We're tired of pertinent social and science news being buried by clap trap. Our podcast is here to bring you relevant, under reported current events, as well as in-depth discussions from a scientific, critical, skeptical, and humorous point of view. Derek and Swoopy are your hosts, filling your pod and your brain with skeptical insight and conversation, sometimes heated, on a plethora of topics that are ripe for critical examination. Bringing truth to podcasting, and all who choose to listen. In our travels we will tackle the beasts of pseudoscience; the paranormal, supernatural, ufo / alien encounters, mis-understood history, and overwrought legends - urban or otherwise. Our interview shows feature notable skeptics including; leading astronomy speakers, scientists, philosophy experts, and other scientific, secular, humanist, and skeptical book authors, and critical thinkers.
May 13th, 2008
Episode 95 of 306 episodes
Over the past several episodes, Skepticality has interviewed some of thenotable scientists featured in the new pro-Intelligent Design documentaryExpelled: No Intelligence Allowed. This week, the last word on thecontroversy goes to Dr. Randy Olson, thebiologist-turned-filmmaker whose 2006 documentary Flock of Dodos: TheEvolution – Intelligent Design Circusexamined the communication breakdownbetween the science community and the rest of the world on the subject of evolution. Dr. Olson strives to improve the reputation ofscience in the court of public opinion, where the Religious Right and Intelligent Design movements continue to wedge their way in by "teachingthe controversy."On his "Shifting Baselines" blog, Dr. Olson was one ofthe first scientists to express concern that the well-fundedExpelledwas likely to succeed in selling its message to a tremendous number of people. The "dodos" of theblogosphere responded with incredulity. At the request of many skepticalitylisteners, we're pleased to feature this week's interview with Dr. Olson about his controversial opinions — andabout his new film,Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy.