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Studies & Statistics - Part 2

April 26, 2016

 

Interview with John H. Johnson PhD, author of the book Every Data

 

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Mike Carruthers:
How many times have you come across some new study that claims to prove one thing or disprove another?

 

John Johnson:
I’ve found news articles that said coffee causes cancer. And the next day I found another article that says coffee prevents cancer. I mean I’m a professional statistician and it’s confusing for me to disentangle these things.
 


John H. Johnson PhD

Studies & Statistics

April 25, 2016

 

Interview with John H. Johnson PhD, author of the book Every Data

 

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Mike Carruthers:
There’s always some new study or report or finding in the news that we’re supposed to believe however when you look closely at the data…

 

John Johnson:
One of the things I’ve found is I see data every day in the newspapers that the majority of the information people see is either misleading, out of context, or sometimes just plain wrong.
 


John H. Johnson PhD

Weird & Unexplainable

April 15, 2016

 

Interview with Michael Brooks, author of the book 13 things that don't make sense

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Could it be that we have actually received communication from aliens? You see there was a signal...

 

Michael Brooks:
This was a signal that was received by a telescope in Ohio in 1977 and it looks exactly like a signal that we were expecting from aliens.
 


Michael Brooks

Interesting Human Biology

April 13, 2016

 

Interview with Mark Changizi, author of the book Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Humans have excellent color vision and it’s long been thought that we have that to help us find food in the wild in order to survive.

 

Mark Changizi:
And I was able to provide evidence that “no” your color vision is in fact really peculiar and it’s turned out to be optimized for seeing blood in the skin.
 


Mark Changizi

Where Our Beliefs Come From

April 6, 2016

 

Interview with Michael Shermer, author of the book The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Any political, social or religious view you have had to come from somewhere.

 

Michael Shermer:
The #1 predictor of anybody’s political party or their religious faith is that of their parents – not everybody’s like that there’s intervening variables, if you have high conflict with your parents you’re likely to go the opposite way.
 


Michael Shermer

Why Boys Are Underachieving

March 30, 2016

 

Interview with Leonard Sax, author of the book Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

 

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Mike Carruthers:
We have a big problem boys are losing the will and desire will achieve. Today 80% of students graduating with honors are girls.

 

Leonard Sax:
Men now regard working hard to get straight “A’s” as something that girls do. Academic achievement has become un-masculine.
 


Leonard Sax

Are We Being Too Safe? - Part 2

March 15, 2106

 

Interview with Tracey Brown, author of the book Playing By The Rules

 

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Mike Carruthers:

We have a lot of safety rules in our culture and it’s hard to argue with safety.

 

Tracey Brown:
Because you know how that feels like if someone says to you well it’s for safety. You feel like that puts you under the spotlight, well who am I to say it’s not?
 


Tracey Brown

Are We Being Too Safe?

March 14, 2106

 

Interview with Tracey Brown, author of the book Playing By The Rules

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Safety first we have a lot more safety awareness today than ever before – maybe too much.

 

Tracey Brown:
It just seems that when something has got a safety or a security label on it people stop asking questions. They stop asking is this actually doing anything to make us safer.
 


Tracey Brown

Trouble With Loyalty

March 1, 2016

 

Interview with Eric Felten, author of the book Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Loyalty is an admirable trait however loyalty can get tricky when it conflicts with other loyalties.

 

Eric Felten:
The loyalty that I have to my family might be at odds with the loyalty I have to a friend. The loyalty I have to a friend might be at odds with the loyalty I have to my community or country.
 


Eric Felten

The Rat Race

February 19, 2016

 

Interview with Todd Buchholz, author of the book Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Getting out of the rat race, slowing down, reducing stress it’s a goal for many but it may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

 

Todd Buchholz:
In fact challenges and new endeavors are what our bodies and our brains needs in order to feel that rush of dopamine, in order to feel alive.
 


Todd Buchholz

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