Season 3 explores scientific ideas that cause big reactions. We’ll look at stories of science getting knocked around and standing back up again, in a world full of polarization, politics, misrepresentation, and simple misunderstanding.
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In this episode, we’ll hear from a particle cosmologist, along with a scholar of religion and science, on what makes people feel the way they do about scientific information and why it’s so hard to communicate about science.
In this episode, we talk to a linguist about why some people resist changes to the way people speak (hint: it has nothing to do with being correct).
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.
In this episode, we’ll hear from a psychology professor about the search for better brains and its ethical, legal and societal implications, and what science fiction can tell us about the future.
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.
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.
In this episode, we talk to an oceanographer, a geophysicist, and a historian about the challenges to understanding the Earth’s 4.6 billion year history, and how our actions in the present impact a future we can only imagine.