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Title: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Beleth on August 20, 2009, 11:20:20 PM
Post who you would like to hear the Panel interview on the podcast here!
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: fizzixs on August 24, 2009, 11:40:30 AM
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,
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: kem on August 25, 2009, 05:12:13 AM
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,

ditto... Taubes is entirely sceptical of the diet/nutrition/obesity thing and he speaks well  in interviews... and don't start GCBC unless you are ready to deal with an extremely well searched book that will challenge lots of crap that you have been fed by the medical establishment.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: gone on August 26, 2009, 01:53:18 PM
I saw Alan Leslie give a talk at my University about the theory of mind and how it relates to autism.  It was fascinating stuff and since autism seems to come up a lot lately, I think the SGU audience would find his work interesting.

He has been able to demonstrate evidence that suggests autistic traits may be present in infants as young as 12 months old. 

Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: zen_arcade on August 28, 2009, 06:23:32 AM
Would absolutely love to have Sam Harris (http://www.reasonproject.org/) on to talk about his recent work using fMRI to study self-deception, religious faith, etc. (http://www.samharris.org/images/uploads/Harris_Sheth_Cohen.pdf) (warning: .pdf) Sam is a brilliant thinker and writer and I think he'd be a great interview.

Another terrific guest would be Robert Sapolsky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Sapolsky), who is, like Harris, affiliated with Stanford. Sapolsky is a biological anthropologist and neurobiologist who is probably most well-known for studying stress physiology (http://www.amazon.com/Why-Zebras-Dont-Ulcers-Third/dp/0805073698/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251454822&sr=8-1). He also has some very interesting ideas about the role of schizotypal personalities in the evolution of religion.

Let's make it happen SGU!
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: alcareru on September 01, 2009, 11:12:38 AM
Bruce Schneier of Cryptogram fame.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Leto II on September 07, 2009, 03:23:42 AM
David Suzuki, it'd be interesting to hear how he deals with people who don't believe in climate change.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Grayven on September 16, 2009, 09:13:51 PM
whoever runs snopes
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: matt_g on September 29, 2009, 08:00:52 AM
Based on Steve's request in the Episode 218 thread...

I'd really like to hear an interview with Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University in Britain.

check out his wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Warwick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Warwick)

If you can get him on the show, I'm sure Steve and he will manage an incredibly animated discussion (just how much can Steve geek out with someone of similar interests? we MUST know ;D)

cheers.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: efaulkjr on September 30, 2009, 12:28:15 AM
I would LOVE to hear an interview with this blogger girl from Romania named Cristina.  I have watched several of her YouTube videos and find her to be witty and relevant.  The most recent is her response to the Kirk Cameron/Ray Comfort assault on Darwin's "Origin of Species" called "Origin of STUPIDITY" :) Origin of Stupidity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmHN3JtyUXg#normal)  I don't know her last name.  If nothing else, I figured you guys would appreciate her approach to reason.

ETA:  She is intelligent AND beautiful.  What a tandem!
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: gone on September 30, 2009, 12:36:57 AM
Based on Steve's request in the Episode 218 thread...

I'd really like to hear an interview with Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University in Britain.

check out his wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Warwick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Warwick)

If you can get him on the show, I'm sure Steve and he will manage an incredibly animated discussion (just how much can Steve geek out with someone of similar interests? we MUST know ;D)

cheers.

I had the same thoughts while listening to the podcast, in fact i think i suggested warwick to them once in a email.  I met the guy, he's insane, but really smart.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: rev_matt_y on September 30, 2009, 01:38:34 PM
I'd love for the panel to interview Dr Helen Caldicott.  While I disagree with her position on nuclear power she does bring a lot of rational argument to the table and when discussing things like population and food production she's fantastic.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: kem on October 02, 2009, 02:08:35 PM
I'd love for the panel to interview Dr Helen Caldicott.  While I disagree with her position on nuclear power she does bring a lot of rational argument to the table and when discussing things like population and food production she's fantastic.

Not a chance.  She'd eat the panel alive.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Evil Eye on October 02, 2009, 07:53:41 PM
David Eagleman?

Or.... Science comedian Brian Malow?
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: pmacgowan on October 04, 2009, 12:10:42 AM
I would love you guys to interview ZOMGitsCriss , thrunderfoot or pat condell

These guys are really inspiring for the rationalists out there and it would be interesting to hear their stories.

Keep up the good work guys ...
Title: Dara O'Briain
Post by: Dolomedes on October 05, 2009, 03:30:22 AM
Already mentioned on the other thread, but just to not let it be overlooked:

Dara O'Briain
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Benx6444 on October 10, 2009, 06:17:53 PM
Alan Sokal so he can speak about the effects of Post Modernism on Science, public education and the public understanding of Science.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: gone on October 10, 2009, 07:38:42 PM
I'd like to vote for me.  I think I am pretty cool.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Bounb on October 11, 2009, 11:46:04 AM
Derren Brown for sure. Big skeptic and interesting man. Just take a look at his blog, loads of skeptical entries.

http://derrenbrown.co.uk/blog/ (http://derrenbrown.co.uk/blog/)
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: DJBexbot on October 11, 2009, 05:22:41 PM
Bill Bailey is also a good skeptic/critial thinker.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: kem on October 11, 2009, 08:37:39 PM
Alan Sokal so he can speak about the effects of Post Modernism on Science, public education and the public understanding of Science.

... and he can enlighten us on the state of string theory.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: JMA on October 11, 2009, 11:58:25 PM
Post who you would like to hear the Panel interview on the podcast here!

Why did someone create a new thread when there was already one going on for a very long time on exactly the same topic?

http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,238.0.html (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,238.0.html)

I don't get it. It's just creating a new thread for the pleasure of creating a new thread... >:(
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Beleth on October 12, 2009, 08:12:30 AM
Post who you would like to hear the Panel interview on the podcast here!
Why did someone create a new thread when there was already one going on for a very long time on exactly the same topic?

http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,238.0.html (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,238.0.html)

I don't get it. It's just creating a new thread for the pleasure of creating a new thread... >:(
When you ask a question in your first sentence, and then come to a conclusion two lines later without waiting for an answer, it makes your original question look rhetorical.  Nevertheless, I will answer it.

I created this thread on the request of the Panel when we reorganized this top section of the forum in late August.  It is to encourage Panel participation in the board.  You can read the announcement about it here (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,22124.0.html).

In other words, it's so that the Panel would have an easier time receiving and replying to board member suggestions.  They read this thread for sure.  They may or may not not read the other thread.

Hope this helps!
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: JMA on October 12, 2009, 10:31:18 AM
OK. You should have explained that in the other thread when you closed it. Just saying. It's not like if we hadn't propose lots of name in that threads over there.

But OK.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Beleth on October 12, 2009, 01:31:53 PM
You're right; I probably should have.  But that thread went dormant almost immediately after the new setup was put in place, so I didn't really see any reason to at the time.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: studiodude on October 13, 2009, 10:46:11 AM
Could be difficult to do, but I propose http://www.stephenfry.com (http://www.stephenfry.com), awesomely clever and witty man and speaks so elegantly - would be amazing to get him with his long time friend and comedy partner Hugh Laurie - either / or, or both together, I am sure they would make for interesting interviewees - they did that show with Randi way back debunking some newspaper astrology nut-job.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: DJBexbot on October 13, 2009, 10:55:34 AM
how I do love Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
So I second that!

If anyone likes Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry is doing a version of his 'Last Chance to See' on BBC. It had my most favorite of all birds the Kakapo last week.
So green and silly...
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: StinkyPete on October 25, 2009, 11:09:00 PM
Adam Carolla would be awesome if you could swing it.

He's an atheist and very pro-science.  He might not be as educational, but he would be very entertaining.

Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Janus on October 25, 2009, 11:57:37 PM
Mark Blumberg on his new book Freaks of Nature: http://www.psychology.uiowa.edu/faculty/blumberg/FreaksofNaturethebook.html (http://www.psychology.uiowa.edu/faculty/blumberg/FreaksofNaturethebook.html)

Was just on Point of Inquiry but would love to hear him with the SGU gang.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Dr. Toonhattan on October 27, 2009, 01:24:45 PM
I would say that Thunderf00t of YouTube fame would make a great interview. His "Why do people laugh at creationists" series is one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: JMA on October 27, 2009, 10:38:36 PM
James E. Alcock about parapsychology.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: JMA on November 06, 2009, 04:37:52 AM
Robert Todd Caroll about the Skepdic.

I'm even wondering at this point why I haven't heard any interview of him in any skeptical podcast I'm listening too, ever. It's kind of strange, for someone writing a website like the "Skepdic"... ::)
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: skydivephil on November 07, 2009, 01:32:29 PM
I would like to hear more people from the other side. Deepak Chopra would be a good one, but get a top physicist on like Brian Cox at the same time to bury his nonsense.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: kem on November 08, 2009, 01:27:08 AM
I would like to hear more people from the other side. Deepak Chopra would be a good one, but get a top physicist on like Brian Cox at the same time to bury his nonsense.

You weren't listening.  Brian Cox was interviewed a couple of weeks ago by Rebecca... in a pantry.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: craig on November 08, 2009, 11:15:06 PM
Michael Specter is promoting his book "Denialism" pretty heavily.  He may be interested in coming on the show.

http://www.michaelspecter.com/denialism/ (http://www.michaelspecter.com/denialism/)
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: Opcn on November 16, 2009, 05:29:00 AM
A creationist! Ken Ham, Andy Schlafly, Duane Gish, Eric Hovind, anyone who works at the DI, Behe, Ben Stein, heck even just a lay pastor who cares a lot about creationism.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Jens Eriksberger on November 30, 2009, 04:53:24 AM
Douglas Richard Hofstadter who is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" (commonly GEB).

It´s a great book, and I am sure that he has loads wisdom to share!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Lukas on December 07, 2009, 09:13:01 AM
What about Martin Gardner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Gardner)? I don't know why he isn't a bigger hero of the skeptical movement, he has certainly been a huge influence on my own skeptical and scientific development since I started reading his books as a teenager. I love him mostly for his recreational math books, but he also wrote Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fads_and_Fallacies_in_the_Name_of_Science), according to Wikipedia "perhaps the first modern book of scientific skepticism of pseudoscience."
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: sowellfan on December 08, 2009, 01:02:28 PM
I'd love to hear interviews with some of the journalists who have been writing terrific articles on the autism/anti-vax movement.

Specifically, Amy Wallace at Wired (who was viciously attacked by the people at Age of Autism). Also, Trine Tsouderos and Patricia Callahan, of the Chicago Tribune. They wrote a great series of articles in May, mainly centered around Mark & David Geier, and a local doctor who was promoting some of their dubious treatments, and they just published another series of articles in November, centered around dubious treatments for autism.

The articles by Wallace, Tsouderos, and Callahan are pretty much everything that proponents of science-based medicine could ask for, and I'm sure they'd make for great interviews (and also great TAM speakers...)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Exordium on December 12, 2009, 11:29:30 PM
How about David Deutsche?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JMA on December 13, 2009, 04:54:34 AM
James Oberg about UFOs.

Tim Printy about UFOS. He's doing the SUNLite ufo skeptical newsletter:

http://home.comcast.net/~tprinty/UFO/SUNlite.htm (http://home.comcast.net/~tprinty/UFO/SUNlite.htm)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Babbitt on December 13, 2009, 09:45:45 AM
Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World" and "Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming".
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: emjayvan on December 19, 2009, 02:58:14 PM
New here and catching up on previous podcasts, but I was particularly impressed with the interview with Susan Blackmore in April 2007. I would love to hear her interviewed again.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Hubbub on December 23, 2009, 07:48:20 PM
Stephen Pinker... about anything he writes books about.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: kem on December 24, 2009, 01:14:15 AM
Stephen Pinker... about anything he writes books about.

They'd be lucky...
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Benx6444 on December 24, 2009, 02:40:11 AM
Alan Sokal!!!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ArtifexCrastinus 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.

www.danielhwilson.com (http://www.danielhwilson.com)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Tadat on January 04, 2010, 11:50:00 PM
Steven E. Landsburg and/or Michael Pollan.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Oolon Colluphid 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
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: kem 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. 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: toxibunny 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)...
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: toxibunny on January 10, 2010, 04:30:06 AM
oh, and more Mark Crislip is always nice :)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JMA on January 10, 2010, 05:15:51 AM
Sue Blackmore
Caroline Watt
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: RandomReason 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.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: BastardSheep 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 (http://www.gopetition.com.au/online/33417.html) too, I hope that's not going too far.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: junco on January 18, 2010, 10:42:40 AM
Victor J. Stenger
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: David E. on January 18, 2010, 04:15:54 PM
Fry would be a fun interview.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow 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 desmogblog.com. 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.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: stargazer9915 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.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on January 31, 2010, 12:46:21 PM
They Might Be Giants
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: RHC on February 03, 2010, 06:36:03 PM
It would be great to hear an interview with a proponent of ANY of the things that SGU debunks,
eg. a 911 conspiracy theorist/medium/psychic/homeopath/dowser/astrologer etc.

If the interview could remain civilised & intelligent (no-one losing it and just abusing or ridiculing the other) it would be a really great way of meeting subjects head on. You might even convert someone.

I agree with an earlier comment that skeptical podcasts can become incestuous by having the same guests from a narrow pool of experts. Sometimes it can get repetitive.   
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Benx6444 on February 04, 2010, 07:01:58 AM
ALAN SOKAL
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: AaronSTL on February 04, 2010, 04:06:50 PM
I justed listened to Alex Tsakiris interview near death experience researcher and recent New York Times Best Seller Dr. Jeffrey Long on Skeptiko (I'm a glutten for punishment).  At the 1:12 mark Dr. Long states he'll participate with any near death experience skeptic in a scholarly debate.  Dr. Novella?

Here's his cheesy website - http://www.nderf.org/ (http://www.nderf.org/)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Funkytown on February 04, 2010, 09:13:47 PM
Haven't heard a true believer interview in a long time.

That'd be nice to hear again. Always interesting.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JMA on February 05, 2010, 02:47:33 AM
Haven't heard a true believer interview in a long time.

That's an understatement. They did it maybe twice in 5 years... ;D
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Jake Williams on February 20, 2010, 02:53:03 AM
Seth Mcfarland is a huge skeptic and an atheist. He's very open about it too. It wouldn't hurt to ask would it?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: sefton on February 21, 2010, 03:28:02 PM
Sir David Attenborough, a living legend.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Hubbub on February 22, 2010, 08:53:23 PM
Roger Ebert...

Rolla_costa suggested it first.  He's clearly a skeptic... although it might be a bit of a technical challenge considering his disability.

He could try to communicate via his text-to-speech, and Steve could edit out the typing delay (and I know Steve LOVES editting ;))

He's debated Creationists in the past and has written some wonderful skeptical pieces.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Nacreous on March 07, 2010, 05:26:52 PM


Still hoping...

Gavin Schmidt, of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and RealClimate.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: iknownothing on March 10, 2010, 11:35:43 PM
Nassim Taleb (Author of "The Black Swan"&"Fooled by Randomness")- With Bob & Steve on the cutting edge of technical,scientific and medical breakthroughs Nassim could treach us about "black Swans"then we invest a little, make SQUILLIONS....Skeptics take over the world!!
A Beautiful plan!  ;D
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Makie on March 14, 2010, 11:14:07 PM
Post who you would like to hear the Panel interview on the podcast here!

I am a fan of writer Sam Harris, his main focus is anti religion, but he is studying neurology and has run some interesting FMRI tests on the brain and belief. I think our favorite neurologist Steven Novella and Mr Harris would have a very interesting conversation. Oh and Sam is funny too.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on March 15, 2010, 10:05:06 AM


Still hoping...

Gavin Schmidt, of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and RealClimate.

I second this.

Also, Robert M. Hazen, origins of life researcher, educator, and author of the book Genesis. Interesting guy. After watching his teaching company course on the subject, I wrote a condensed abiogenesis primer for myself and other members of the fora I was posting on at the time (which you can find here (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,25774.msg635211.html#msg635211), in case anyone's interested). He was nice enough to answer a couple of questions.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Beη on March 21, 2010, 02:12:39 PM
I would love to see an interview with Salman Khan of the Khan Academy (http://khanacademy.org/).

The Khan Academy is basically a ton of free instructional math and science youtube videos made by Salman Kahn.  While I'm not exactly sure if he's a "skeptic", he does a great job of teaching.  And since science education is a very important topic on the show, I'm sure it would make great discussion.  Web 2.0 also seems to be discussed on the show quite a bit, of which the Khan Academy is an excellent example.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: SpeedoJoe on March 24, 2010, 11:48:24 AM
Ori Hofmekler (http://www.warriordiet.com), author of The (http://www.warriordiet.com/content/view/24/35/) Warrior (http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=I_f39J6wJi8C&dq=warrior+diet&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=EDGqS7SEMYHNjAfA1oH7BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CCIQ6AEwBQ) Diet (http://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Diet-Ori-Hofmekler/dp/0938045350).

YouTube interviews (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ori+hofmekler+ihealthtube&search_type=&aq=f)

Extensive podcast (http://www.voiceamerica.com/voiceamerica/vshow.aspx?sid=935)

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Its premise: eat one main meal at night, avoid chemicals, combine foods adequately and challenge your body physically. The Warrior Diet shows how to nourish the body in sync with its innate circadian clock – separating between a.m. foods and p.m. foods for effective removal of toxins, increased conversion of fat for energy, increased utilization of nutrients and improved resilience to stress. The result: a leaner, stronger and healthier body.

The Evidence is Undeniable
Recent studies on intermittent fasting have shown the benefits of following eating programs similar to The Warrior Diet. Mice and rats maintained on an intermittent fasting regimen lived up to 30% longer than those fed ad libitum. Especially striking are the improved insulin sensitivity and cardiovascular risk profiles in animals maintained on diets with long inter-meal intervals.

"Our ancestors consumed food much less frequently and often had to subsist on one large meal per day, and thus from an evolutionary perspective, human beings were adapted to intermittent feeding rather than to grazing."
(Mattson, M.P., PhD, Lancet 2005; 365:1978-80)


Humans are inherently nocturnal eaters

As a species we are nocturnal eaters, inherently programmed for night eating. Unfortunately, we consume most of our food during the day, starting with a big breakfast, and we pay the consequences with ever growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and other modern man diseases. The solution: skip big breakfast and lunch, eat your main meal at night, and you'll notice how you're leaning down and strengthening without even changing your calorie intake.

The Warrior Diet book explains how everything in the human body has been programmed for night eating. Learn how meals that cause energy crushes and weight gain during the day may actually benefit you if eaten at night. Acquire the skill to combine foods for boosting energy, increasing strength and never get fat.

The future of all diets lies in the past evolution of all humans.
Warrior Diet Principles

1. Eat One Main Meal at Night
There is evidence that humans are nocturnal eaters, inherently programmed for undereating and toiling during the day, followed by overeating and relaxing at night.
2. Go Low on the Food Chain
Researchers believe that the human genome is programmed for a late Paleolithic world. As hunter/gatherers we're better adapted to pre-agricultural food– i.e. chemical-free fruit, vegetables, roots, sprouted legumes, nuts, seeds, fertile eggs, marine food (wild catch), and dairy from grass fed animals.
3. Exercise While Undereating
It has been established that we are inherently carrying survival mechanisms that benefit us when triggered by physical or nutritional stress such as exercise or undereating. Combining exercise with undereating will amplify the beneficial mechanisms of both – increasing our ability to utilize energy, improve strength and resist fatigue.

The Warrior Diet was created with the mission to help people better survive in today's world by providing the knowledge and guidance of how to eat and exercise in a way that fits their true biological needs and thus help people restore their ability to manage weight, improve strength and achieve a prime state of health.

Ori Hofmekler doesn't strike me as a hack or a fraud. I'm quite interested in his theories on nutrition, so a skeptical viewpoint would be interesting.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: kem on March 24, 2010, 03:29:10 PM
Ori Hofmekler (http://www.warriordiet.com), author of The (http://www.warriordiet.com/content/view/24/35/) Warrior (http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=I_f39J6wJi8C&dq=warrior+diet&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=EDGqS7SEMYHNjAfA1oH7BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CCIQ6AEwBQ) Diet (http://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Diet-Ori-Hofmekler/dp/0938045350).

YouTube interviews (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ori+hofmekler+ihealthtube&search_type=&aq=f)

Extensive podcast (http://www.voiceamerica.com/voiceamerica/vshow.aspx?sid=935)

Quote
The Warrrior Diet was created with the mission to help people better survive in today's world.

The Warrior Diet is a call for action. Based on survival science and historical evidence, the Warrior Diet proposes a radical yet proven effective solution to modern man's ailments and deteriorated physical condition.

Its premise: eat one main meal at night, avoid chemicals, combine foods adequately and challenge your body physically. The Warrior Diet shows how to nourish the body in sync with its innate circadian clock – separating between a.m. foods and p.m. foods for effective removal of toxins, increased conversion of fat for energy, increased utilization of nutrients and improved resilience to stress. The result: a leaner, stronger and healthier body.

The Evidence is Undeniable
Recent studies on intermittent fasting have shown the benefits of following eating programs similar to The Warrior Diet. Mice and rats maintained on an intermittent fasting regimen lived up to 30% longer than those fed ad libitum. Especially striking are the improved insulin sensitivity and cardiovascular risk profiles in animals maintained on diets with long inter-meal intervals.

"Our ancestors consumed food much less frequently and often had to subsist on one large meal per day, and thus from an evolutionary perspective, human beings were adapted to intermittent feeding rather than to grazing."
(Mattson, M.P., PhD, Lancet 2005; 365:1978-80)


Humans are inherently nocturnal eaters

As a species we are nocturnal eaters, inherently programmed for night eating. Unfortunately, we consume most of our food during the day, starting with a big breakfast, and we pay the consequences with ever growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and other modern man diseases. The solution: skip big breakfast and lunch, eat your main meal at night, and you'll notice how you're leaning down and strengthening without even changing your calorie intake.

The Warrior Diet book explains how everything in the human body has been programmed for night eating. Learn how meals that cause energy crushes and weight gain during the day may actually benefit you if eaten at night. Acquire the skill to combine foods for boosting energy, increasing strength and never get fat.

The future of all diets lies in the past evolution of all humans.
Warrior Diet Principles

1. Eat One Main Meal at Night
There is evidence that humans are nocturnal eaters, inherently programmed for undereating and toiling during the day, followed by overeating and relaxing at night.
2. Go Low on the Food Chain
Researchers believe that the human genome is programmed for a late Paleolithic world. As hunter/gatherers we're better adapted to pre-agricultural food– i.e. chemical-free fruit, vegetables, roots, sprouted legumes, nuts, seeds, fertile eggs, marine food (wild catch), and dairy from grass fed animals.
3. Exercise While Undereating
It has been established that we are inherently carrying survival mechanisms that benefit us when triggered by physical or nutritional stress such as exercise or undereating. Combining exercise with undereating will amplify the beneficial mechanisms of both – increasing our ability to utilize energy, improve strength and resist fatigue.

The Warrior Diet was created with the mission to help people better survive in today's world by providing the knowledge and guidance of how to eat and exercise in a way that fits their true biological needs and thus help people restore their ability to manage weight, improve strength and achieve a prime state of health.

Ori Hofmekler doesn't strike me as a hack or a fraud. I'm quite interested in his theories on nutrition, so a skeptical viewpoint would be interesting.

I'd still go for Gary Taubes first.  He has a pretty extensive porfolio of science writing in physics as well as nutrition, as well as a few degrees and a track record of deep scientific research... and is a true sceptic.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: David C on March 25, 2010, 10:28:38 PM
Phil Plait and Richard Wiseman in the same show.... nah, it's like asking Superman and Clark Kent to be on the same room.

AronRa & ThunderFoot would be great on the show.

David C.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JMA on March 26, 2010, 12:36:52 AM
Richard Wiseman about his article:

‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null Results

http://www.csicop.org/si/show/heads_i_win_tails_you_loser_how_parapsychologists_nullify_null_results/ (http://www.csicop.org/si/show/heads_i_win_tails_you_loser_how_parapsychologists_nullify_null_results/)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Anders on March 26, 2010, 03:06:15 PM
Deepak Chopra? Or John Benneth (aka Bandershot, aka Crazed Homeopath)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on March 26, 2010, 11:51:57 PM
Rich Orman of Dogma Free America
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: SkeptiKate on March 31, 2010, 05:49:48 PM
I'd like to hear you interview Mike Meraz, the podcaster of "Actually Speaking"

I bet you get lots of emailers asking how to get their loved ones to not invest in perpetual energy schemes or stop getting homeopathy for cancer. Etc. This podcast focuses on effective ways to communicate with friends and families about skeptical subjects. And yes, he is a skeptic.

Plus, I'd like to hear 'hard science' skeptics dialogue someone with more of a social science background.

http://www.actuallyspeaking.com/ (http://www.actuallyspeaking.com/)

thanks,
Kate Hemenway
katehemenway.30art.com
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: believeitornot on April 06, 2010, 04:45:04 PM
I think Dr. Rick Strassman would be a very interesting guest.
He's a medical doctor specialized in psychiatry with a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology. In the 1990s he investigated the effects of the psychedelic DMT experimentally, a substance naturally present in the human brain that might play an important role in facilitating human consciousness. He also wrote a book aimed at the general public about the study: "DMT: The Spirit Molecule".
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Citizen Wolf on April 07, 2010, 04:59:04 PM
I'd like to see Ray Comfort (aka the bannana man) interviewed, but I fear it might turn into a train-wreck worse than Neal Adams.

Alternatively, someone from the creationist institute, or Kent Hovind (is he out of jail yet?).

Also, what ever happened with the collaboration with Alex Tsakiris?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: 2112 on April 14, 2010, 02:32:26 AM
I'd like to see Ray Comfort (aka the bannana man) interviewed, but I fear it might turn into a train-wreck worse than Neal Adams.

Alternatively, someone from the creationist institute, or Kent Hovind (is he out of jail yet?).

Also, what ever happened with the collaboration with Alex Tsakiris?

I think having Comfort on would be hilarious. The Rogues haven't had a crank on in a looooong time.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JMA on April 14, 2010, 10:27:00 AM
I justed listened to Alex Tsakiris interview near death experience researcher and recent New York Times Best Seller Dr. Jeffrey Long on Skeptiko (I'm a glutten for punishment).  At the 1:12 mark Dr. Long states he'll participate with any near death experience skeptic in a scholarly debate.  Dr. Novella?

Here's his cheesy website - http://www.nderf.org/ (http://www.nderf.org/)

+ 1
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on April 16, 2010, 08:46:03 AM
I'd like to suggest biochemist Nick Lane. He wrote a couple of marvelous books on evolutionary biology and biochemistry. Right now, I'm reading his book Oxygen. He goes into a number of commonly held beliefs about biology and evolution. Besides a very interesting overview of pre- (and post-) cambrian paleontology, in which he critically discusses the role of oxygen in life's development and particularly the supposed "oxygen holocaust" scenario that is frequently put forth, the second half of the book features extensive and very informative discussions on the roles and two-faced nature of antioxidants and vitamins. I think he'd make a cool interviewee. I also highly recommend the book (though I must warn you, it's not a very light read).
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: dunbarjam on April 17, 2010, 02:31:28 AM
Would you consider mentioning my book?

My name is Jamie Dunbar and I have written and illustrated a scientifically accurate, rhyming, comic book about the origin of the universe.  It’s called BANG! The Universe Verse: Book 1 and it is the first in a three part series that will go on to explain the origin of life on earth and the evolution of humanity.

I’ve published it myself and in an effort to promote it I’m making it freely available as an eBook.  Anyone who would like one can e-mail me at dunbarjam@gmail.com and I will happily send them a high-resolution PDF, which they can forward to anyone they want.  Or people can see it online at my website: JLDunbar.com

If anyone wants to buy a paperback, I’m selling them for just $10

I would appreciate any feedback, advice or assistance in reaching a wider audience.  Would it be OK if I sent you a PDF or paperback copy for review?

Thanks for your consideration,
Jamie Dunbar
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Mike on April 17, 2010, 12:03:53 PM
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Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: moj on April 21, 2010, 06:51:14 AM
I saw a recent bit on CNN about south park enraging muslems, mabe get Matt or Trey back on. Or on a diffrent note, some people who do a lot of behind the sense stuff at CFI here
http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc/local_resources/secular_celebrants/ (http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc/local_resources/secular_celebrants/)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: kem on April 22, 2010, 03:10:20 AM
The more I hear him interviewed and read his work, Gary Taubes.  A true scientific sceptic and a challenge for the rogues.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Peace Bunny on May 09, 2010, 06:31:58 AM
Dr Evan Harris, the former Lib Dem MP here in the UK who lost his seat on Thursday in the general election by about 200 seats :(

He is a skeptic, a secularist and a man of science, so rare for a politician.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: David E. on May 18, 2010, 08:44:27 PM
I would suggest Sam Harris for obvious reasons.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: EvanHarper on May 26, 2010, 11:42:04 AM
A somewhat left-field suggestion, but strangely apropos considering the suggestion immediately above: Talk to Hussein Ibish, former head of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He is an atheist secularist, free speech advocate, critic of radical Islam -- yet also a critic of fanatic, illiberal denunciations of Islam. His essays at http://www.ibishblog.com/ (http://www.ibishblog.com/) are always insightful and he has a lot of experience doing interviews. It'd be a fun talk.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: pleclair on June 06, 2010, 12:13:21 PM
I think SGU should interview Baba Brinkman, I just heard this guy recently and am amazed that rap artitsts are popularizing science.  I know of Greydon Square, but I like Baba as he does some great stuff on his album "A Rap Guide To Evolution".  However I just saw this video on youtube and really was amazed at the production quality.
Off That (Rationalist Anthem) - Baba Brinkman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAYVY2eLMck#lq-lq2-hq-vhq-hd)

Check out this news report:
Rap Guide to Evolution - Baba Brinkman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5cGFJuMgXo#lq-lq2-hq-vhq)

Cheers!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jwray on June 24, 2010, 01:13:22 PM
I'd like to see SGU interview:

Richard Dawkins
Christopher Hitchens (again)
Phillip Pullman
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Dr M on July 03, 2010, 12:56:32 PM
Given the recent development here in the UK with the British Medical Association making official recommendations to cut homoeopathy out of the NHS completely, it might be both timely and interesting to bring someone from BMA onto the show to get an in-depth discussion of both the development leading up to this decision and where it might take us in the future.

Another Brit that would be very interesting to hear on the show is Prof David Nutt, the scientific adviser who was sacked by former PM Gordon Brown after criticising the government for not listening to what science has to say about illegal drugs. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/oct/30/drugs-adviser-david-nutt-sacked (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/oct/30/drugs-adviser-david-nutt-sacked)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: SpeedoJoe on July 03, 2010, 01:00:36 PM
Gary Taubes.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: kem on July 05, 2010, 10:47:31 PM
Gary Taubes.

They'll never do it.  It's too much science.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Lukas on July 06, 2010, 11:41:55 AM
Gary Taubes.

They'll never do it.  It's too much science.

You don't think the SGU is averse to science, do you?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: kem on July 06, 2010, 02:44:05 PM
Gary Taubes.

They'll never do it.  It's too much science.

You don't think the SGU is averse to science, do you?
The Rogues might find it difficult to come to grips with science that, well, sort of makes them reconsider the orrthodoxy they have come to believe.  Taubes is a very thorough science researcher, well connected with current researchers in the nutrition and metabolism field.  They might find a diversion in his writing  in physics, like his books on cold fusion and CERN.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on July 07, 2010, 02:50:29 AM
I'd like to see SGU interview:

Richard Dawkins
Christopher Hitchens (again)
Phillip Pullman

there are soooo many interviews by people who tackle the subject matter Hitchens and Dawkins have in common, why would you want the SGU to do it?

I mean, I could understand interviewing Dawkins on evolution, but, what was ever the point of interviewing Hitchens?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: stands2reason on July 08, 2010, 07:37:42 AM
Hitchens has been on the show. More than once, I think. Since his spiel is explicitly religious (or anti-religious) in nature, it's not really appropriate subject matter for the SGU, given that they want to pretty much avoid religion unless it intersects science or medicine.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on July 08, 2010, 07:47:31 AM
Gary Taubes.

Yeah yeah. Don't eat starches and refined sugar.  Not uncommon diet advice. 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on July 08, 2010, 11:48:58 AM
Gary Taubes.

Yeah yeah. Don't eat starches and refined sugar.  Not uncommon diet advice.

Who was the guy the Reality check interviewed? Calories in calories out people.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff


http://www.ottawaskeptics.org/the-reality-check/62-episodes/283-the-reality-check-80-iq-correlations-dr-yoni-freedhoff-interview-trillium-myth (http://www.ottawaskeptics.org/the-reality-check/62-episodes/283-the-reality-check-80-iq-correlations-dr-yoni-freedhoff-interview-trillium-myth)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: kem on July 08, 2010, 02:45:45 PM
Gary Taubes.

Yeah yeah. Don't eat starches and refined sugar.  Not uncommon diet advice.

Don't look at the new set of dietary advice from the USDA then.  You couldn't get more common advice.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on July 08, 2010, 05:23:47 PM
Gary Taubes.

Yeah yeah. Don't eat starches and refined sugar.  Not uncommon diet advice.

Don't look at the new set of dietary advice from the USDA then.  You couldn't get more common advice.

Oh yeah, screw the USDA.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on July 08, 2010, 05:50:20 PM
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/pyramid/ (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/pyramid/)

Quote
Based on the latest science, and unaffected by businesses and organizations with a stake in its messages, the Healthy Eating Pyramid is a simple, trustworthy guide to choosing a healthy diet. Its foundation is daily exercise and weight control, since these two related elements strongly influence your chances of staying healthy. The Healthy Eating Pyramid builds from there, showing that you should eat more foods from the bottom part of the pyramid (vegetables, whole grains) and less from the top (red meat, refined grains, sugary drinks, and salt).

(http://ruthknutrition.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/pyramidwebsmall.jpg)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: kem on July 08, 2010, 07:39:45 PM
That isn't the USDA.  That pyramid is far to complex for the American publis.  Walter  Willett has a bit more of a clue.  USDA just says less than 30% of your calories from fat... doesn't give you much option but a lot of artery hardening carbohydrates.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on July 08, 2010, 08:26:43 PM
Now, I often eat meals that have no carbs from starches. Can't believe I used to hink a meal was 50% meat, 25% carb, 25% vegetables.  Often now I eat 25% meat, 0-25% carb, 50-75% vegetable.  I can eat a lot more and get less calories and more nutrition.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on July 08, 2010, 08:30:19 PM
That isn't the USDA.  That pyramid is far to complex for the American publis.  Walter  Willett has a bit more of a clue.  USDA just says less than 30% of your calories from fat... doesn't give you much option but a lot of artery hardening carbohydrates.

I don't think it is far too complex for the American public.  In know there are people out there who have no idea about proper nutrition, but many people know fruits and vegetables and whole grains are good for them and that processed food and refined sugar is bad for them- it's just that they don't follow this advice.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jaypee on July 23, 2010, 12:21:16 PM
How about Deborah Blum, the Slate.com author of this article (http://www.slate.com/id/2260389/) on "Raw" milk.

Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: David E. on July 23, 2010, 04:54:57 PM
How about Deborah Blum, the Slate.com author of this article (http://www.slate.com/id/2260389/) on "Raw" milk.

2nd.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Anders on July 24, 2010, 12:45:48 PM
3rd.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: spacemonkey on July 25, 2010, 11:21:37 AM
I'd live to see you guys interview the writers or producers of shows like The Universe or Moster Quest or any other show on Discovery or History Channel that is related to cool science or skepticism (by its content or lack thereof).

I think ir would be awesome for a science and skepticism in the media show.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: kem on July 26, 2010, 04:16:15 AM
How about Deborah Blum, the Slate.com author of this article (http://www.slate.com/id/2260389/) on "Raw" milk.

I actually thought this was a fairly lame article.  No, a really lame article. 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Helium Flash on July 26, 2010, 02:30:10 PM
SGU should defo get Brian Cox on the show.  I can't tell you how many workmates have said (RE Wonders of the Solar System, BBC):

"He actually makes it interesting!!"

Angrily I have replied "it was always interesting!!  He's just telling it like it is!!"

But anyway Brian definitely deserves kudos for bringing the best kind of science (Astronomy) to the masses.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jaypee on July 26, 2010, 02:32:30 PM
I think the Discovery Channel is going to pick up some series hosted by Brian Cox.. I'm a bit on the fence because I don't like the idea of some flashy, good-looking guy trying to "sex up" science. I know that's what gets people watching, but I will watch astronomy shows regardless of who is hosting it. It could be Roseanne Barr, I don't care.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: MisterMarc on August 06, 2010, 11:09:32 PM
I think you should look into interviewing veteran science journalist Peter Hadfield, who recently revealed that he was the one producing and posting under the guise of Potholer54 (http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54) on YouTube. He's a strong advocate for science, an intelligent design opponent, and is about to start a youtube series on science reporting in the media. All very topical for the SGU.

No doubt many listeners are fans of his videos.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on August 06, 2010, 11:29:16 PM
I think you should look into interviewing veteran science journalist Peter Hadfield, who recently revealed that he was the one producing and posting under the guise of Potholer54 (http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54) on YouTube. He's a strong advocate for science, an intelligent design opponent, and is about to start a youtube series on science reporting in the media. All very topical for the SGU.

No doubt many listeners are fans of his videos.

Yeah, that was a pretty awesome reveal. I also like his videos on climate change.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: rebecca on August 08, 2010, 06:44:56 AM
SGU should defo get Brian Cox on the show.  I can't tell you how many workmates have said (RE Wonders of the Solar System, BBC):

"He actually makes it interesting!!"

Angrily I have replied "it was always interesting!!  He's just telling it like it is!!"

But anyway Brian definitely deserves kudos for bringing the best kind of science (Astronomy) to the masses.

Well, he's been on the show, albeit briefly in a backstage interview at 9 Lessons. He's been v busy of late with filming but the next time I see him I'll ask about his availability.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on August 08, 2010, 11:14:12 AM
I've suggested Dan Carlin before, but I'm going to do it again now in light of all this calorie/obesity talk. Dan is a political animal but I think an interview about government "incentives" to lower obesity would be great and give us another 1000 post thread. Not to mention that it would expose a lot of his listeners to skepticism. Rich Orman of Dogma Free America was singing Dan's praises the other day and its been reported that Dan has lurked here so maybe he is a closet skeptic.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: kem on August 08, 2010, 03:02:00 PM
SGU should defo get Brian Cox on the show.  I can't tell you how many workmates have said (RE Wonders of the Solar System, BBC):

"He actually makes it interesting!!"

Angrily I have replied "it was always interesting!!  He's just telling it like it is!!"

But anyway Brian definitely deserves kudos for bringing the best kind of science (Astronomy) to the masses.

Well, he's been on the show, albeit briefly in a backstage interview at 9 Lessons. He's been v busy of late with filming but the next time I see him I'll ask about his availability.

You could search the Guardian's  Science Weekly for interviews of BC. 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: wormguy on August 24, 2010, 12:50:58 AM
Isn't it time to have Julia Sweeney on the show again (TAM 2007)

Letting go of God - Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geRUTfgTQlo#normal)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Anders on August 27, 2010, 11:09:48 AM
The more I listen to Stephen Fry, the more I realize the rogues has to have him as a guest. Send Jay to seduce him - it can be his task.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Jack on September 14, 2010, 11:51:17 PM
Salman Khan would be a great guest.
Intelligent Design and Evolution (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxOEz9aPZNY&feature=player_embedded#normal)


http://www.khanacademy.org/ (http://www.khanacademy.org/)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Crowskie on September 19, 2010, 12:46:29 AM
Salman Khan would be a great guest.
Intelligent Design and Evolution (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxOEz9aPZNY&feature=player_embedded#normal)


http://www.khanacademy.org/ (http://www.khanacademy.org/)

Seconded. He has the ability to explain things better than most teachers, and does so in a shorter amount of time across an absurd range of subjects.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: believeitornot on September 23, 2010, 12:58:47 PM
An interesting topic for discussion (as well as an interview) would be the "Global Consciousness Project". It would be great to see some more skepical light shed on this, and ideally have a guest who reviewed their data on the show.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Evil Eye on September 30, 2010, 11:02:17 AM
Once again.... Hugh Laurie, or at least David Shore.

If you had Laurie on... get Stephen Fry to sit in too!

House is the epitome of skeptical thinkers.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on October 05, 2010, 12:00:13 AM
Once again.... Hugh Laurie, or at least David Shore.

If you had Laurie on... get Stephen Fry to sit in too!

House is the epitome of skeptical thinkers.

I think Fry deserves an interview of his own.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on October 05, 2010, 12:02:00 AM
Gary Taubes, so we can finally get KEM to shut up about his all meat diet crap.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: superdave on October 07, 2010, 11:23:38 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Brown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Brown)

this guy is skeptic though he man never say so.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: MountainManPan on October 07, 2010, 11:40:18 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Brown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Brown)

this guy is skeptic though he man never say so.

I don't see how he is skeptical.

I tend to only like him on GOOD EATS, whenver I see him on another show, he annoys me.

He has a bit of arrogance, though I admit tha tcomes with the terroritory when dealing with chefs.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on October 08, 2010, 12:03:11 AM
Did I hear he was a holy roller?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Crowskie on October 08, 2010, 01:16:57 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Brown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_Brown)

this guy is skeptic though he man never say so.

I don't see how he is skeptical.

I tend to only like him on GOOD EATS, whenver I see him on another show, he annoys me.

He has a bit of arrogance, though I admit tha tcomes with the terroritory when dealing with chefs.

I don't see how you can watch good eats and not see him as somewhat skeptical. Hell, he has had at least one myth busters style episode.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: superdave on October 08, 2010, 08:27:10 AM
maybe i shouldnt have said skeptic but at very least the show promotes science
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on October 14, 2010, 07:21:25 PM
Stephehttp://n Fry and Hugh Laurie also help Rand debunk a psychic back in the day. Both are pretty big right now though.

Might I also suggest Dave and Barbara Mikkelson of snopes.com? There's a lot of overlap between skepticism and urban legend debunking.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: davidlpf on October 16, 2010, 03:30:28 PM
Since you have had some problems with exo-planet news how about Geoff Marcy.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Fr1p on October 17, 2010, 09:19:46 PM

I'd love the panel to interview: Gary Taubes author of Good Calories / Bad Calories and very notable science writer

wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Taubes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Taubes)

He's a great geek friendly guest and quite science minded.

I just read Good Calories Bad Calories and frankly I'm sort of taken aback. It's made me question what I thought of as basic health and nutrition science, and frankly, I would love to hear Dr. N and Co interview the guy. Although I cringe at the paleo-diet people (i realllly dislike fad diet movements) a lot of Taube's book is reminiscent of it. It's a hugely skeptical look at what is considered well-understood food science, and he backs it up with a ton of research. Still, it is controversial.

Please please please interview the man! I know he's open to talking about it, as he's made the round of late. And he's actually been shocked by the response to the book, which even a few years out still earns him a lot of snears despite the fact that it is very well researched.

This would be an awesome topic.

Also, a talk he gave on the book is available at: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=4362041487661765149&ei=H356SfLjMqnYqAPl2ZmIAg# (http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=4362041487661765149&ei=H356SfLjMqnYqAPl2ZmIAg#)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Haricots on October 20, 2010, 07:03:58 PM
Evolutionary psychology is obviously a subject where a lot of disagreements exists in the skeptical community. This, and the fact that it is pretty damn interesting, would make it a good subject for an interview.

I would suggest David Buss as a good interviewee since he is somewhat of a front figure in the field and since he has appeared on other podcasts.
Obvious points to raise would be the more common objections to the field and his takes on them and perhaps his latest book "Why Women Have Sex".

Here is an example of an interview he did for another podcast:
http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2009/06/episode-98-evolutionary-psychology-an-interview-with-dr-david-buss/ (http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2009/06/episode-98-evolutionary-psychology-an-interview-with-dr-david-buss/)
(There is a follow up interview to that one in a later podcast)

Steven Pinker would be pretty f-ing awesome as well if he is available.
Subjects such as nature-nurture and how to understand genetic tendencies could be discussed with him (plus the evo-psych controversies obviously).
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Tommy Jefferson on October 21, 2010, 11:50:12 AM
I vote for more b-list celebrity atheists, as others have said above.   Make SGU more fun.

* Seth Mcfarland
* Adam Carolla
* Doug Stanhope
* Lance Armstrong
* Clive Barker
* Dave Barry
* Jeremy Clarkson
* Kathy Griffin
* Penn Jillette

I hate when the SGU Crew attempt to engage in political debate regarding things like Climate Change, the Health Care Debate, or Drug Policy.  They don't have any formal education in public policy, economics, or philosophy.  They don't have experience in the field.  It comes off as amateurish and dull.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jaypee on October 21, 2010, 11:54:34 AM
Kathy Griffin.. no thanks.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on October 21, 2010, 01:06:39 PM
A lot of celebrity types are going to require appearance fees and likely are going to be underwhelmed by the size of the listenership of even a highly-ranked podcast like SGU. Also, I for one don't really see the point in putting atheists on a skeptic-based podcast unless they're also pretty well-respected skeptics as well. So Adam Savage is a yes but Adam Carolla? I really haven't heard much about his skeptic cred.

I vote for Jamie Hynemann!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on October 21, 2010, 02:17:40 PM
I hate when the SGU Crew attempt to engage in political debate regarding things like Climate Change, the Health Care Debate, or Drug Policy.  They don't have any formal education in public policy, economics, or philosophy.  They don't have experience in the field.  It comes off as amateurish and dull.

I love when they talk about climate change, as it's my current main focus in skepticism.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jaypee on October 21, 2010, 02:18:44 PM
I hate when the SGU Crew attempt to engage in political debate regarding things like Climate Change, the Health Care Debate, or Drug Policy.  They don't have any formal education in public policy, economics, or philosophy.  They don't have experience in the field.  It comes off as amateurish and dull.

I love when they talk about climate change, as it's my current main focus in skepticism.

I love that TJ put forward Jeremy Clarkson as a possible guest. Jeremy Clarkson is a noted celebrity AGW denialist. Hardly a skeptic at all.

That being said, I love Top Gear, but he should stick with talking about cars, and not what comes out of their tailpipes.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Fr1p on October 22, 2010, 02:16:51 AM
Well, this brings up an interesting point:

Can't someone generally be a skeptic while being wrong about something? There are quite a few folks who I can think of who are, as per the example, generally science minded skeptics but who have one issue or another on which they are contrary to best-evidence. Does that exclude them from being a skeptic, or are they just a skeptic who happens to be wrong about something.

Perry D (RIP) was also not convinced by AGW, but I don't think I could argue with a straight face that he wasn't a skeptic. Personally, one of my former professors at Uni (a guy who got me into skepticism) happened to believe in something that I think is rather close to a conspiracy theory, but again, I'd still call him a skeptic as he joyfully debunked a host of pseudoscience with hard-nosed rationality.

I actually think having people on the show who are skeptics but who have a sacred cow makes for a more interesting debate, because the panel is likely to be dealing with someone who is generally willing to listen to reason. It is interesting to hear why they hold a small set of beliefs that run contrary to that generalized feeling.

I wrinkle my nose a bit at the skeptic-litmus-test because most of us do not have the background to really be sure of most of the things we believe, and must therefore rely on the expertise of others.... the choice of those others can be pernicious, and should not necessarily exclude someone from generally touting the skeptic-label, so long as they are willing to engage in rational discussion about the topic, and so long as they are able to concede specific points when challenged.

Just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on October 22, 2010, 04:42:07 AM
Can't someone generally be a skeptic while being wrong about something? There are quite a few folks who I can think of who are, as per the example, generally science minded skeptics but who have one issue or another on which they are contrary to best-evidence. Does that exclude them from being a skeptic, or are they just a skeptic who happens to be wrong about something.

Sure, most people have a few sacred cows. Kind of like religious skeptics (e.g, the Pamela Gay issue a while back), or the libertarian undertones of Penn and Teller or Shermer's reasoning. But we still get to tell them they're wrong.

The thing is, though, in the case of AGW, the skeptics label has been hijacked by people who really are not skeptics at all, but who are just contrarians or deniers. 

But anyway, let's not turn this into another global warming thread. Otherwise the mods will come in and destroy us all.

