I am a great fan of CBC radio’s “Ideas” podcasts, hosted by Paul Kennedy. Past episodes are available without charge at cbc.ca, iTunes and other sites, and all are entertaining. But the episode I listened to last night was exceptional. The topic is cultural cognition, the tendency of persons to make up their minds about risk based on social and cultural values (prejudice) rather than empirical evidence. Here is a link to the 54-minute podcast:
This episode is one of a series recorded at the Stratford Festival. It features CBC Massey Lecturer and Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs Janice Gross Stein; physician-scientist, author, and deep-sea explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis; and science broadcaster and writer Jay Ingram.
Paul Kennedy, “The Discovery of Other Worlds“, CBC Ideas, 1 December 2015.
Each of the three participants made important contributions, but I especially enjoyed that of Jay Ingram. His introductory statement begins at 12:51, ending at about the 31-minute mark. With the help of google, I was able to locate a short piece that Mr Ingram wrote on the subject three years ago. Here is a brief excerpt. (more…)