Life, the Universe& Everything Else

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Life, the Universe,& Everything Else is a monthly show that delves into issues of science, critical thinking, and secular humanism. We try not to take ourselves too seriously.

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https://winnipegskeptics.com
Description
Life, the Universe& Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism that is produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-03-19 13:08
last episode published
2019-03-18 11:00
publication frequency
27.01 days
Contributors
Winnipeg Skeptics author   owner  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
73
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Categories
Science & Medicine Natural Sciences

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
18.03.2019

Episode 142: Rare Diseases

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Lauren, Ashlyn, and Laura discuss rare diseases and regulatory responses to them. Specific diseases discussed include diabetes insipidus, toxic shock syndrome, and the Cotard delusion. L...
Gem Newman author
11.02.2019

Episode 141: Return of the Quiz Show Show!

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, Gem, Laura, and special guest Dave compete to see who knows most about myths, riddles, hippos, and this very podcast! Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast tha...
Gem Newman author
14.01.2019

Episode 140: Three Pseudosciences

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Lauren, Laura, and Ashlyn dive into three unscientific practices: flower remedies, feng shui, and iridology. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues...
Gem Newman author
17.12.2018

Episode 139: The Unnecessary Christmas Show

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, Laura, and Gem talk about several elements of the holiday consumer frenzy. Lauren tackles gift guides, Gem explains why corporations love gift cards, Ashlyn talks about holida...
Gem Newman author
19.11.2018

Episode 138: Wikipedia

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Lauren, and Laura talk about the history and reliability of Wikipedia and its many controversies, then end the episode with some of our favourite Wikipedia finds. Also on this ep...
Gem Newman author
22.10.2018

Episode 137: Where’s My Jetpack?

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, Gem, and Laura discuss science fiction technologies that have become science fact, and Gem depresses the hell out of everyone. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a po...
Gem Newman author
17.09.2018

Episode 136: Patent Medicine

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Laura, Ashlyn, and Lauren discuss the history and future of patent medicine, from snake oil and Piso’s Cure for Consumption through Bovinine and bitters all the way to the Burzynski Clin...
Gem Newman author
20.08.2018

Episode 135: Personality Testing

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Gem, Laura, and Lauren put their personalities to the test, explore the history of the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator, and try to determine whether any of these personality tests are act...
Gem Newman author
16.07.2018

Episode 134: Replication Crisis!

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem is joined by Ashlyn, Laura, and Lauren to discuss the unfolding replication crisis in science, with a focus on several high profile psychological studies whose results have been called in...
Gem Newman author
18.06.2018

Episode 133: Notorious Hucksters

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Lauren explores the great hucksters of history with Laura and Ashlyn—and Gem’s back! Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues of science, critical thinkin...
Gem Newman author
14.05.2018

Episode 132: Life Hacks

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Laura, and Lauren discuss and evaluate dubious “life hacks” they found online. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues of science, critical think...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
16.04.2018

Episode 131: “Mermaids: The Body Found”

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn subjects Lauren, Laura, and Dave to “Mermaids: The Body Found”, a fake documentary that aired on Animal Plant and Discovery Channel in 2012, which combines discredited pseudoscience wi...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
12.03.2018

Episode 130: Nutritional Devices

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Laura, Ashlyn, and Lauren discuss three unusual nutritional devices: the Nima gluten sensor, the Vitastiq electroacupuncture vitamin sensor, and the SCiO pocket molecular scanner. Life, the U...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
12.02.2018

Episode 129: The Olympics

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, and Laura discuss some of the myths and scandals surrounding the Olympic Games. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues of science, criti...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
15.01.2018

Episode 128: Real Conspiracies

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Laura, and Lauren talk about real conspiracies and cover-ups perpetrated by corporations and the government. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves int...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
18.12.2017

Episode 127: Save Us from “Saving Christmas”

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn subjects Lauren, Gem, and Laura to a viewing of Kirk Cameron’s 2014 evangelical holiday film, Saving Christmas. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into i...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
13.11.2017

Episode 126: Trans Fats, the Pay Gap, Passwords, Physiospect

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Lauren, Laura, and Ashlyn take listener requests! The panel discusses trans fats, the gender pay gap, password security, and an exciting form of health pseudoscience called the physiospe...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
16.10.2017

Episode 125: Revenge of the Quiz Show Show!

