Dreampow, I agree with everything you said in your last post. My misunderstanding was pretty well summarized by Donutz. I work in the scientific field although not in academia but I do understand how far reaching is the impact of funding on the direction that research takes and I do not deny that scientists get 'paid off' in one sense of the word or another. One area I still will disagree with you on is on the quality and objectiveness of the Skeptoid podcast. Listen to a couple more episodes, I'm sure you will nothing objectionable about his reporting or research. All of his work is cited using very reputable sources and his methodology for arriving at his conclusion is sound. In addition, he readily accepts any emails with rebuttals or corrections. He also publishes an episode every couple of weeks containing errors, corrections, and omissions.