The more quantum, the better

O Q Quântico’s first episode discusses science and pseudoscience


The first episode of the OQ Quântico podcast was released last week and discusses the concept of science and what differentiates it from pseudoscience. The hosts, Lu, Leo and Gláucia, bring first some criteria that help define what, after all, this science is. After that they talk about what characterizes pseudoscience. The last part of the episode discusses how well-intented pseudoscience can also be quite dangerous.

Listen to the episode in Portuguese:

Or read the English transcript:

English manuscript – Ep1: The more quantum, the better

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About O Q Quântico


A quick search for the word ‘quantum’ on Google can bring up search results that have nothing to do with science, but which claim to be scientific. Misinformation is gaining more and more space, especially on networks like Instagram and YouTube. It is a universe that places scientific terms without any basis in products such as florals, salts, mattresses and bracelets, all “quantum”. This scenario is disturbing because it affects people’s physical, mental and financial health.

Furthermore, we are currently going through a new technological revolution brought about by the understanding of quantum theory. Recent advances in the development of quantum computers, sensors and media attract large public and private investments. And this arouses the curiosity of the lay public, who only know a few catchphrases and the reputation that quantum is a “theory that no one understands”.

The OQ Quântico podcast makes use of quantum mysticism as a gateway to scientific debate. We interviewed researchers in physics, mathematics, philosophy and communication to better understand these topics that have a quantum touch. In 7 episodes, we will guide the listener through the main concepts of quantum theory, bringing science to confront misinformation. The podcast is in Portuguese. An English transcript of the episodes will be published on the ML4Q website.