science

EPISODE 30: Mad (Cool) Scientists

Nobel laureates totally dig the paranormal!! Ok maybe just a few of them do…but still. 

We talk about Francis Crick’s love of panspermia, Charles Richet’s devotion to extrasensory perception, and Ray Kurzweil’s tech predictions and commitment to immortality. Also we are going on vacation for two weeks, so don’t cry (too much).

As always, keep the emails coming!

stories@zeropercentscared.com

 

References:
Directed Panspermia

Missing Molybdenum

Speigleman’s monster

Venter institute

Planet Simulator

Charles Richet, Sarah’s psi hero

Ectoplasm

Ray Kurzweil on what the future holds next!

2029: Singularity Year – Neil DeGrasse Tyson & Ray Kurzweil

Ramez Naam Nexus Trilogy series

Silicon Valley’s quest to live forever

John Carreyrou, Bad Blood: Secrets of a Silicon Valley startup

 

 

EPISODE 25: Tinder for Vampires

We’ve talked about pop culture vamps, and old school vamps, but what about modern-day blood drinkers? Well, good old Stephen Kaplan delved into this back in the 1970s in his Vampire Research Center, which really just seemed like a vampire dating service.

Are you a vampire who found love through the VRC? Share your love story! Let’s make a rom com!

EPISODE 20: Tarot, like Carrot

We all know by now that Dr. Kelly loves a good tarot card reading. And being a “gifted psychic”, she can tell you that your future holds a lighthearted overview of tarot cards AND a heated fight about statistics.  Oh and also, you’re all going to have a super awesome life. Promise. The cards told her. 

Email us! stories@zeropercentscared.com

References

p-values and statistics! 

Wasserstein RL, Schrim AL, Lazar, NA.Moving to a World Beyond “p<0.05”. The American Statistician (2019)

Amrhein V, Greenland S, McShane B. Scientists rise up against statistical significance. Nature (2019)

Precognition Science  

Bem D et al., Feeling the future: A meta-analysis of 90 experiments on the anomalous anticipation of random future events F1000 Research (2015)

Engber D.Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real. Slate (2017)

Ritchie SJ, Wiseman R and French CC.Failing the Future: Three Unsuccessful Attempts to Replicate Bem’s ‘Retroactive Facilitation of Recall’ Effect. PlosONE (2012)

French C. Precognition studies and the curse of the failed replications. The Guardian (2012)

Rouder JN and Morey RD.A Bayes factor meta-analysis of Bem’s ESP claim. Psychon Bull Rev (2011)

Rabeyron, T,Retro-priming, priming, and double testing: psi and replication in a test–retest design

Predicting the unpredictable: critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity

Science Tarot Cards

EPISODE 9: Love Spells are a Hard No

Everyone wanted to be a witch in middle school, am I right? Also, who wants to help design a science experiment to measure the global consciousness effects on reality? Come on! You know you want to.

This episode Sarah and Kelly discuss magical spells and whether they have any effect on reality. Sarah uses science words to prove MAYBE!

4:57 — it’s called a paper fortune teller, chatterbox or cootie catcher (what!?). Here’s how to make em!

Witches binding Trump 

Real Magic by Dr. Dean Radin

Drowning with Gillyweed 

Skelegrow

The Global Consciousness Project

Shutulman and Morgan. 2017 The explanatory structure of unexplainable events: Causal constraints on magical reasoning 

Police arresting a big goat! 

 

EPISODE 6: Possession…it’ll make your head spin

Minisode #2 continues the Ouija theme from last week. This week we present:  A scary college Ouija tale courtesy of our good friend Manny, plus the terrifying TRUE story that inspired the movie THE EXORCIST!

Never fear skeptics, we’ve got the lowdown on excorcism science as well! 

Joining us today is a mystery guest Medical Doctor, standing in for Kelly Ruggles.

Stuff we discuss:

The exorcism of Roland Doe

Can spirits use telephones?

 

Placebo Controls, Exorcism, and the Devil

EPISODE 4: Murder House Hypothesis

Email us! stories@zeropercentscared.com seriously would love to hear from you guys! 

On today’s minisode, Kelly gives us the lowdown on the scientific method. Tune in to learn what a real-life scientist thinks about tiny invisible unicorns, murder houses, and how we would prove a house was haunted.

Bill Gates, if you’re listening, we will gladly accept funding for this study.

Links we talk about:

Tiny Invisible Unicorns where??

https://www.logicallyfallacious.com/tools/lp/Bo/LogicalFallacies/178/Unfalsifiability

The Journal of Parapsychology!!!

https://www.rhine.org/what-we-do/journal-of-parapsychology.html

How to hunt ghosts:

https://www.ghostsandgravestones.com/how-to-ghost-hunt

Ghost hunting gear for our experiment

https://www.ghoststop.com/Ghost-Hunting-101-a/144.htm

Most Haunted, which Sarah likes a lot:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_Haunted