into the weeds. This is the place to start for anyone interested in learning how to critically assess the information we are bombarded with every day.
You should listen to these then. There's a podcast for pretty much everything, and if you listen to them all, you should start finding some patterns. Everything is laid out quickly and efficiently too, so you don't have to spend too much time with a bunch of unhelpful stuff.
I have listened to every episode of the Skeptoid podcast and love them all. So educational as well as entertaining. Really teaches me how to evaluate new claims that I hear from gullible friends.
An objective podcast with accessible links to check sources; Usually interesting, and informative topics. Some of the negative reviews mention a political agenda. This is a simply a non-political show. Some of the topics viewed through a scientific or skeptical lens may be in agreement with an ideology. However, the podcast is only promoting a way to look at quality evidence and draw the most reasonable conclusion as a result of that evidence. Dunning bends over backwards to clarify his conclusions and the reasoning for drawing them. THAT'S KIND OF THE POINT OF THE PODCAST. Best yet, like a true freethinker, he self corrects, accepts valid criticism, and takes pride in doing so...........you know kind of like how science works........ -Totally Gnar Gnar
Frankly, after reading some of the strange one star reviews of this podcast from even ten years ago, i just wanted to leave a note about brian’s potential political orientation. i don’t think he expresses opinions in his podcast which really warrant associating him with one political party or view or the other. The guy just does facts, and seeks the truth, and if this makes him “libertarian” or whatever, (like this would be a bad thing) well maybe the accuser needs to reevaluate where he stands with his own biases and how it is that, when finding the truth, and when uncovering and examining certain social or politically charged notions or stories we like to think of as plainly and self evidently true, perhaps one is led to more libertarian-oriented ideas? Libertarianism has a tradition of applying axiomatic truth finding (praxiology) to the social sciences and political theory. it leaves the “must feel good” out of politics and tries to discover “what is good” for human society. So....... maybe?
Very entertaining. Informative. The Bigfoot who lives in the forest behind my house enjoys it.
I no longer listen to podcast on Apple but I love this one so much I came back here to write this review! It is that great!
Succinct, well researched, and a joy to the ear and brain.
Great podcast for the science- and fact-oriented population.
Many god episodes especially the early ones but a few episodes seems like they are sponsored by lobbying organizations (e.g. anti-GMO labeling). So don’t take all episodes as scientific and objective even though this is what it pose as.
An explosion of knowledge can’t stop listening. Thank you for all that you do.
Skeptoid covers an interesting array of topics, many of which I would credit it for introducing me to. The host champions the scientific method and empiricism, and calls himself a skeptic. I would characterize him as a debunker instead. Mr. Dunning will (typically after an intro ad or plea for donations) briefly introduce a topic, usually with an air of cynicism or worse yet, outright contempt. He will briefly posit a reason or three why said topic is bunk, have another lengthy and distracting mid-show commercial, then smugly pat himself on the back for solving the mystery, case closed. I was especially saddened by the episode on Oak Island, where Mr. Dunning describes the material found at the Money Pit as a natural sinkhole filled with storm blown debris, case closed. This does not agree with the eyewitness accounts, and I find it inherently unscientific for someone who is supposedly unbiased to be so flippantly dismissive of a complex and potentially historically significant topic. This is backwards of how science works. Mr. Dunning explores topics which he has already made up his mind about and has clear prejudices against. Maybe I’m asking too much. I mean, how thoroughly can you cover any story in fifteen minutes, when nearly half the show is advertising, or what feels like weirdly nuanced sub-surface conservative political rhetoric? I will keep listening, but I would urge the listener to keep an open mind and not rely on this show as the sole source of information, as it has a clear bias, intended or not.
I have grown up listening to podcasts and this is the only one I still listen to. I have recently gotten premium and the usb drive and I love it. This podcast has opened my mind to a life of reasonable skepticism and better research skills. Keep up the amazing work.
As someone who spends a lot of time developing online content, I’m impressed and amazed at the attention to detail which permeates the Skeptoid brand, from its articles to this podcast. It’s well researched, articulately expressed and delivered with a wry wit. Brian Dunning would be intimidatingly smart if he weren’t so approachable and affable in the way he presents his research. It’s just great stuff.
These episodes are brief but interesting. Just be ready for 4-5 minutes of ads and promotions for their other projects.
If you love to learn, no matter if it supports your bias world view or not this is the podcast for you! I spent about a couple days plowing through the last 50 (which are free to anyone) then it was a no-brainer, I became a premium member. I feel kinda guilty saying this but this is the first time I've given money to a podcast. Maybe a shoutout is in order at the very least (the ones I really should support are Cognitive Dissonance, Scathing Atheist, Astronomy Cast, and Skeptics Guide to the Universe). Totally worth the investment to get the entire back log of Skeptoid and yes, it's absolutely an investment. It's an investment in your knowledge and skeptical prowess. Thank you for the great pod Brian and company
I’m almost mad that he uncovered more nonsense that I never knew was BS. Great podcast!
I’m a nurse so I started here listening to medical subject. It seems if you want to be scientifically based, you need more than one source. Also there’s a reason second opinions are a thing in medicine. At least have a doctor listen to the finished podcast. It seemed that certain chunks of info were just the host giving his own opinion and that were where the conclusions seemed weakest. There a reason MDs go to school for years then do years of residency. It’s to have a specific background to be able to evaluate, say, a new study that even an educated layperson does not have. Even just fall back on the stereotypical “4 out of 5 doctors” say X. Dr Oz and even Ben Carson have decent backgrounds and look at the amount of false info coming from them. You need more than one reliable source. I have to wonder how accurate the host would be on a subject I know nothing about.
In time Brian will be laughed at in the bowels of history
Keep up the good work and save us sheeple from our own mess.
This is a great podcast, handling a wide range of pop culture claims and more modern-day urban legends like cryptozoology, UFO sightings, alternate archaeology, hoaxes, paranormal activity, mediums, psychics, vanished people, etc. Additionally, these episodes are well-sourced, balanced, and take into serious consideration the claims made by proponents before refuting them.
Critical thinking isn't something at which we seem to excel, and critical thinking is especially lacking across much of the United States. The scientific skeptic movement, with its focus on the scientific method, analysis of evidence, and critical thinking is a welcome antidote. Brian Dunning's Skeptoid is a fabulous examplar of the best of the skeptic movement. The episodes are surprisingly short, given all the information and analysis packed into each one. Consider adding it to your roster of podcasts—and if, like me, you find it to be terrific, become a supporter.
Riddled with hypocrisy. So many straw men it looks like a corn field. A desperate clinging to official narratives. Tool of the establishment. Avoid.
Most podcasters have tried to integrate advertising in their podcasts in the least intrusive way possible. Not this one. I feel like I am listening to radio or TV. After coping with this for a while I am done. The content is not worth dealing with in your face advertising.
After years of great episodes it seems like he's finally run out of good material because half of his episodes are now things like Brian's insights on skepticism, listener feedback, behind the show sort of things and other crap which would be fine as bonus content but there should still be at least one weekly episode of a skeptical look at some kind of story, fad, belief, or whatever. It's a big let down every time I wait 7 days and finally download a new episode and its something like "A Musical Retrospective: Everything you didn't know about ten years of Skeptoid musical episodes, including the reason".
Brian Dunning is a genius and probably the hardest working man in podcasting. He has been going at it for 11 years now. Skeptoid presents facts on numerous interesting topics and allows the listener to draw his or her own conclusions based on those truths. You won’t find another podcast as enlightening and fun to listen to.
Great show that is definitely worth listening to.
Skeptoid brings me a welcome surprise each week. The 15-minute episodes are just the right length. They’re like a weekly snack of interesting information. Host Brian Dunning manages to find a topic every week that is at once new and downright interesting. Topics have ranged from doctors who deliberately infected themselves with a disease for research’s sake ... to a brief but informed look at the Fukushima nuclear disaster ... to sorting through nonsensical claims about what “really” happened to Amelia Earhart ... to hauntings … you name it. As Dunnning explores a topic, the listener will pick up between the lines important lessons on how to weigh claims and check facts. Why on earth it only occurred to me today to submit a review is beyond me. Subscribe and listen. It will be the most informative 15 minutes of your week.
Well I love the new information and pleasant delivery system to find an opportunity to exchange a low information view for one that is backed up by peer reviewed evidence. Thank you for your service. Santa is "reel" now saw him in the movies...
Brian Dunning manages to address a vast array of topics (the full library contains 591 episodes as of this writing) in a concise, informed, and entertaining style that makes skepticism relevant and learning fun. Whether ghosts or UFOs strike your fancy, or you’re determined to discover the truth about the latest “cleanse,” Skeptoid covers the bases, giving you information and the logical alternatives to every breed of pop culture woo and conspiracy mongering you could ever think to ask for. Many of the negative reviews of this podcast seem to be ill-informed; perhaps the poster has only seen a few episodes and has extrapolated a false judgment. Perhaps the poster adheres to the principle of skepticism only when it is convenient and NOT when it challenges something they hold dear (organic food, anyone?). Or perhaps the poster is opposed to skepticism altogether, in which case rational, reasoned arguments probably won’t be changing any minds. To those who dislike Brian for being “arrogant” and “dismissive” one need only to listen to more than a few episodes to gain an appreciation for his sense of humor. To those who claim that he cites no sources, one need only to read the transcript page of the episode (available at skeptoid.com). To those who contend that he is a “libertarian propagandist” or a “neo-conservative” or a “liberal apologist” (yes, these have all been used to describe Brian Dunning, obviously in error), one need only to listen to his arguments and the information he presents. In summary, if science or skepticism is your thing, Skeptoid is an essential podcast. Give it a real chance, and you won’t regret it. If science and skepticism fill you with a burning rage and you can’t STAND the thought of some libertarian jerk telling you that the government didn’t orchestrate the 9/11 attacks, maybe you ought to pull your aluminum hat a little tighter, hold your police scanner a little closer, and look elsewhere.
Since discovering this podcast, I have not only been listening to the new releases but also have now listened to every episode from the beginning. Brian’s great analysis episode after episode helped convince me to become a skeptical activist myself. I am now a member of Susan Gerbic’s Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project, helping to improve science content and fight pseudoscience on one of the worlds most visited sources of on-line information. I have even been in communication with Brian, and I add citations pointing to these great episodes to pertinent Wikipedia articles on pseudoscientific nonsense whenever I can.
An episode I listened to recently opened with an ad for 45. Either this podcast has no control over which ads are run or it supports the current president. Either way, it was a shocking discovery. Either Brian Dunning is incompetent or he is supporting a racist, fear-mongering, anti-science, mega-criminal. I’ve unsubscribed. I’m hoping some statement will be made about the ad.
Brian does an impressive job of researching his topics and presenting a concise, fresh, and well-supported take on them. He's also really good at incorporating feedback, updating transcripts as he learns new things, proudly admitting and moving on when he gets something wrong, and responding to listener feedback. Skeptoid is a hugely valuable resource, and I appreciate the huge amount of work that goes into it.
Please do humans and plant based diets
It's a good hear. Is fun. Tells it as it is and I love the independent part of him.
This podcast is thoroughly researched, fair-minded, and endlessly interesting. I've listen to each podcast several times through. It has expanded my ability to examine a variety of topics with a critical eye. Not just a debunker, but a talented writer with an interest in really examining the evidence.
I listen to a lot of podcasts and a lot of informational ones at that (stuff you should know, planet money, etc...). Skeptoid is one of those great podcasts that is both interesting, concise, and well referenced and researched. Even more, when something is said wrong, corrections and clarifications come regularly. I've only been listening for about an year, but really enjoy this one and will keep coming back for my dose of healthy skepticism
This podcast used to be a nice short informative podcast. Unfortunately it added commercials... a lot of commercials. A typical 25 minute podcast has around 7-8 minutes of commercials. They also moved old episodes behind a paywall making it pretty useless as something to help debunk kooks, by linking to relative episodes.
Great dose of skepticism.