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, recorded live at SkeptiCamp, Ashlyn, Lauren, Laura, and Gem test their knowledge (and that of the audience) in a variety of scientific and pseudoscientific domains. Life, the Universe & E...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
11.09.2017

Episode 124: Ancient Discoveries

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Laura, and Lauren discuss several important scientific, technological, and mathematical discoveries made in the ancient world. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podca...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
14.08.2017

Episode 123: Heretics

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn talks heresy with Laura, Gem, and Lauren. Heretics discussed include Hypatia of Alexandria, Roger Bacon, Baruch Spinoza, Charles Darwin, and Giordano Bruno. Also on this episode, Gem d...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
17.07.2017

Episode 122: UFOs

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem discusses UFO sightings and claims of otherworldly visitation with Ashlyn, Lauren, and Laura. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that delves into issues of science, cri...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
12.06.2017

Episode 121: “Dreams from My Real Father”

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, Gem, and Laura talk about yet another conspiracy film, and Gem closes out the episode with an Alex Jones–themed quiz. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast tha...
Gem Newman & Ashlyn Noble author
15.05.2017

Episode 120: Fad Diets

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, and Gem discuss fad diets with host Laura Creek Newman, our resident Registered Dietitian. Topics covered in detail include the Paleo Diet, the Sweet Potato Diet, the Blood Ty...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
17.04.2017

Episode 119: Chiropractic

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Laura, Gem, and Lauren talk about the history and practice of chiropractic medicine, then Ashlyn hosts a game of -ology A–Z! Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program prom...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
20.03.2017

Episode 118: The Senses

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, and Lauren are joined by Mark Forkheim to talk about the sensory system and do some science along the way! Ashlyn, Lauren, and Gem try sensory isolation, and the episode features...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
13.02.2017

Episode 117: Trump

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Laura, Lauren, and Brendan discuss a few of the many myths and conspiracy theories endorsed by Donald Trump, and Brendan points out that a simple fact check isn’t enough. Life, t...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
16.01.2017

Episode 116: Risk

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Laura, Gem, and Lauren talk about how bad we are at assessing risk. Also on this episode: Do we get more risk averse as we get older? Is margarine going to kill you, or will a hippopo...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
12.12.2016

Episode 115: Holiday Charity Special

On the Life, the Universe & Everything Else Holiday Special, Brendan Curran-Johnson joins Gem, Laura, Ashlyn, and Lauren to talk about charitable giving, including how an organization qualifies as a charity, how to maximize the good your contributi...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
14.11.2016

Episode 114: Ray Comfort’s “Atheist Delusion”

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, Gem, and Laura review Ray Comfort’s new “documentary” with special guests Ash Burkowski and David Bonwick, and the panel bids farewell to evangelical cartoonist Jack Chick wit...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
19.10.2016

Episode 113: “Unsealed: Conspiracy Files”

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, we’re trying something completely different! Are rich people harvesting organs from clones? Did Hitler fake his own death (six times)? Are CIA remote viewers peering inside your mind? Join As...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
12.09.2016

Episode 112: Did Aliens Build the Pyramids?

