Cosmic Quackery

The "face on Mars" as imaged by the Viking 1 spacecraft in 1976. Modern spacecraft have since taken clearer images of this geological feature on Mars, proving it is a natural part of the landscape and not a colossal monument built by an alien civilization. (NASA/JPL).
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About This Episode

In our quest to understand the universe, how can we be sure our conclusions are correct? Human beings have evolved to find meaningful patterns in nature, but sometimes the patterns we see are just figments of our imagination—or perhaps the result of wishful thinking. Join Neil and guest co-host Leighann Lord as they investigate the weird and wacky world of pseudoscience.

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In This Episode

  • Host

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Astrophysicist
  • Co-Host

    Leighann Lord

    Leighann Lord
    Comedian
  • Guest

    Michael Shermer

    Michael Shermer
    Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine; Author of “Why People Believe Weird Things"; Producer and Co-host of Exploring the Unknown
  • Guest

    James Randi

    James Randi
    Magician and founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation. JREF sponsors the annual “Amazing Meeting” and also offers a prize of one million dollars to anyone who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event, under test conditions agreed to by both parties.

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