Virtually Speaking Science

Virtually Speaking Science


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Informal conversations hosted by science writers Alan Boyle, Jennifer Ouellette, Kelly Hills and Tom Levenson, who, with their guests, explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy, the history and economics of science, science deniers and its relationship to democracy, and the role of women in the sciences. Produced by Sherry Reson. Hosted in Second Life by the Exploratorium.

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Laurie Paul, philosophy professor at UC-North Carollina, Chapel Hill: We'll be talking about empathy and how this might affect our ability to imaginatively project from our current selves to our future selves — she's gonna love building an avatar, given her interest in how we form identity and what it means — and also she's become an outspoken opinionated on whether having a child can be considered a rational decision (she's pro-childless despite having two kids of her own). And she's a 2014 Guggenheim fellow… Per her website: "My main research interests are in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, especially temporal phenomenology, time, perception, the ontology of mental states, the philosophy of cognitive science, mereology, causation, constitution, and essence. I work on related topics in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of language."
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Alan Boyle talks with Jennifer Ouellette about Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self in which she turns her attention to the mysteries of human identity and behavior. She draws on genetics, neuroscience, and... more

Tom Levenson hosts a conversation with Katie Hinde — Harvard based evolutionary biologist and "major-domo" of the world-class awesome blog "Mammals Suck…Milk!" A wonderfully accessible hour + about how... more

In the wake of the Feb 4 debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and and creationist Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis), Alan Boyle (NBC News), Award winning filmmaker Antony Thomas (HBO's Questioning Darwin) and Josh... more

Jennifer Ouellette talks with Dave Goldberg about Ask a Physicist & THE UNIVERSE IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR Follow @askaphysicist @jenlucpiquant Tweet questions to #AskVS Give us a hand: check out Audible's free 30 day... more

Tom Levenson talks about The Poisoner's Handbook poison, the emergence of systematic chemistry as a tool, the issues we face of our ignorance of so much of the chemical universe — the West Virginia spill will be our proof... more

Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research returns to talk with Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle. B0yle on strange science. "Last, but not least, there are the Ig Nobel awards. These... more

Host Tom Levenson (MIT) talks with Maryn McKenna and Janet Stemwedel about about sexual harassment, gender discrimination and science writing. Follow @docfreeride @marynmck @TomLevenson Links, bios at more

MIT's Tom Levenson (Inverse Square and Balloon Juice) talks with theoretical physicist Matt Strassler about the Higg's Field, the Large Hadron Collider, the large data problem and what all this means for our understanding of physical... more

Theoretical physicists Sean Carroll & Matt Strassler comment on spreading scientific knowledge to a diverse and diversely informed public. They respond to a question asked during this hour-long conversation with Alan Boyle: Why the... more

Once again, Sean Carroll – author The Particle at the End of the Universe – & Matt Strassler talk particle physics, time and space and the importance of the Higgs Boson particle with Host Alan Boyle. Hosted in Second Life by... more
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