45: Conferences and conspiracy theories

Episode 45 · June 2nd, 2017 · 1 hr 1 min

About this Episode

It’s conference season so in this episode Dan and James discuss the ins and outs of scientific conferences.

Here’s what they cover:

  • Research parasite award
  • How much do you save when you don’t run an fMRI study
  • They come up with an even better name than “Research parasite”
  • Could the GOP weaponise the open science movement?
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Attempts to slow down science by taking science out of context
  • The Black Goat Podcast
  • The conference backchannel
  • Contacting people at conferences
  • Sitting though seminars (and not falling asleep)
  • Twitter conferences
  • Good presentations vs. bad presentations
  • Starting collaborations at conferences
  • Do conference locations matter?
  • Periscoping conference presentations


The research parasite award: http://researchparasite.com
The GOP and science reform https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/04/reproducibility-science-open-judoflip/521952/
The Crackpot index http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/crackpot.html
The Brain Twitter conference https://brain.tc

Music credits: Lee Rosevere freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

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