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Ricky Gervais: AIDS vs Rabies

I dont know why he took it down, but Ricky Gervais Tweeted the following a few days ago: Any virologists or medical experts out there? What WOULD win out of AIDS & Rabies? Maybe he took it down because he thought it was insensitive or something, but I think its a totally normal, valid question…

I love viruses. And so should you. Once again, a BIG THANK YOU to The Thinking Atheist for putting this together and uploading it for us!!! 1– I never talk more than 30-35 minutes, because that is the extent of my attention-span :-/  Which leaves at least 10 minutes for a Q&A! 2– They didnt…

Wrangling bad pop-science journalism

We all are familiar with the headlines: “SCIENTISTS SAY BROCCOLI CURES CANCER????” We all also know that pop-science articles are, functionally, useless.  Sometimes its editors manipulating article titles to make them more ‘catchy’, sometimes journalists trying to stir up controversy, sometimes its scientists and PR departments trying to oversell interesting (sometimes not so interesting) research.…

Lets say you are a professional/expert on Topic X. One day, you get a call from an Emmy winning, top day-time talk show. They want you to come on their show to talk about Topic X! “OMG!!! YAAAAAY!!!” you would surely be thinking. “A platform to educate the public about Topic X! Millions of people…

Ask anyone who has stood up to quacks/charlatans/nutbars– Crazy people be CRAZY. Someone tries to educate the public, move their field, shine a candle in a demon haunted world, stand up for what they think is right, and they are rewarded with insane emails (check!), often including threats of physical violence (check!), badgering emails to…

Carl Zimmer: ‘Our viral future’

YAY! Author Carl Zimmer: Our Viral Future from Singularity Institute on FORA.tv ONE QUIBBLE: Viruses are not ‘bad news wrapped in protein’.  The vast vast vast majority of the viruses out there want nothing to do with humans at all. Even the ones that do infect humans, lots dont actually cause us any real harm,…

The Thinking Atheist: A world full of woo

The Thinking Atheist did a show last night on ‘A world full of woo‘– I stopped by for a few minutes to talk about anti-vaxers, but there is a lot more to the episode, including an interview with Dr. Harriet Hall! TA is super– Last year he recorded and produced all of the videos for…

FreeOK2– Two weeks from today!

Two weeks till FreeOK!  You can grab tickets in advance HERE. My talk will be: “How I learned to stop worrying and love viruses” The visceral, negative emotions one pins to viruses are antiquated– Viruses are a part of you.  They have protected you since birth.  They might just save your life sometime in the…

ERV at Skeptics of Oz

HAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  I feel like Stewie Griffin. I DONT LIKE CHANGE!!! Give us a minute, we will figure it out (hey, I figured how to get pages of comments so Our Epic Threads dont take over 9000 years to load! dont have to top it off at 5K!!!) In the mean time, Skeptics of Oz have…

Skeptics of Oz 2012

Skeptics of Oz was great– Sean Gillespie asked me if I had any requirements/requests to speak, I gave him my usual rider: Sean didnt just fill a brandy glass with brown M&Ms… He filled huge Richard Dawkins Foundation coffee mug with brown M&Ms! AWESOME! Sean was just a fantastic organizer, overall. On several occasions things…