Ep 29 – Science! Literacy vs. Dissent (w/ Matt Berkowitz) – A World Peace Summit

Aaron and Matt hash out the role science should play in shaping our opinions, discourse, and public policy (with some help from moderator Shawn), covering tons of topics, from vaccines, epistemology, and paradigms to near death experiences, conspiracy theories, and invisible unicorns. You can all breathe a sigh of relief – the world just got a little more peaceful..

Synchronicity Book Club Picks-
Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway
Disciplined Minds by Jeff Schmidt

Matt’s Lecture “How to Know What’s True: Assessing Scientific Research”

Theme Song Performed by:
Beau Bennett

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  1. Noah says:

    I think the underlying idea that Matt has that undercuts his ability to analyze revolutions in science is that there’s a clearcut dichotomy between “modern science” and all past investigations of reality. He seems to be able to place all potential problems with science in the bucket of “non-modern science” and may be dismissed. Modern science and non-modern science are both human beings trying to figure out what kind of reality we live in. The fact that so many institutions now essentially “run” science doesn’t seem to factor into his thinking, when they have so much potential to push the direction of investigation. I think it would be more accurate to call modern science institutionalized science, and that isn’t to imply that it isn’t correct a lot of the time. First time listening to your show, and I found it interesting.

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