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#47: The Leak

#47: The Leak

2022-11-3001:10:02

In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Robert Crease about science, politics, and the importance of building trust between scientists and the public. They discuss: •The origins of his interest in philosophy and science. •His book “The Leak: Politics, Activists, and Loss of Trust at Brookhaven National Laboratory” and why he decided to write it. •What exactly the leak was and how the public was never in any danger. •How the dose makes the poison. •The importance of building trust between scientists and the community. •Celebrities as disinformation superspreaders. •How media prefers narratives that elicit a strong emotional response over facts. •And other topics. Dr. Robert Crease is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, New York, and chairman of the department. He has written, translated, or edited over a dozen books on history and philosophy of science. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Physics in Perspective, and writes a monthly column, “Critical Point,” for Physics World magazine, on the philosophy and history of science. His articles and reviews have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsday and elsewhere. Website: https://www.robertpcrease.com/ You can find this episode on YouTube here: http://bit.ly/3XHcmiC Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Steven Austad about the science of longevity. They discuss: •How he became interested in science and ended up in longevity research. •Why we age. •His recent book "Methuselah's Zoo: What Nature Can Teach Us About Living Longer Healthier Lives." •Scaling laws, metabolic rate, and the longevity quotient. •Longevity of Bats and Birds. •Cancer and Naked mole-rats. •Elephants and tumor suppressor genes. •And other topics. Dr. Steven Austad is the Distinguished Professor and Protective Life Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research of the Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Scientific Director of the American Federation for Aging Research. In addition, he directs the NIH-supported UAB Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, one of only six such Centers in the United States. He is also the Co-director of the Nathan Shock Centers Coordinating Center and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Institute on Aging’s Research Centers Collaborative Network. His current research seeks to understand the underlying causes of aging with a long-term goal of developing medical interventions that slow the age-related decay in human health. He is the author of more than 200 scientific peer-reviewed publications covering nearly every aspect of aging from cells to societies. Website: https://www.stevenaustad.com/ You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3EjXy1V Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
#45: Tornado of Life

#45: Tornado of Life

2022-10-2701:08:53

In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Jay Baruch about critical thinking in the ER. They discuss: •How he became interested in science and medicine. •The importance of using stories to communicate information. •How writing can help you to refine your understanding and spark creativity. •Why his book “Tornado of Life” is written in a particular style. •How his career in the ER has impacted his thinking. •Uncertainty and that experts don't have definitive answers all the time. •The availability bias and peoples' preference for anecdotes. •And other topics. Dr. Jay Baruch is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he serves as the director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration. He's a practicing emergency physician, writer, medical educator, and accidental academic whose interdisciplinary work evolved in response to medicine's unaddressed messiness, which requires creativity as a clinical skill, and physicians who think like creative writers and artists. He is the author of two award-winning short fiction collections, "What's Left Out" and "Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers." Most recently, he has authored "Tornado of Life: A Doctor's Journey Through Constraints and Creativity in the ER." Website: https://bit.ly/3W874fm Twitter: https://bit.ly/3TGtLWl LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/3SF4udG You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3TLMgso Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
#44: Who's Counting?

#44: Who's Counting?

2022-09-2801:21:27

In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with John Allen Paulos about mathematical thinking. They discuss: •How he studied a number of subjects and then eventually settled on mathematics as a major. •Mathematics as a way of thinking. •The Monty Hall problem. •The concept of scaling and how it leads to size limitations in biology. •The Prosecutor's fallacy and conditional probabilities. •The conjunction fallacy and Wolf's dilemma. •The parallels between denial-of-service attacks on computer networks and the unmitigated spread of false information. •And other topics. Dr. John Allen Paulos is a bestselling author, mathematician, public speaker, and formerly a monthly columnist for ABCNews.com and occasionally for the Guardian and Scientific American. He grew up in Chicago and Milwaukee and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and now is a professor of mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia. In addition to being the author of a number of scholarly papers on mathematical logic, probability, and the philosophy of science, Dr. Paulos has written Mathematics and Humor, I Think, Therefore I Laugh, Innumeracy - Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, Beyond Numeracy - Ruminations of a Numbers Man, and more. His most recent book is “Who's Counting?: Uniting Numbers and Narratives with Stories from Pop Culture, Puzzles, Politics, and More.” Website: https://bit.ly/3SEClnt Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnAllenPaulos You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3xXyhXo Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
#43: Curious Minds

