Big Picture Science - Skeptic Check: Monsters, Magic, and Music
ENCORE: If Bigfoot walks through a forest and no one sees him, does he exist? It’s the job of paranormal investigator Joe Nickell to find out! Discover whether eyewitness accounts are reliable when it comes to tracking down the hirsute big guy and other monsters.
Also, on the subject of “seeing is believing”: how magic fools the brain.
Plus, in our potpourri show: can music boost brain power? A new study says listening to music makes brains happy. Does this support the dubious “Mozart Effect,” that claims listening to Wolfie’s compositions boosts IQ?
And, skeptic Phil Plait on why the so-called “super moon theory” doesn’t predict devastating earthquakes.
It’s Skeptic Check… but don’t take our word for it.
- Joe Nickell – Paranormal investigator and author of Tracking the Man-beasts: Sasquatch, Vampires, Zombies, and More
- Stephen Macknik – Director of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurophysiology at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona
- Susana Martinez-Conde – Director of the Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona
- Phil Plait – Astronomer, and author of the Bad Astronomy blog at Discover Magazine
- Valorie Salimpoor – Researcher at Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Quebec, Canada
- Penny Glass – Developmental psychologist and associate professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine
First aired March 21, 2011
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