Since I like to imagine there are some other novice students of life looking in on these pages, I've put together highlights from his interview at "For Good Reason" and interjected some links to further reading, including a couple important videos related to climate science and the public dialogue in particular. Given by Naomi Oreskes and Ben Santer respectively. For good measure I've included the "Six Rules of Critical Thinking in Science".
Massimo gave another worth listening to interview at Point of Inquire with Chris Mooney.
http://www.pointofinquiry.org/massimo_pigliucci_nonsense_on_stilts/ | November 5, 2010
Philosopher and skeptic Massimo Pigliucci discusses the “demarcation problem” in the philosophy of science, which is how to tell what is science and what is not science, and what is pseudoscience.He talks about Karl Popper’s theory of falsifiability, comparing Einstein’s theory of general relativity with Freudian psychoanalytic theory.He draws a distinction between theories that are “unscientific” and theories that are merely “false,” and talks about Newtonian mechanics in this regard.He explains in what way astrology is more scientific than String Theory.He explains to what extent people, including the skeptics community, should just “trust consensus science,” and when the public should get a “second opinion” when given bad news by scientists regarding public controversies such as human caused global warming.He argues that there are not actually two sides to some of these issues.He explains what it means to be a skeptic, and argues what responsibilities skeptics have regarding the promotion of consensus science.
He explores why libertarianism may fuel global warming skepticism. And he details five questions to ask when evaluating someone’s expertise.
Climate Science & Falsifiability
Richard Lawson shows how Karl Popper can help settle the climate debate.
Falsifiable and falsification in science
Here's a good place to insert a talk with Naomi Oreskes author of Merchants of Doubt and Paul Kennedy a journalist. There's a lot of intro, the talk itself starts at 10:00
Published on Oct 7, 2013 -
Naomi Oreskes, co-author of the award-winning book Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, has studied the climate change debate as a historian and philosopher, and will explore the above questions, and more.
Oreskes works to expose deliberate attempts to sow confusion and doubt about important issues, such as climate change, is not based in rhetoric, as it is with some of the 'merchants of doubt' she writes about, but on looking at science using philosophical techniques.
Uploaded on May 13, 2010
(February 25, 2010) Ben Santer, a research scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, discusses the recent problems with the use of the freedom of information act for non-US citizens to demand complete records, including emails, on scientific research projects. Santer posits that this is a dangerous dilemma that will ultimately inhibit scientific research.
This course was originally presented in Stanford's Continuing Studies program.
Stanford University: http://www.stanford.edu/
Stanford University Channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/stanford
After J. Lett. 1990. A field guide to critical thinking. Skeptical Inquirer 14(2): 153-160.
Nonsense on Stilts
HOW TO TELL SCIENCE FROM BUNK
Another interesting read that fits right into this collection:
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James "the amazing" Randi and his clear observation People Need to Believe
and even viewing "An Honest Liar" the yet to be released documentary about his life and times,
which resulted in this recollection of the experience.
"An Honest Liar" - Considering James Randi