I love listening to the scientific approach to unexplained items. I have learned quite a bit from this podcast. I might not always agree but I always enjoy and I certainly learn.
I've been listening since his podcast on MultiLevel Marketing!
I've been listening since the beginning. It's the best skeptic podcast out there.
I was enjoying this show until it started getting filled with really intrusive ads. I get it, most podcasts have ads in them, but the ones in Skeptoid are produced, and inserted, in such a way that they are just jarring. As a comparison, the "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" podcast has ad, usually voiced by Peter Sagal, that fit seamlessly with the podcast, and don't jar the listen out of the rhythm of the show. Skeptoid, starts with a blaring ad, usually for something like Ace Hardware, that just doesn't fit the tone of the show, and then the same ad is repeated at the end. Fortunately, most pod players (phones and other devices) allow the listener to skip ahead 15 or 30 seconds to skip through to the meat of the content. The other thing that now bothers me about this show is that the creator, Brian Dunning, was convicted of wire fraud for using his website overcharge eBay $5.2 million in affiliate marketing fees that his company wasn't entitled to.
I have listened to the vast catalog multiple times. Probably most episodes three times. So much infromation packed into each, never gets old. It has lieterally changed the way I think for the better. Everyone should give it go. It will make you much more informed and a vast array of subjects.
I love this guy. Has dashed so many of my childhood hopes and dreams with logic! I truly love the way he presents information and clearly conveys a message. Keep it up!
One of my favorite podcasts! I always look forward to the new episode. And I always enjoy the content, even when my first reaction to the title is "Oh. Oh, well." Give it a listen... especially if you're skeptical that you'll like it.
Excellent podcast. Thorough and unbiased. Anyone giving a poor review would rather see their agenda confirmed rather than digest the evidence available. Easy to listen to and never condescending. I recommend it to all types!
Let the naysayers have fun with that title.
I've been listening to and enjoying this podcast for a long time and always find it very informative and accurate.
This is a good basic interesting podcast on the kinds of subjects I like to explore. Funnily enough though, lately I've been receiving unannounced ads right in the middle of the podcast for local companies. They're just stuck right in the middle of the podcast and it is very annoying. Skeptoid could have had more stars but I have to take two off as these ads ruin the listening experience.
I really got into Brian for about a good year or so. But then some of the podcasts seem like an opinion and not really scientific-based. When he was on the Joe Rogan podcast and Joe completely dismantled him, I kind of lost all respect for Brian. I lost all respect for him and what he was trying to do. Then, he gets convicted and sentenced to 15 months in prison for "cookie stuffing". This guys a joke…
I once enjoyed Skeptoid a lot, but about nine months ago Brian started loading up the episodes with lots of commercials. Reminds me of second rate news sites with all those pop up ads. Same thing has happened to Skeptics Guide to the Universe - which I have stopped listening to. I'm close to doing the same for Skeptoid. BBC has much better podcasts and no commercials.
This show is a gatewate drug for WikiHoles. I would like to think Brian would want you to view his podcast in that vain. Otherwise all of his show notes are a waste of his time. He does a great job of overviewing a subject and he provides great source material. I will often remember his podcast on "Subject X" and will google that podcast to pull up the show notes to further investigate. Can be a great starting point when you are trying to do your own due diligence. If nothing else, he provides a counter-point to what we often believe is true. If he's wrong then any further work on your part to prove him wrong, should only strengthn your position. If he's right, you get to view things in a different way. Or save money sometimes (I donate becuse he once saved me a lot of cash). But skeptoid is a great addition to any skeptic's tool kit. And any argument you see about, "no listen to Podcast X rather than skeptoid" is ridiculous. I see the ones listed and you listen to both.
The host sometimes allows his personal political leanings to blemish his otherwise flawless podcast. Despite this, the well reached and highly entertaining podcast takes on many interesting and controversial topics and assesses them in a tact based and highly rational manner.
I'm mystified anyone would have a problem with the host. A few tpoics I might quiblle with, but his positions always seem measured and sound. Please, Brian, keep up the good work.
I listen Brian for a while now, he is great.
Your better off researching things on ur own than listening to this idiot.
In our post-truth culture, this is an important podcast. It's also a lot of fun.
Brian Dunning is a smart guy. I enjoy that he is an unflinchingly scientized skeptic. There are plenty of things that are really entertaining that are not some overwrought fantasy. No, there is no Mothman. Nor curses from the Temple of Doom. Not even those sweet Reptilians like Dick Cheny.
His very liberal and atheistic leanings ruin the show. If he kept that out and stuck with the facts it would be such a better show.
Really interesting podcast debunking fake claims and bad science.
Brian Dunning makes me think AND laugh. Listening to Skeptoid is much more time efficient than reading the entire Wiki page on aspartame. The best part? Every episode comes with complete references so it is not just Brian's opinion.
Very informative and thought provoking, Always a good reminder to approach things with a skeptical mindset!
I've been a fan of this podcast for years! The information is well researched and presented in a very orderly entertaining way! I look forward to s new episode each week! :)
An abattoir for sacred cows and a defense against modern-day snake-oil peddlers.
The podcast covers all kinds of topics that one might not even consider when thinking over the things that could use skeptical thinking, and teaches us not just about the topic but the methods that can be used to look at it from a different perspective. I've learned a lot.
This podcast consists of Mr. Dunning tearing down strawmen in the name of his dogmatic opinion which he falsely refers to as skepticism. He is the polar opposite of a true believer conspiracy nut job. He claims to promote critical thinking, but instead does the opposite. The early episodes were at least interesting, but it has continually degraded over the last couple years. I have been a listener from the beginning, but I will be unsubscribing.
This is a great podcast, I've been listening for years and enjoying all the episodes. Even the ones that presented New ways of thinking about issues that Had not encountered before. The podcast has challenged me from time to time to think differently about the world and to open myself up to new information. Brian does a great job with his research and creates entertaining interesting and informative podcasts
I enjoy listening to this podcast. I hear about things that I have forgotten about or never new about. Keep up the good work Brian
Right or wrong, Brian puts out quality podcasts that makes me think. Charles Fortian in topics covered, but more thoroughly sourced and critically analyzed. I enjoy his podcast so much, this is the only one I have financially supported, so far. I really appreciate his fresh look at some old paranormal events but also bringing my attention to new stumpers. The only sad part about Brian's subject is that he has so many topics to discuss and research that new episodes will always be forthcoming, at least until he tires which I hope he never does.
If I could get half of my Facebook friends to listen to this show, my world would be so much better and I wouldn't want to punch myself in the face every time I check into Facebook and see the next new post about government covering up cancer cures and other conspiracies. Great show, can't stop listening.
Brian determines the legitimacy of common, and not so common axioms, historical events, and controversial beliefs, with exhaustive, evidence-based research. He occasionally imbues his narrative with his subtle dry humor. If you love to learn, and enjoy investigation, this is a must-have podcast!
First, I would like to say that I absolutely love this podcast. I have listened to every single episode, and it has spawned awareness in my everyday life to not believe everything I hear or read, especially claims that are a bit "out there" or quite severe claims. Also, I love the historical aspect of the show, this shows that proper research can still be done to come to a evidence based solution. Overall, this show has helped me to look at everything really in a different, more skeptical way, which these days is something everyone could afford to do. And aside from that, it's just down right entertaining and extremely interesting. Now for the "correction." I am writing it on here as I could not find an email address. While listening to "Male Circumcision" episode, I heard something that didn't seem quite right, it may not be an actual correction, but I feel it does warrant a retraction. During this episode, the following statement is made; "Ironically the word smegma means soap in Greek." This statement reminds me of the appeal to fear fallacy. Similar to the statement made in the episode titled Chemicals; "Zinc oxide is the main ingredient in this sunscreen, which is also used in nuclear reactors!" This statement was made blatantly and was used to prove a point about what some marketers will do to scare people. Though I know Skeptoid was not trying to scare anyone when saying smegma translates to soap in Greek, I do feel that it was absolutely irrelevant to the argument, even though the context was speaking of cleanliness and male circumcision. A foreign language and what a word translates to has nothing to do with male hygiene in regards to be circumcised or not. Anyway, this is just my opinion, I just felt like this statement really was out of character for Skeptoid. Whether you agree or disagree is up to you. Thank you for continuing to produce what I consider to be the best podcast available.
Brian Dunning presents complex stories broken down to the simplest parts and shows the facts and presents the most reasonable conclusions from the facts.
Every episode is a short but thorough mini lecture centered around a story usually, and Brian really does his homework.
The JFK podcast, is full of incorrect information. I haven't listened to any other episodes after realizing the lack of knowledge of the host.
Thank you for this podcast!! I appreciate it and enjoy it, have suggested it to many people, donated and shared. Thank you for dispelling myths in a straightforward and kind manner. :)
Very close-minded. Perfect for the sheeple masses. Listen to Joe Rogan's podcast #441 before you decide to subscribe to this guy. Perfectly highlights this guy's tendency to take what someone says and totally take it out of context before spreading disinformation about a subject.
Some good things, others not so good.
Brian comes off as an arrogant man who can't be wrong by any means. This includes making things up. Is he skeptical about his crime of fraud that netted his company 5.2 million? Just listen to the Joe Rogan podcast with him and see how he makes things up in his own mind in order to be right, including when audio is played for him to listen to..
This podcast takes on superstition, paranoid delusions, conspiratorial thinking, pseudoscience, and all the other bullcrap floating around on the Internet. A must listen for all rational, critical thinkers.
Brian Dunning & his crew keep the skeptical tidbits short, sweet, and complete. Each approximately 12-minute weekly episode has a detailed bibliography for further study.
Works hard to pick apart all forms of nonsense.
A "skeptic" who wants to convince you that his sources are trustworthy, his research thorough, and his opinions are well-informed without the tinge of heavy bias. Did I mention he was convicted and sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraud? Here's an idea for a skeptoid episode: case CR-10-00494-EJD of the US Northern District Court of California.
Skeptoid does not automatically overturn every crackpot idea that makes it into the podcast. In my view, they give a fair treatment, and actually measure the available evidence, sometimes answering with a responsible, if unsatisfying, "we don't know." I recommend it to anyone looking for a high level view of pseudoscientific topics.
I've been binging this podcast for the last few months so I figured I should at least take the time to write a review. Besides the content itself, the thing I love most about this podcast is that there is no banter between hosts. There are so many podcasts that are supposed to be educational and informative but half the time is spent listening to the hosts talk about they did over the weekend and getting sidetracked. Brian Dunning eliminates all this with a well researched and written script that is 100% substance. Each episode is around 12 minutes so it's very easy to listen to and keeps your attention. Like I said in the headline, this is arguably the best podcast out there. I keep searching for something that is similar but I haven't found anything close to the quality, professionalism and enjoyability that comes with Skeptoid.
I love this podcast. He is impartial and scientific in his approach and explains everything clearly. I just wish the episodes were longer!
I've listened to these guys for a few years. Even presented evidence that contradicted some of Mr Dunnings conclusions. I was blocked from having any debate with him. He's got an agenda and he's sticking to it no matter what. Further, he's juvenile enough to devote entire episodes ripping on his critics. I'm done.
Thanks Brian. Just thanks.
Seriously is this guy a paid disinformationist for the globalists??? The shows about mysteries like cryptids and other intresting history is entertaining and informative, but any subject dealing with the government just crap.
Eagerly await each new cast!
This guy is irritating to listen to
This podcast is clear and accurate. It has literally improved my life.
Well researched and funny.
Well researched and funny.
Well researched and funny.
At only 15 mins each, it's easy to download a bunch and plow through them while jogging or driving. Tons of interesting topics, too. The host is a little dorky but he's very sincere and that adds to the overall vibe.
You know that wonderful feeling you get when you watch some total a-hole get burned at school for doing a terrible thing to someone else? Imagine that feeling wrapped up in a podcast, and you have Skeptoid.
Overall a great podcast. Definitely gives me an alternative perspective and good entertainment.
