Ep 89 – Advertising

Does advertising work? Probably not on you, since you’re so smart. Attractive too! Listen to this episode! We’re taking a look at if advertising works, how it claims to work, how much of it you need, and what happens if it goes too far.

Ep 89 – Advertising

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Ep 88 – Less is More

If less is more, imagine how much more MORE could be! As it turns out, things don’t always scale quite as linearly as you’d hope. Looking at how we make decisions, information fiends and foes, why we sometimes pick the worse option, if more news is good news, and if GMO labelling is useful.

Ep 88 – Less is More

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Further reading:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201008/what-does-advertising-do – Psychology Today on how advertising works and what it does

http://www.jstor.org/stable/1251999 – Meta-review on how advertising works

http://davidreiley.com/papers/AddMoreAds.pdf [PDF] – Yahoo study on the effectiveness of online advertising

http://www.snopes.com/business/hidden/popcorn.asp – Snopes on the myth of subliminal advertising

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Ep 87 – Military Misconceptions

In retribution for the sports episode, Tim gets to talk about various military misconceptions. Explaining the difference between rifles and guns, ships and boats, different ranks and how they came to be, and why everyone hates the air force. Bonus trivia is sprinkled haphazardly throughout.

Ep 87 – Military Misconceptions

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Ep 86 – Be Afraid

Being scared or worried is a natural reaction that’s hard to shake, but we’re not often scared of the right things. This episode we’re looking at what’s worth worrying about with swimming pools, guns, animal attacks, and kidnapping.

Ep 86 – Be Afraid

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Further reading:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6119a4.htm – CDC report on drownings in the US

http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/united-states – Firearm statistics for the US

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2013/02/daily-chart-7 – Various mortality risks for the average American

http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/kidnapping/ – Kidnapping stats and information for the US

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/omc-ned/abd-rapt-eng.htm – Kidnapping stats and information for Canada

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National Geographic – US National Park Deaths

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Ep 85 – On Being Wrong

Why being wrong and being right aren’t just opposites, and why that’s important. Talking about falsificationism and why being right isn’t as useful as being wrong, as well as being not even wrong and wronger than wrong. By the end of the episode, the word ‘wrong’ will have lost all meaning.

Ep 85 – On Being Wrong

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Further reading:

http://rationalblogs.org/rationalwiki/2013/04/02/not-even-wrong-and-wronger-than-wrong/ – Rational Blogs article that in part prompted the episode

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Ep 84 – Mental Disorders

Mental disorders, maybe more than any other disease, are often misunderstood and misrepresented in society and the media. Looking at what it means to have a mental disorder and clarifying differences between obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, psychopathy, sociopathy, and borderline personality disorder.

Ep 84 – Mental Disorders

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Further reading:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2291145/ – National Institutes of Health on Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

http://www.psychiatry.org/obsessive-compulsive-disorder – American Psychiatric Association on OCD

http://www.psychiatry.org/schizophrenia – APA on Schizophrenia

http://www.sfu.ca/psyc/faculty/hart/Hart,_SFU_Website/Publications_files/Hart,%201998,%20LCP,%20Psychopathy%20and%20violence%20risk.pdf [PDF] – Paper on the risk of violence or crime from Psychopaths

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719457/ – Paper on the tricky diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder
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Ep 83 – College

Is college worth it? In our changing world, is a college degree as valuable as it used to be? In this episode, we look at earning potential, costs, benefits, drawbacks, and levels of personal satisfaction over the last few decades to see if getting a degree is all it’s cracked up to be.

Ep 83 – College

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Further reading:

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2011/05/15/is-college-worth-it/ – Pew Study on college as talked about in the show

http://www.time.com/time/interactive/0,31813,2072670,00.html – Time infographic based on the Pew study

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Ep 82 – Listener Questions 3

Listener feedback and questions. Looking totally unqualifiedly at the structure of the universe, North American politics, listening to music too loudly, and colourblindness.

Ep 82 – Listener Questions 3

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Ep 81 – Sports

Sports myths, facts, and legends. Do you really need sports drinks? Does stretching decrease injury? Are football players dumber than average? Is there such thing as home field advantage? Was Michael Jordan cut from his high school basketball team? Is the marathon length a historic Greek messenger run? Why does Tim remember a half-season-long sportstar crime fighting show from 22 years ago? All this and not much else!

Ep 81 – Sports

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Further reading:

http://www2.aaos.org/anmeet/anmt2011/podium/648.htm – Paper on stretching and injury of frequent runners

http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/12/18/football-freakonomics-how-advantageous-is-home-field-advantage-and-why/ – Freakonomics and Scorecasting on home field advantage

http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~jamieson/JJ_JASP.pdf – Paper on home field advantage

http://ftp.iza.org/dp755.pdf – Study on German soccer pitches and home field advantage

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Ep 80 – Winter 3

More winter facts and myths while there’s still snow on the ground and a chill in the air. Looking at the flu and flu vaccines, feeding colds and starving fevers, chicken soup as a cold remedy, the secularization of Christmas, what Boxing Day is, and if you should be leaving poinsettias out around children and pets.

Ep 30 – Winter 3

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Further reading:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm – Flu vaccine info from the CDC

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001269.pub4/abstract – Cochrane review on flu vaccine effectiveness

http://www.dukehealth.org/health_library/health_articles/feed_a_cold – Duke Health on feeding fevers and starving colds

http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleid=1079188&issueno=4 – Study on chicken soup and treatment of colds

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8906768 – Study on poinsettia exposure and health outcome

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