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Podcast Spotlight | #TheESP: The European Skeptics Podcast


(This post has been rewritten and updated, on 2016.02.15)

Hi guys. I’d like to point you all in the direction of a great new show, The European Skeptics Podcast, featuring your hosts, András Pintér, Jelena Levin, and Pontus Böckman. It’s moving well along, and evolving nicely, already into Episode #009 as of this update.

The ESP features news and updates on skeptical organizations across Europe and sometimes features interviews with active skeptics from throughout the continent and elsewhere.

Originally biweekly, the show now airs each week. The show includes a segment on logical fallacies, news items of concern for the skeptical movement in Europe, a discussion of listener feedback, the occasional aforementioned interview or two, and others.

The intro and outro music features Song for Skeptics by Keisha Gray and George Hrab, and that’s always a nice, mellow way to start and end the show. I also get a kick from the Outtakes segment at the very end of the show as well, and there’s always a good quote to conclude the show proper.

Follow them on Twitter: @espodcast_eu, email them at info@theesp.eu, and Like them on Facebook.

Do check them out! Subscribe via RSS, on iTunes, and on Stitcher as well!

 

Beyond the Horizon | Symphony of Science


Welp, I’m blogging a couple of days earlier than expected, and below I offer the latest Symphony of Science piece, with a 13 word story to follow later this morning. Stay cool, stay cosmic, and in the Kai’Siri tongue of Soruggon

TfTkTts. (Talotaa frang, Talotaa kas, Talotaa tranga suulat.)

Created in collaboration with The Planetary Society on their 35th anniversary. Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Emily Lakdawalla and Carl Sagan reflect humanity’s next frontier: beyond the horizon.

Special thanks to everyone at the Planetary Society for making this song & video possible! Check out all the awesome things they are doing at http://planetary.org

More videos at:
http://symphonyofscience.com

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@musicalscience
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Lyrics:

Bill Nye:
We are at a time in history where we can change the world
What do we want to pass on to future generations?
That we just stayed here on Earth, that we didn’t look out
to find out where we come from and are we alone?
No!
We want to pass on this joy. This excitement.

Neil deGrasse Tyson:
When a nation dreams big, everything falls into place.

Nye:
Beyond the horizon
Over the next hill
That’s where we make discoveries

Tyson:
That’s the next frontier

Nye:
It is in us to look farther and deeper
It’s deep within us
That is why we are all here
Over the next hill, beyond the horizon

Tyson:
Dream of tomorrow
Long for the open seas
Call for this adventure

Dream big
Dream of tomorrow
Long for the open seas

Emily Lakdawalla:
There are lots of huge frozen worlds
Caught beyond Neptune
Huge frozen worlds
Seek out these other worlds

Hundreds of other worlds
Caught beyond Neptune
Seek out these other worlds

Tyson:

Audacious visions have the power to alter mindsets
To change assumptions about what is possible

[refrain]

Nye:

If we are to discover life on another world,
It will change the way everyone feels about what it is to be a living thing in the Cosmos.

Tyson:
Is a virus alive? Is crystal alive?
Does life need this, does life need liquid water?
Is a virus alive? Does life have metabolism?
Does life need, life need, life need, life need this?

Is a virus alive? Is crystal alive?
They’re asking these questions

Bill Nye:
Working together I claim we can
Change the world!

Carl Sagan:

There’s just a tremendously exciting prospect called solar sailing
And it works exactly as an ordinary sailboat does

It takes you to where you wanna go
It’s a whole new kind of idea
It travels on the wind from the sun
X2

Tyson:
These dreams prevail in the citizen’s ambitions.

It is time to set sail for the 21st Century.

[refrain]

Tyson:
Find your place in space
Space is vast and unexplored
And there’s a lot of work to do.