The material since Brian Dunning’s imprisonment has been weak at best. The hosts are often poor presenters and some episodes are baffling — why choose an episode about tediously political gender issues when there is so much interesting content out there?
I realize I'm like the 4 millionth person to write a a review. So no one will ever listen to this but I have to say it anyway. It's great, it was my first look at skeptical thinking. Learn how to see things as they are, cut through the all the stuff people try to fool you with.
Love SKEPTOID. Varied topics and very logical. Thanks so much for the work to produce this great podcast!!!
Bring back Brian, though!
I listen to Skeptoid on short commutes, because I can't stand podcasts over 45 minutes, like the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe or You Are Not So Smart. Mr. Dunning covers interesting, albeit non-provocative topics, such as "is Bigfoot real". I wish he took on more controversial topics occasionally. Also, the sound effects are often too loud, and I wish he just used his normal voice when quoting others, or make it more legible.
This is the perfect podcast for a quick listen. Ideal for short car rides. The topics are almost always really interesting and informative.
Would like it to be longer though.
I expected something informative, not a confirmation that Samson's hair didn't give him strength. No kidding.
Skeptoid’s concise, bite-sized doses of skepticism are both great listening as well as excellent resources to point people to, or re-listen to for a topic refresher.
Many of these pieces are pure conjecture and baseless opinion.
One of my long-time favorites!
From entertaining debunking of alien sightings to lessons in the scientific method of analysis.
Brian, thank you for such an amazing podcast.
I enjoy this show greatly. It is fasinating and interseting you will almost always learn somthing from each show.I must warn you, you may not always like what you learn! but Brian does a lot of research and its better to know the truth than spread a cool story thats made up. I also really appreciate it when he admits to errors that he makes on his show, that takes guts. Brian keep up the good work!
I have noticed a lot of one star ratings. I take this as confirmation on how good this podcast is. Almost every one star comes from someone who has just had their “sacred cow” topic illuminated by the skeptic flashlight. Not one of the one star reviews brought up a salient point, and if they had a salient point, they could have forwarded it on to Mr. Dunning to be taken up in a feedback episode. He has made mistakes, and when someone can point out a mistake, he has been quick to correct it.
Brian is bright, Brian is logical, Brian is skeptical. But Brian also too easily overlooks things, other possibilities. That's the thing about "logic," it's only as good as your maintained awareness of possibilities within each chain of logic. And your logic follows your understanding of how our engagement with reality works. I find the podcast somewhat enlightening, although at least 50% of his conclusions overlook something within each logic chain. I use the podcast as a sort of "I Spy" exercise, where I am on the lookout for evidence of the way people have not paid close enough attention to what is actually happening in their lives. I know that sounds cryptic, but a great many secrets lie waiting for mankind which are being overlooked during this current historical period of infatuation with "objective science." On a minute quantum scale, physics proves that we do not live in an objective world, and finding out what that means and how that works for human existence changes everything. This is skepticism motivated by ideology. Can anyone else see that? An enormous amount of what goes on in our heads lies below conscious awareness. How can we make claim or truly know what's really going on without all that information?
I've followed this for years, always looking forward to every Tuesday. There are so many podcasts out there that are 30 or 60 minutes long. These are 5-10 minute pieces. It wastes no time with corny music intros and gets straight to topic. Brian is always neutral and presents his information very clearly. His topics range from popular (like organic food) to obscure mysteries most of us have never heard of. If you're ever trying to persuade a friend, show them a Skeptoid topic instead of making them read articles. The editing has simple sound effects and music to keep it interesting to listen to without it turning into a dull voice talking in an empty room into a Blue Yeti.
Consistently one of the best podcasts out there.
he argues just to argue total dbag
This is one of my favorite podcasts. I look forward to it every week. Thanks so much for all of your hard work and the hard work of the contributors to the Skeptoid blog.
Best podcast ever. Brief, valuable, clear, excellent topics. Always great.
I started listening at around episode #400 & Spend a few months feeling it out. After I got hooked I went all the way back to Episode #1 & started to catch back up. Good Stuff !
I have been listening to this podcast for years and it has totally held up to the test of time. Episodes are in easily absorbed chunks, well researched, well written and entertainly delivered. The topics are varied and range between the usual skeptical topics and stuff I've never even heard of before. Sometimes he examines a specific point, like the meaning of the word 'energy'; sometimes a general subject, like aromatherapy; sometimes an event like a disappearance or sighting. He also does 'listener feedback' episodes where he responds to emails; 'correction' episodes where he throws up his hands and admits where he got it wrong (being human he sometimes does) and, for a wonderful little bonus, the occasional 'musical' episode pops up too. This show got me into skepticism, it is a great introduction show to the subject, but I've been self labelling as skeptic for years and still find stuff here that I don't find elsewhere.
Brian does fabulous work, well researched and well produced
You failed me hard on the Joe Rogan experience. I'm very sad about this. Fix it, and I'll change the number of stars.
I say this with 100% sincerity: this is THE best conspiracy podcast out there. Bri takes each & every one of UFOdom's can't miss sacred cows [Roswell/Rendlesham Forest/the Travis Walton case/The Philadelphia Experiment/etc., etc.] and proceeds to summarily decimate them piecemeal. And the most amazing thing about it is that each episode is maybe 15 minutes or so long, yet that's all it takes to destroy these, what was for me, lifetime "always believed in" stories, because, unbelievable as it sounds, they're all so flimsily grounded because what we've seen in books & TV specials ARE ALL BULLSPIT. So, literally 15 minutes is all it takes to throw this crap in the garbage. Quick summation of his evidence: as simple as it sounds, EVERYBODY LIED. Roswell's Jesse Marcel, Travis Walton & family, and on & on .... They all just simply lied & embellished as time went on, either just to propogate the story, or for the money, or both. Couple all of this with Brian's wonderfully smooth, melodious non-dismissive/unsarcastic speaking voice, and what you have, my curious friends, is a podcast par excellánce! I just discovered "Skeptoid" today & boy am I mad at myself for missing out on lo these 7 years! THIS IS A MUST LISTEN, guaranteed.
After subscribing to Skeptoid about a year ago, and listening to much of its archive, I am now unsubscribing and writing this review. This podcast does not cast its skeptical net all that widely, oft taking aim at easier targets, which is not too much of an issue; however, in doing so, Brian Dunning frequently relies upon the logical fallacies that he accuses many of his subjects of making. The tone when he does this, of his whole podcast really, is that of insufferable smugness. So smug, in fact, that it deceived me into believing that his shtick was built upon something -- as it turns out, it is not. His appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, installment 441, revealed him to be an angry, illogical, small-minded man that is not so much skeptical as he is a contrarian fraud. And speaking of fraud, Brian Dunning frequently dismisses his targets due to their credentials: what would A know about B, et cetera. And yet, what are we to make of this man being charged and convicted of fraud? Despite largely pleading his innocence to the public, he pleaded guilty and the documents available on the internet confirm his guilt; and yet, this rich, corrupt, man has the gall to ask for donations to his podcast. Call me skeptical, but I think my money and time would be better spent elsewhere.
Great podcast that manages to pack so much information into a short time. Many issues addressed are ones that people wonder about all the time, but neve take the time to research. Let Brian do it for you. A trustworthy source of unbiased information.
He has some validity, but his ego seems to overshadow many of his views. Almost like he started off right, but somewhere he lost his way. Reading through his rabid fans boards also grossed me out. The icing on the cake was finding out about his recent fraud conviction. I truly regret donating to his kickstarter. Don't bother with this guy.
I love this podcast so much I started paying for it a couple of months ago.
Brian does a great job of educating his listeners on the value of skepitcal thinking. The fun and interesting subject matter also help to illustrate fundementals of skepticism and get you thinking. That's the ultimate point of Skeptoid is to get people thinking. Brian does not jump on bandwagons or follow popular culture trends. Thanks for all you do Brian!
Skeptoid offers a fantastic, rational look into many of the popular pseudosciences that are infesting the Internet and the world we live in today. It’s just the right length keep your interest, and dabbles just deep enough in each topic so that by the end of each episode, you come out a little smarter. Great job Brian and the Skeptoid crew!
I discovered Skeptoid in 2008 and I have never looked back. One 12 - 13 minute episode every Tuesday. I look forward to each episode the way I looked forward to Penn and Teller BS. I love that Brian is unafraid to correct past mistakes or to shed new light on older episodes. If you are a conspiracy theorist or a believer in the Supernatural then these episodes may hurt a bit. Then again, the truth is often a cruel mistress.
... beats pseudoscience :-)
If Bill Clinton had not signed the "Telecommunications Act" in 1997, we might not have such a deficit in the reliable analysis of information. That act basically said 'you can say stuff on TV and radio now that is not true. You can even do it and call it "news." A perceptual model through which we can filter and categorize phenomena (comet falls to earth) and "information" (hydraulic fracturing is safe) into knowledge and wisdom is very important. Without the latter we no longer have culture; just phenomena and information...ala carte as it were. Skepticism is more important now than any time in history. Brian Dunning is a reasonable person with an entertaining show. He's also slightly funnier than Carl Sagan! The episode about raelians made me laugh aloud. I'm gonna say "LAALO" to make a long story short. (copywrite 2014 freddy nightliker.)
A very consice and to the point examination of everyday topics and urban legends. As always remember to do your own research as no one man can know everything, at the same time no one man can do all the research, thus this podcast. Highly recommend it for those who have a thirst for knowledge.
Listening to Joe Rogan helps me forget that I'm a fake tough guy with latent homosexual tendencies. But I thought Denning from Skeptoid really gave it to him.
Brian really follows the evidence and presents what he finds. I wish that everyone would do the same.
Informative, concise, and covers a wide range of topics. A refreshing break from podcasts that think every episode needs to be three hours long.
You would think after doing this for so many years, Brian would run out of things to debunk. But he always comes up with an interesting topic that I look forward to listening to every week. I highly recommend this podcast.
Informative, entertaining, concise, extremely well researched and well produced. A gem of a podcast and a great way to introduce rational thought into everyone's lives! This show has NO political agenda, easily seen by the detractors here on iTunes accusing him of being far right, ultra liberal, or a libertarian. Facts don't have a political slant. Support good thinking!
I used to really like this podcast. Then I heard Brian on Joe Rogan, and well, I think he's just an annoying dick. I've listened to all his podcasts, and some are great, but this is his full time job, geez, I I only pumped out a 12 minute deal after a week, I don't know, I might feel a little lazy.
This podcast is the one to listened to. All subjects are very well explained with only the support of the facts and in less than 1/2 hour usually. Seem short but this is what is great with facts, they do not need much time.
Skeptoid is one of those few podcasts I wait for each week and listen to as soon as it comes out. It's always interesting and informative, but the thing I like best is being regularly reminded to approach unproven claims with a healthy dose of skepticism
The host does a great job of showing the evidence or lack thereof for each given topic. While it can sometimes be dry, the material itself is enough to hold the audience.
If there were one thing I could say about this podcast it would be about Brian Dunning's thoroughness. While certainly not perfect in his research, he has delved more deeply into many topics than I would have thought possible, and in the process, found quite interesting artifacts and behind-the-scenes stories that make even banal urban legends quite fascinating. By his thoroughness, his podcast has often led me to question my own skepticism as well as reminded me when I may be too dismissive. The Skeptoid podcast is worth a listen!
I only wish there were more episodes!
It never seizes to amaze me the amount of work Brian puts into his research, and the thoroughness with which digs for the facts to find the best explanation for everything most people just accept out of intellectual laziness. Skeptoid has taught me to look at the world through my skeptical eye and see it more clearly. Like glasses for your brain.
Objective... being "the state or quality of being true even outside of a subject's individual biases, interpretations, feelings, and imaginings." Any unbiased, sensible human being can distinguish Brian Dunning's presentation of data from his sly, slightly self-deprecating humor. A scientific approach to questions of myth and legend follows the evidence where it leads, no matter how undesireable the destination is. So for the Skeptoid haters and naysayers; try not to shoot the messenger/presenter. The evidence is objective, and anyone laying an ad hominem into the person presenting it is a good demonstration of their aversion to the evidence (and, ironically, their aversion to objectivity.) Skeptoid was the first podcast I ever listened to; I first happened upon it back when it was only ten episodes long. Eight years later and going strong, it's still one of the best primers to critical and skeptical thinking. I'm glad it exists.
