Interview suggestions: Evans, Seyfried

#1
Even though some of us feel that the AGW (and CW) debate is a dead horse beaten too much, perhaps the following scientist might be an interesting interview candidate:

David Evans
http://sciencespeak.com/about.html
- mathematical climate modeller, not climate-change denier nor , trying to model mathematically accurate the climate warming model (looking for more than just GHG forcing components as inputs), keeps building his models, tests his assumptions and is willing to abandon positions, when he himself (or data) prove him wrong.

Then another hotly contested topic is the notion of cancer, and of course it might turn out to be technical, but could be interesting also from the history of (medical) science POV and from the notion of Latourian concept of how scientific truths are manufactured (or storied-up):

Thomas Seyfried
http://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/biology/facadmin/seyfried.html
- highly academically accomplished, well spoken, goes back in history to look at cancer as a metabolic disease and combines that with new findings, can also talk about history of discoveries and treatments and why they were forgotten/pushed aside (which might be an interesting area to take this into, as it goes into the incentives in the sick-care industry).

and related still in medical field

Dr. Marcia Angell (Harvard)

http://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/person/faculty-members/marcia-angell

or

Peter Gotzsche, M.D. (Cochrane group)
http://www.deadlymedicines.dk/category/blog/

Either can be interviewed about incentives, research, diagnosis and targeting of pharmacological industry. Why it's unreliable, what happens and why, what can be done about it and what is the notion of science (the ideal, of scientific process) in a science (as a sociological activity, done by imperfect humans and companies). How can we skeptical about medicine, doctors and research and if we can't trust them, what is the alternative (again going beyond dichotomy of "they are all wrong all the time or they are all right all the time").

Esp. Gotzsche is very outspoken and doesn't mince words in his criticism of the pharmacological industry. I'm sure he might be an interesting person to interview.
 
#6
I think the issues surrounding "Climate Change" are more in line with my interests... e.g. science manipulation, "conspiracy theory."
Thanks Alex. Same here. BTW, Gotzsche would probably be easy to get to talk about science-fraud, pharma-mafia and what is scientific 'truth'.
 
#8
Alex,

It might be interesting for you to do a series of interviews exploring the subject of why it is so hard for people to determine the truth objectively, and if there are methods other than math and science for determining truth. That is a problem in science, spirituality, politics, history, etc.

Is anyone studying this except for a few philosophers and historians?
Psychologists study persuasion, but do they study how to know what is true?

The only guest I can suggest on this topic would be Scott Adams
 
#9
Alex,

It might be interesting for you to do a series of interviews exploring the subject of why it is so hard for people to determine the truth objectively, and if there are methods other than math and science for determining truth. That is a problem in science, spirituality, politics, history, etc.

Is anyone studying this except for a few philosophers and historians?
Psychologists study persuasion, but do they study how to know what is true?

The only guest I can suggest on this topic would be Scott Adams
happy to have Scott Adams, but he might be a tough get. pls see if you can rustle up some interest.
 
#10
happy to have Scott Adams, but he might be a tough get. pls see if you can rustle up some interest.
Just a heads-up; Adams is a hard core materialist. He's pretty much a Randi class Skeptic.

He does sort of believe that we're living in a simulation, but he also thinks we are biological robots.

IMO, he's very egotistical about his ability to persuade and hypnotize others. I think he's full of it. Not sure what you could discuss with him.
 
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