Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: What, We Worry?

by Gary Niederhoff on May 5, 2014


Big Picture Science – What, We Worry?

We all have worries. But as trained observers, scientists learn things that can affect us all. So what troubles them, should also trouble us. From viral pandemics to the limits of empirical knowledge, find out what science scenarios give researchers insomnia.

But also, we discover which scary scenarios that preoccupy the public don’t worry the scientists at all. Despite the rumors, you needn’t fear that the Large Hadron Collider will produce black holes that could swallow the Earth.

It’s Skeptic Check, our monthly look at critical thinking … but don’t take our word for it!

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: David Quammen – The next human pandemic
Part 2: Sandra Faber – Environmental sustainability
Part 3: Paul Saffo – Solving climate change
Part 4: Seth Shostak – Scientific literacy
Part 5: Elisa Quintana – Science funding
Part 6: Lawrence Krauss – The limits of empirical data

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