This is my favorite skeptical program. Dunning does a good job of condensing a topic to a concise format which delivers the key points in only 10 to 15 minutes. I listen to an episode during my breaks at work and always come away better informed.
I've listened to every episode (several more than once). One of the highlights of my week.
Mr. Dunning fearlessly slaughters sacred cows right and left and his clear-thinking and informed analysis of key issues is a welcome relief. Even if you don't agree with him, his challenging arguments will help you develop better-informed opinions. In a world where more and more people think and discuss issues in communal bubbles, as a society we need to come to terms with what the facts are and how to evaluate them.
This is a great podcast were you learn to distingue science from pseudoscience, facts from opinions, and learn some of the flaws in arguents that people have in a normal converstion.
I can honestly say that this podcast changed my life for the better. Since I was introduced to Brian Dunning and his podcast in 2009 by an archaeology professor, I have been hooked. I have been streaming and downloading the newest shows religiously (LOL) ever since. Besides being one of the most intelligent and interesting podcasters on the market today, he is also tremendously personable. Not only did Brian record my outgoing voicemail message on my phone, but he does take time and great care in answering emails, tweets and FB comments. Brian is truly a man of the people! As a general tip, I find that some of the more historical based podcasts are great ways to introduce friends and likeminded acquaintances. They are easy and allow the new skeptic to continue exploring for themselves instead of coming off too preachy. I am a paid subscriber again after taking a year off, the micro payments are totally painless. The amount of content that you get with the daily skeptoid, skeptalk email list and of course the SWAG. I am a huge fan, thanks for the great content and I hope to support you and this podcast for years to come.
Skeptoid is an excellent skeptical podcast. Brian Dunning presents his (well researched) case in a very concise manner. No podcast is longer than 15 minutes. If the listener wishes to delve further in to the matter, show notes indicate the reference material. Having the episodes archived on your Ipod makes a great reference library with which you can respond to many pseudo-scientific claims.
Well researched, thoughtful commentary on the fringes of science and society. Well worth a listen, and it won’t take up your whole day.
I've been a listener for years. Skeptoid is always well researched and on point for sceptical thinking. It's a must listen. I bet you discover that something new.
Wish there were more podcasts like this one. Very informative.
Skeptoid is a good show, but it can be hit-or-miss. He's got a few "sacred cow" topics where he'll cherry-pick studies (occasionally citing studies of the same poor quality that skeptics rightly chastise alt-med proponents for citing) and color his message to make implications that go well beyond what the evidence says. When challenged with better studies and more robust data, he sometimes turns hostile, falling back on admitted personal bias over evidence. His listener feedback episodes are sometimes full of ad hominem attacks (especially the older ones), where he takes the worst possible interpretation of a writer's words in order to mock them. These problems probably affect 10% of the shows, so even though they're significant, I'll only deduct one star for them. However, on most topics, he does a really good job, covering a REALLY broad range of topics in short, digestable segments of about ten minutes each. His is also one of the few podcasts that comes with a complete transcript and comprehensive references. If you're not so sure about something he says, you can at least get a link to the evidence he's basing it on. This also makes Skeptoid an excellent reference for discussion. You can point people to a well-referenced layman's overview of a topic without having to say "here, listen to this hour-long podcast and fast-forward to..."
This show disproves subjects a majority of the country already disbelieves. Those that still believe the subject won’t listen (or won't be swayed if they do). The most ardent listeners of this show and followers of the host suffer from the same strong need to feel “I was right, I WAS RIGHT” to find a modicum of happiness. I’m happy those people have this outlet, otherwise this show serves no purpose.
Your time is best spent else where.
I really don't get the need to listen to this show. It's debunking things that by and large don't need debunking. I listened to this show after a friends suggestions (numerous times) and have no idea what he sees in it. I can see the appeal for like minded kill joys though, this guy can zap the fun out of anyhing.
There are so many good podcasts competing for my time but this is at or near the top of my list all of the time.
If you have any interest in mysteries that are unexplained and potentially might be more than something that is conventionally understood in the natural world, supernatural one might say, then prepare to have Brian Dunning stomp on your dreams and crush your soul. Spoiler alert: whatever paranormal interest you might have, Brian Dunning will tell you it isn't true. I enjoy the topics and his skeptical point of view over the tinfol stuff on the web, butI do sometimes not find his conclusions that he arrives on supported by evidence, or supported by airtight reasoning. Generally he takes a wikipedia-style editorial policy of verifiability being more important than truth. So take that for what it is, if he doesn't find it through an internet search then it didn't happen.
They should make this content required listening in high school so maybe people will start to think critically about outlandish--and other--claims!
I love this podcast. Although short it does focus up it's skeptical eye directly on the subject being examined and gives a broad overview on its subject while also bringing a reasoned and intelligent discussion of the subject to the fore.
I have listened to every episode of this show and have never been disappointed. Brian Dunning does the world and the Internet a tremendious service by doing this podcast every week. Every podcast is throughly researched, informative and entertaining. He has a sense of humor but never comes off too snarky, and snark is called for when dealing with people who believe in the paranormal and supernatural. This is hands down one of the best podcasts for science and skepticism.
Dunning manages to create both a sense of wonder in the storytelling while logically taking apart the stories themselves. More proof that you don't need pseudoscience or the supernatural to enjoy weird phenomena. Superb.
I've been listening from day one and Skeptoid continues to be one of the little pleasues I look forward to each week!! If you love this podcast like I do, set up micro-payments so it can continue... Keep up the great work Mr. Dunning.
Skeptoid is a fantastic podcast that tackles urban legends, pseudo-science and other bits of anti-science from a skeptics perspective. Brian researches each episode carefully and presents his arguments fully. He regularly responds to listener feedback as well. Not only does Skeptoid address specific issues but it also teaches you how to tell good arguments from bad, how to better argue your position yourself, and generally is a good reminder to always think carefully about important matters. The most important thing to emphasize is that each episode is presented in a very entertaining way. In fact it is one of my very top podcasts for passing the time on long trips and I actually save up episodes for this purpose. Give Skeptoid a listen, you won’t regret it.
I love listening to this podcast. It is my salve for dealing with people who just don't understand science and the scientific method. It is short about 12-15 minutes, which is great for a quick listen. And Brian really shows his enthusiasm about science and teaching. Because he really is teaching everyone who listens. Give this a listen. You will learn, and have fun!
I was skeptical at first, but after a few episodes the podcast had taught me how to use critical thinking to determine that this podcast rocks, beyond a doubt. My girlfriend even likes listening to it when we go on trips which is great for making great conversations after and episode. Brian Dunning, you do a great thing and I am thankful for your work. Keep on crushing the fallacies, quackery, rumors, and misinformation!
Amazing! I always have dozens of podcasts ready to go, But this is the only one I wait to be released each week. After getting hooked after a couple episodes I had to work my way threw all of the hundreds of back episodes. Keep up the awesome work ~Neil
I tend to think of podcasts in terms of long or short format... With < 30 min being short. Skeptics runs between 10 and 25 minutes, but it really packs great critical thinking, education, and entertainment into a small package. Each week, Brian covers a single subject/topic (with the exception of his occasional mail bag / student questions episode and his annual musical episode) and quite succinctly describes the issue I'm terms of popular thought and then actual science. He doesn't take the attitude of deliberate debunking... He always attempts to enter into a subject as objectively as possible... Looking at actual scientific research and applying proper critical thinking... He's skeptical of extraordinary claims, but digs for the truth, wherever it leads. My favorite episode is one where he explained the subject of paradolia (sp?) - the human mind's tendency to find pattern and meaning in random sound. It really explained the so called EVP phenomenon quite well.
This has been and seemingly will continue to be my favorite podcast out of all that I subscribe to. A weekly 10-15 minute podcast that is exceptionally detailed and researched? This is it. Brian Dunning goes above and beyond on a regular basis and has seemingly covered any type of event, monster, creature, hoax, etc. possible... only for a new item the next week. Cannot recommend this enough.
One of the ways to judge a show like this in my opinion is to listen to a topic about which you know a lot and see if enough research has been done to understand the topic thoroughly. There was one topic that I considered myself an expert on and so I listened to that one and what I heard was a gross distortion so my trust in all the other topics is now nil and I won't be listening to the others. Do the same test yourself and see what you think. Also the shows are short - not long enough to really cover all the angles. Some people like a short presentation, some like something meatier and I'm in the latter category. That's too bad because I really like his voice and delivery - it reminds me of the narrators of educational slide shows when I was in school. That may sound like a slam to some, but I liked it!
This is right up there with "Stuff You Should Know." Brian does his homework and presents a variety of interesting topics in short, enjoyable episodes. The true beauty of this podcast is its backlog. I will be shooting links to specific episodes to friends with specific questions about various topics. Great, great work.
Really.. Just fantastic..
I listen to Skeptoid on the way to work. They're short segments with great information and sound rebuttals to all the pseudoscience and trendy lifestyle tips that flow from my co-workers mouths. While the rest of the media seems to only want to sell 'the sky is falling' mentality, this podcast reminds us to look below the top layer to see what is really going on.
Awesome podcast for the critical thinker . They are short and to the point, you can always squeeze one in .
This show presents a skeptical (i.e., based in fact) take on the *many* conspiracy and pseudoscientific theories out there--from UFOs to organic food. The host does an AMAZING job of making the show entertaining and informational. As a psychology professor, I'm always recommending this podcast to students who hold "interesting ideas" about the mind/body/ESP/etc. as well as students who are more scientifically minded. Really, this is an easy recommend to anyone interesting in science and a sane take on the crazier ideas floating around in our society. Great show!
I was disappointed to hear that this guy was found guilt of wire fraud. For better or worse, I give credence to one's ethics even when discussing logic.
If your a fan of rational thought this is the podcast for you ! If your not a fan of rational thought i beg you to listen !!!
I discovered Skeptoid by accident and boy am I happy that I did! Every episode is a micro-class on a particular subject. No judgement calls just the use of critical thinking and the scientific method. The episodes on Logical Fallacies are one of my faves. I used these fallacies when debating various topics and now it forces me to structure my arguments more effectively. I've consumed most of these episodes but it does't stop here. Mr. Dunning's inFact video podcasts, the Here Be Dragons video on critical thinking and the Truth Hurts have been an awesome addition to my intellectual library!
I've recommended this Podcast to more than a few folks who are new to Skepticism. The episodes are short, fun and informative. If you are building a "Balony Detection Kit" - start here.
I love the "single issue per episode" format, the full transcript is great.
I listen to many Podcast but this is one of the best and most reliable. Its always on time and always full of info and fun !!
Brian Dunning does an amazing job delivering a skeptical look at popular ideas, memes, and beliefs! The production value is amazing and I shore the episodes all the time on Facebook and through email. Being a staunch skeptic myself I often find myself taking friends to task for outrageous claims and have more than once posted one of his videos as a rebuttal. If you are hesitating before subscribing, don't! Punch that subscribe button now and start enjoying educational, fun, and entertaining skepticism at it's best!
The truth behind all those things you've alwasy wondered about or thought sounded too good to be true. Each episode is brief and concise yet I almost always find myself wishing they were longer, which only serves to keep me coming back for more.
Interesting topics, great research, and a short format make this a podcast to stay subscribed to.
One of the finest podcasts on the web, highly recomeneded.
My favorite podcast! I listen to Skeptoid every night- it is extremely interesting and enlightening.