#43: Curious Minds

2022-09-1601:47:09

In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Perry Zurn and Dani Bassett about the science and philosophy of curiosity. They discuss: •Growing up as twins and their respective interests in science and philosophy. •Why they decided to coauthor the book "Curious Minds." •The concept of complexity and emergence versus reductionism. •Network science and curiosity. •Philosophy, networks, and how it relates to curiosity. •The archetypes of curiosity. •How curiosity is also breaking connections to make new ones. •And other topics. Dr. Perry Zurn is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. He researches in political philosophy, critical theory, and trans philosophy, with special expertise in feminist philosophy, philosophies of resistance, and network theory. Dr . Dani Bassett is the J. Peter Skirkanich Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, with appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Neurology, and Psychiatry. They are also an external professor of the Santa Fe Institute. Bassett is most well-known for blending neural and systems engineering to identify fundamental mechanisms of cognition and disease in human brain networks. Both have authored numerous books and publications including their most recent book, which they authored together, “Curious Minds: The Power of Connection.” Dani's Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaniSBassett Perry's Twitter: https://twitter.com/perryzurn Perry's Website: https://www.perryzurn.com/ You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3BlHE4i Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
In this episode, Patrick is speaking with Donna Bean about the importance of public health. They discuss: •How she came to find herself working in public health. •Higher education and the uniquely American problem of crippling student debt. •Her experience with the US Peace Corps. •Her experiences as a public health nurse in Alaska. •How her childhood experience of not fitting in has helped her to live all over the world. •Her career plans after her CDC fellowship. •How the pandemic has politicized public health. •And other topics. Donna Bean is a PHI/CDC Global Health Epidemiology Fellow working with CDC Dominican Republic in the Division of Global HIV/TB (DGHT) as well as in emergency preparedness efforts. Donna earned her BS in Nursing from the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies and her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She has over a decade of experience in public health, with extensive experience in HIV/AIDS, TB, and COVID-19 control. Her career has been driven by a firm belief in individual and community’s right to quality health care. You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3ezRIik Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Gerd Gigerenzer about how to stay smart in a smart world. They discuss: •Origins of his interest in science and why he chose psychology. •Why he chose to write his most recent book, “How to Stay Smart in a Smart World.” •How he prefers the strategy of teaching how to think versus nudging. •Artificial intelligence, it's various stages, and our current stage given our latest technology. •The stable world principle and the limitations of AI. •The recency heuristic and the concept of ecological rationality. •Viral spread of false information, deep fakes, and the need for more critical thinking. •And other topics. Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the University of Potsdam, Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg and partner of Simply Rational - The Institute for Decisions. He is former Director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Law at the University of Virginia. You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3Ptgiyb Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
#40: Partial Truths

