Skeptic’s critique of Skepticism: Science Ed

Today I heard a very compelling argument of being a Skeptic of Skepticism by Science Punk Frank Swain. This was part of the WestMinster Skeptics in the Pub. You can hear it as a podcast @ Pod Delusion.

What I gathered from Frank’s argument is that if trying to promote scientific method and scientific learning, leaning only on the facts is not going to work. To connect, there needs to be a good story and an appeal to emotions. The story needs to be told in a way that touches people. That’s why series like RadioLab are so popular and are absolutely brilliant in their ability to promote the science.

They focus on individuals, add humor which includes slapstick, create tension of opposing view points – essentially keeping the attention  without straying away from the latest scientific knowledge. And the best thing about it is that it is one of the few podcasts that my wife would listen along with me (and enjoy it as much as I do).

Sometimes looking at the question from different perspectives as RadioLab does is just what is required for things to move forward beyond the usual “I am right because I know the facts as science tells me and you are an ignorant idiot who still believes in fairy tales” and at least have a basis of engagement that would be good for all. RadioLab tells stories as we all love to listen, science just intertwines through them – naturally. I would leave you with the first RadioLab that I listened to.

Planet Money goes to the Medieval ages

Here is an incredible podcast.

Knights are extortionists. Guilds knock down your house if you don’t play by their rules. And you have to wait until the black death kills a third of Europe before anything changes.

 One of the points that Dinesh D’Souza consistently makes during his debates is that Christianity is the root of Science. See Chapter eight of his book “What’s so Great about Christianity

This Planet Money podcast knocks that down a few notches and shows how religion inspired Guilds kept innovation down and  stopped entrepreneurship. The only reason we came out of the medieval ages is due to the black death that destroyed these guilds to allow for industry to flourish and not due to Christianity.