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Apr 4, 2023

What does the body of evidence say on whether violent video games cause violence in real life? Plus: a Slate article argues that long COVID just isn’t that bad, and can you biopsy the prostate without going up the bum?

Block 1:

(2:18) Violent video games: what the AAP and APA say about violent video games; court case; the review at the heart of the debate; what is violence; the evolution of video games

Block 2:

(8:25) Violent video games: the Bobo doll experiments; measuring aggressive behaviour and attitudes; little data on children; what we don’t know; what Chris would do

Block 3:

(24:20) Long COVID Comes Into the Light

Block 4:

(43:53) A new way of getting a prostate biopsy / The Last of Us’ bad science


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* Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl

* Assistant researcher: Nicholas Koziris


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1) The American Academy of Paediatrics statement on video games:

2) The American Psychological Association’s 2015 Task Force report:

3) Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association: &

4) The Bobo doll experiments:

5) Long COVID Comes Into the Light:

6) Reaction to Jeff Wise’s previous article on long COVID:

7) Request for the retraction of the Slate article:

8) Transperineal prostate biopsies:


It’s Not Twitter, But It’ll Do:


1) Jonathan interviewed for The Skeptic Zone:

2) Jonathan’s article on 911 call analysis:

3) Chris on CBC’s morning show about Candida auris: