My guest today is Jerry Coyne, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, where he specializes in evolutionary genetics. New York Times bestselling author, his most recent book is Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible, In which he asserts that religion and science are not complementary, but rather compete with each other to understand the realities of our universe, but that only one area—science—has the means to actually discover the truth.
On this edition of Consider This, we’ll be talking about scientific development and knowledge. My first guest is Samuel Arbesman who is an applied mathematician and network scientist. He is a Senior Scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. In addition, he writes for popular audiences as a contributor to Wired.com. Arbesman’s first book, The Half-Life of Facts, is about how knowledge changes over time. My second guest is Patrick McCray who a professor in the History Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Continue reading