In this episode, a physicist looks back at the concerns that swirled around the launch of high-energy particle collision experiments like the Large Hadron Collider.
Fear and Loathing and Science
Season 3 | Episode 3
There’s Something About Darwin
In this episode, we’ll hear from a philosopher of science and an evolutionary biologist on what it is about Darwinian evolution that has made it a poster child for science denial, and why it’s important to understand the facts.
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If you were writing a book about the history of science denial, the chapter on Darwin would have to be one of the longest. But why? You can argue that we see evolution all the time – it is, after all, why we’re worrying today about the emergence of new variants of COVID-19. Does it boil down to a divide between religion and science that just can’t be bridged? And what’s at risk when what science tells us about evolution is rejected?
Paul Sniegowski, Stephen A. Levin Family Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology
Michael Weisberg, Bess W. Heyman President’s Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy
Alex Schein and Loraine Terrell
Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18
Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
In this episode, a chemist explains chemistry’s public relations problem, and why we need to put our faith in chemistry now, maybe more than ever.