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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #45 on: December 24, 2009, 02:40:11 AM »
Alan Sokal!!!
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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #46 on: January 01, 2010, 11:32:37 AM »
Daniel H. Wilson!!! You guys would love this roboticist! He wrote the books: Where's my Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, How to Build a Robot Army, and a few others. I don't know how the cast have missed reading his books. He's also a columnist for Popular Mechanics with a Ph.D.

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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #47 on: January 04, 2010, 11:50:00 PM »
Steven E. Landsburg and/or Michael Pollan.

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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #48 on: January 08, 2010, 09:14:50 AM »
I would love to hear the panel interview Dr Karl Kruszelnicki who will be at TAM Australia

A list  from Wikipedia of the jobs and degrees he has done

"He holds degrees in mathematics, biomedical engineering, medicine and surgery. He has also studied astrophysics, computer science and philosophy. He has worked as a physicist, labourer, roadie for bands, car mechanic, film-maker, hospital scientific officer, biomedical engineer, TV weatherman, taxi driver and medical doctor."

He has also don't a lot to promote science in Australia

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Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
« Reply #49 on: January 08, 2010, 12:43:04 PM »
Hey Panel, I'm ironically religious about listening to SGU every week and I've finally decided to get involved on the forum.

One area of life that seems terminally infected with woo is diet and exercise.
I'm a physicist and work with many scientists and I'm astonished at the myths people hold.  I'm even more astonished at the recomendations of Public Health officials who seem to be a good 20 years behind current research.

I've read some excellent skeptical reporting on the matter and I wanted to propose having Gary Taubes on for an interview.  He has written several op-eds and a book "Good calories, Bad Calories.  He also has written about scientific misconduct and the history of cold fusion. 

Hope you find him interesting as well.

Best regards,

I just finished a re-read of said tome.  They must interview Taubes. 
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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #50 on: January 10, 2010, 04:28:28 AM »
interviewee suggestions:  Stephen Fry.  He's a busy guy, but I'm sure he could spare a half-hour for an interview.
Louis theroux.  did a series 'weird weekends' where he spent time with all sorts of strange types involved in ufos, televangelism, lots of stuff. 
oft said youtube anti-creationist stars, like thunderfoot, cristina, Laci Green (Gogreen18)...

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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #51 on: January 10, 2010, 04:30:06 AM »
oh, and more Mark Crislip is always nice :)

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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #52 on: January 10, 2010, 05:15:51 AM »
Sue Blackmore
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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #53 on: January 13, 2010, 11:46:11 AM »
Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics. Perhaps on the proper uses and applications of statistics.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan. Perhaps on chance and survivorship bias.

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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #54 on: January 14, 2010, 04:14:05 AM »
With TAM Australia coming up in late November, how about getting the audience familiar with a few of the skeptics Australia has to offer? You've already had Richard Saunders and Rachel Dunlop, but there's a lot more of us out there.

A good place to start would be Jack Scanlan (aka Naontiotami). I've actually created a petition to get him interviewed too, I hope that's not going too far.

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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #55 on: January 18, 2010, 10:42:40 AM »
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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #56 on: January 18, 2010, 04:15:54 PM »
Fry would be a fun interview.
People are so used to criticizing religion in whispers, that a normal voice, sounds like a shout.

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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #57 on: January 29, 2010, 12:10:06 PM »
There's a lot of great names on this thread. Would love to hear Derren Brown and Sam Harris.

Personally, I'd like to suggest a few people who might be able to shed some light on the current stance of climate science in the scientific arena. The first would be Naomi Oreskes, who's a historian of science with a specialization in earth sciences. She currently focuses mainly on climate change and has conducted research on both the scientific consensus and the history of the skeptics movement. Or, alternatively, James Hoggan, the author of "Climate Cover-up" and founder of He's a PR expert who's taken an interest in the climate debate and he's obviously quite critical of the skeptics movement. But aside from that topic, I think he might be able to provide some interesting observations on the tactics of anti-science movements more generally (as they seem to rely more and more on PR to achieve their goals), which might give a slightly different perspective on things than usual.

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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #58 on: January 31, 2010, 12:24:20 PM »
Since I don't know any attorneys I can't give you a name.  I would, however, be very interested in a short interview with a skeptically sympathetic lawyer on the topic of libel and SLAPP laws and maybe some recent cases of both here in the states.  Just a thought from your friendly neighborhood truck driver.
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Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
« Reply #59 on: January 31, 2010, 12:46:21 PM »
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