#40: Partial Truths

2022-06-2401:29:41

In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with James Zimring about partial truths and how fractions can distort our thinking. They discuss: •Origins of his interest in science, why he chose medicine, and his current research interests. •How he first became interested in philosophy of science and how this eventually lead to his book “What Science is and How it Really Works.” •His new book “Partial Truths: How Fractions Distort Our Thinking.” •Why we tend to gravitate towards using anecdotes as evidence. •How scientific descriptions have been wrong in the past, but observed phenomena are rarely wrong. •How confirmation bias isn't necessarily bad, but requires a system in place to keep it honest. •How dialogue outside of scientific circles is often about one side winning and the other side losing when in science, winning is getting to a correct answer. •How science gets it wrong. •And other topics. Dr. James Zimring is a Professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia where he pursues basic and translational research in the field of transfusion medicine and blood biology. He has an M.D. and also a Ph.D. in Immunology, both awarded from Emory University, and has published over 160 research articles in his field of study. Professor Zimring is the recipient of multiple awards for his research and teaching and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). He is also the author of the book “What Science Is and How It Really Works” and, more recently, “Partial Truths: How Fractions Distort Our Thinking,” which discusses how fractions lead us astray. You can find James's website here: https://jameszimring.com/ You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3QLtPTC Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with David Robert Grimes about how critical thinking can save the world. They discuss: •Origins of his interest in science, views on scientific endeavor, and why he chose physics as his primary focus of study. •How he became a science communicator. •How ideology effects one's acknowledgment of scientific evidence. •That it's okay to say “I don't know.” •That belief in one conspiracy theory usually leads to the belief in many. •That to an extent, traditional media is regulated, but no such regulation exists for social media, which is clearly needed. •What critical thinking is, how it has saved the world in the past and can in the future. •How critical thinking can positively impact all aspects of your life. •And other topics. Dr. David Robert Grimes is a scientist with a keen interest in the public understanding of science. He writes on science and society for outlets including the Guardian, the Irish Times, the BBC, the Spectator and the Sunday Business Post. He appears frequently on news media to discuss and debate topics as diverse as vaccination to climate-change, and gives talks across the world on the importance of evidence in society. He was joint winner of the 2014 Nature / Sense About Science Maddox Prize for standing up for Science. Further, he is also the author of the book “Good Thinking” or “The Irrational Ape” if you're in Europe, which argues that critical thinking can save the world. You can connect with David here: Website: https://www.davidrobertgrimes.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/drg1985 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/david_robert_grimes/ You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3oaGnq6 Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast!
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Leidy Klotz about the power of subtraction. They discuss: •How he became interested in science, engineering, and interdisciplinary research. •Genesis of how he conceived the idea of subtraction neglect/addition bias. •Biological origins of subtraction neglect. •How subtraction neglect is observed in modern society. •The volumes of information that the average person has access to today due to the internet and how subtracting information sources can be beneficial. •Subtraction and systemic racism. •Subtraction and global warming. •How subtraction can improve your life. •And other topics. Dr. Leidy Klotz studies how we transform things from how they are to how we want them to be. His research on the science of design has appeared in both Nature and Science, and he has written for The Washington Post, Fast Company, LitHub, The Globe and Mail, and The Behavioral Scientist. A professor at the University of Virginia, Leidy has authored more than 80 original research articles and secured more than $10 million dollars in competitive funding to support his and others’ work in this area. Recognized nationally as a professor who inspires, Leidy has taught thousands of students, including 21 Ph.D. advisees, whose designing and teaching shapes the world. He is also the author of the recently released book “Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less.” You can connect with Leidy and find his book here: https://www.leidyklotz.com/ You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3bvMQGp Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/39twqwY
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Lee McIntyre about how to talk to a science denier. They discuss: •How he became interested in science and philosophy. •How 60 years of unchecked science denial has lead to post truth. •The problem of induction in science. •Identity protective cognition and why it's so difficult to change your mind. •How to have difficult conversations. •That science doesn't actually prove anything, but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be trusted. •The five tropes of science denial. •And other topics. Dr. Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. He has taught philosophy at Colgate University, Boston University, Tufts Experimental College, Simmons College, and Harvard Extension School. Formerly Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, he has also served as a policy advisor to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard and as Associate Editor in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He is the author of Philosophy of Science, The Sin Eater, The Scientific Attitude, Post-Truth, Respecting Truth, Dark Ages, Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences, and most recently, How to Talk to a Science Denier. You can connect with Lee and find all of his books here: https://leemcintyrebooks.com/ You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/2XnDk4u Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/39twqwY