When your trying to be as credible sceptic as this guy, it's must be hard when you contradict your self, for one example he talks about energy and water and how the energy needed to make the water a energy source to replace fuel is unrealistic due to the amount of energy expended to turn the water in to energy, but in another he talks about peek oil and how other energy sources like plant fuel can replace fossil fuel but fails to indicate that the energy output to make and harvest bio fuel is grater then the energy they produce. This is just one example others like the organic one ect. I'm am nether a conspiracy theorist nor a UFO fanatic, I like to look at things with a unbiased opinion to come to a conclusion, but the this guy seems to contradict himself a few times in other episodes witch in my opinion makes him a uncredible source of information, He's either trying to troll these groups that he indicates and "debunks" just for hates sake or he has some biased agenda, what ever it is he's about as childish as some of the people he's being skeptical about.
I wish everyone listened to this podcast. It's smart, entertaining, and best of all, it encourages logic, critical thinking, and the scientific method better any other media source I can think of. Highly recommended!
Brian has created an excelled podcast. His blend of factual information and humor is like a breath of fresh air for the skeptical mind. Keep up the great work Brian!
Brian Dunning brings the spirit of Mythbusters to the realm of podcasting. His adherence to a rational mindset is as prevalent in these episodes as his gift to weave a compelling narrative in which to educate and inform. These short episodes are packed full of entertaining historical facts and relevant scientific topics. Topics are classroom friendly and facts are sourced on Skeptoid's website for you to investigate for yourself. Skeptoid is an amazing tool for its brevity and well coordinated presentation.
Like many new listeners I initially found Dunning's podcast informative and amusing, particularly when he deals with "urban legend" material. When he talks about health and wellness matters such as organic food, aspartame, fluoride, well, be skeptical. Filter out the fringe supporters and you have supporters in those respective areas with better scientific and academic credentials than Mr. Dunning himself. It's easy to debunk such subjects when you address only the more outrageous claims and ignore scientific studies by independent researchers. The whole e-Bay wire fraud scandal, while not directly relevant to his podcasts, nonetheless gives him a black eye. I'm much less inclined now to make the contribution he asks for at the end of his podcasts
How do you know if you should believe that newspaper article about vaccines? Is your Aunt Betty's use of homeopathic medicine actually doing her any good? You've heard so much about GMOs, what is actually true? If you have questions like this, then Skeptoid is for you. Brian Dunning researches an individual issue each episode, examining all aspects of that issue, giving you the information you need to decide for yourself or spur you on to further research. Listen to Skeptoid and expand your brain.
Brian Dunning gives us the height of skeptical podcasts with extensive research and sharply intelligent investigation and reporting. Everyone needs to listen to this show!
With the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, social media and the blogosphere, we're constantly bombarded with claims and counter-claims. This causes cancer, that causes autism, here's a conspiracy, etc, etc. How do we know what's really true? Brian exposes the logical fallacies, motivated reasoning and pseudoscience and backs up his reporting with full citations in the form of peer-reviewed scientific literature or historic documentation, as appropriate.
Feed your brain in an enjoyable, fun way. Listen to Skeptoid every week!
This guy sets you straight about everything imaginable. Clearly a lot of work goes into researching these topics to find what's really going on. The songs every 50 episodes or so are available to download in song form on the website so now he's in my music rotation as well. If I had a kid, I would make sure it saw the video with the Uberscarfs and the scissors.
Such great info in easy to take snipits. Personally i would love it if it lasted an hour it is not taking me long to catch up on all the past episodes then i will be left to eagerly waiting a week to get my fix. my favorite are the listener feedback episodes.
One of the best podcast on iTunes.
I have to say, I've been listening to Brian Dunning for a while. Man he is good. I haven't found a lot of things I can't argue with. In fact, pretty much anything. I have honestly yet to find something he said not to be true, I can't. I've tried, & found nothing that doesn't verify any claims he sights, but.... I found out he was also charged for wire fraud. And that makes me very sad. B/C now, any time I try to site anything Dunning has said, there's going be someone who will cite his guilty plea. Now I strictly condem what he did, it was wrong & he deserves to go to jail, but this awesome Podcast that gave me a great way to itterate a lot of the point of views I have had, but didn't know quite how to articulate, now will be sullied forever b.c. he got greedy. I'm hurt Brian, and so is the Skepticial community.
Need help dismantling the loudmouth's 911 conspiracy theories? Tired of watching that uppity granola jabber on about the benefits of wheat grass juice? Wish you had a few disarming facts when your loony brother-in-law spouts off about alien spacecraft in the deserts of New Mexico? Brian Dunning provides help in defending logic and sanity from the perils of pseudo-science and pop culture fads. This podcast is a perfect starting point for skeptical research. Fun and funny too.
My partner and I always look forward to the next installment of Skeptoid. Usually the podcasts are excellent, informative, and well-researched, and the host's voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to.
First podcast I really got into, and to this day it's still my favorite. It makes tuesday mornings a lot less awful. The few contrarians posting bad reviews are either true believers in woo or they are the pseudo intellectual kind of skeptic that hurts the cause of critical thinking by not practicing what they preach and refusing to reflect skeptically on their own arguments. That was a false dichotomy actually... There could be other reasons too I'm sure. Still, l assert that most of the few bad reviews' authors probably fall into one of those two categories. Five stars.
After listening to a few shows I went to episode one and have started working my way through them all. Love the show, keep it up.
Reason for yourself too
Brian Dunning is straight to the point. Despite what his detractors say, he's very even handed and relies on critical analysis of evidence. He pulled back the curtain on some subjects that I had always taken for granted, and provoked me to investigate issues further on my own. An absolue must for anyone who enjoys critical thinking and the pursuit of truth.
I've listened to skeptoid from beginning to end 3 times now. It's a great show with lots of great information. This is necessary listening for an skeptic.
Brian does a great job tackling the seemingly impossible task of shedding light and understanding on some of society's most widely held (and sometimes not so widely held) superstitious and pseudoscientific beliefs. <---long sentence lol. Give him a listen. You'll be glad you did! -Chris (North Palm Beach, FL)
I have been listening to Skeptoid since the early episodes and Dunning always has sound research, great topics and a little humor thrown into the mix. I listen in the morning while carpooling to work the topic always has us 3 engineers in discussion for several hours a week on out long trips across town.
I wanted to like this show. I appreciate the skeptical point of view and I'm interested in the topics he covers. The host just ruins it. He speaks with unearned authority. He doesn't cite his sources. His comedy isn't funny. It's just unpleasant all around.
Mr. Dunning is not only able to put together a complete sentence, but one that makes sense. It's said that President Eisenhower was "shocked" when he was told that fully half of the children in the USA were below average. Although it's mathematically counterintuitive, I suspect the person who told him that was being optimistic in thinking that any more than 10% were above average. Skeptoid is a refreshing contrast to the factoids and sound bites with which we're pummeled, daily.
Original Review (5 stars): Mr. Dunning provides a literate and skeptical perspective on a wide range of issues and he presents it all in a very direct, accessible style. I really enjoy the podcast and will continue to listen for as long as it is produced. One drawback is his anti-religious stance. Sometimes it gets to be a bit heavy-handed. UPDATE: Mr. Dunning may be running out of material because his show is venturing into subjective opinion narratives instead of objective analyses. 1. Subjective punditry (episode 336) 2. Comical with computer-modified voices (episode 350) 3. Attacking listeners' negative feedback seems to lack class.
Dunning as been with me over more long drives than any other podcast. I can listen to these over and over. When you have a believer friend, you can give them an episode that you can both agree on. This way it starts the discussion about evidence and critical thinking.
This is the best podcast on pop-culture and critical thinking that you will ever hear.
This is a great podcast. I even like the fact it has no intro music or sound effects. It just starts right in on great content.
These bite sized helpings of critical thinking give me hope in a sea of nonsense. Thanks Brian!
BD is the best around! He's objective, picks interesting topics and doesn't come off as an elitist know-it-all. True skepticism without the mindless overhead of some of the other podcasts.
One of my top three podcasts and favorite cites to peruse. I listen to every episode. Well researched, exhaustively cited evidence and reasoned logic that obliterate all the pointlessly held beliefs propagated in our domestic (And sometimes global) psyche. Dunning is also hilarious in a stunningly dry "science minded" way and his implied derisiveness to those he's having to enlighten cracks me up everytime.
Wow, one of the few podcasts with no fluff, clear facts and scientific representation while still remaining interesting. Brian has done a spectacular job!
In this wonderful podcast, it takes lless than 10 minutes fpr Brian Dunning to lay out a convincing and cogent argument about a subject that cries out for a response. He never resorts to Ad Hominem attacks, never gets abusive or dismissive, but always makes it clear that the subject under discussion is full of holes, misconceptions, conspriacies and lies. This is an essential listen for anyone who cares about the truth and needs the tools to combat the ignorance, blind faith and plain ludicrousness of those who peddle pseudeoscience, distrust and lazy thinking in the support of their mistaken beliefs. Download all, and I mean all the episodes, sit back, enjoy and be informed.
Brian has created an amazing thing here. Not only is he able to consistently produce well-researched, reasoned commentary, he do so with amazing creativity and style. It is also rare to find someone unafraid of a little self-examination and self-correction from time-to-time. I truly love this podcast.
Brian keeps the topics fresh and thought-provoking. The most important podcast I listen to!!
Brian, This past podcast was a complete failure on so many levels. I'm not sure where to begin... You're "other character" voice was somewhat tolerable but the tape manipulation/incredibly annoying audio now has you skidding under Marion Cunningham. Perhaps worse: Joanie. I appreciate research but it's obvious now where you're going with this. Good luck. Please remember you'll never be Hollywood and that's what made your pcast...pretty good.
New installments always make my day.
Brian Dunning needs to go over his logical fallacies. Appeal to authority. Look it up. Learn to apply it objectively. In the realm of government, elections are decided by majority vote. Appeal to popularity is hardly the scientific way to determine the nature of use of force in society. Liberties are indeed under assault. Their is indeed a cabal of secrecy manipulating human relations and human systems for the benefit of the few at the expense of the individual.
Brian analyzes the stories of our present, history, legend, and myth using critical thinking. Sometimes he doesn't come to the conclusions you might think he will! But by the process, he teaches how to think critically, how to parse reality from fantasy, and how to argue with the credulous. Thanks, Brian!
I have followed Brian's work for a few years and have always found his work to be thorough, objective, and extremely well-reasoned. I strongly recommend his work to anyone interested in a receiving a complete yet brief treatment of topical and controversial issues. He is one of my favorite Podcasters.
Skeptoid is an awesome podcast. It turns a skeptical eye on a topics ranging from current day to ancient mysteries. Each episode is fun and interesting to listen to.
Two thumbs up, 5 stars, estatic face. This podcast is a true service.
Mr. Dunning has a great voice, presents his material with a dry wit and ensures that the material is meticulously researched. I recommend Skeptoid without reservation and am a proud micro-payment subscriber.
Brian Dunning is consistently entertaining and his reports are both interesting and important to hear.
I have used this podcast to spread skepticism to 3 of my friends. Its so easy to find an episode a friend and I can both agree on. They listen, get hooked, and pretty soon they views are changing. This podcast is awesome.
I don't always agree 100% with Brian, but I can't wait to get the new episode every Tuesday. It's helped to give me the tools to debate with my friends and all the crazy stuff that believe it.
I only came across this a few weeks ago and I cannot stop listening, this show really does open up and dispel a lot of myths that we have all heard but have given very little thought. Considering each show is only about 10 minutes long it is not what can call a huge time sink, unless you are like me and get hooked and listen from episode 1. Definitely worth checking out, do your brain a favour.....
Best thing to listen to as I go to sleep. I'm learning new, important things every night. I particularly enjoyed the episode, "wow signal" because Brian admits that this truly is a phenomenon and not everything can be explained by science...yet
I did find Brian Dunning to be very entertaining when debunking the odd ghost or goblin story from the fringe. Although on other subjects (organic food for example) he simply comes off as an opinionated curmudgeon with little science background. The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is much better podcast.
A wonderful repository of debunkings. I particularly like the ones that are opposed to the things that I believe are true.
Brian Dunning is a nerd, like all people named Brian are- but he's the best nerd!