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, we discuss ancient astronauts and the space-alien pseudohistories of Erich von Däniken, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Raëlians. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secul...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
15.08.2016

Episode 111: Insect Repellents

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, Laura, and Gem discuss insect repellents, natural and artificial, historical and modern, and ask the question: “Do any of these natural bug sprays actually work?” The answer m...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
18.07.2016

Episode 110: Science& Race

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Lauren, Ashlyn, and Laura discuss science’s rocky history with issues of race and talk about some racist pseudosciences that continue to masquerade as science today. Life, the Universe &...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
13.06.2016

Episode 109: The Quiz Show Show!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Laura, Gem, and Lauren each prepare a quiz to test their fellow panelists’ knowledge in a variety of scientific and pseudoscientific domains. Life, the Universe & Everything Else ...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
16.05.2016

Episode 108: Cryptozoology& Mythical Creatures

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem hunts cryptids with Laura, Ashlyn, and Lauren. Also on this episode: dubious advice, bad jokes, worse segues, and one very annoying pronunciation of the word “cryptozoology”! Life, the Un...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
10.04.2016

Episode 107: Solving Homelessness

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, Gem, and Laura discuss strategies aimed at ending homelessness with returning guest Brendan Curran-Johnson. This episode also features an interview with Greta Christina and Al...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
14.03.2016

Episode 106: Parapsychology

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Lauren, Ashlyn, and Laura discuss the Ganzfeld Experiments, the Global Consciousness Project, Rupert Sheldrake, Daryl Bem, and a psychic dog, and then we finally find out exactly how psy...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
15.02.2016

Episode 105: Mental Health& Stigma

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Lauren discusses mental health with Ashlyn, Gem, and Laura, with a focus on treatments and associated stigmas, current and historical. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program pr...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
18.01.2016

Episode 104: Animal Intelligence

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem talks about intelligence in nonhuman animals with Ashlyn, Laura, and special guest Leslie Saunders. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and sc...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
14.12.2015

Episode 103: Worldwide Winter

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn is joined by Ian, Laura, Lauren, and Gem to talk about holiday celebrations around the world. This is also Ian’s last show! Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promot...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
16.11.2015

Episode 102: Apologetics& Counter-apologetics

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem runs through several arguments for the existence of God with Ashlyn, Ian, and Laura, and the panel ponders whether it’s worth talking about religious arguments at all. Life, the Universe ...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
19.10.2015

Episode 101: “Trace Amounts”

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn subjects Gem, Laura, Ian, and Dave to a viewing of “Trace Amounts”, a prominent anti-vaccine “documentary”. It is… not good. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promo...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
14.09.2015

Episode 100: Silly Pseudoscience Special!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem discusses silly pseudosciences and conspiracy theories with Ashlyn, Laura, Ian, and Lauren, then caps off the episode by interviewing panelists past and present about their favourite epis...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
17.08.2015

Episode 99: Forensic Science

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn discusses the scientific (and sometimes pseudoscientific) underpinnings of several forensic investigation techniques with Laura, Gem, Ian, and Lauren. Life, the Universe & Everythi...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
13.07.2015

Episode 98: Crime& Punishment

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Laura, Brendan, and Lauren discuss the criminal justice system, focusing on profiling, deception detection, changes in crime rates over time, and the prison abolition movement. L...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
15.06.2015

Episode 97: Labels

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn is joined by Laura, Ian, Lauren, and Gem to discuss some of the advantages and shortcomings of using labels to describe ourselves. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
18.05.2015

Episode 96: The Moon Landing Conspiracy

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, Ian, and Laura discuss the conspiracy claim that the Apollo moon landings were faked by NASA. Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
13.04.2015

Episode 95: Common Misconceptions

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn is joined by Lauren, Laura, and Gem to discuss some common misconceptions (and maybe some that aren’t so common). Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secula...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
16.03.2015

Episode 94: Free Will

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem is joined by Donna, Ashlyn, and Ian to talk about free will, determinism, and what it means to make a choice. Also on this episode, Donna sits down with August Berkshire of Minnesota Athe...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author
16.02.2015

Episode 93: Skeptics and Social Media

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn sits down with Lauren, Gem, and Laura to talk about some red flags to look out for when evaluating claims on social media and how nuance is impossible on the Internet. Life, the Univer...
Gem Newman& Ashlyn Noble author