Yes there are other podcasts. But then, thereâs the SGU. Dr. Steve Novella and the Rogues have been pushing out quality entertainment, popular science, and critical thinking since almost before podcasts were a thing. Today they are on top of their game - producing fun content with a level of intellectual challenge few other popular shows achieve. Also, the addition of Carla Santa Maria to the cast means weâre not just listening to a bunch of old white guys speculating about time travel and making Star Wars jokes (although we are). Listen and learn, nerdos.
Incredibly good podcast, keeps you thinking and provides frequent golden nuggets of wisdom.
This podcast provides rock-solid techniques for how to train your mind to evaluate claims critically, and how to see the red flags and intellectual missteps of bad arguments and credulous thought. If everyone was required to spend an hour a week listening to this podcast, the world would be a much better place.
I came to this podcast some years ago and have been a faithful listener since. Sadly, over the past year or so Iâve seen a intellectual complacency set in with the group. I had grown accustomed to the repetition of lines from Futurama, Monty Python and The Simpsons being referred to as jokes. (Note: repeating a line out of context because someone used a word from that line is NEVER a âgood oneâ - it is the fanâs form of worship and should be beneath anyone attempting to put out a professional podcast.) But, possibly due to to loss of Rebecca from the group, Iâve seen more and more confidence in speaking out about culture, as though an expertise in a number of scientific fields elevates their uninformed opinion about movies and music and culture in general.I first realized this was a growing trend in the show in the movie review of Blade Runner 2049. I was looking forward to a discussion of the scientific or possibly even philosophical ideas the movie toyed with. (What possible catastrophe could have wiped out most data on the planet but NOT erased the data in the Las Vegas entertainment programs? Why is the main character usually the only one flying a car? What exactly was Jared Letoâs characters goal and how could it possibly make any sense?) Instead, I got two very bright men turning into fan-boys and talking about all the feels the movie gave them. As the makers of this podcast well know, when intuition and emotion lead in an analysis, personal biases and unconscious prejudice are necessarily stirred into the pot. Science exists to try to extract those biases and prejudices from our understanding of the world. When experts in neurobiology or physics approach genetic engineering or structural engineering, they donât do so assuming their expertise crosses over. Itâd be nice if the skeptics on this show would show the same humility when approaching fields outside their expertise.Finally, I just heard Stephen Novella proclaim with all seriousness that institutionalized racism has been addressed in the U.S., despite the harsh blows the advances made by Civil Rights movement have taken in the past couple years (remember Voterâs Rights Act, did you notice the Attorney General proclaiming that people should be able to discriminate if their religion tells them to?). All this done summarizing a deeply flawed study on expectations and the evaluation of success. (The study, as described, only went one way, from greater occurrence to less. This it was not measuring any possible tendency to correct for easier success, as much as it measured peopleâs expectations of a constant rate of difficulty. Run the study with both a steady number and an increasing number of blue dots, hostile faces, etc, and then you have a controls which might show something.)
Love the knowledge Iâve gained from this show over the years. Not funny but thatâs not the point either. Honestly Iâm writing because after 5 minutes of scrolling through reviews at maximum velocity it was still 10 years ago so just fun to shout into the void. 4/5 because sometimes steven dismisses things prematurely. Always qualifies his dissent adequately but i would like a bit more optimism.. and every feedback segment is framed as âthis person is wrong, hereâs whyâ often accurate â just bothers me
SGU has gone back to the intersectional feminism of the Watson days. Stopped listening after Cara proclaimed âMansplaining!â When someone disagreed with her. I waited 3 weeks for a retraction that never came. Good bye SGU.
If you donât like being fooled; if you yearn to know what's real; and if you can take an honest, critical look at your own beliefs and assumptions, skepticism is for you.
They pull bad headlines from the internet and proceed to discuss them, then immediately begin âtearing them downâ. They talk like some reporterâs take on a study is authoritative, and tear that down, not the study, which is obvious they never read. They donât even finish the original story. In trying to tear it down, they misrepresent science and use obvious logical fallacies (one of them actually said âif it was worth it, we would already be doing itâ yeah, that bad). They donât know their subject matter. They think they do good research if they go to the second page of Google results. Some of the basic science mistakes they make are things you would have learned in 2nd grade science. Donât understand how they hold themselves up as experts, when their knowledge is recently obtained from the internet, superficial in nature, and often erroneous.
I listen to a lot of podcasts, but this is the only one I've listened to consistently for several years! The SGU consistently puts out quality content, and have been for something like 11 years; I don't know how they do it on top of full-time jobs. Their intro, "Your escape to reality" was literally an escape to reality for me when I was working on a biodynamic farm, and surrounded by woo.This is a great podcast for staying up to date on science news, honing your skeptical chops, and just enjoying the comraderie of people I've never met, but who've come to feel like friends. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Even if you don't like the topics of the first episode you try, all of them are different, and I promise you will ultimately learn tools to better evaluate information for yourself.
Good informal podcast
Iâve been listening to this podcast for over 10 years and have learned so much from the SGU. I also contribute to their Patreon. However itâs getting difficult to get through the podcasts when Cara is on the show. Sheâs constantly interrupting the others, and her know-it-all manner of speaking irritates me to no end. I wouldnât discourage others from listening because the content of the show is so important. Steven is a great host and I love Science or Fiction. I just wish they could even out the presentation so I donât have to fast forward through segments.