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Patrick Maloney about the delta variant, vaccine misinformation, and reaching herd immunity. They discuss: •The delta variant and its implications on global public health; particularly in the U.S. •While breakthrough infections are occurring due to the delta variant, vaccines are still very effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalizations, and death. •How generational events in the past (i.e., 9/11, the World Wars, etc.) have unified the nation, but we haven't seen that with this event due to politicization. •The “disinformation dozen” and how their lies have cost people their lives. •The vaccines for the under 12 population and why it's important to vaccinate our children. •How the delta variant with its increased infectivity has pushed herd immunity closer to 85-90%. •Everything you need to know about the boosters for the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. •And other topics. You can find out more about Patrick here: https://bit.ly/2XCuC2e You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3AzShyG Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. Website: https://bit.ly/3AsP3wZ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/39twqwY
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Jaclyn Ferraro about the importance of science in industry. They discuss: •How she first became interested in science and how she changed paths from pre-med to geology in her third year in college. •Her master's research on mesothermal veins. •Why she chose to work at CTL Group and her role as a petrographer there. •The difference between science done in academia versus industry. •How her work is related to building safety as her group focuses on determining the root cause of problems in the construction industry. •How her scientific training has positively spilled over into other aspects of her life. •Geologically interesting travel destinations. •And other topics. Jaclyn Ferraro who is currently the Group Director of Petrography at CTL Group. She has experience in evaluating concrete structure materials and aggregate using polarized-light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy with x-ray spectroscopy, and other petrographic methods. She performs petrographic and microscopic examinations on rocks, minerals, cement, and other construction materials to assess the quality and condition of concrete. Her expertise also includes, but is not limited to, structure and material issues pertaining to strength and setting issues, freeze-thaw and chemical-related deterioration, alkali-silica reaction (ASR) and alkali-carbonate reaction (ACR), Delayed Ettringite Formation (DEF), fire-damage assessment, and scaling, debonding, and delamination. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Geology from the University of Iowa where her Master's degree focused in structural and economic geology. You can connect with Jackie here: CTL Group website: https://www.ctlgroup.com/ LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/3qVA6Oe You can find this episode on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3eVhkUY Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. You can find them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fsmedia2020 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstretch_media/ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Ethan Siegel about how it all started with a bang. They discuss: •Ethan's passion for communicating some of the deepest questions about our universe. •How these deep questions he had about the universe encouraged him to return to graduate school later in life to earn his PhD in theoretical astrophysics. •The importance of having a good work-life balance and society's stigma towards generalists versus the specialist. •How many graduate students struggle with mental health and the importance of getting help when you need it regardless of your environment. •The origin story for his blog Starts With a Bang and why he decided to walk away from his tenure tracked position to pursue science communication full time. •The importance of being flexible when achieving your goals. •Ethan's criterion for scientific literacy. •And other topics. A theoretical astrophysicist by training, Dr. Ethan Siegel left a promising research career in cosmology and a job as a physics and astronomy professor to focus on science communication full-time. He revels in telling scientifically accurate, beautifully illustrated stories about the Universe with the widest audience possible. He believes this Universe is the one thing we all have in common, and knowing our shared cosmic story should be for absolutely everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, nationality, sexuality, educational and economic background, or any other trait. Through stories told in a variety of formats — articles, books, podcasts, videos, interactive discussions, as well as in-person talks — he’s committed to ensuring that the best scientific knowledge we have about the Universe is available to all. You can find Ethan's blog Starts With a Bang here: https://www.startswithabang.com/ You can connect with Ethan on social media here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startswithabang Twitter: https://twitter.com/startswithabang YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ethansiegel You can find this episode on our YouTube channel as well: https://bit.ly/3b8LNwy Also, don't forget about our book “Thinking Critically. From Fake News to Conspiracy Theories. Using Logic to Safely Navigate the Information Landscape” if you're interested in exploring how logic can be used to better help you to discern fact from fiction. The information landscape is perilous, but with the help of this book as your guide, you will always be able to find your way towards truth. It's available on Amazon today! Book: https://amzn.to/3nWdawV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. You can find them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fsmedia2020 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstretch_media/ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs
#33: Truth Decay