I love listening to this show with my children. I believe it helps them become critical thinkers. I remember being pulled into thinking the supernatural and UFOs were real when I was a kid in the 1970's. My favorite show was "In Search of..." with Leonard Nimoy. Over years, I began to realize that the supernatural wasn't real. No sasquatch, no living dinosaurs, no magic, no god. I don't want my kids to believe in the supernatural and be disappointed like I was. Since I live in Texas, listening to this is a breath of fresh air. Thanks for putting this together Brian!
Fun, interesting, educational; Brian covers a wide range of fascinating topics and delivers them with wit and clarity.
Brian helped me take a closer look at the lunatic fringe. Yes, it was in a mirror, but still cured me!
My wife and I discovered this podcast a few months ago. We love listening to a podcast or two every night. Now we're caught up and having to wait for the weekly publishing. It's still great to listen to!
Quick and to the point, these short blurb podcasts are well done and very entertaining. You also may learn something.
Yeah, very nice.
This podcast is top notch! I often listen to it with my kids to give them a dose of skepticism. I adore everything about this excellently done show. Eight thumbs up!
Worth the time for great insights!
I have been listening to Brian Dunning for about a month now. I've found his show to be thoroughly researched, well articulated, and extremely interesting. I have found that Mr. Dunning is especially gifted and explaining complex scientific principles in simple terms that are easy to understand. The show is always enlightening and the science is never too difficult to follow. Five stars and I hope that this show continues for years.
Brian Dunning does an outstanding job on this podcast. If you're interested at all, definitely give it a spin. I'm currently working my way through the back-episodes and they've been consistently excellent. Lots of great info here. Thanks, Brian!
What I love about this podcast is how even when he's critical or sarcastic, Brian Dunning still speaks with a basic level of respect for the listeners and even to some extent to the gullible. He spends a lot of time debunking stories I never heard of, but it's so engaging and thought provoking I don't care. As with everything, there is a rare weak episode, but 95% are just terrific.
Thinking is like athletics. Most will avoid.
Informative, factual and honest...great podcast for the whole family.
I appreciate the level-headedness of this podcast. When Mr Dunning makes mistakes he admits them but also he doesn't shrink from going head to head with the non-rational remarks of some listeners. I appreciate the education I've received in areas of science and have especially enjoyed learning about logical fallacies and how to spot them. Keep up the good work.
Host Brian dunning covers a wide range of topics from aliens to medicine and a lof of things you won't have heard of before. Skeptical, informative and usually rather short (10-15 min), Skeptoid is an excellent skeptic snack every time, and offers a back catalog to provide information about any particular topic of interest.
Brian gives a great framework for making your own conclusions. Some of his topics - including chiropractic - have challenged my beliefs and have made me a more critical thinker. He lays out his research and lets you decide for yourself. His humor and wit are PRICELESS! This is a great podcast!
You know what I mean.
i stumbled upon this podcast and i love it! i love it so much i have started listening to all episodes starting from the start! great job Brian!
Skeptoid is a great podcast the will hopefully prompt people to think critically and not accept the often WRONG common knowledge.
Great podcast podcast is put out once a week, has a very even handed aproach to the single subject of the week. dry but funny sense of humor, can catch you off gaurd.
You may listen to this for the critical insights into pseudo science and the scientific process. Along the way you will discover there are way more crazy theories out there than you imagined - very entertaining. There is a good chance you will keep coming back for Brain's wicked sense of humor. I just listened to episode 113 and I thought I accidentally hit pause, or disconnected the headphones, then I got afraid my iPod had died on me. Then I saw the title of the episode ... best composition of this nature since John Cage 4:33. Put a great smile on my face.
I can't say enough nice things about Skeptoid. I'm so glad I found it. I feel like I've been searching for an outlet like this for a while now, a rational voice amid the morass. Brian Dunning offers a nonpartisan, disinterested and well-researched answer for many fishy myths and questionable products. Thank you Brian for being an island of tranquility in an ocean of unrest! I will donate to Skeptoid the second I can afford it.
Just started listening and I am impressed. If you want your mind to change, Dunning will do it. Sober delivery and logic/data based reasoning on small and large ideas will make you change your mind as it has mine.
Mr. Dunning does a really good job of going into more detail than I ever care to go into myself, about topics that I wish I knew more about, and delivering it in a clear and concise blurb. Onward, Mr. Dunning!
Love the podcast.. makes you think for yourself. Sets you free!
I will not believe. I must search to know.
Without question, this is one of the best podcasts about science and pseudoscience. I use it for reference in my writings and blog posts. The research is superb and it's just the right length. The topics are so varied but still revolve around skepticism and critical thinking. I haven't missed an episode. Great for those who enjoy paranormal and weird topics. If you REALLY want to understand all aspects of the topic, you must listen to the Skeptoid coverage since it tells you new stuff you may not want to hear but you need to.
Brian Dunning presents all manner of the paranormal, the Fortean, and the just plan weird in an informed and informative manner. He's genuinely curious about each of his subjects, and engages the listeners, even if you think you know everything there is to know about it. This best of skeptic podcasts has only one problem -- it's too easy to listen to them all in one go.
...is because Tuesday brings a new episode of "Skeptoid". I doubt that I can say anything about the show that has not already been said, but even so I will say this -- "Skeptoid" is an entertaining, interesting and self-correcting source of information and critical thinking. Also, Brian Dunning is dreamy. I guess. I don't know. Good voice, though.
I always find Brian's podcast to be well written and researched. We all oftren have many questions that we would like to find answers to but don't always have the time. Brian's insightful podcast gives us the information we need to think about and a platform to spring off from to do our own further research - part of critical thinking is not accepting anything at face value even what Brian says. I know that not all the podcasts are going to be right or even unbiased, and Brian doesn't ever claim it to be, but it is educational and a fun listen.
Great! Very informative and well put together! Love it!
Every episode of Skeptoid has been consistently informative, intelligent, entertaining and engaging. No improvement needed, more episodes requested.
One of the better podcasts I have listened to this year. Very well researched.
In the vast wasteland that is the genre of woo, somehow we must move this podcast into the mainstream. Mr. Dunning is well-informed, speaks clearly to the topics and backs his assertions with facts. Of course, that puts him directly in the line of fire. Purveyors and believers are threatened by Mr. Dunning's clear explanation and reasoning. Just one example of what every child in school should hear is his episode on Amelia Earhart's disappearance and those that purport they have found the site where she crashed and was marooned. The clear explanation shows why everything you read in the news about that subject is wrong. In 10 minutes, he corrects more wrong thinking than some teachers and professors do in their whole career. Good job, Mr. Dunning!!!!
Well-researched content, interesting subjects, good production, nice flow. Dunning speaks in complete sentences and paragraphs, showing respect for the listener.
It's folly to assume that skepticism equates to a rigid and close-minded way of experiencing the world around you. On the contrary, this single podcast has helped me to realize that there's so much beyond superstition and the 'unknown'. Truth is, what we know from science is way cooler. Subscribe, listen and then do what I did and donate to keep it coming.
A great podcast debunking a wide range of topics. I love Brian Dunning's open minded views and well researched episodes. Not every episode may be something you have heard about, however there are so many topics covered that I am an avid subscriber, and regurlarly save episodes to listen to over and over again. Check it out!
Brian covers a wide range of topics, applies critical thinking, points out logical fallacies, and admits when he makes a mistake. A must-listen podcast for skeptics.
I have been listening to this podcast for a couple of years now. I fellow skeptic recommended it to me. Mr. Dunning consistently delivers an intelligent, articulate, educational, and entertaining podcast on a regular schedule. Keep up the great work!!!
For those of you who can remember Jack Webbs, Joe Friday chacter on Dragnet. His signature line was "The Facts mame nothing but the facts" Thats Brian. Oh and he is fun to listen to as well. Skeptoid is well worthe your time. And kick in a couple of bucks via PayPal, it makes Brian happy...
This is a great podcast because it is quick and to the point. I would surely listen if it was an hour long podcast, but it's format gets down to business right away. Very informative. It's the best science/skepticism podcast minute for minute.
While I do find Mr. Dunning's occasional attempts to square his politics with skepticism a bit delusory, I still rate this a five start podcast. Skeptoid is such a great and applicable collection of topics. Practically everyone I know has espoused one or more of the topics that Brian examines. I hope he keeps it going - along with the video version of the same topics.
This is a consistently intelligent, interesting, and entertaining podcast. Brian Dunning does a fantastic job of illustrating responsible critical consideration of all manner of topics. I tell my university students (historians) they should listen to it for examples of how to think about any topic they study. Oh, and he talks about neat things. This really is great work.
Skeptoid is one of the most interesting, best produced podcasts that I have ever listened to. Brian Dunning does an excellent job of presenting the facts of the subject and letting the listener decide for themselves what they want to believe. Many times, a lot of the episodes that I thought would be boring actually were some of the most interesting. I look forward to downloading or streaming skeptoid any time that a new episode has been released. Congratulations to Brian Dunning for an excellent podcast.
Very informative. Not only does it help one to think more rationally, it also reveals a lot of interesting facts in the process. Brian Dunning shows us that the facts and mysteries behind a subject are much more fascinating while looking for the real truth than it is if we just assume some answer without criticism.
I love this podcast because Brian Dunning does an excellent job of replacing pseudo-science with real science that is just as interesting and fun to think about as its "mysterious" counterpart. While it can be disappointing when some fantastic event has a real and "mundane" explanation, the real explanations are EVEN MORE fascinating than the fantastic ones, and the real answers can give you insight why we believe the crazy things we do.
Skeptoid is one of the best podcast on the topic of critical thinking that's out there. Short, and to the point, Dunnings approach to urban myths, folklore, and paranormal claims, goes beyond the simple "nah, that's ain't true" and instead provides a reasoned approach for the conclusions reached.
One of the best podcasts around.
Love this podcast! Everyone can learn something from it.
I was wondering what was wrong with my podcast, until I realized it was Homeopathic substitute. You win this round!
Sobering, concise, and effective for cultivating a critical thinking mind. Mr. Dunning is a terrific non mainstream thinker who contributes valuable insight into all sorts of topics...
No cutesy sound gimmicks or meandering monologue here. Unlike so many other podcasts, Brian Dunning concisely covers complex topics and stays close to ten minutes without repetitive ads. The website is also very well organized.
Short concise no dilly dally excellent give an extra star!
I never miss Brian Dunning's podcasts. Unlike other self-styled skeptics, Brian is a modest nerd, often making fun of his own mistakes. He's not looking for disciples; he just wants people to get a little smarter about weighing evidence and testing truth claims. He's a diligent researcher and an even-handed narrator, which makes him a reliable guide to controversies involving religion, the past, or foreign (non-American) cultures — areas where dogmatic pro-science types often stumble. His occasional spoof collaborations with musicians and actors are witty and entertaining, and when he replies to critics, he tries to make it a teaching moment rather than just piling on the sarcasm. Overall, Brian Dunning comes across as an optimistic idealist who actually likes people, even when they disagree with him.
While I have always favored scientific thought, this podcast brought it to an all new light. Highly recommended!
It's amusing to see the occational low rated review here. They obviously are the kinds of people that enjoy or even thrive on the conspiracy crap.
This podcast is Awesome! fun, interesting, and you learn so much. Keep thinking and stay classy my friends!
I found the host to be smug, dismissive, fake, and boring. I listened to the episode on HAARP, an issue on which I have no personal stance. I knew more facts about the topic than the host, which I find appalling, since I'm not the one giving a "factual" presentation to listeners. The views expressed were purely, PURELY opinionated and biased, which is fine, but I would expect a bit more professional from someone with such a smug, know-it-all attitude. I didn't learn anything other than his personal detestment for HAARP theories and conspiracies, and some of the information represented was just plain incorrect. I have zero interest in hearing someone's personal dismissal of a topic without substantiated facts to back up his opinions, so I will not be listening to any other episodes. Also, you're not on NPR, you don't have to speak so impersonably and scripted.
