If you aren’t already a regular listener to For Good Reason, the interview podcast produced in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation, you owe it to yourself to become one. Hosted by JREF President and former Point of Inquiry host D.J. Grothe, For Good Reason is devoted to discussions of science, reason and skepticism, and why they are superior to blind faith and superstition. The most recent show (the last before a hiatus, recorded May 30) features a conversation with Massimo Pigliucci, who discusses the difficulties involved in separating science and non-science, among other things.
The archives, featuring links to every edition of For Good Reason since its debut in January, are a treasure, featuring guests like scientific paranormal investigator Ben Radford, comedian/filmmaker Paul Provenza, author of the excellent Big Bang and other books Simon Singh, and all around bad motherfucker and Master of Science Richard Dawkins.
Of the past shows, I most highly recommend this episode featuring Daniel Loxton, author of the children’s book, Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be. Why is it evolution is so rarely taught to young children? There are no good reasons, and a few very popular bad ones.
Incidentally, Massimo Pigliucci writes a blog of his own, Rationally Speaking. Today he published an article examining the divided reaction to the debate and eventual passage of health care reform earlier this year, which saw Republicans and conservatives attack President Obama for “ramming this down our throats,” while Democrats and liberals complained that the president was being too deferential to Republicans in soliciting and including their proposals in the reform legislation. It’s a good read, and Pigliucci — a master at parsing important details that are often overlooked in the crude approximation of debate practiced by the likes of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck — gets it, and the larger question of how open political debate ought to be in a democracy, just right, I think. Read it here.