#33: Truth Decay

2021-02-2653:23

In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Jennifer Kavanagh about truth decay. They discuss: •Why she chose political science and decided to pursue a PhD. •What the RAND Corporation is and their mission. •The concept of “truth decay” and how she became interested in it. •How truth decay has occurred before in the past and how it is usually accompanied with the arrival of a new information technology. •How social media should be regulated at this point as they have repeatedly failed to self-regulate and the difficulties of regulation in the U.S. versus Europe due to the first amendment. •While we are very polarized at the moment, people have more in common with one another than your information bubble would have you believe. •The multiple solutions to truth decay. •And other topics. Dr. Jennifer Kavanagh is director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program in the RAND Arroyo Center and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She also leads RAND’s Countering Truth Decay initiative, a portfolio of projects exploring the diminishing reliance on facts and analysis in U.S. political and civil discourse. Her research focuses on U.S. defense strategy, international conflict and military interventions, disinformation, and the relationship between U.S. political and media institutions. She is a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and also teaches research methods courses as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Kavanagh graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in government and a minor in Russian language. She earned her Ph.D. in political science and public policy at the University of Michigan. You can find websites mentioned in the episode here: RAND Corporation: http://bit.ly/2ZVhmng Countering Truth Decay: http://bit.ly/3dJu1lg Truth Decay Book: https://amzn.to/3dJoGu1​ You can find this episode on our YouTube channel as well: https://bit.ly/2ZRC9Yy This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. You can find them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fsmedia2020​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstretch_media/ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs​ Our last sponsor creates survival technology as well as camping and other outdoor gear. Outer Wild's ultimate goal is to provide clean technologies for everyday devices as they are driven to create a more sustainable world. Use the code IS on your next purchase and receive an additional 10% off! Website: https://www.outer-wild.com/
In this episode, Patrick is speaking with Bettina Schneider about overcoming the pandemic. They discuss: •The current state of the pandemic. •The safety and effectiveness of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. •The new SARS-CoV-2 variants, their increased infectivity, and what that means when it comes to controlling the pandemic. •Misinformation, vaccine hesitancy, and how to encourage the public to get the new vaccine. •The Astrazeneca vaccine debacle. •How public health precautions still need to be adhered to even after you receive the vaccine. •The protective differences between mask types and why it's so important that the public mask up. •And other topics. Bettina Schneider, MPH, is a PHI/CDC Global Health Epidemiology Fellow working with CDC South Africa within the Prevention Branch of the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis (DGHT). She holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the New York University School of Global Public Health where she graduated spring of this year. Prior international experience includes academic collaboration in Beirut, Lebanon with UNICEF and American University of Beirut to increase measles immunization coverage and cholera prevention efforts in Syrian UNIDP refugee camps during spring of 2019. During January of 2020, she collaborated with NYU Shanghai in Shanghai, China researching the affects of climate change on communicable respiratory illness. Bettina is familiar with working in the public sector of public health. She has previously worked for the Minnesota Department of Health in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (IDEPC) Division with a primary focus on zoonotic surveillance. More recently, she has worked for New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Bureau of Communicable Disease with the surveillance of critical threat antimicrobial-resistance, where she conducted a city-wide surveillance evaluation of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections. You can connect with Bettina on her social media here: TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJ9GNhmQ/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Be_Sc_Ience LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bettina-schneider/ You can find this episode on our YouTube channel as well: https://bit.ly/3umFtZW This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. You can find them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fsmedia2020 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstretch_media/ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs Our last sponsor creates survival technology as well as camping and other outdoor gear. Outer Wild's ultimate goal is to provide clean technologies for everyday devices as they are driven to create a more sustainable world. Use the code IS on your next purchase and receive an additional 10% off! Website: https://www.outer-wild.com/
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Stephan Lewandowsky about combating false information. They discuss: •How he first became interested in science and why he chose cognitive science. •Why some people believe things that they know are false and the concept of identity protective cognition. •Political polarization and how political leadership has a profound influence over their constituents. •How we live in an attention economy when it comes to information and this leads to the unfortunate consequence of favoring low credibility to patently false information. •How regulation for the social media industry to combat this problem should seriously be considered as they have a very large influence over the information diet of the majority of the Western world. •The distinction between skepticism and denial and how denialists often co-opt the term “skeptic” in order to justify their position and/or to appear more credible. •How the technique of inoculation can be used to combat the spread of false information. •And other topics. Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky is a psychologist who has worked in both the United States and Australia, and is currently based at the University of Bristol, UK, where he is the chair of cognitive psychology at the School of Psychological Science. His research, which originally pertained to computer simulations of people's decision-making processes, recently has focused on the public's understanding of science and why people often embrace beliefs that are sharply at odds with scientific evidence. In particular, much of his efforts are focused on the public's perception of the scientific consensus surrounding global warming. You can connect with Stephan here: Personal Blog: https://www.cogsciwa.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/STWorg You can find all of his handbooks here: https://bit.ly/3qdWfrI You can find this episode on our YouTube channel as well: https://bit.ly/2LOiGF0 This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. You can find them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fsmedia2020 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstretch_media/ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs Our last sponsor creates survival technology as well as camping and other outdoor gear. Outer Wild's ultimate goal is to provide clean technologies for everyday devices as they are driven to create a more sustainable world. Use the code IS on your next purchase and receive an additional 10% off! Website: https://www.outer-wild.com/
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Tania Israel about moving beyond your political bubble. They discuss: •Her science journey. •Tribalism in today's society and what to do about it. •The concept of naïve realism. •How your fight or flight response is activated when your beliefs are challenged and the best way to combat this is to simply be aware of it. •The importance of nonverbal cues when communicating. •The growth mindset and how you approach new information. •How pointing out logical fallacies can be detrimental in a dialogue unless the other person is also versed in logic. •And other topics. Tania Israel is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Israel teaches about helping skills, leadership, and community collaboration, among other things. She has facilitated educational programs and difficult dialogues about a range of topics, including abortion, law enforcement, religion, and sexual orientation. "Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work" grew out of Dr. Israel’s skill-building workshop that she developed and delivered to hundreds of participants following the 2016 election. It draws on her strengths as a psychologist and community organizer to prepare people to engage in dialogue across political lines. You can find her website here: http://taniaisrael.com/ You can purchase "Beyond Your Bubble" here: http://bit.ly/2NTJFPZ You can find her on social media here: Twitter: https://twitter.com/BYBdialogue Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bybdialogue/ You can find this episode on our YouTube channel as well: https://bit.ly/3oTEiwW This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. You can find them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fsmedia2020 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstretc... This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs Our last sponsor creates survival technology as well as camping and other outdoor gear. Outer Wild's ultimate goal is to provide clean technologies for everyday devices as they are driven to create a more sustainable world. Use the code IS on your next purchase and receive an additional 10% off! Website: https://www.outer-wild.com/
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with David Gorski about science, skepticism, and conspiracy theories. They discuss: •His science journey and how he became a skeptic. •How debunking Holocaust denialists eventually lead him to found his blog Respectful Insolence. •The anti-vaccination movement, the movie Vaxxed, and how correlation doesn't imply causation. •What confounding factors are in scientific studies and why it's so important that they must be accounted for. •The difference between a genuine conspiracy and a conspiracy theory. •How all science denial is based in conspiracy theory. •How the anti-vaccination community is recycling old anti-science tropes and aiming them now at the COVID-19 vaccines. •And other topics. Dr. David Gorski is an American surgical oncologist, professor of surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, specializing in breast cancer surgery. He is an outspoken skeptic, and a critic of alternative medicine and the anti-vaccination movement. He is the author of the blog Respectful Insolence and the managing editor of the website Science-Based Medicine. You can find the websites mentioned in the episode here: Respectful Insolence: https://respectfulinsolence.com/ Science-Based Medicine: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/ You can find David on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/gorskon You can find this episode on our YouTube channel as well: https://bit.ly/2M6gWXV This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. You can find them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fsmedia2020 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstretch_media/ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs Our last sponsor creates survival technology as well as camping and other outdoor gear. Outer Wild's ultimate goal is to provide clean technologies for everyday devices as they are driven to create a more sustainable world. Use the code IS on your next purchase and receive an additional 10% off! Website: https://www.outer-wild.com/
#28: Facts, Not Fear