Brian researches his topics exhaustively, citing his references. This is one of the best critical analysis sources I have been exposed to. Beyond his conclusions, he offers great examples of a critical but open-minded approach to acquiring knowledge.
Been a longtime listener of Brian's podcast and am always amazed at how he manages to always find new material. From cryptids to conspiracy theories, I always come away with an increases appreciation for critical thinking and not drinking the proverbial kool aid. Thanks, Brian, For all your hard work and dedication.
I look forward to this every week! Skeptical goodness!
thank you for the knowledge
This is well researched and takes an extremely skeptical, not just denying approach to his topics. Be weary of the criticizing comment, anyone can accuse him of having false facts if they do not agree with Dunning's research.
This is the first podcast I started listening to on a regular basis. Brian does an outstanding job of presenting his material clearly and concisely and always leaves me looking forward to the next episode.
Couldn't live without Skeptoid. Brian is not only a great researcher who shines sunlight into dark crevices, but he's fair and open-minded. He's also great at keeping it the right length, unlike some podcasts which haven't learned how to be concise.
What can I say that hasn't already been said. 5 stars; solid.
Why is everyone complaining that "hes a libretarian" "oh god hes so republican"? Im republican and listen to skeptics guide to the universe, the difference is that i dont b*tch and moan about it!
This podcast is the podcast that got me into podcasts in the first place. Brian Dunning is articulate, funny, well researched, and fair. Give a listen and you'll be hooked.
I love the Skeptoid podcast. Thank you Brian Dunning for being so awesome! I know that there's some internal debate within the skeptical community about whether it's worth spending time on crazy fringe ideas. I'm of the opinion that an "outsider test" is a great way to approach critical thinking, and fringe craziness is a good way to show someone who's into more-mainstream woo what it's like to look in on it from the outside. Regardless of where you stand on the "should we talk about Bigfoot" question, though, it's definitely FANTASTIC entertainment. I read plenty about antivaxxers, homeopaths, and the like -- and Skeptoid does discuss these too. But when I really want a good time, bring on the "Korean Fan Death" or "The Bloop"!
Always entertaining, I look forward to this podcast every Tuesday, most episodes I have listened to 3 or more times!
My father started listening to you around episode 70 or so and I found it very interesting to here that logic has overcome the falacies and maniacs in the world, keep up the great work, love the show. Admiringly, Brendan
Perhaps my own fault... But I downloaded the podcast thinking it was going to be somebody taking a logical approach to various oddities in life. However, it turned out to be his opinion about someone's else's opinion. Great for people that have no common sense... But at the end I was left with the feeling "there's nothing to see here folks, move along". Perhaps it gets better 50 or 100 in.
Intelligently explains all concepts. One of the best podcasts by far!!!
One of the best podcast out there
I dont know if I can say anything that hasn't already been said. Brian you are the best and thank you!
Every episode is a lesson in critical thinking. My favorite podcast. He needs to start producing these daily. Keep up the great work Brian.
Mr. Dunning is currently facing serious criminal charges for wire fraud. I was once an avid listener of this podcast. Now, between Dunning's libertarianism, his poor research methods, his inability to handle criticism from experts in their respective fields (see the eps DDT and Scientology), and now these criminal allegations, enough is enough. Do yourself a favor and check out Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, or any other proper science and skepticism cast out there. Skeptoid and Brian Dunning are an embarrassment and a blight on skepticism.
Pretty much sums it up. It's also just entertaining and humorous enough for 12-15 minute episodes each week. I like how it goes straight to the point and you can find the sources on the skeptoid website. This is definitely one of my favorite skeptical podcasts that doesn't focus on anyone topic. Keep it up Dunning.
An amazingly well done podcast. Prepare to be challenged, entertained, and educated.
Probably THE best podcast out there.
This is hands down my favorite podcast and actually got me into the idea of podcasts, but its still my favorite. Once i discovered this podcast last year I listened to all of them and i have kept up ever since. I have nothing negative to say except i have heard them all so i always burn through the new ones right away. If you want the straight facts in a fun and informative way, this is the podcast to have. I have told so many people about this podcast, i reference it all the time.
I love my weekly dose of skepticism. Brian does an excellent job of researching each show and expresses his findings in a concise, intelligent manner. This podcast helped me become a better skeptic; it's hard to listen without improving your own critical thinking skills.
This podcast is a great short summary of current pop pseudoscience and common myths. I keep all past episodes archived for research and discussion with the credulous.
The content is well researched but the fake sounding news commentator voice is distracting.
for the first time I feel like I am finally listening to someone who knows what they are talking about and is willing to look at every angle before making a opinion, unlike most people.
Very educational and fact based. Everything used for proof is referenced and the podcast makes it clear that this is not the final word for most subject matters but rather the start. The podcast wants and encourages you to research the topic for yourself and come to your own FACT based conclusion. This is not an opinion or an emotional argument which is so pervasive in a lot of media.
Exceptional! Informative, concise and to the point and very entertaining. Mr. Dunning does not sugar-coat or suffer fools gladly. I can sit and listen for hours; it is that good.
My husband first started listening to this podcast years ago. When he played it for me, I plain did not like it. I did not like the tone, some facts were wrong, and Dunning misunderstands statements made by those he disagrees with. However, I have grown a bit since then and am willing to listen to things I disagree with and have grown more tolerant of the tone, which can be condescending. The podcast tends to run the line of debunking more than disproving. In addition, Dunning appears to have a goal and find evidence for his line of thinking rather than fully investigating a topic and presenting everything. The podcast averages 15 minutes - a very good length - and that is not long enough for a totally in depth investigation of every topic. I generally enjoy listening to this podpast because there are things I learn and there are things Dunning goes after that I've never heard of. In the end, I'll keep listening with a critical ear.
I listen to a lot of podcasts, and Skeptoid is one of the few that I listen to right away as soon as I see there's a new episode. Why? Because it's always interesting, for one, and it's always concise, for another. I haven't always heard of the topics that Brian discusses before he expertly dismantles them, but they're consistently good and well-researched, and I never have to worry about having to commit myself to an hour long podcast.
It's fun to run through popular myths and misconceptions, and see most of them torn limb-for-limb -- but Dunning himself (the creator of this show) is often as guilty of the logical fallacies as those he routinely preaches against. Enjoy the show, it can be fun once you get around his multiple (gross) references to hotubbing naked with him, but always be skeptical and do your own research, as he's often only considering evidence that fits his pre-conceived conclusions. It's easy to follow along when he's going after obvious stuff like ghosts and magnetic jewelry, but be skeptical of his claims when he gets into more controversial topics. I've done my own research and found his conclusions to be lacking on more than one occassion.
I am incredibly impressed with this podcast. Brian clearly understands his audience and how to effectively and succinctly communicate scientific information to lay people. I am impressed by both his ability to remain engaging whilst reading from a written script as well as his objectivity. I don't have to agree with him 100% of the time to agree that he is a skeptic in the true sense of the word. I highly recommend this podcast, particularly for anyone that is curious about common trends and the science behind them. Great work Brian.
This podcast perfectly blends science, humor, history and critical thinking training into a digestible, entertaining package. You won't even realize that you're learning! Mr. Dunning clearly puts a lot of time, research and energy into each episode. He takes the questions we've always wondered about and presents listeners not with a boring, take-it-or-leave-it debunking, but with beautifully simple reasoning so that we have the confidence to come to our own conclusions. Thank you!
Even though I may not agree with everything that Brian says, he is definitely a very smart man who does extensive research, and has put together a very entertaining and informative series of podcasts. I highly recommend this podcast.
You should not only subscribe to Skeptoid, but you should also go back and listen to all the previous 200+ episodes. It is short, concise, entertaining, and informative. Dunning picks one topic, does thorough research on it, then sums it up in 15 minutes or less. This podcast is appropriate for all ages, and teachers can use it in their classrooms. Who doesn't want to learn the science, or lack thereof, behind mysteries, legends, haunted houses, and aliens?
Been a fan for a couple of years now. Skeptoid is still the podcast to which I compare all others. It's professional, concise, and superbly well researched. No matter what interests you or what your personal beliefs are, if you value facts over fluff then there is something here for you. Browse through and download a skeptoid on a topic you find interesting and prepare to be informed.
I love the short-form but information-dense approach to podcasting. Dunning is consistently bright, funny, informative, and fair. Skeptoid is a refreshing change from the majority of skepticism-based podcasts, many of which are great but can also be long, informal, and sometimes unpolished.
Still my favorite podcast. I was bummed out when I caught up on the backlog and had to wait for new episodes. Skeptoid has been a big part of changing the way I see the world. I love that now, I have a basis for decoding the layers of misunderstanding and maniplulation (intentional and unintentional) that surrounds so much of our media, pop culture, and merchandise.
This Podcast is well thought out, engaging, just long enough to get the information across, while staying short enough to satisfy a short attention span, and Brian Dunning has the citations available on his website. The focused nature of the episodes make it easy to reference, and each topic itself is looked upon from all sides. The most important part though, is that Brian Dunning himself has an engaging voice, and puts out very high quality audio.
Dunning should be considered one of science's foremost servants in the public interest. His research quality is stellar.
Altamente recomendado para todas aquellas personas que esten hartas de tantos mitos y leyendas sin pruebas ni evidencia. You are the best, please keep up the good work we listen to you in Mexico.
If you'd like a reliable method to improve your conversations, sharpen your thinking, and savvy up your consumption, listen to an episode of Skeptoid before bed every night!
This show introduced me into the skeptic scene and has really tickled my inner skeptic! Great stuff Brian, keep it up!
Mr. Dunning is an exceptional speaker and just a fun guy in general. Great podcast, I never miss as episode and neither does my 10 months old daughter!
This podcast is informative and frequently entertaining. Brian Dunning has a way of helping people see through the fog of obfuscation that many fad practioners try to foist upon the hapless masses.
The greatest shortcoming of this podcast is its length. At under 15 minutes it is too short. Brian does a superior job of taking down popular misconceptions and outright frauds. The presentations are balanced and well thought out. It is one of the podcasts I listen to as soon as it lands in my MP3 player.
Brian Dunning delivers a fantastic weekly dose of critical thinking with a refreshing dash of humor. Outstanding job!!!
Brian Dunning's series is amazing! He explains each topic with extreme clarity and is a master at critical thinking.
Finally, another person who can't stand bad science either! Great stuff! I loved the answering listener emails! :)
It is a treat to listen to. It shows different sides, even unpopular ones, of issues in a no nonsense way. It is refreshingly honest in a world with a lot of bs!!!
Great podcast, I have been a long time fan, but does anyone know why episode 251 won't download to my iPod? It's a itouch third generation and I've never had this problem before.
This is just a wonderful podcast: beautiful audio, regular new episodes, and it's well researched and not just some guy ranting about how the conspiratists are out to get us, etc. It's such a wonderful podcast to listen to. Now every Tuesday I look forward to listening to Skeptoid! And congrats on 250 episodes! Let's get two episodes every week!
Briliiant. Funny, creative, to the point. This is a great podcast. Check out Episode #250: The History of Knowledge, to see a brilliant mind at work.
I have to thank my brother for introducing this amazing show to me three years ago. Can't get enough! Thank you Mr Dunning!
All the episodes prior where well researched and interesting, but the history of knowledge episode was the most entertaining. Keep up the good work.
Love this podcast, after going back and listening to every podcast starting with number 1 (took me about 3 months and a lot of hours on the road), I have not missed one since. I look forward to every Tuesday for the new releases, as a matter of fact; I cannot go on with my day until I listen to this podcast. Brian needs to release it on an EST schedule please!!!! The three hour time difference kills me.
Skeptoid is superb for many reasons; content is chief among these. This podcast gives a lot of information in a clear, compact format that is well produced. The humor is in good taste and any commentary is revenant and topical. The host is well spoken, informative, and reliable. Why reliable? Most of his information is correctly presented, and he fully admits his limitations. When he does make mistakes, he admits them and corrects them. Furthermore, he cites his sources, often includes alternative perspectives, and even gives conclusions that may challenge his core listenership. In short, a podcast more than worth your patronage.
