This is the initial podcast of IkonoKast. Our first guest is a writer who has done a great deal of work to support and encourage the advocacy of science for public policy. Shawn Lawrence Otto is a screenwriter and novelist His book Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America details the manner in which politicians have been attempting to ignore or diminish the role that science should play in the public discourse on policy. He is a co-founder of ScienceDebate, which is the growing effort to engage candidates for the presidency of the United States in a debate for them to talk about science, specifically.
To introduce the show, Greg and Mike discuss science and what we want to achieve with the podcast. What is science? Why is it important? How do interested parties who are not scientists discover which science is worth following and discard the pseudoscience when the media seem to report so poorly on topical issues of science?
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