#28: Facts, Not Fear

2021-01-1501:00:39

In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Arjun Moorthy about facts, not fear. They discuss: •Why he decided to found The Factual and its mission. •How context is important when presenting facts and the concept of framing. •The importance of looking at credible news sources that are from across the political spectrum. •How The Factual's algorithm rates news articles for bias. •The barrage of information that people are exposed to on a daily basis and how, due to lack of time, it overwhelms the average person to the point where they are unable to discern good from bad information. •American's growing distrust in traditional media sources. •The current state of polarization in the U.S. •And other topics. Arjun Moorthy is the Ceo and Founder of The Factual - a company that finds and delivers the most credible stories on the most important news topics using a transparent, unbiased machine-learning engine. The Factual aims to address the increasing polarization of society, driven in large part by social media, by surfacing the most credible stories across the political spectrum and delivering them via a daily email newsletter, app, and website. Prior to founding The Factual, Arjun was Vice President of Business Development at HubSpot, the industry leader in inbound marketing. Arjun has a computer engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Stanford University. You can find The Factual's website here: https://www.thefactual.com/ You can connect with them on social media here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFactualInc/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefactualnews Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefactualnews/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/civikowl/ You can find this episode on our YouTube channel as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is1tlLnHsIQ This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. You can find them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fsmedia2020 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstretch_media/ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs Our last sponsor creates survival technology as well as camping and other outdoor gear. Outer Wild's ultimate goal is to provide clean technologies for everyday devices as they are driven to create a more sustainable world. Use the code IS on your next purchase and receive an additional 10% off! Website: https://www.outer-wild.com/
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