I happened upon this podcast by chance and have been addicted to it ever since. I listen to it daily while I work and can't help but to smile as it gets my mind rolling and makes me excited to dive into research of my own again. I enjoy every minute of it and hope that it runs for many many years. I will deffinitly be leanding my support to this. Thank you for doing this for us Brian. Thank you
A much needed voice in the battle against the cacophony of religious/mystical nonsense that abounds everywhere.
Precise, interesting, entertaining. I've been inducted into the skeptic movement. And to think, the Brian Dunning may read my words. ;-) Thanks for the show. Now for 2 episodes a week.
Throughout the years, Brian's podcast has slayed enough sacred cows to offset the greenhouse gases of a small country. It shines so bright I have to wear welding goggles and SPF 10,000 when I listen to it.
I mistakenly assumed that this podcast would be an examination of popular myths, conspiracy theories, urban legends, etc. Instead what it is is a series of boring lectures, all of which are decidedly one sided, solely on the side of total logic and whatever is completely proveable. There's no sense of wonder, no "what if," just "here's why I'm right and why everyone else is wrong." This guy doesn't discuss or examine, he just drones. And all with a decidedly (and creepy) conservative angle that's pro establishment in every way possible. This podcast is quite honestly a waste of time. I don't want to be lectured by someone who's mind is so entirely closed anything he can't absolutely see or touch. Science without imagination is utterly boring and so is this podcast. Pass.
Great podcast! One of the only ones I always listen to. A handful of them were my "sacred cow" at one point or another but seeing it in a new light is incredible. Very helpful and reminds me always of the beauty of critical thinking. My favorite one by far is the 2-part episode on logical fallacies. It really condenses critical thinking well. :)
Very interesting! One of my favorite podcasts along with Skeptic's Guide to the Universe!
This is one of the few podcasts that I ALWAYS download. Concise, humorous, a little self deprecating and always relevent. This is the standard to which all podcasts should be held. Very good work!
I love this podcast so much. It was the first cast I listened to and have been hooked ever since. It's a gateway drug to the wonderful world of podcasts.
Short, to the point, well reasoned and researched. Each podcast is a lesson in critical thinking. Thanks, Brian.
I have been listenning to Skeptoid since the first episode and it's only gotten better over time. Brian has consistently been real and put in his due diligence on every topic he tackles. While we all have our biases Brian goes above and beyond to limit and mitigate his to deliver some of the best concise summaries of topics most of us will encounter at some point in our lives. This type of thinking should be required of students at every level.
Kudos to Brian Dunning for creating a wonderful, hilarious, informative, and addictive series of skeptic snacks that are like podcast potato chips - once you listen to one episode, you just keep playing the next one, and the next one, and the next one..... Someone give this man a TV series and FAST!
I love the small dose of reason and carefully researched facts that Brian Dunning provides, but I come back time and time again just to hear his voice. Few people have a truly calming and assuring tone, Brian is one of them. I could easily see him as a replacement for the Kiser Permanente Voiceover, the Motel Six voice over, or any of those well known voices that add confidence to whatever they are saying. Brian, I'm just glad that silver tounge of yours speaks reason, I'm so glad all the creationists were able to get was that that boring guy who used to sell eyedrops.
This is a great podcast that will debunk a variety of garbage that is posted throughout the world. Quick and to the point, this is a great way to catch up on critical thinking.
We all have long standing beliefs about this world. For instance I used to believe that chocolate would give me pimples, but Brian “cleared” that up for me (yes, pun is intended). On a serious note, Brian is able to help me discern what I really would like to believe. There is so much false pseudo- scientific and anecdotal information that anyone is susceptible to falling victim to false information. His practical and reliable approach to topics ranging from Bigfoot to 9/11 are both poignant relevant to all citizens in our modern world. Brian’s gift to his listeners is not limited to the falsehoods he dispels, but is better represented by the tools he gives his listeners to use when learning about the world around. Healthy skepticism will be one of many tools that will guide humanity into a better future. Brian hopes for everyone to have such a tool. He will always be a friend to reason and science.
This is an excellent short-form, single-host podcast that typically covers one pop-culture or pseudoscientific topic per episode. Rational and evidence-based, each topic is dissected and clarified in a science-minded manner. The host's personal biases are stated in a no-nonsense and often humorous way. Encourages critical thinking as a method to cut through the distorted perspectives and thoughts to which we are all prone with the goal of finding objective truths. Each podcast topic is well written and credibly researched, with the limitations of the research clearly stated. The host encourages listeners to correct any errors he may commit and further uses the errors as a tool to illustrate the actual self-correcting process of science, scientific thinking and the Scientific Method. Brian Dunning makes critical thinking fun! Brilliant and strongly recommended!
Brian covers many topics, and does not allow bias to cloud his research or reportings. Weekly consistant podcasts,that you can always have time for.
This podcast is amazing. It explains even some of the most difficult enigmas in extreme detail. I love it and you should too.
A wonderful podcast to better one's critical thinking ability. Even if the topic of a topic doesn't intrigue you, you will likely still learn much from the episode from how the topic is discussed - rational pointers for many conversations in which truth is sought.
Skeptoid is an amazing Podcast. In this short format program, Brian Dunning will enterain you while your brain is challenged. Logic and critical thinking will help you be wiser and improve your analyitical abilities.
I thought I had heard it all, but the Denver Airport Conspiracy was new to me! I'm always amazed at how Brian can come up with new episodes. I figured he would have run out of kooks by now. This is among my absolute favorite podcasts. Subscribe!!
Absolutely a terrific, well presented podcast. Keep up the great work!
One of my favorites. Could use the occasional joke or two - it's a wee bit dry sometimes - but it is a beautiful and important example of critical thinking.
I have made an effort over the past two months to listen to every episode of Skeptoid that has been produced so far. This journey has just come to an end, and I have been thoroughly enriched by it. Every episode is clear, concise, humorous, and all-around entertaing. Listen to this podcast. It will enrich your life.
Professionally done, regularly posted, well researched, and generally just awesome! 'Nuff said.
Lucid concise logical and very informative. I look forward to his podcasts, which have helped me in many discussions with some of more "confused" coworkers.
A very informitive and well done podcast. Good for anyone.
This podcast is all of the above. You will start listening and laugh at how foolish people are until Brian aims his critical eye at a personal foible you happen to believe in. Then you will learn how skeptical you are really willing to be. There are a few topics that have bristled my personal beliefs, healthy fast food, for example, but I believe that this is just when it gets interesting. Do you have the intellect and openness to listen to critical examination you don't agree with? Any way start listening, you will love it, be educated and develop better critical thinking skills.
this podcast is great; always interesting topics, i always learn something new, and bryan dunning is just wonderful. he is very intelligent and well-versed in the ways of logic and skepticism; plus you can tell he does his homework for each show. like others have said, my only complaint is that i can't get enough!
It's always an oh-boy! moment when a new Skeptoid pops up. Each show takes on some phenomenon you may have heard of and wondered about and thoroughly investigates it, identifying the facts and fiction. There's no issue, monumental or foolish-on-its-face, that Brian won't take on and deconstruct, and everyone's assumptions and sacred cows get a turn. Brian's attitude is always cheery as he systematically tracks down the truth. Never is he more cordial than when relating the withering criticism of the woo-purveyors. He makes it clear that their real issue is with logic and reality, not him. The shows are crisp and concise, funny and serious all at once. As someone else said, there should be a six-star rating just for Skeptoid.
When I first discovered podcasting about 1.4 years ago, I typed several search terms into the ITunes Store, receiving results which led me to become fans of Skepticality, Point of Inquiry, and a few more shows. During these shows I heard about Brian Dunning's 'Skeptoid' podcast, but it was only when I decided to expand my podcasting repertoir that I skeptically added this show to my list. From the very first show I heard, his analysis of the Denver Airport Conspiracy, I was h-o-o-k-e-d. I spell it out due to my immediate placement of Skeptoid into the vaulted spot of being my single favorite podcast. Bravo, Mr. Dunning. You do the world well with your skeptical activism. Please keep up the good work. Paul Pearson Porter, TX
The only podcast I actually look forward to. Very objective, and well put together.
This is a great podcast: short and to the point. It's a great resource because each podcast usually dissects just one issue so you can scan all of the titles looking for a particular issue you want to learn about. Dunning is super concise and the podcast is well written. I'm going to listen to all of the back episodes that I've missed. Super podcast!
i liked the end. was she your daughter?
I listen to many podcasts each week and this has quickly become one of my favorites. Well executed research and arguments. Many of my own ideas of myths, historical events and commonly held ideas have changed due to this podcast. Remember, follow the truth no matter where it goes.
I've been listening for about two years now. Brian never ceases to analyze every angle and show all evidence. Really gets me thinking sometimes. Great podcast!!
This is one of my favorites. Addictive to say the least. You're doing good work Brian, keep it up.
This is the best and most enlightening podcast around.
This podcast might prove fact is more fascinating than fiction as evidence by its high rating and quality material but as a skeptic you'll have to draw your own conclusion.
Most of the topics discussed are really interesting. I learned a lot. Thank you Før your efforts!
Delicious bon bons of astute skepticism. You can't eat just one at a time either! Keep up the good work!!
This is a great podcast for anyone that is beginning to see the world as it really is, or if you already know and want to share that insight with someone else. The podcasts are short enough for the attention span challenged, yet make a point. Try it and see for yourself.
Some might think I'm joking when I say this but Skeptoid changed my life. It has opened my mind to think critically and to not just take things at face value.
Brian takes on scientific and pop issues, showing the best evidence for a rational conclusion. Always interesting and often funny, Skeptoid is a must-listen!
Always educational, always fun. Brian Dunning has an amazing wit and a sharp mind.
Brian deserves all of these many 5 star ratings. Quite worthwhile. Subscribe!
I got turned onto this podcast by a friend. From the first episode, I was hooked. Not only is the material interesting and entertaining, but Brian has caused a few "I've never thought about it that way" moments for me. BTW, episode #105 had me rolling with his interpretation of the song lyrics.
Simply put, Skeptoid is the most interesting and enjoyable podcast to which I subscribe.
Everyone, no matter their beliefs, should listen to this podcast. It is not only an excellent example of using critical thinking when assessing the validity of pop culture and pseudoscience, but using those same tools of critical thinking in every facet of life, the true key to thinking for oneself. Brian Dunning (the host of Skeptoid) always open to, and encourages criticism and debate, and asks that you not only listen to his side of the story, but do your own research. Whether you agree with him or not, he always has interesting information that certainly deserves your time and attention.
If you are unprepared to have your deepest held beliefs torn to shreds by the powers of logic and reason, this podcast is not for you. If you prefer to shelter your mind from facts that will shake and rattle the skeletons hiding in your alternative therapist's closet, this podcast is not for you. If you would prefer to engage in magical thinking instead of rational thinking, this podcast is not for you. But if you want an honest, down to earth, and at times hilarious assesment of pseudoscience, quackery, frauds, and the paranormal in general, Skeptoid is one of the finest podcasts around!
I listen to a wide variety of casts, from the skeptics guide to MU...Toid is very amusing and while i love the pure research and logic i can't get over how the skeptics never seem to submit to the overwhelming evidence and reality that there are billions of galaxies, containing millions of solar systems with countless suns which all have gravity with rocks of all shapes and sizes caught in orbit......at least one of these rocks must support life of some kind, right??
This podcast is extremely interesting and informative, yet entertaining. It contains lot of great information that you'll want to share with your friends and family. It will make you think twice about a lot of information you're bombarded with daily, and ultimately it achieves the goal of promoting healthy skepticism. A must listen to! Brian Dunning truly has all of our best interest at heart.
Well-thought out on may topics and interesting points of view and alalysis. However, I find the pot shots at political figures and activists to be destracting and at times overwhelm the real teaching moments of the podcasts.
Brian takes a very balanced & logical approach to skepticism. Not the usual rant. Good work.