(EDIT: also see here (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,30443.msg802406.html#msg802406).)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: silvia on October 23, 2010, 04:33:12 AM
I can't get enough of Neil DegrassTyson, so let's have him again.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Kwisatz Haderach on October 23, 2010, 04:43:03 AM
I hate when the SGU Crew attempt to engage in political debate regarding things like Climate Change, the Health Care Debate, or Drug Policy.  They don't have any formal education in public policy, economics, or philosophy.  They don't have experience in the field.  It comes off as amateurish and dull.

I love when they talk about climate change, as it's my current main focus in skepticism.

I am also interested when they discuss climate change, but I wish that they would take on climate change denialism head-on, rather then this dismissive wish-washy "there's still room for skeptical debate" attitude they seem to have.  If thee is room for skeptical debate, let's hear a skeptical debate!  All we get here on the forum are the same 3 or 4 denialist hacks who have nothing new or interesting to say.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on October 23, 2010, 10:21:39 AM
I can't get enough of Neil DegrassTyson, so let's have him again.

Yeah, he's awesome. Here you go:

The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RExQFZzHXQ#normal)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JNilsson on October 26, 2010, 08:44:27 AM
I would like to hear some that give qualified a quality rebuttals.
For example Michio Kaku.

Regards,
Jørgen
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JMA on October 26, 2010, 09:52:59 AM
Caroline Watt, about her on-line program in parapsychology:

http://www.koestler-parapsychology.psy.ed.ac.uk/cwatt/OSTeach.html (http://www.koestler-parapsychology.psy.ed.ac.uk/cwatt/OSTeach.html)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: dlandoncole on October 29, 2010, 11:23:17 AM
It would be interesting to hear an interview with David Allen Green, aka Jack of Kent.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: silvia on October 29, 2010, 03:45:29 PM
I can't get enough of Neil DegrassTyson, so let's have him again.

Yeah, he's awesome. Here you go:

The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RExQFZzHXQ#normal)

OMFG! now those two, I could listen to for hours and hours. oh. wait. I did actually. the day I discovered Dawkins I literally spent just listening to his audiobook and watching his lectures online. same goes for Tyson. Tyson is like the Shaft of Astrophysics  8)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on October 29, 2010, 10:39:50 PM
OMFG! now those two, I could listen to for hours and hours. oh. wait. I did actually. the day I discovered Dawkins I literally spent just listening to his audiobook and watching his lectures online. same goes for Tyson. Tyson is like the Shaft of Astrophysics  8)

He lectures with the firey passion of a baptist minister. But in a good way, without all the hellfire and brimstone stuff. }|:op
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: silvia on October 30, 2010, 04:00:54 AM
OMFG! now those two, I could listen to for hours and hours. oh. wait. I did actually. the day I discovered Dawkins I literally spent just listening to his audiobook and watching his lectures online. same goes for Tyson. Tyson is like the Shaft of Astrophysics  8)

He lectures with the firey passion of a baptist minister. But in a good way, without all the hellfire and brimstone stuff. }|:op

I don'tknow much about babtist ministers- the closest I have ever come to one was on the TV :) But I can tell you that the Catholic priests I know are the best hidden secret of all insomnia cures.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on October 30, 2010, 09:58:19 AM
I don'tknow much about babtist ministers- the closest I have ever come to one was on the TV :)

Yes, me too. But as everything I see on TV is true, I conclude it must be an accurate representation of Baptist ministers. Televangelists are an acceptable substitute.

Though I suspect he'll prefer your Shaft analogy. Either way, he's a great science popularizer.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Helium Flash on November 03, 2010, 04:20:10 PM
We need a bit of Brian Cox....where's the Cox interview?

Also, would it be too difficult to get Stephen Hawking?  This is in terrible taste, I'm sure, but surely he could plug himself directly into Skype?

I know.....I'm terrible.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: The Dog Delusion on November 04, 2010, 03:09:46 AM
I'd like to see Ray Comfort (aka the bannana man) interviewed, but I fear it might turn into a train-wreck worse than Neal Adams.

I'd like to second this!

I know that it's really frustrating for the panel to talk with some of these folks, but I think that it's rather important that we periodically hear from "the other side," not so much for outside opinions as much as for a chance to "put the skeptical toolkit to work." No matter how many times I hear examples of logical fallacies or hear people poking holes in some of these ludicrous theories, it still can't compare to hearing an actual debate with an actual proponent of these things.

Bring on Comfort, or bring back Neal Adams, or even try to bring on a homeopath or something, but I have to say, the "believer interview" episodes are always some of my favorites, no matter how painful they are to listen to.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on November 06, 2010, 03:56:34 PM
We need a bit of Brian Cox....where's the Cox interview?

Also, would it be too difficult to get Stephen Hawking?  This is in terrible taste, I'm sure, but surely he could plug himself directly into Skype?

I know.....I'm terrible.
Actually, Dan Mlodinow, Hawking's co-writer on A Briefer History of Time and his latest book, would be a nice get.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: DCLimey on November 08, 2010, 12:31:44 PM
I can't get enough of Neil DegrassTyson, so let's have him again.

Yeah, he's awesome. Here you go:

The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RExQFZzHXQ#normal)

OMFG! now those two, I could listen to for hours and hours. oh. wait. I did actually. the day I discovered Dawkins I literally spent just listening to his audiobook and watching his lectures online. same goes for Tyson. Tyson is like the Shaft of Astrophysics  8)

Came here to suggest NdGT and then remembered you'd already done him. I second, third, or whatever that you should have him on again.

I saw the Poetry of Science gig at Howard in DC recently and it was a fantastic talk, just a couple of scientists chinwagging about their respective fields.

Oh, and Tyson shot down some sort of theist agitator at the end, simply marvellous!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: squidboot on November 08, 2010, 02:13:08 PM
Slavoj Zizek. He's got some interesting things to say on the nature of belief, logical fallacy, and th structure of ideology. He uses examples from pop culture to illustrate his points, and he's an unusual character.

Zizek Belief (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y7nm6X00Ek#normal)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: MisterMarc on November 10, 2010, 01:51:12 PM
What about interviewing Bill Adair? He's the St. Petersburg Times Washington Bureau Chief and editor of PolitiFact.com (http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/). I think it might be interesting to discuss the battle between ideologies in politics, and to hear a discussion of the role skepticism can play in a realm that's traditionally considered "off-limits" for skepticism.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: pulsetsar on November 15, 2010, 01:03:14 PM
Neil deGrasse Tyson: science communicator, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

A great communicator of astronomy news and a master of public outreach. It would be great to hear his take on the challenges of communicating astronomy to the public and his take on science education today.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on November 15, 2010, 01:34:28 PM
Neil deGrasse Tyson: science communicator, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

A great communicator of astronomy news and a master of public outreach. It would be great to hear his take on the challenges of communicating astronomy to the public and his take on science education today.

http://www.theskepticsguide.org/archive/podcastinfo.aspx?mid=1&pid=156 (http://www.theskepticsguide.org/archive/podcastinfo.aspx?mid=1&pid=156)

Also above. But yeah, more Neil!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JMA on November 15, 2010, 10:22:43 PM
Harvey J. Irwin, author of "The Psychology of Paranormal Belief: A Researcher's Handbook".
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: pulsetsar on November 16, 2010, 09:01:26 AM

[url=http://www.theskepticsguide.org/archive/podcastinfo.aspx?mid=1&pid=156]http://www.theskepticsguide.org/archive/podcastinfo.aspx?mid=1&pid=156 (http://www.theskepticsguide.org/archive/podcastinfo.aspx?mid=1&pid=156)[/url]

Also above. But yeah, more Neil!

Nice! I haven't worked my way back to that episode yet but will now jump right to it!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: DayB4TheEnd on November 16, 2010, 10:45:09 PM
A debate with Ben Stein on ID perhaps. Not that it would be very constructive(I doubt many people will change their views, at least not right away). I just imagine it would be cool to hear him and Steve debate the issue. They are both very informed and great speakers(to their fields, respectively of course) and they are both skeptical of the others beliefs. At least from what I've seen and heard. It would also be nice to have a full, unedited, debate without the ridiculous editing that makes either side look stupid.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on November 17, 2010, 09:29:34 AM
They are both very informed and great speakers(to their fields, respectively of course)

Expelled's Ben Stein is completely ignorant about Evolution (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NXHnTEDcNM#normal)

Evolution has nothing whatsoever to say about how gravity began!

-- Ben Stein win.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: DayB4TheEnd on November 17, 2010, 10:22:36 AM
They are both very informed and great speakers(to their fields, respectively of course)


Evolution has nothing whatsoever to say about how gravity began!

-- Ben Stein win.

Ha, nice. Yeah that's why I put they are "informed of their respective fields." I had just seen Expelled for the first time just before I posted that. I once respected Ben Stein but now... I saw the way they totally bashed skeptics as if they were stupid and evil. I thought it would have been great for the sgu crew to turn the tables on him thats all.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on November 18, 2010, 09:48:42 PM
They are both very informed and great speakers(to their fields, respectively of course)


Evolution has nothing whatsoever to say about how gravity began!

-- Ben Stein win.

Ha, nice. Yeah that's why I put they are "informed of their respective fields." I had just seen Expelled for the first time just before I posted that. I once respected Ben Stein but now... I saw the way they totally bashed skeptics as if they were stupid and evil. I thought it would have been great for the sgu crew to turn the tables on him thats all.

I figured, but as someone who used to debate creationists on the IMDB expelled board, I couldn't resist. }|:op
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: DayB4TheEnd on November 24, 2010, 04:09:12 AM
They are both very informed and great speakers(to their fields, respectively of course)


Evolution has nothing whatsoever to say about how gravity began!

-- Ben Stein win.

Ha, nice. Yeah that's why I put they are "informed of their respective fields." I had just seen Expelled for the first time just before I posted that. I once respected Ben Stein but now... I saw the way they totally bashed skeptics as if they were stupid and evil. I thought it would have been great for the sgu crew to turn the tables on him thats all.

I figured, but as someone who used to debate creationists on the IMDB expelled board, I couldn't resist. }|:op
Ok I take this request back. I'm still working my way through the older episodes and I just got through their rant on Ben Stein and his wonderful documentary. Well done SGU. I am satisfied now.   :laugh:
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: nativeflame on November 29, 2010, 05:09:16 PM
William Shatner
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: pulsetsar on December 01, 2010, 12:35:05 PM
William Shatner

Awesome - as long as he doesn't sing.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jaypee on December 01, 2010, 01:07:28 PM
Has anyone suggested interviewing some of the editors of Cracked.com? They've been doing an amazing amount of science and skepticism popularization lately.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: The Dog Delusion on December 03, 2010, 03:06:29 AM
Has anyone suggested interviewing some of the editors of Cracked.com? They've been doing an amazing amount of science and skepticism popularization lately.

You know, I could actually really dig that. Despite the fact that their "top # ______ that _______" formula is a bit stale at times (and those damn ads for 6$ shirts), they generally do a really good job of (when applicable) seeking out legit and interesting science stuff and then explaining it at a level that's both accessible and amusing. And they generally include a link to whetever study they are using to make their point, so that if you disagree with their conclusion, you can look at how they arrived at it, at least.

A few example articles that might fit the feeling of the SGU show:

7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail (Quickly) (http://www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly.html#ixzz1727g0SEP)
6 Things Men Do To Get Laid That Science Says Turn Women Off (http://www.cracked.com/article_18440_6-things-men-do-to-get-laid-that-science-says-turn-women-off.html#ixzz1728Ma6Gi)
The 7 Most Disastrous Typos Of All Time (http://www.cracked.com/article_18517_the-7-most-disastrous-typos-all-time.html#ixzz1728kgpvH)
8 Historic Symbols That Mean The Opposite of What You Think (http://www.cracked.com/article_18606_8-historic-symbols-that-mean-opposite-what-you-think.html#ixzz1729goxHh)
6 Ridiculous History Myths (You Probably Think Are True) (http://www.cracked.com/article_18487_6-ridiculous-history-myths-you-probably-think-are-true.html#ixzz1729sBVQT)
The 6 (Wrong) Questions Men Love to Ask About Women (http://www.cracked.com/article_18804_the-6-wrong-questions-men-love-to-ask-about-women.html#ixzz172A78qpz)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jaypee on December 03, 2010, 06:46:16 AM
Yeah, I agree their formula is a bit over done, but it works most of the time.

But you forgot what is (in my opinion) their best skeptical article thus far:

Was 9/11 an Inside Job? (http://www.cracked.com/article_15740_was-911-inside-job.html)

In fact, if any of the Cracked writers are to be interviewed I think David Wong might be the guy to ask since this article and others of his which I've read have been the most unapologetically skeptical.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: The Tea Guru on December 03, 2010, 11:17:43 AM
I'd like to see an interview with a Cracked.com personality who identifies as a skeptic. I'm not big in marketing, but I know that if you take every possible chance to interview people who have a different demographic  then you're more likely to increase your listenership.
William Shatner. Hell yeah. Do it specifically to find out what his sacred cows are. Of course then it becomes less about skepticism, more about geekery... if this happens and you happen to be in a live interview... wear a red shirt. everyone.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Apellosine on December 03, 2010, 08:05:21 PM
just getting back into watching QI that has come back on Australian tv and thought it would be brilliant to get Stephen Fry on the show or even some of the other great guests they get all the time.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: MisterMarc on December 03, 2010, 08:08:26 PM
just getting back into watching QI that has come back on Australian tv and thought it would be brilliant to get Stephen Fry on the show or even some of the other great guests they get all the time.

Ooh! Stephen Fry!! If you could get him on the show, I'd shit a solid gold brick.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: UltraRider on December 20, 2010, 11:07:26 PM
Greg Graffin would make an excellent guest. Lead singer of Bad Religion and author of the recently released book Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JMA on December 23, 2010, 09:34:52 AM
James Alcock about Daryl Bem's experiment (and parapsychology in general).

http://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/back_from_the_future (http://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/back_from_the_future)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on December 26, 2010, 08:45:32 PM
Still calling for Dave and Barbara Mikkelsen of Snopes.com!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: chance on January 12, 2011, 04:39:58 AM
Naomi Oreskes author of  Merchants of Doubt.  Great information regarding the politics of denial.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on January 12, 2011, 07:55:46 PM
Naomi Oreskes author of  Merchants of Doubt.  Great information regarding the politics of denial.

I already sorta seconded this, but I'm gonna go ahead and do it again anyway.

Seconded.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Pleasant_Bob on January 15, 2011, 04:35:12 AM
I know a lot of these have been said... and I dont know about the practicality of getting any of these people but my dream list of potential interviewees would run something like;

Richard Dawkins
Stephen Fry
Sam Harris
Somebody involved with the LHC
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: RKN on January 15, 2011, 06:41:11 AM
The Danish science journalist Lone Frank is awesome!

http://lonefrank.dk/?lang=en (http://lonefrank.dk/?lang=en)

Her latest book 'My beatiful genome' is due out in US, UK, Holland and Germany soon. It would be great to hear her talking about the book on SGU! 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on January 16, 2011, 08:07:47 PM
Dr. Greg Forbes his lectures on Reasonable doubt on stem cells and sex are awesome.

Why are we so Gullible? - Dr. Greg Forbes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwmETdPO3pg&feature=channel#)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Beep Boop Boop on January 18, 2011, 04:26:41 PM
You know as bizarre as this sounds Sanjiv Chopra, brother of Deepak Chopra, actually sounds like someone right up your guys ally.  I saw him promoting his new book and he actually was pretty insightful and intelligent. 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Arwen Evenstar on January 18, 2011, 06:39:04 PM
DAWKINS!!!

it's about time

and after that Brian Cox and Stephen Fry
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Anders on January 19, 2011, 06:10:20 AM
Not Brian Cox.

(http://cdimg3.crunchyroll.com/i/spire1/03262008/d/2/a/d/d2ad35670d3ac0_full.jpg)

This is the Cox they need to interview.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: mrwilson41 on January 24, 2011, 11:27:01 AM
I second that nomination for Dr. Greg Forbes.  What a fantastic Reasonable Doubts Podcast (http://"http://doubtreligion.blogspot.com/2011/01/rd-extra-stem-cell-research-update.html") episode that was of him giving a lecture on the current status of stem cell research.  Here is the write up for the show:

"With exiting new developments in stem cell research hitting the media, we thought it would be a great time to revisit the science behind the controversy. Is stem cell therapy really the panacea it's advocates claim it to be? How is an embryonic stem cell different from an adult stem cell and is experimentation on embryos really necessary? For this RD extra, Dr. Greg Forbes gives us an overview of the current state of stem cell research.

