SkepSun #97 (06_29_2014)

Today on Skeptical Sunday: the power of mathematics and folly of paleo fantasies. First math. When you think about math you probably don’t think of it in anything like the way that Jordan Ellenberg does. Ellenberg is both a math professor (at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and a novelist and in his new book, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, he recasts our ideas of what math is using examples from poetry, politics, and even religion. He talks with Chris Mooney on the Inquiring Minds podcast. Then, on the Point of Inquiry podcast, Lindsay Beyerstein interviews Dr. Marlene Zuk, evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist at the University of Minnesota, about her book Paleofantasies: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live asking if we really know what some claim we do about our paleolithic ancestors and what impact, if any, that knowledge should have on our lives. But first on Freethought Radio, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as well as the birthday of atheist Broadway composer Richard Rodgers. They then talk with Wanda Morris, CEO of Dying With Dignity Canada about their current progress and the religious opposition to end-of-life choices in Canada and and elsewhere.

 

Mathematician and novelist Jordan Ellenberg

Mathematician and novelist Jordan Ellenberg

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