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Science, Science Journalism, and Civility In a Post-Rational Age

March 26, 2012 One Comment

David Sloan Wilson talks with science journalist David Berreby on how our current understanding of the human mind (the post-rationale age) requires adjustments in our social institutions predicated upon rationalism. Then the conversation turns to the nature of science, how science journalism differs from science, and the need for civility in any form of discourse to achieve productive outcomes.

A sample of posts from David Berreby’s “Mind Matters” blog on Big Think

Book: Us vs. Them: The Science of Identity

David Berreby’s blogs that are related to this conversation:

Refusing to believe contrary evidence

Stories affect perception

Narrative versus stochastic processes

Dangers of generalizing from small samples

Representing science to non-scientists

How NOT to use research on human behavior

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Published On: March 26, 2012

One Comment

  • Robert Plautz says:

    What a great choice for your show! “Us and Them” is one of the most important books I have read, and truly changed my outlook on life. It is extremely exciting for me to learn that David is writing another book. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for this interesting and thought-provoking video.

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