On the upcoming Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe (due in the next few days, subscribe to iTunes to have it automatically downloaded), we discuss a recent article “debunking” vampires, ghosts, and zombies. The researcher in question is Costas Efthimiou, a physicist at the University of Central Florida, who comes across as a skeptical yet good natured fellow so obviously I kind of like him. He makes it clear that he still likes scary movies and Halloween.
But! That doesn’t stop me from taking issue with some of his points. I won’t delve too deeply into some of his inaccuracies since we cover a lot of them on the podcast, but let it be known that he fails to adequately account for the extensive amount of data gathered via the “Buffyverse.”
Speaking of the podcast, we’re currently (it tends to change a bit from moment to moment) the #9 most popular science podcast on iTunes, and the #1 most popular skeptical show. Go us! The show gets better every week, so I’m sure it won’t be long until we’re all well-paid podcast celebrities living in mansions made of chocolate-covered toffee.
The coolest thing about the podcast is the number of people who contact us or comment on iTunes or in the forum to tell us that we were their first intro to skepticism, and now they’re hooked. It’s really cool to know that through the podcast and this site, we’re reaching new audiences.
Now I just have to work on achieving the toffee mansion dream. Mmm, toffee drywall.