Dr. Greg Forbes is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College. He has served as the Director of GRCC's Science Education Center and as Education Director for the Michigan Evolution Education Initiative. He was awarded the Michigan Science Teachers Association highest award, College & University Science Teacher of the Year in 2004."
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on January 24, 2011, 12:21:50 PM
Not Brian Cox.

(click to show/hide)

This is the Cox they need to interview.

Are you trying to substitute one curmudgeony Perry for another? }/:o\
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on January 26, 2011, 06:16:28 AM
I think Vincent Racaniello, host of the excellent This Week in Virology podcast, would be a fantastic guest.

I suspect he might be one of those skeptics who doesn't necessarily consider himself part of the movement, but walks the talk nonetheless. He talks about promoting science quite a bit on his show and often fields questions about big pharma conspiracies and the like.

Vince on the web:
This Week in Virology (http://www.twiv.tv/)
Racaniello lab at Columbia University (http://microbiology.columbia.edu/Poliolab/polio.html)
Virology blog (http://www.virology.ws/)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: John Turner on January 31, 2011, 12:20:39 PM
I would also love to here Dr. Greg Forbes, his stem cell lecture was incredible!

Additionally, I nominate Tony Darnell of Deep Astronomy. Check out his website and youtube channel:

http://www.deepastronomy.com/ (http://www.deepastronomy.com/)
http://www.youtube.com/user/tdarnell (http://www.youtube.com/user/tdarnell)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: DayB4TheEnd on January 31, 2011, 03:53:38 PM
Additionally, I nominate Tony Darnell of Deep Astronomy. Check out his website and youtube channel:


I second this. Tony Darnell along with Carl Sagan and The Bad Astronomer have totally revived my fascination for astronomy. It would be awesome to hear this guy on the show.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Arvin on February 06, 2011, 11:44:25 PM
Adam Curry, the New Media pioneer and John C. Dvorak, columnist for PC Magazine and Dow Jones Marketwatch, host the "No Agenda" podcast where they often attack vaccination. Perhaps you could invite Adam or John on your podcast and enlighten them.

http://www.noagendashow.com/ (http://www.noagendashow.com/)
#276 No Agenda Show for Sunday February 6th 2011
eventually they discuss vaccination, Bill Gates, mHealth Summit, Andrew Wakefield
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: malloc on February 11, 2011, 11:46:27 PM
Stephen Hawking & Leonard Susskind to discuss the black hole war.
Andrew Wiles. After all the SGU theme song by Kineto is a tribute to him for proving Fermat's Last Theorem
Wouldnt it be neat to hear what gave him the inspiration and how he went about formulating the proof
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Supertomcat on February 25, 2011, 07:37:02 AM
SGU guys (and probably more specifically Steve),

Apologies for being over a week behind in listening and thus commenting, but what was with getting a PE teacher with his own podcast on to agree with your take on research relating to diet, exercise and obesity?

Couldn't you find one a thousands of dieititans and/or exercise scientists (maybe with PhDs and who do research in those areas) and had an actual discussion (and a little disagreement) - a bit like Dr Ray Greek the week previous?

I know this isn't normally the way you do things, which is why I was so disappointed - but why not go for someone who just published a large study, is a real expert in the field or something similar???

How about Associate Professor Jeff Volek (http://www.nmsociety.org/Dr.VolekBio.aspx (http://www.nmsociety.org/Dr.VolekBio.aspx)), who is starting to do some interesting research into low-carb diets, body composition and performance. He is a regular speaker at Sports Nutrition conferences in the US and I'm sure would be happy to be a guest.

Or Professor Jenny Brand- Miller (http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/jennieb.php (http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/jennieb.php)), one of the main people behind the Glycaemic Index (and to a lesser extent Glycaemic Load) concepts and research? She's in Australia so timing might be an issue???

You could follow up on one of dozens of experts on human movement (from people who specialise in research on small groups right up to populations and public health messages?

Sorry, just thought it was a weak interview/guest selection on such a wide and relevant topic

Thanks
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Soldier of FORTRAN on March 04, 2011, 08:48:09 PM
I think Vincent Racaniello, host of the excellent This Week in Virology podcast, would be a fantastic guest.
Having started listening to This Week in Virology(/Parasitism/Microbiology), I concur!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Juustin on March 08, 2011, 11:20:11 AM
It struck me last night when catching up on the past few weeks of episodes that I would love to hear you interview a teacher I once took a course from, named Sherrie Lyons.  I realize she's not a household name... she teaches a course called "Evolution: One Long Argument" that deals with evolution as a biology course, but also deals with the social and historial aspects of it, as well as discussing why evolution is science while creationism/ID is not.  Anywho, since I've taken the course she's published a great book: Species, Serpents, Spirits and Skulls: Science at the Margins in the Victorian Age (link: http://www.amazon.com/Species-Serpents-Spirits-Skulls-Victorian/dp/1438427980/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1299601071&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Species-Serpents-Spirits-Skulls-Victorian/dp/1438427980/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1299601071&sr=8-1)), which deals with how to tell the difference between science, pseudoscience and "marginal science", especially in newer fields where evidence is still emerging.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Ihle on March 13, 2011, 04:33:05 AM
I think you should invite an expert on nuclear power to clear up what happened at the Fukushima power plant.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Opcn on March 29, 2011, 07:12:36 PM
I wish there were a bit more feedback on this issue. I've made a few suggestions (the latest being Russ Roberts) and I've never heard any statement of intent regarding how appropriate you think these suggestions are.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: skeptologic on March 31, 2011, 04:54:54 PM
I think science journalist Peter Hadfield would be a great person to interview. He is better known as youtube's potholer54. His "Made Easy" series about the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and evolution are great. As is his series about the evidence for global warming:
http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54 (http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54)

He also has another channel on which he debunks creationism and pseudoscience:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Potholer54debunks (http://www.youtube.com/user/Potholer54debunks)
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: snowy on March 31, 2011, 07:40:37 PM
I'd love for the panel to interview Dr Helen Caldicott.  While I disagree with her position on nuclear power she does bring a lot of rational argument to the table and when discussing things like population and food production she's fantastic.

Not a chance.  She'd eat the panel alive.

Just curious what people's thoughts are on this discussion, with regards to how she'd fare in an SGU interview.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/30/prescription_for_survival_a_debate_on (http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/30/prescription_for_survival_a_debate_on)

Because while she strikes me as someone who is very smart and well educated, her part in the discussion seemed to be some combination of a Gish Gallop, conspiracy theorist thinking and appeal to her own authority.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on April 01, 2011, 11:07:33 AM
I think science journalist Peter Hadfield would be a great person to interview. He is better known as youtube's potholer54. His "Made Easy" series about the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and evolution are great. As is his series about the evidence for global warming:
http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54 (http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54)

He also has another channel on which he debunks creationism and pseudoscience:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Potholer54debunks (http://www.youtube.com/user/Potholer54debunks)

I second this.
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: werecow on April 02, 2011, 09:19:35 PM
EDIT: I screwed up twice. Moving this to topic suggestions. (Snowy: it's sort of a follow up on your suggestion of interviewing Caldicott.)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: David E. on April 28, 2011, 10:58:39 AM
George Takei.

Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Cybrmynd on April 28, 2011, 12:05:48 PM
I think science journalist Peter Hadfield would be a great person to interview. He is better known as youtube's potholer54. His "Made Easy" series about the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and evolution are great. As is his series about the evidence for global warming:
http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54 (http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54)

He also has another channel on which he debunks creationism and pseudoscience:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Potholer54debunks (http://www.youtube.com/user/Potholer54debunks)

I second this.

I started to watch his videos, he's awesome. I love his George Bush Evolution analogy.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Bafucin on May 01, 2011, 03:24:42 AM
Gary Taubes

http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-01-05/#feature (http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-01-05/#feature)

www.garytaubes.com (http://www.garytaubes.com)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Anders on May 08, 2011, 11:28:46 AM
Christina Rad: http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,35276.0.html (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,35276.0.html)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JMA on May 08, 2011, 11:56:18 AM
Elizabeth Loftus on false memories.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: stellaluna on May 29, 2011, 03:48:03 AM
I second / triple / infinitize the Gary Taubes recommendation. I have recently read his two dietary-related books (Good Calories Bad Calories, and Why We Get Fat) and am in that weird middle place of questioning who the "true believers" are - him, or us? His general premise is that there is no science behind the fat-restrictive diet recommendations, that the proponents of low fat/high vegetable/high fruit/high whole grain diets cherry-picked their trials and ignored contradictory evidence, whether it be the effect fat and carbohydrates  have on heart disease, stroke, cancer and weight. (Taubes points towards carbs, particularly carbs due to fruit, sugars, and starches - his narrative IS compelling.)

If Taubes is correct, we have been grossly mislead. Or perhaps there is a middle ground, requiring more specific hypotheses and their testing? I would appreciate SGU's assistance with clarifying wherever the science may be leading us ... and I think I'm beginning to believe "It's Complicated" (new favorite bumper sticker).
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: DRmeg378 on May 29, 2011, 10:10:56 AM
Elizabeth Loftus on false memories.

+1 million
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on May 29, 2011, 01:47:13 PM
I was listening to the back catalog yesterday and was reminded that you used to have quite a few non-skeptics come on the show. Is it a matter of the show just getting too popular for its own good which keeps you from bringing in kooks nowadays? Or have you made a point to stay away from them? If it's the latter, I can definitely understand that many of those people (the Skeptico guy in particular) are very frustrating to talk to and Steve especially wouldn't want to lose his cool with them, but at the same time I think that actually hearing someone make claims which you address and then they respond to constitutes some of the best podcasting in this show's history (and also Jay's bit on timeshares and also, one hopes, the recurring segment on scams).
Title: Re: Suggestions for People to interview on the Podcast
Post by: c60Unit on June 22, 2011, 10:02:12 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,
Taubes was interviewed at length on the Skepticality podcast (http://www.skepticality.com/2011/the-science-of-fat) this spring.  Harriet Hall disagrees (http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/why-we-get-fat/) with his conclusions and Swoopy is trying to get her on to discuss this, possibly as a debate with Gary.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on June 22, 2011, 10:08:23 PM
A caustic soda sgu mashup would be awesome!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on June 23, 2011, 12:58:11 AM
I was listening to the back catalog yesterday and was reminded that you used to have quite a few non-skeptics come on the show. Is it a matter of the show just getting too popular for its own good which keeps you from bringing in kooks nowadays? Or have you made a point to stay away from them? If it's the latter, I can definitely understand that many of those people (the Skeptico guy in particular) are very frustrating to talk to and Steve especially wouldn't want to lose his cool with them, but at the same time I think that actually hearing someone make claims which you address and then they respond to constitutes some of the best podcasting in this show's history (and also Jay's bit on timeshares and also, one hopes, the recurring segment on scams).
I listened to the Neal Adams show a couple weeks ago. NO MOAR KOOKS PLZ
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on June 23, 2011, 01:28:24 AM
Gary Taubes.

Yeah yeah. Don't eat starches and refined sugar.  Not uncommon diet advice. 

yea, I hear monkeys get obese and die of heart-disease on that banana diet.

(or did you mean that in a literal 'no Coke and Mentos' way -- 'eat starch or refined sugar, but I warn you do not have both!!')
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on June 23, 2011, 01:29:28 AM
A caustic soda sgu mashup would be awesome!

oooh, they'd be great guest rogues!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on June 23, 2011, 09:15:58 AM
A caustic soda sgu mashup would be awesome!

oooh, they'd be great guest rogues!

I think Rebecca might just explode from the nerdyness. Comics, scify, roll playing.... Boom!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: fdlbt on June 23, 2011, 07:22:03 PM
I think an interview with ViHart (http://www.youtube.com/user/Vihart) could be really interesting.  She is mainly known for making YouTube videos about various ways mathematics can be fun and interesting.  To my knowledge she doesn't deal specifically with skepticism, but she seems to have a few things to say about the way math is currently taught in schools.

I think she is doing a great contribution to the popularizing of science in an original way, and some added exposure and encouragement would be very appropriate.

Vi Hart's Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Vihart)
Vi Hart's home page (http://vihart.com/)
Vi Hart on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vi-Hart/154711904574944)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on June 24, 2011, 02:40:36 AM
A caustic soda sgu mashup would be awesome!

oooh, they'd be great guest rogues!

I think Rebecca might just explode from the nerdyness. Comics, scify, roll playing.... Boom!

maybe they could plan it for some time when she wants a week off...
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: AgnosticBuddha on July 01, 2011, 07:09:08 PM
I think David Eagleman would be a good candidate  . He's a neuroscientist  with some interesting views. In his 20 minute Possibilian video, David Eagleman on Possibilianism (http://vimeo.com/16177455) he uses one of my favorite quotes and uses my personal mantra 'I don't know'. If he had used the Latin phrase 'ubi dubium ibi libertas', I would have had to change my underwear.

"Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one."  Voltaire
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on July 01, 2011, 07:55:49 PM
"Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one."  Voltaire

he sounds very sure about that.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Anders on July 04, 2011, 04:10:03 PM
Cristina Rad is coming to TAM. (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/07/episode_ccxx_zomgitscriss.php)

If you don't interview here than I am unfortunately forced to murder a kitten. Brutally. I don't want to, but that's just the way it is.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: DeanMorrison on July 06, 2011, 04:50:17 PM
I would really love to hear a segment on charitable organizations, and how to choose one skeptically. It's clear that a lot of charitable donations end up in the wrong hands, and it's something I'd like to avoid.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jaypee on July 06, 2011, 04:51:44 PM
How about an interview with Richard Dawkins so that we can put this whole feud to bed?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Anakritis on July 08, 2011, 01:25:32 PM
would it be possible to have Garrett Lisi as a guest?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: superdave on July 29, 2011, 08:36:04 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_James (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_James) 
Bill James, He pioneered the use of advanced stats in baseball.  As some one who eschews luck and superstition (very rare in baseball) he is probably as close as you get to a skeptic with MLB involvement.

I know this one is a pipe dream but what the hay.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on July 30, 2011, 06:45:21 AM
how about Penn (of Penn and Teller)?

people say they want more controversy, doesn't Penn say some dubious stuff in his Bullshit show? (are all recycling systems as bad as the one he faults? did the episode make a false generalization? is smoking in a car not harmful to children in the car with you, is the risk of second-hand smoke exaggerated? etc. -- never seen the show, these are just the kinds of comments I hear when people who complain his political agenda sometimes gets in the way of an honest skeptical show)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on July 30, 2011, 04:07:16 PM
Penn Jillette would definitely be an interesting guest. I have seen Bullshit! and although I like it, I often disagree with his conclusions. Plus, he's got a new book (http://books.simonandschuster.com/God-No!/Penn-Jillette/9781451610369) out, which he's been making the rounds to promote.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Kwisatz Haderach on August 03, 2011, 05:48:41 PM
I suspect that if they did interview Penn it would be a gushing love-fest and they would not challenge him at all.  He is, after all, one of the most famous "celebrity Skeptics" out there, and Steve seems to advocate the idea that skeptical solidarity is more important than challenging fellow skeptics when they are wrong, at least when it come to the "inner circle" of the "skeptical movement".

However, I think it would be awesome if this suspicion of mine were to be proved wrong.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on August 03, 2011, 05:57:22 PM
Penn has admitted several times that some of the stuff they do is pure bullshit.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on August 03, 2011, 05:59:11 PM
Penn has admitted several times that some of the stuff they do is pure bullshit.

like Plato giving Socrates a bad argument -- reminding people they have to be skeptical even of their great heroes?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Kwisatz Haderach on August 03, 2011, 06:00:27 PM
Penn has admitted several times that some of the stuff they do is pure bullshit.

Of course he has, false humility is part of his shtick, but he has never responsibly issued any specific corrections or clarifications.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on August 03, 2011, 06:02:02 PM
Penn has admitted several times that some of the stuff they do is pure bullshit.

Of course he has, false humility is part of his shtick, but he has never responsibly issued any specific corrections or clarifications.

whereas the allegedly 'smug' Brian Dunning does this on a regular basis.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Kwisatz Haderach on August 03, 2011, 06:05:49 PM
Penn has admitted several times that some of the stuff they do is pure bullshit.

Of course he has, false humility is part of his shtick, but he has never responsibly issued any specific corrections or clarifications.

whereas the allegedly 'smug' Brian Dunning does this on a regular basis.

