Scientific Method

Research tips from SYSK

People often ask us how we do our research. We're not going to disclose all of our secrets, but we'll give you some tips on how to root out the bad studies from the good ones. Learn all about shady studies and reporting right now!

How the Scientific Method Works

It evolved over centuries to become the gold standard for conducting scientific inquiry. Yet many people - including some scientists - don't fully understand it. Learn about the basis of how we explore our world in this episode.

How the Enlightenment Works

The Enlightenment stands as the moment the West withdrew from superstition and found its faith in reason. Did it shift too far? Learn about this massive shift in thinking which we are still sorting through and coming to understand today.

Great Scott! Science Uncovers Link between Depression and People who Fear Fear

I hadn't heard of this before: anxiety sensitivity. I also can't think of too many worse conditions that don't involve substantial wounds. Anxiety sensitivity is a clinical condition where an individual suffers anxiety about anxiety. More succinctly, it's the fear of fear. Well you've pretty much lost at the start, haven't you?

Chuck and I recorded a podcast that should be out soon about the perception of time among animals and the issue of speciesim came up. Speciesism is just what it sounds like; it's the practice or sentiment of discrimination toward animals that aren't human. It sounds kooky, but the ramifications of speciesism has far-reaching impacts on the health and well-being of animals. Without the idea that animals lack souls or self-awareness using animals in laboratory experiments or developing human settlements on top of animal habitats would be tantamount to circumventing the Nuremberg code or continuing the Indian removal programs of the 19th and early 20th centuries. I should point out that I am not an animal crusader. I do not pay dues or make donations to the ASPCA, PETA or ELF. I do take pains not to kill other things, but make exceptions for mosquitoes, flies and ticks. Yet, I still feel that somehow the loss of human life trumps the loss of an animal's life, perhaps because I identify with my own species more. Upon introspection, I find I tend to view the matter as all or nothing: if souls exist, then I think all sentient beings (and possibly non-sentient organic matter) possess them.