Now with 100% more discussion of important topics like âmansplaining.â
Sorry guys. After over ten years youâve begun to lose me. I hate to point the finger but Iâve noticed it was after Cara joined the crew. Sheâs clearly very intelligent and well spoken but I believe she is too dominating and it kills the vibe Iâve always enjoyed. If itâs not your segment and what you have to say isnât earth shattering, let the segment leader speak.
She thinks every podcast (even other ones) are an interview about her. Everything leads back to her, somehow. It's getting tiresome.
Dr. Steven Novella (the host) has become my intellectual hero.
Hey guys. I canât recommend this podcast enough. Really enjoy listening each week to allof the segments. Science, skepticism and laughter. Keep up the awesome work STEVEN, BOB, JAY, EVAN and CARA!!
Like most forms of media today, this show has turned into just more Trump-hating, liberal propaganda. Sad.
Longtime listener, since the first lineup of rogues. Birds vs. Monkeys and all that. You get science and info, a primer on critical thinking, and it's fun along the way. All around dang good show.
Amongst the best pod cast available, a great selection of content, supportive and informative community. Keep it going rouges.
My favorite skeptical/ science podcast. Each host is great and i love the guests they have on. Full of interesting content and you end up learning someting to boot.
Healthy dose of skepticism, no Sam Harris style racism.
One of the top podcasts in my library!! Helpful, interesting, informative, fun and skeptical! Love the show and well worth the time.
Pure unadulterated science and skepticism. These rogues are always current and relevant. Great topics and interviews.
Love love love this podcast. I have learned so much and I appreciate all the work Dr. Steven Novella and the others have put into making this weekly dose of science and logic. Iâm not kidding when I say itâs changed my life. Thank you!
Loaded with intelligence, information, and humor. Good interpretations on science reporting without getting political. While politics is important, I have plenty of other podcasts to go to for that. This one is just good, well-rounded, fact based discussion. Keep up the good work!
That tag line says it all. If I could listen to only one podcast, this would be it. I have listened for years, and never get bored with this one. Iâm so grateful for the work of the SGU.
A stellar presentation every week ! Every skeptic in this podcast shares such superior high quality information during each episode . They are truly amazing & are the Rock Stars of the skeptic community!!! Thank you SGU!
I started exploring the skeptic podcast world no too long ago. This one stands out in its focus and tenor.
I really wanted to like this podcast, but there is too much random nonsensical chatter.
As long as this show is, I always make time for it every week. Nothing has done more to make me a more critical thinker and be aware of how science works than SGU. The chemistry between the brothers grows on you and Cara has been an awesome addition to the show.
I eat up podcasts and this is easily my favourite. Fantastic science news, brilliant hosts, and great sceptical content. Canât wait for the book!
If you like a science podcast with a political agenda this is the podcast for you
The SGU has been providing excellent thoughtful content for years!
I've binged the entire archive and benefitted from the best education in scientific mindfulness I've experienced so far. The ability to distinguish reality from assumption is critical for a sustainable society. It's an excellent introduction to mental hygiene and ongoing discoveries relevant to reason.
Easily my favorite podcast. Funny, intelligent, entertaining. Just try it, you'll love it.Edit: I wrote that review several years ago. But Steve is clearly intent on pushing his politics, since last November. And I just can't take the weak "scientific" justifications to do so. I'll try back when a democrat is in office.
Really enjoyed Nov 11 episode.
Listen to find out what real skeptics think about the world. No cynicism, just critical thinking and science!
Been listening since 2010, and immediately went back and caught up on everything I had missed! Iâve learned so much from everyoneâs hard work at the SGU. Thanks!
Informative and fun. Gives me hope in the 24 hour news and gloom media frenzy. Science based podcasting.
SGU has nothing to say about having known abusers on their show, so unfortunately I have to stop listening. Do better.
Steve, Bob, Jay, Evan, and Cara do a magnificent job as standard bearers of science and critical thinking. My commutes to work represent a time that I can absorb the quality learning that the SGU provides. Thanks Rogues! Cheers!
Favorite podcast! Keep it up Rouges!
One part skepticism. One part science. One part science fiction. Three parts Novella. One part Evan. One part Cara Santa Maria. Mix vigoursly and...hey, what's that noisy? The skeptic podcast against which all others are measured.
Since discovering this podcast, I have not only been listening to the new releases but also catching up from their first show at a rate of one or two a day. Never gets boring! Update: listening to the complete backlog of SGU episodes and then following up with other skeptical podcasts convince me to become a skeptical activist myself. I am now a member of Susan Gerbicâs 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 several of the SGU rogues about their Wikipedia articles. How cool is that?
I've listened to every episode since the beginning, some of them twice or more, but finally had to give up. Cara's and Evan's vocal mannerisms have just become too annoying, I can't get into What's the Word, and when Bob, Jay, and Evan do their solo bits, they often just go off on what seems to be disorganized, unfocused, unedited rambles. Those presentations are in serious need of some tightening up. It's been a good time, gang, but I'm on to other things.
This podcast is generally ok but they have a tendency to spend too much time discussing some topics
I love this show and all the hosts. Great structure (which is rare for podcasts) and love to play along with Science or Fiction every week!
The group can be a little droll at times and the outline of the show lends to hearing one voice many minutes at a time. BUT overall the podcast is amazing and you will learn a lot about navigating through the BS that clogs the airways. The group is very intelligent and just listening to them do their best to speak rationally is refreshing in the modern world. Eye opening to the slew of pseudoscience that surrounds us.
This podcast is phenomenal. Superb coverage about a variety of topics!! Love it!