Dunning does selectively offer corrections on a regular basis (although he never responded to -- nor seemed to understand -- the criticism leveled at him over the DDT kerfuffle), and that does not alter that fact that he is a 'smug' asshole.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: gs on August 05, 2011, 11:32:55 AM
please interview seth mcfarlan :)  perhaps to pimp the new cosmos remake hes going to be co-producing(?).  He sounds like he really loves astronomy and science.

refer to this thread for more information -> http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,37285.0.html (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,37285.0.html)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Avarice on August 07, 2011, 04:42:37 PM
how about Penn (of Penn and Teller)?

people say they want more controversy, doesn't Penn say some dubious stuff in his Bullshit show? (are all recycling systems as bad as the one he faults? did the episode make a false generalization? is smoking in a car not harmful to children in the car with you, is the risk of second-hand smoke exaggerated? etc. -- never seen the show, these are just the kinds of comments I hear when people who complain his political agenda sometimes gets in the way of an honest skeptical show)

Steve went on Bullshit once, so they should come on his show! :)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on August 07, 2011, 05:13:39 PM
Steve went on Bullshit once, so they should come on his show! :)

Do you know which episode Steve was on?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on August 07, 2011, 08:17:44 PM
Steve went on Bullshit once, so they should come on his show! :)

Do you know which episode Steve was on?
Quote
3-10   "Ghostbusters"   July 11, 2005
Accuses "ghost hunters" of conducting pseudoscience. Dr. Steven Novella and 2004 Nobel prize winner Dr. Frank Wilczek appears. 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on August 07, 2011, 08:31:21 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: DRmeg378 on August 07, 2011, 08:46:44 PM
Elizabeth Loftus on false memories.

+1 million

Hey, this thread works!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: nandes on August 09, 2011, 10:13:36 AM
http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2011/08/4_unintended_consequences_of_s.html (http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2011/08/4_unintended_consequences_of_s.html)

I think 'The Last Psychiatrist' would be awesome on the podcast.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Jolimont on August 15, 2011, 10:46:01 AM
I've been listening to many episodes in the last few months and have really enjoyed them, thank you! Today I really enjoyed episode #20 with Tom W. Clark and the whole Naturalism/Determinism discussion. I would really enjoy hearing him again. I have to say the only interviews I skipped over was with the woman who claimed to help police solve murders via her psychic powers. I wasn't in the mood for more idiocy. Anyway, thank you for a great podcast, more philosophy of science please!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on August 17, 2011, 06:34:58 AM
Today I really enjoyed episode #20 with Tom W. Clark and the whole Naturalism/Determinism discussion. I would really enjoy hearing him again.

he has also done these podcasts:
For Good Reason - 'Skepticism and Free Will'
Point of Inquiry - 'Scientific Naturalism and the Illusion of Free Will'
Point of Inquiry - 'Encountering Naturalism'
Infidel Guy - 'Encountering Naturalism'
Books and Ideas - episode 30: 'Naturalism'
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jaypee on August 26, 2011, 11:05:53 AM
Alex Pareene from Salon.com must be a bona fide skeptic, and it would be worth talking to him about his efforts to popularize skepticism via a major internet news outlet

(here's an example of his writing):

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/08/25/vaccines_safe/index.html (http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/08/25/vaccines_safe/index.html)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Stovetop32 on August 29, 2011, 09:02:02 AM
Today I really enjoyed episode #20 with Tom W. Clark and the whole Naturalism/Determinism discussion. I would really enjoy hearing him again.

he has also done these podcasts:
For Good Reason - 'Skepticism and Free Will'
Point of Inquiry - 'Scientific Naturalism and the Illusion of Free Will'
Point of Inquiry - 'Encountering Naturalism'
Infidel Guy - 'Encountering Naturalism'
Books and Ideas - episode 30: 'Naturalism'

+1 This is just what I was going to suggest.  The For Good Reason discussion with DJ Grothe was particularly insightful in my opinion.

I'd also throw in a vote for getting Massimo Pigliucci on the show to discuss dissonance theory.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: JoeyFoster on August 29, 2011, 10:11:46 PM
You girl/guys should interview Ben Goertzel, the head AI developer of OpenCog, an open source effort to create AGI (artificial general intelligence). It would be very interesting to have a colloquy between a neurologist and an AI researcher. I bet he'd do it, too. He's been on a few other podcasts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Goertzel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Goertzel)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Jonzard on September 21, 2011, 11:50:21 PM
John D Boswell

The guy behind http://symphonyofscience.com/ (http://symphonyofscience.com/)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Bafucin on October 07, 2011, 03:22:24 PM
How about that Gary Taubes? He makes an awful lot of sense, though I admit that he might not be totally right. Would make an interesting talk at least.

http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-01-05/#feature (http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-01-05/#feature)

Yay/Nay?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on October 07, 2011, 07:44:47 PM
How about that Gary Taubes? He makes an awful lot of sense, though I admit that he might not be totally right. Would make an interesting talk at least.

http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-01-05/#feature (http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-01-05/#feature)

Yay/Nay?

googled his name, and I see that he's been on "Underground Wellness Podcast", and "Paleo Solution Podcast" (Paleolithic nutrition -- Skeptoid recently gave it an apathetic thumbs up). Is this like Michael Shermer getting on Coast to Coast AM, or should this be disconcerting?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Chew on October 07, 2011, 08:03:49 PM
Steve discussed Taubes here: http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,29400.msg761254.html#msg761254 (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,29400.msg761254.html#msg761254)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Bafucin on October 08, 2011, 04:06:58 AM
How about that Gary Taubes? He makes an awful lot of sense, though I admit that he might not be totally right. Would make an interesting talk at least.

http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-01-05/#feature (http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/11-01-05/#feature)

Yay/Nay?

googled his name, and I see that he's been on "Underground Wellness Podcast", and "Paleo Solution Podcast" (Paleolithic nutrition -- Skeptoid recently gave it an apathetic thumbs up). Is this like Michael Shermer getting on Coast to Coast AM, or should this be disconcerting?

Taubes is a science journalist, exposing bad science (like his book about Cold Fusion from 1993). Nutrition Science is just full of even worse scientists and clumsy research and he wrote a book about how all this came to be. He also speaks for Dr. Atkins-type diets which is why most immediately discard his deep and profound work on finding out what happened in the nutritional science back in the days. 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on October 09, 2011, 02:03:17 PM
I heard Taubes on Skepticality (http://www.skepticality.com/gary-taubes-2/) a few months ago and I couldn't get through the episode. It really set BS detector off. Maybe there are some problems with the metabolic research community, but as Steve said this sounds a lot like something purveyors of nonsense and woo say to defend their claims. All of this might actually make him a more interesting guest, though.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on October 09, 2011, 10:33:19 PM
All of this might actually make him a more interesting guest, though.

especially since it sounds like both interviewer and interviewee would be familiar with the source material and not strangers to tackling such texts.
If both had time to prepare for it, they could do quite an interesting discussion tackling very concrete details where the dispute lies.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on October 10, 2011, 02:24:00 AM
And Gary Taubes might actually be up for it. He was on Skepticality so discussing his work on a skeptical podcast is not a foreign concept to him, and on that show he talked about an antagonistic appearance he had on Dr. Oz's show. So he and Steve has something in common, and Taubes is willing to discuss his work with people who disagree with him. The more I think about it, the more I think this could be a good show.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Alex0030 on October 10, 2011, 06:50:47 AM
I know my suggestion has already been mentioned, and that he's most likely a very busy man, but I would like to see Prof. Brian Cox on the show at some point. It would be nice to hear the Rogues have a good long conversation about him with many things; cern, large hadron collider, physics in general, his Wonders of The Solar System/Universe and upcoming Life series, his love of Carl Sagan and Cosmos.
I think there's fertile ground for a good and interesting conversation there.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: D^2 on October 25, 2011, 07:14:05 PM
I suggest you interview Margaret Wertheim, a science writer who just came out with a book about scientific cranks called "Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything".  She spends much of the book talking about one guy in particular, Jim Carter, who has been working on his mechanistic Theory of Everything for almost 50 years, publishing numerous books but zero peer-reviewed articles.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: LaPalida on November 20, 2011, 11:12:15 AM
Don't know if he has already been suggested or has been interviewed... but David Suzuki... he's awesome!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on November 20, 2011, 11:40:43 AM
Don't know if he has already been suggested or has been interviewed... but David Suzuki... he's awesome!

Love him
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ufo on November 23, 2011, 08:23:19 PM
Sam Harris.   I would love to hear Dr. Steve and the Rogues discuss the two recent articles on Sam's website:  The Mystery of Consciousness (parts 1 and 2).  Sam seems to be tippy toe-ing around the edge of mysticism by his assertion that the emergence of consciousness from physical processes must remain forever almost as mysterious as the creation of the universe from "nothing".  Sounds like he's getting very close to Eric Kvaalen's idea that there are some questions that just can't be answered by science.  Eric is a frequent kibbitzer on NewScientist articles' comments section.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ufo on November 23, 2011, 11:45:46 PM
Jonathan Weiler

Weiler is co-author, with Marc Hetherington of Vanderbilt, of the book Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics.

He was interviewed on a recent SGI Point of Inquiry podcast and his comments there were the best exposition of the scientific worldview which I've heard in quite a while.

It raised an interesting question for me which I’ve not seen explored scientifically anywhere yet.

Why are Christians mostly not running amok?

Catholics can always confess their sins and be absolved of anything from theft to child rape and murder, so what stops most of them doing this on a regular basis…. i.e. give in to whatever base impulses they may have and then confess and be absolved?  I know one person who is in some weird religious fundamentalist sect which holds that the one and only thing which is required to get into heaven is to accept Jesus as your lord and saviour.  I flat out asked him if Hitler could have availed himself of this get out of hell free card and his answer was “yes”.  I didn’t ask him why he didn’t kill his wife and kids for the insurance money when he tired of living with them since he could still go to heaven by judicious use of that card in the last minutes of a completely amoral, hedonistic life—for fear of endangering his family, but it remains a question for me.  I know there are some Christian terrorists who take the bible too literally and do act on what they believe it instructs them to do, but these are in a small minority.

Why is that?  More to the point, how do they explain that to themselves? As Weiler points out, there is nothing special about human pro-social behaviour. It is present in all social animals, but how do the self-proclaimed believers in the holy books explain it in terms of their beliefs?

Obviously, Christian dogma, (and perhaps even less so Muslim dogma), does not really provide much of a push toward a moral life.  The biggest crime to a muslim or a devout christian is to question their respective religious dogma.  Murder, torture, genocide, human sacrifice are all minor pecadillos compared to that and are easily forgiven and in some cases even encouraged.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on November 25, 2011, 11:24:16 PM
It raised an interesting question for me which I’ve not seen explored scientifically anywhere yet.

Why are Christians mostly not running amok?

Catholics can always confess their sins and be absolved of anything from theft to child rape and murder, so what stops most of them doing this on a regular basis…. i.e. give in to whatever base impulses they may have and then confess and be absolved?

what would science offer to that question?

police exist; they're not smart enough to avoid being caught; prison sucks.
I don't see why my amoral atheist reasons can't work for them.

Why is that?  More to the point, how do they explain that to themselves? As Weiler points out, there is nothing special about human pro-social behaviour. It is present in all social animals, but how do the self-proclaimed believers in the holy books explain it in terms of their beliefs?

if they don't want to do something, they can say they're good
if they want to, but don't do it, they can say their religion helps them
if they want to, and do, they can say the flesh is weak and man is fallen.

but what does their delusion about why they do what they do matter?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on November 27, 2011, 09:20:00 PM

if they want to, but don't do it, they can say their religion helps them

But this doesn't explain the behavior of people who believe the only thing that matters is accepting Jesus as one's savior, and only partially explains good behavior by people who believe they can simply repent and be forgiven. As for why it's a scientific question, I think social scientists, as well as biologists studying sociality in non-humans, could offer heaps of non-religious explanations.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on November 27, 2011, 09:30:56 PM

if they want to, but don't do it, they can say their religion helps them

But this doesn't explain the behavior of people who believe the only thing that matters is accepting Jesus as one's savior, and only partially explains good behavior by people who believe they can simply repent and be forgiven. As for why it's a scientific question, I think social scientists, as well as biologists studying sociality in non-humans, could offer heaps of non-religious explanations.

are you sure such people exist? (in other words, are you sure they don't believe they have to ask for god's grace, to actually repent their fallen ways, that, rather, they can be idolatrise and sinful without restraint or asking for strength to resist, and God having no choice but to give them the salvation they want?)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on November 27, 2011, 09:42:59 PM
are you sure such people exist?

I'm not sure that any significant number of people with such an extreme view exist, but I do think there are people who believe asking for forgiveness and salvation is by far the most important moral imperative, and that sin is in fact unavoidable. But to be honest, I have trouble making sense of anything that these people believe. It simply doesn't make sense to me and never has.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ufo on November 27, 2011, 10:49:48 PM
are you sure such people exist?

I'm not sure that any significant number of people with such an extreme view exist, but I do think there are people who believe asking for forgiveness and salvation is by far the most important moral imperative, and that sin is in fact unavoidable. But to be honest, I have trouble making sense of anything that these people believe. It simply doesn't make sense to me and never has.

I know one person who is in some weird religious cult -- I presume he's not the only member since he has bible study sessions with them.  I suspect from some of his comments that it is some variant on prosperity theology. He says that the only thing that matters is accepting Jesus as your savior.   I did ask him about the case of Hitler.  If he accepted Jesus just before he shot himself, would he go to heaven?  The answer was "Yes". 

I suspect a significant fraction of the religious right in the US hold this belief -- based on how they keep bloviating about the need to accept Jesus as your savior.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ufo on November 27, 2011, 11:01:07 PM
Massimo Pigliucci 

It would be fascinating to hear how the SGU crew's insights into the latest neuroscience compares with Massimo's latest comments in his Rationally Speaking Blog on the subject of free will.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on November 27, 2011, 11:36:35 PM
We are meat machines!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on November 27, 2011, 11:47:41 PM
I know one person who is in some weird religious cult -- I presume he's not the only member since he has bible study sessions with them.  I suspect from some of his comments that it is some variant on prosperity theology. He says that the only thing that matters is accepting Jesus as your savior.

if that's all that matters, why the need for private religious culty goodness?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on November 27, 2011, 11:53:07 PM
We are meat machines!

speak for yourself.
I'm a spiritual machine inside a meaty vehicle. I come from a magical universe where causation is what I make it.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ufo on November 29, 2011, 12:57:59 PM
Anu Garg of wordsmith.org.   His email newsletter as well as distributing a word a day with a brief history of how it came to be an English word -- which is why I subscribed in the first place, is also a font of excellent sceptical (shut up, you damned American spell checker, it's "sceptical" NOT "skeptical"!  :) ) quotes.   Today's being L Ron Hubbard's famous quote explaining the true origins of the Scientology cult.   From his selection of quotes, it is pretty clear that he has a sceptical bent.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ufo on December 17, 2011, 10:03:30 PM
Bill Maher.   I would love to hear him defend his anti-vax position (or better yet discover that he has reversed it) against Dr. Steven and the Rogues.   His documentary "Religulous" was great and he seems to be pretty much on board with all the things I'm skeptical of except for his conspiracy theories re medicine and health care.   It shouldn't be that much of a stretch to point out to him the parallels between "911 Truther" conspiracy theory and anti-vax.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on December 18, 2011, 11:48:43 PM
I think Bill Maher would make a great guest, but I can't picture him agreeing to it. I enjoy his show, and Religulous, but he spends a lot of time poo-pooing anyone who disagrees with him and doesn't seem to take criticism very well. It's too bad, really.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on December 19, 2011, 12:53:01 AM
I don't really follow US talk shows these days. does Maher ever feature on anyone else's TV show? is there any chance he'd go on anyone's podcast?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on December 19, 2011, 03:07:24 AM
Bill Maher was featured on Nerdist podcast #34 (http://www.nerdist.com/2010/08/nerdist-podcast-34-bill-maher/), and I remember seeing him make a few appearances to promote Religulous, I think he was on The Daily Show for this. But none of these appearances were even remotely confrontational. I can't picture him volunteering to appear on a podcast where he would be challenged for his views. I think it would be great if he would do it, I just can't picture it.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: magra178 on December 19, 2011, 05:05:06 PM
Bill Maher does a number of shows.  He used to go on Larry King quite a bit (I know, not a good endorsement).  He's also been on Leno a few times in the last few years.  I also enjoy his show, and have seen him live (very funny), but he is out there on food and health.  I would love for him to be on the SGU.  As Dr. Gorski pointed out, he seems to mold his opinion on how it reflects on his politics.  So when Bachman was saying crazy shit about vaccines, he made fun of it, and also seemed acceptable of vaccines (without really taking a side).  But he says a number of things I don't agree with, but usually it's funny, and he can get away with it.  When he's putting it as opinion and fact, it gets a bit annoying.

