Big Picture Science – This Land is Island: Edward Chamberlin / Islands

November 23, 2014

Edward Chamberlin / Islands Part 1 of This Land is Island, featuring Edward Chamberlin, Professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto; fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; author of Island: How Islands Transform the World. (TRT 12:21)

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Big Picture Science – Surfeit of the Vitalest

November 16, 2014

Big Picture Science – Surfeit of the Vitalest In the century and a half since Charles Darwin wrote his seminal On the Origin of the Species, our understanding of evolution has changed quite a bit. For one, we have not only identified the inheritance molecule DNA, but have determined its sequence in many animals and […]

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Big Picture Science – Surfeit of the Vitalest: Carl Zimmer / Biological Diversity

November 16, 2014

Surfeit of the Vitalest – Carl Zimmer click to listen Part 3 of Surfeit of the Vitalest, featuring Carl Zimmer, columnist for the New York Times, discussing the biological diversity wrought by evolution. (TRT 14:05)

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Big Picture Science – Surfeit of the Vitalest: Bernard Wood / Hominid Entities

November 16, 2014

Surfeit of the Vitalest – Bernard Wood click to listen Part 2 of Surfeit of the Vitalest, featuring Bernard Wood, paleoanthropologist at George Washington University, on the various and sometimes concurrently existing species of pre-human higher primates, not all of which are our ancestors. (TRT 11:06)

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Big Picture Science – Surfeit of the Vitalest: Doug Emlen / Animal Weapons

November 16, 2014

Surfeit of the Vitalest – Doug Emlen click to listen Part 1 of Surfeit of the Vitalest, featuring Doug Emlen, biologist at the University of Montana and author of Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle. (TRT 13:48)

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Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You’re Sure?

November 10, 2014

Big Picture Science – Are You Sure You’re Sure? Nuclear fission powers the Sun, right? Or is it fusion? At any rate, helium is burned in the process, of that you’re certain. After all, you took astronomy in college. You know what you know. But you probably don’t know what you don’t know. Few of […]

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Big Picture Science – Are You Sure You’re Sure?: Mario Livio / Brilliant Blunders

November 10, 2014

Are You Sure You’re Sure? – Mario Livio click to listen Part 4 of Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You’re Sure?, featuring Mario Livio, astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute and author of “Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein- Colossal Mistakes By Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe.” (TRT […]

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Big Picture Science – Are You Sure You’re Sure?: Brendan Nyhan / Uncertain Science

November 10, 2014

Are You Sure You’re Sure? – Brendan Nyhan click to listen Part 3 of Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You’re Sure?, featuring Brendan Nyhan, political scientist at Dartmouth College, expressing concern over the flaws in how scientific research is published. (TRT 8:31)

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Big Picture Science – Are You Sure You’re Sure?: David Dunning / Confident Idiots

November 10, 2014

Are You Sure You’re Sure? – David Dunning click to listen Part 1 of Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You’re Sure?, featuring David Dunning, psychologist at Cornell University, discussing how the less we know, the more we think we know. (TRT 9:38)

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Big Picture Science – Are You Sure You’re Sure?: Robert Burton / Scientific (un)Certainty

November 10, 2014

Are You Sure You’re Sure? – Robert Burton click to listen Part 2 of Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You’re Sure?, featuring Robert Burton, neurologist and author of “On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not,” and “A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves.” […]

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