Clear and Present Danger podcast – Episode 16: Expert opinion – Michael Shermer

By November 2, 2018

In this episode of the Clear and Present Danger podcast, host Jacob Mchangama joins up with historian of science Dr. Michael Shermer to investigate the cross-fertilization between science and free speech.

Dr. Shermer is a historian of science, Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, founder of Skeptic Society and the Skeptic Magazine and author of Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia, Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc.

Among the topics discussed are:

  • When did scientific freedom make its decisive breakthrough?
  • What comes first: Science or free inquiry?
  • How did both Islam and Christianity affect science?
  • What is the relationship between science and free speech as such?
  • Can science be used to suppress free speech?
  • How did Benjamin Franklin infuse the Declaration of Independence with Newtonian science?

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