I would also love you to have the nerdist guys on, particularly chris hardwick.  On the WTF podcast, he briefly mentioned he occasionally emails with Jenny McCarthy, and it made me curious what he thinks about anti-vaccine, promoting science, but has this friendly history with her.  I also heard him mention in a nerdist about aspartame causing cancer, which through me for a loop.  he seems to like science, but not always so skeptical.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on December 19, 2011, 07:24:02 PM
I would also love you to have the nerdist guys on, particularly chris hardwick.  On the WTF podcast, he briefly mentioned he occasionally emails with Jenny McCarthy, and it made me curious what he thinks about anti-vaccine, promoting science, but has this friendly history with her.  I also heard him mention in a nerdist about aspartame causing cancer, which through me for a loop.  he seems to like science, but not always so skeptical.

I can't recall anything specific, but I have the general impression that they're not terribly knowledgable about anything beneath technology.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ufo on December 21, 2011, 11:36:46 PM
We are meat machines!

speak for yourself.
I'm a spiritual machine inside a meaty vehicle. I come from a magical universe where causation is what I make it.

We are "meet" machines.  (We like to meet... or we are generally appropriate... or both   :)  )
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on December 27, 2011, 11:21:41 PM
… he seems to like science, but not always so skeptical.

I can't recall anything specific, but I have the general impression that they're not terribly knowledgable about anything beneath technology.

That's my impression. I think they would be inclined to believe a scientist if one told them that, for example, aspartame doesn't cause cancer. Chris Hardwick would make a fantastic guest.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Anders on December 30, 2011, 11:02:21 AM
David Attenborough, to talk about the miracles of science.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Rai on December 30, 2011, 11:25:46 AM
David Attenborough, to talk about the miracles of science.

Seconded.

Or wait. It's David Attenborough, to talk about anything. I could listen to him reading TPS reports all day long.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: WC on December 30, 2011, 11:32:06 AM
David Freakin' Attenborough!!!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: magra178 on January 11, 2012, 01:55:22 PM
could you get tim tebag tebow on please!!!!  even though I can't stand him, I'd love that so much.

that guy who started/hosts TMZ would be good too, harvey levin (I think).  he actually seems like a skeptical person.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ufo on January 12, 2012, 12:26:37 AM
Jake Farr-Wharton (pronounced Jake Fire-Water :)  )  of  ImaginaryFriendsShow.com, "The One True Pode Caest".   This guy is mainly on about atheism but also discusses all manner of skeptical issues (anti-vax is a biggie) in an entirely hilarious, yet fact filled manner.   His book "Letters to Christian Leaders -- Hollow be thy claims" is at once an incredibly incisive take-down of the religious right and a ROTFLMAO hilarious read.   One of my favorite snippets from his book is:  "Religion is a sexually transmitted disease."
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: believeitornot on January 21, 2012, 08:16:51 AM
1up for Naomi Oreskes and/or Erik M. Conway, authors of "Merchants of Doubt".
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: lukebourassa on February 03, 2012, 06:43:10 PM
I wanted to suggest interviewing Michael A. Nielsen, author of "Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science."

I heard him on Science Friday. He's written a book about science being performed "more in public," so knowledge in science is much more like Wikipedia. On one hand, I think that's a great idea, since it seems to me that journal articles are too difficult to get for the lay person and that the infrastructure of science knowledge seems fairly antiquated and clunky. On the other hand, knowing that science is often politicized and that there are numerous individuals who would willfully wish to spread dis- and misinformation about certain scientific concepts and discoveries, I would wonder how this "more open" science would work.

Most people take for granted that Wikipedia should be viewed with a dose of skepticism, despite being constantly checked by the "hive." But a Science Wikipedia has potentially much more on the line than an article about Jim Carey, G.I. Joe toys, or the history of Baltimore.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on February 03, 2012, 06:53:29 PM
The preparing for armaggedan thing sounded interesting. Lots of cool crazy talk! No thanks
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on February 04, 2012, 12:04:33 AM
I wanted to suggest interviewing Michael A. Nielsen, author of "Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science."

I heard him on Science Friday. He's written a book about science being performed "more in public," so knowledge in science is much more like Wikipedia. On one hand, I think that's a great idea, since it seems to me that journal articles are too difficult to get for the lay person and that the infrastructure of science knowledge seems fairly antiquated and clunky. On the other hand, knowing that science is often politicized and that there are numerous individuals who would willfully wish to spread dis- and misinformation about certain scientific concepts and discoveries, I would wonder how this "more open" science would work.

Most people take for granted that Wikipedia should be viewed with a dose of skepticism, despite being constantly checked by the "hive." But a Science Wikipedia has potentially much more on the line than an article about Jim Carey, G.I. Joe toys, or the history of Baltimore.

Sounds like a very interesting guest, I'm downloading the Science Friday episode now. I think open science is a good idea, but I think there will always be a place for highly technical journal articles.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: seaotter on February 04, 2012, 01:44:07 PM
The preparing for armaggedan thing sounded interesting. Lots of cool crazy talk! No thanks

Wow. More drunk posting evidence. Wrong thread.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Mr. Pedantic on February 07, 2012, 01:34:40 AM
I'd really like to hear some more interviews with professional science journalists. I really liked the interviews with John Rennie, Steve Mirsky, and the other people at SciAm, and it seems they have a lot of stories to tell and wisdom to impart.

Just my two cents.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Lyk on February 10, 2012, 06:49:10 PM
My favorite interviews are with people that have an unusual or surprising angle to the skeptical movement. I'd also like to see an interview about the global warming issue.

I'd therefore recommend to interview Admiral David Titley, chief oceanographer of the U.S. Navy. He is the head of a task force dealing with the implications of climate change to the DoD, both in terms of international security as well as in terms of more mundane consequences such as adapting naval infrastructure. There are a bunch of indie-interviews with him on youtube, so it might be worth trying to get him on the show.

Rear Admiral David Titley, US Navy, discusses climate change at COP17 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBXYO-fWU64#)

TEDxPentagon - Rear Admiral David Titley, USN - Climate Change and National Security (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7udNMqRmqV8#)


For some reason he also reminds me of Steven Novella, but that's not the point.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ST on February 14, 2012, 09:17:59 AM
I known it has been said already, but Richard Dawkins! IMO the most inspiring science writer today. He has a rare ability to create enthusiasm for his subject.

Some other suggestions:

Daniel Dennett: Could be interesting due to conciousness and philosophy of science.

Nick Sagan: A son of Carl Sagan who somewhat goes in his father's footsteps.

Ann Druyan: For obvious reasons.

Larry Page and/or Sergey Brin: Yes, I'm serious. They have a background in (computer) science (and are stinking rich!) and Google has started to host an annual science fair (http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair) in cooperation with Scientific American and National Geographic.

Barack Obama: If Jimmy Carter was possible, then why not? Obama has said he wants to restore science to its rightful place among other things. It could be worth asking him more closely exactly what that place is, in his view.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: OneBrownMouse on February 21, 2012, 06:11:01 PM
I second Naomi Oreskes and/or Erik M. Conway, authors of "Merchants of Doubt".  Really good look into people misusing the term skeptic to drive a political agenda.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Shadow Of A Doubt on February 22, 2012, 03:01:43 PM
I saw a talk by Naomi Oreskes online a few years ago on global warming and it was really good. So consider her thirded.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ufo on February 26, 2012, 02:04:53 PM
Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss   -- rumor has it he has a new book out  :)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: cedric86 on February 27, 2012, 09:46:39 PM
Vincent Racaniello (website (http://microbiology.columbia.edu/Poliolab/polio.html)), host of This Week in Virology and a couple other excellent podcasts. I believe I've suggested him before, but it would be great to hear him summarize the recent issues surrounding the publication of the controversial H5N1 ("bird flu") research. He could also talk about the (false) XMRV/chronic fatigue connection, which is older news but I think would be of interest to SGU listeners. Or he could talk about vaccines, although that's sort of been done to death.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: xxi_centuryboy on March 04, 2012, 08:44:36 AM
It would be interesting to hear Richard Dawkins interviewed for a variety of reasons. I am sure you have asked him on in the past, but he is such a controversial figure both respected and reviled by the skeptic community. It would be nice to hear him questioned on his science award going to Bill Maher, his comments on Rebecca's blog, and his theories of the Selfish gene in comparison to other theories of evolution. I am not so interested in his opinions on religion, that is tangential to science imho. Getting into the nitty gritty of the differences in modern evolutionary science would be a nice step forward since most of the podcasts cover fights over teaching evolution versus creationism, but I would rather hear about an in depth analysis of what evolution is and where modern evolutionary theory is going. Also Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, the authors of the Philosophy series on Philogagging "Plato and a Platypus walk into a Bar" etc, would be fun as they seem to be philosophically experts on logic and reasoning.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ST on March 06, 2012, 04:59:46 PM
It would be interesting to hear Richard Dawkins interviewed for a variety of reasons. I am sure you have asked him on in the past, but he is such a controversial figure both respected and reviled by the skeptic community. It would be nice to hear him questioned on his science award going to Bill Maher, his comments on Rebecca's blog, and his theories of the Selfish gene in comparison to other theories of evolution. I am not so interested in his opinions on religion, that is tangential to science imho. Getting into the nitty gritty of the differences in modern evolutionary science would be a nice step forward since most of the podcasts cover fights over teaching evolution versus creationism, but I would rather hear about an in depth analysis of what evolution is and where modern evolutionary theory is going. Also Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, the authors of the Philosophy series on Philogagging "Plato and a Platypus walk into a Bar" etc, would be fun as they seem to be philosophically experts on logic and reasoning.

Dawkins would certainly disagree with the bolded part, as he views the existence of God as a scientific hypothesis, and his understanding of evolution leads him to atheism. I think Dawkins in a hypothetical interview should be asked why he rejects NOMA, which I think all SGU rouges (except possibly Rebecca) endorse (but far from all scientists (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2009/06/23/science-and-religion-are-not-compatible/)).

For the rest, I agree that all those questions you listed are of interest in a potential Dawkins interview.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Had Matter on March 12, 2012, 06:14:19 PM
I suggest you interview Eliezer Yudkowsky, rationalist, founder of Less Wrong and soon to be up and running Center for Modern Rationality.  He's also the author of the epic and amazingly entertaining fanfic Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (http://hpmor.com).

Thanks!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GrantB on March 14, 2012, 10:39:19 PM
I would like to recommend an interview with Matthew Dentith (http://all-embracing.episto.org/about/) from New Zealand. His website is here: http://all-embracing.episto.org (http://all-embracing.episto.org)

He has now completed a PhD in ‘Conspiracy Theories’, and besides writing a number of articles and helping to develop critical thinking courses, does a short weekly segment on a local radio station I listen to (95bfm). He is a funny guy, but shows a lot of compassion in not just dismissing ‘conspiracy nut-bars’ but seeking to understand why people believe the things they do.

He has invested a lot of time on things like trying to understand why David Icke (and his followers) believe in what they do. Blog entries (http://all-embracing.episto.org/2011/11/11/the-lion-sleeps-no-more-my-life-with-icke/).

Has also done a recent sounding trip, sponsored in part by the US military (i.e Air Force Office of Scientific Research) on 'Influence and Persuasion in the Formation and Sustainment of Social-Fringe Groups' . Thought it was an interesting sounding overlap where belief in things like conspiracy theories leads into more extreme beliefs including terrorism.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Neko-chan on April 16, 2012, 10:56:08 AM
Hi,
this is my first time on the forums, although I've listened to all the shows now, and started helping on the transcription project.

I'd like to suggest an interview with Elon Musk, or someone at http://www.spacex.com/ (http://www.spacex.com/). There's often been talk of private space ventures on the SGU, and of course his interview on the Daily Show was very short, although entertaining.

Thanks for all the hard work!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ST on April 23, 2012, 08:45:00 AM
I suggest you interview Eliezer Yudkowsky, rationalist, founder of Less Wrong and soon to be up and running Center for Modern Rationality.  He's also the author of the epic and amazingly entertaining fanfic Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (http://hpmor.com).

Thanks!

But Yudkowsky is an anti-science crank (http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Talk:Eliezer_Yudkowsky#Crank.3F).
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Gerbig on April 23, 2012, 09:05:11 AM
More interviews with true believers!

Thats all I have to say

Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on April 23, 2012, 07:06:36 PM
Before you suggest that EVIL again, I recommend you go back and listen to the hollow earth guy one more time. Guhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Gerbig on April 23, 2012, 07:52:14 PM
Before you suggest that EVIL again, I recommend you go back and listen to the hollow earth guy one more time. Guhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Neil Adams?

He was entertaining as hell, I enjoyed every min of it
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Shadow Of A Doubt on April 23, 2012, 08:51:40 PM
Before you suggest that EVIL again, I recommend you go back and listen to the hollow earth guy one more time. Guhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Neil Adams?

He was entertaining as hell, I enjoyed every min of it

DoubleGuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhtoyoumyfinesir
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on April 24, 2012, 11:38:45 PM
Mountain of Madness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXesMkAYh44#)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: caue on April 25, 2012, 03:41:59 PM
Scott Adams

I suppose it's been long time since a non-skeptical has been interviewed - though I'm not sure if it's even possible to bring him.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on April 25, 2012, 11:42:48 PM
Scott Adams

I suppose it's been long time since a non-skeptical has been interviewed - though I'm not sure if it's even possible to bring him.

for a moment there I thought you were talking about Adam Scott.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: RatBite on May 31, 2012, 04:48:11 PM
I would bet that NASA's James Hansen would enjoy being on your excellent show. As you no doubt know,  he is perhaps the world's foremost authority on climate change.

[You never learn anything from an argument that you win...... Jane Doe]
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: believeitornot on June 15, 2012, 08:34:48 PM
After listening to last weeks episode with the cast once again baffled over WHY (in Darwin's/Einstein's/Newton's name) these special interest people and religious nuts don't seem to mind the blatant mistakes they are making and then again resorting to the scientists/liberals standard method of explaining facts (which the people making the mistakes will again happily ignore and counter with - often ad-hoc - rationales) I think it's time to bring in Chris Mooney again, who recently published his book "The Republican Brain", which scientifically and in great detail deals with the question why these falsehoods persist and why the ones commiting them don't seem to care about objective truth the way most of us here see it.

Yes, it's a partisan topic, but when the mounting evidence leads to a certain conclusion it shouldn't be ignored for conveniences sake. Michael Shermer deals with the question of different values in his latest book (great one, too IMO), but then shies away from the controversy.

I'd also like to see a brain expert and relentless skeptic like Steve examine Mooney's work and his conclusions.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: uolj on June 15, 2012, 09:54:16 PM
After listening to last weeks episode with the cast once again baffled over WHY (in Darwin's/Einstein's/Newton's name) these special interest people and religious nuts don't seem to mind the blatant mistakes they are making and then again resorting to the scientists/liberals standard method of explaining facts (which the people making the mistakes will again happily ignore and counter with - often ad-hoc - rationales) I think it's time to bring in Chris Mooney again, who recently published his book "The Republican Brain", which scientifically and in great detail deals with the question why these falsehoods persist and why the ones commiting them don't seem to care about objective truth the way most of us here see it.

Yes, it's a partisan topic, but when the mounting evidence leads to a certain conclusion it shouldn't be ignored for conveniences sake. Michael Shermer deals with the question of different values in his latest book (great one, too IMO), but then shies away from the controversy.

I'd also like to see a brain expert and relentless skeptic like Steve examine Mooney's work and his conclusions.

I like Dan Kahan's and Jonathan Haidt's takes on that issue a little better (both talked to Mooney on Point of Inquiry about this somewhat recently). Either would be interesting interviews as well. And if you're worried about too much partisanship on the podcast, their takes are less divisive.

Or maybe someone like Daniel Kahneman.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Kwisatz Haderach on June 16, 2012, 05:02:20 AM
I would love to hear an interview with Eliezer Yudkowsky, or at least hear the rogues discuss the good and bad points of his ideas, including his incredibly entertaining Harry Potter "fanfic", Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (http://hpmor.com/), which sometimes seems like a good intro to critical thinking, sometimes borders on the religion of "scientism", and is sometime just plain woo-woo!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: believeitornot on June 16, 2012, 05:41:23 PM

I like Dan Kahan's and Jonathan Haidt's takes on that issue a little better (both talked to Mooney on Point of Inquiry about this somewhat recently). Either would be interesting interviews as well. And if you're worried about too much partisanship on the podcast, their takes are less divisive.

Or maybe someone like Daniel Kahneman.

Thanks, I'll listen to those interviews!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Disappointed on June 23, 2012, 01:21:51 PM
I agree with more guests from the opposing positions (anti-vaccine proponents, psychics, creationists). First, I think it would be a test for the panel to maintain their composure and, second, would sharpen everyone's understanding of the different perspectives, which is very helpful when discussing a position.

Authors of several recent popular books such as Imagine, Compass of Pleasure, Blink, etc.

Derek Murphy, author of Jesus Potter, Harry Christ.

Jon Stewart - it would be very interesting to get his ideas on how he challenges controversial guests. This may give our community insights in to our dealings with similar guets.

Ginger Campbell from the Brain Science podcast

Deepak Chopra - let's hear from the woo practitioners

As much as I like some of the stalward guests (e.g. Phil Plait, Neil deGrasse Tysen), a broader and more controversial range of guests would deepen our understanding of their perspectives. Sometimes it seems like it's a mutual admiration society of communal back-slapping, rather than a means to challenge our thinking and sharpen our arguments.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Lzrd on June 25, 2012, 10:23:13 AM
Deepak Chopra - let's hear from the woo practitioners

They should rather just interview Wisdom of Chopra (http://www.wisdomofchopra.com/). It'd basically be the same.

In all seriousness, I doubt interviewing Chopra would actually be productive. His vocabulary is filled to the brim with nonsense jargon that would eventually overwhelm the panel. If you could get him to dig deep on a few very specific topics, then maybe, but I doubt that's very likely.
You can get your fill of his wisdom on the intertubes already.
Such as:
this discussion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWTolxmNHUU)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ST on July 08, 2012, 02:26:31 PM
Deepak Chopra - let's hear from the woo practitioners

They should rather just interview Wisdom of Chopra (http://www.wisdomofchopra.com/). It'd basically be the same.

In all seriousness, I doubt interviewing Chopra would actually be productive. His vocabulary is filled to the brim with nonsense jargon that would eventually overwhelm the panel. If you could get him to dig deep on a few very specific topics, then maybe, but I doubt that's very likely.
You can get your fill of his wisdom on the intertubes already.
Such as:
this discussion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWTolxmNHUU)

At least Chopra was semi-consistent. That lady was the worst member in the discussion by far. She should not have been invited. Heck Sarah Palin would have been better.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: uolj on July 09, 2012, 01:30:42 PM

I like Dan Kahan's and Jonathan Haidt's takes on that issue a little better (both talked to Mooney on Point of Inquiry about this somewhat recently). Either would be interesting interviews as well. And if you're worried about too much partisanship on the podcast, their takes are less divisive.

Or maybe someone like Daniel Kahneman.

Thanks, I'll listen to those interviews!

The more I think about it, the more I think Kahan would be great just talking about the science of science communication rather than anything political. I'd love to hear the rogues discuss with him findings on why people believe pseudoscience and how best to communicate the real science.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: GodSlayer on July 11, 2012, 05:04:36 AM
Jon Stewart - it would be very interesting to get his ideas on how he challenges controversial guests. This may give our community insights in to our dealings with similar guets.

from what I've seen of his show, it seems more like having an atheist invited to a church for a debate: the opponent brings up a point, then Stewart interjects his values and his audience cheers in approval and agreement with him. nothing is ever really attacked or defended.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: superdave on July 11, 2012, 09:53:38 AM
I've suggested this before, but I think I would be a great guest.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: skepjack on January 28, 2015, 05:18:43 PM
Can Cara Santa Maria be the new Rebecca Watson?

Please, please, please!!!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: AQB24712 on January 28, 2015, 08:07:51 PM
I've suggested this before, but I think I would be a great guest.

I invite you to state your case.  :raise:
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Soldier of FORTRAN on February 03, 2015, 04:38:52 AM
General Argument #1: Superdave as test control.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Cattus on February 20, 2015, 11:57:27 PM
There has been quite a bit of press on the Toronto Star article on Feb. 5, titled: “A wonder drug’s dark side”.
The latest news on this is :http://www.thestar.com/news/2015/02/20/a-note-from-the-publisher.html

I think it might be an interesting thing to talk about the article and the fallout from this in all the various media, and even perhaps interview either the original 'reporters' or the publisher. 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: ArtifexCr@stinus on March 14, 2015, 06:28:49 PM
Get Eliezer Yudkowsky now that he has finished his incredibly long rationalist fan fiction of Harry Potter titled Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (HPMOR). I'd love to hear you guys interview him about this story, Less Wrong, and his work in AI.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on May 03, 2015, 05:27:45 PM
Belgian philosopher and skeptic Maarten Boudry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maarten_Boudry) would be an excellent choice.

Also I think Robert Todd Carroll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Todd_Carroll), author of The Skeptic's Dictionary would be interesting.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on May 04, 2015, 02:01:11 PM
Another suggestion: Jim Al-Khalili (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Al-Khalili)

He is the president of the British Humanist Association. Nonetheless, he is very science-focused (really, he should be in the skeptic movement).
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Anders on May 06, 2015, 12:02:59 PM
AronRa - teaches the problems with Creationism to Christians with his YouTube series Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism. He has also debated a woman who believes dinosaurs never existed - they're a conspiracy from the paleontologists.

Nash Bozard - has the popular "What the fuck is wrong with you" podcast where he addresses the most insane stories he and his audience can find. But he has pretty sophisticated protocols to ensure he isn't taken in by a hoax. Interviewing him about skepticism in journalism can be interesting. And he thinks "Highlander" is a pretty meh movie. That should be enough to start a conversation in itself.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: featherfour on May 22, 2015, 07:07:12 PM
I would love to hear another interview with Robyn Williams. I've been listening to his radio show since I was at high school, and I guess he does for me what Bill Nye does for Americans. He's such a wonderful science communicator.

I'd also love to hear an interview with Dr Normal Swan who is also an ABC Radio National journalist. Norman is lovely to listen to and a great proponent for evidence based medicine – I'd like to know more about the difference between evidence based medicine and science based medicine.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: fil512 on May 25, 2015, 09:52:21 PM
You need to interview this local hero from NZ.  I saw these on sale in Canada today and was astonished at the bold claims on the packaging.

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/advertising-complaint-upheld-against-no-jet-lag-pill-2014101319#axzz3bCmPeXCr
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Craig C on May 28, 2015, 09:52:58 AM
woops, wrong topic, I moved the post.  Nothing to see here.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: PabloHoney on July 21, 2015, 03:16:22 PM
I spoke with Brian Deer at some length at TAM this past weekend. 
http://briandeer.com/

He has some fascinating stories about his take-down of Andrew Wakefield - would make a great interview!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on July 23, 2015, 12:56:54 AM
Completely OT but is your screen name a Jerky Boys reference?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: PabloHoney on July 23, 2015, 10:15:31 AM
Completely OT but is your screen name a Jerky Boys reference?

You got it, Sizzlechest!
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Johnny Slick on July 24, 2015, 05:27:26 PM
My daughter is throwing up on the floor and you give me coupons?? I BOMB YOUR PLACE >:(
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on September 26, 2015, 05:28:06 AM
Ann Druyan. Carl Sagan's widow, and clearly passionate about continuing his legacy.

Overall, it seems like interviews have been decreasing in number over the years.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on October 22, 2015, 02:29:41 PM
I'd suggest Eliezer Yudkowsky (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliezer_Yudkowsky). Part smart, part crackpot. He is nowhere near being one of the "big guys" (like say Dawkins or Tyson) and it should therefore not be hard to make him agree to an interview.

RationalWiki (http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Eliezer_Yudkowsky) has a more thorough (and not very flattering) entry on him.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: PabloHoney on November 10, 2015, 12:39:05 PM
Sam Harris about his book Waking Up.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on November 10, 2015, 05:19:01 PM
Sam Harris about his book Waking Up.

Or about his meta-ethics (I know Steve disagrees with it).
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on December 20, 2015, 06:22:05 PM
I'd suggest you interview Dan Larhammar, professor in molecular cell biology at Uppsala University, and has been called "chief of the Swedish skeptics". He has been active in debunking creationism and alternative medicine.

His Twitter account: https://twitter.com/danlarhammar
His university site: http://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=N96-4750
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Pyrus on March 08, 2016, 06:35:49 PM
Dr. Aaron Carroll of Healthcare Triage fame.

Bio: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/about/about-aaron/
HCT: https://www.youtube.com/user/thehealthcaretriage/featured
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: fuzzyMarmot on April 05, 2016, 10:18:06 PM
Maria Konnikova, a great skeptic and science communicator. http://www.mariakonnikova.com (http://www.mariakonnikova.com)

Cathy O'Neil, blogs as the "math babe". Has a forthcoming book called "Weapons of Math Destruction". She argues that we need to approach mathematical models and algorithms with a much more skeptical eye. http://boingboing.net/2016/01/06/weapons-of-math-destruction-h.html (http://boingboing.net/2016/01/06/weapons-of-math-destruction-h.html)
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Billzbub on April 21, 2016, 02:05:00 PM
I saw this article on Fox News about Mariah Walton, who was born with a heart condition that could have been treated if here parents hadn’t been religious nuts.  Now she’s grown up and wants to raise awareness of the balance between freedom of religion and the rights of children to be healthy.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/21/idaho-woman-blames-parents-for-health-woes-seeks-change-in-law-protecting-faith-healers.html?intcmp=hpbt3

I don’t know if she wants to be in the spotlight personally, but I would love to hear an interview with her on the SGU.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: bibliotequetress on June 16, 2016, 08:06:34 AM
Has Susan Clancy, author of Abducted; How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens (http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674024014&content=reviews) been interviewed on SGU before? She didn't come up in a search. Not only is her work fascinating on its own merits, but I've found it useful in helping be patient with a paranoid, delusional family member.

Ted Daeschler was on the team that found Tiktaalik roseae (http://tiktaalik.uchicago.edu/) and is an excellent speaker. He's with the Academy of Natural Sciences (http://clade.ansp.org/vert_zoology/people/daeschler/) and also teaches at Drexel (http://drexel.edu/coas/faculty-research/faculty-directory/Daeschler/).
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Jayhox on June 18, 2016, 04:03:30 PM
I would highly recommend Lydia Finch, an ex-Jehovah's witness in the UK who is speaking out against the abuses (sexual and psychological) within the church. Her story is moving and compelling, and it was science and skepticism that led her away from her traumatic past and into being an advocate for people in the religion who are afraid to leave or for people who have left but are isolated and shunned.  She would be fantastic.   (I posted a YouTube of an interview in the Religion section of the forum.  Check it out.)

Grant
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: believeitornot on August 07, 2016, 04:57:27 AM
Todd Rider, a brilliant scientists with accomplishments in a variety of fields (for instance, he proved that many types of fusion reactor cannot work) and who's got a viable method for a comprehensive antiviral drug but cannot get funding.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on September 18, 2016, 01:11:30 PM
I would suggest interviewing Amardeo Sarma (https://twitter.com/amardeo/with_replies), co-founder of GWUP, the German national skeptical association, as well as ECSO, the European umbrella group of skeptical organizations.

Here (http://theesp.eu/podcast_archive/episode_024_amardeo_sarma.html) is an interview with him in the European Skeptics Podcast.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: PabloHoney on September 27, 2016, 10:49:28 PM
I recommend you guys interview Richard J. Davidson. 
He studies the science of meditation - especially neuroscience and changes in the brains of meditators. 

Here's him on the excellent 10% Happier podcast.  Start listening at 44:45 to hear him talking about how he ensures scientific rigor in his studies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVB4QnEtLRI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVB4QnEtLRI)

Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: jpaulr on October 07, 2016, 12:48:55 PM
Jeff Goldbloom - He might be hard to get on the show, but I recommend listening to his interview on WTF, especially the last 20 minutes or so. Marc offhandedly says something about his astrological sign and Goldbloom responds with "you know that's bs, right?" Which prompts Goldbloom to talk about reading A Demon Haunted World, praising Neil deGrasse Tyson, and saying that Cosmos was the first show he'd show his kid. He also pointed out that he wore a leather jacket as Ian Malcolm because "scientists are cool."

While he's not a "career-skeptic", he said he's trying to be more skeptical and seemed very excited to promote science and skepticism. It'd be great to hear if he has a "conversion story" and how he gets-along in a business so filled of woo.
 
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Soldier of FORTRAN on December 28, 2016, 11:49:06 PM
Cross-podcast interviews with ...

Partially Derivative - Data science podcast that discusses a lot of current events.   Many angles here.

Arms Control Wonk Podcast - Arms control and pol-mil stuff.  I wonder if there's a skepticism angle on Russian 'information warfare' to be discussed here?
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: dwreed on January 05, 2017, 07:18:36 AM
Judith Curry just resigned as a Tenured Climatologist at Georgia Tech because of the Craziness in the industry. If you are not familiar with her work she has over 185 papers published on climate change. Because some of her work showed the deficiencies of climate modeling, some of her legitimate science work was politicized by the climate change denial movement and she has been vocal about the dangers of politicized consensus in science. Would be an interesting interview about how politics impacts science.

http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/04/georgia-tech-climatologist-judith-curry
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: werecow on January 05, 2017, 07:52:39 AM
Judith Curry just resigned as a Tenured Climatologist at Georgia Tech because of the Craziness in the industry. If you are not familiar with her work she has over 185 papers published on climate change. Because some of her work showed the deficiencies of climate modeling, some of her legitimate science work was politicized by the climate change denial movement and she has been vocal about the dangers of politicized consensus in science. Would be an interesting interview about how politics impacts science.

http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/04/georgia-tech-climatologist-judith-curry

I think this would be interesting, but I do hope that the rogues will ask some tough (https://www.skepticalscience.com/Judith_Curry_arg.htm) questions (https://www.skepticalscience.com/Judith_Curry_quote.htm) if they decide to go for the interview.
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: Sawyer on January 05, 2017, 10:02:59 AM
Judith Curry just resigned as a Tenured Climatologist at Georgia Tech because of the Craziness in the industry. If you are not familiar with her work she has over 185 papers published on climate change. Because some of her work showed the deficiencies of climate modeling, some of her legitimate science work was politicized by the climate change denial movement and she has been vocal about the dangers of politicized consensus in science. Would be an interesting interview about how politics impacts science.

http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/04/georgia-tech-climatologist-judith-curry

I feel Judith Curry is in the same boat with Bob Sears, the guy who kept proposing an alternative vaccine schedule.  Sure they might have been okay at their jobs, and their approaches to carve out a "middle ground" with pseudoscientists might have seemed sensible at first glance, but it all went horribly wrong.  Whenever they felt things weren't going their way, they focused all of their ire on the scientific community, and to staunchly refused to admit when they were wrong.

I don't care how great of a climate scientist Judith Curry was 20 years ago.  Her influence on the public's understanding of global warming is without a doubt a huge black mark on her reputation.  Even if a portion of her complaints about nastiness within the climatology community are true (as they almost surely are, since this is something that happens even in apolitical scientific disciplines), she never seems to have any reasonable suggestions of how to fix them, nor awareness that her own approach is making it worse.

Not interested in giving this person a platform on the SGU unless there is another senior climatologist on the show (which would still be blatant false balance in favor of climate deniers).
Title: Re: Podcast Interview suggestions
Post by: reevesAstronomy on July 15, 2017, 12:29:42 PM
Noam Chomsky

I've been digging into a lot of Noam Chomsky stuff (books and interviews) recently and I think he would be absolutely fascinating to have interviewed on the SGU. I think he still spends 4-6 hours a day just replying to correspondence (he replies to basically all of his emails) so I think he'd also be realistic to get in touch with and actually get on the show too.

I got the idea that he might be an excellent guest for the SGU after watching the dialogue between Lawrence Krauss and him:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBVb6wRdwV4