Oooh, I’m a disruptor now!

Cool, I’m on this podcast, The Disruptors. According to the blurb, this is what we talked about.

  • The problem with religion and creationism clouding public discord
  • Why evolution is so important to understand and how conservatives have created fake doubt
  • How embryos evolve and why understanding the stages is actually quite important
  • Why PZ’s more than a little worried about CRISPR and genetic engineering
  • The truth about Gattica and designer babies
  • Why Buddhism’s not much better than other religions in PZ’s book
  • How religion came to be and why we’re still a long way off from eradicating it
  • Why fake news mirrors religious beliefs and is caused by many of the same human flaws
  • What scientists should learn from preachers and priests
  • How to think about education and reforming communitiies
  • Why the world is so divided and what we can do about it
  • The science of gene testing and why we know a lot less than we think we do

I’m old, my memory is going, I don’t remember everything we talked about, but apparently it was everything. You be the judge, let me know what I got wrong.

Also, for those of you into podcasts in general, I’ll be on Philosophers in Space later this week, despite being neither a philosopher nor in outer space. I’ll let you all know when that drops.


  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    … religion and creationism clouding public discord

    In these trying times, we need crystal-clear discord!

  2. shikko says

    @4: Crip Dype said:
    Does the truth about Gattica include that it’s spelled using only ATC & G?

    What makes the designer babies extra-special is that their DNA has isoleucine in it!

  3. yknot says

    @7: shikko said:
    “What makes the designer babies extra-special is that their DNA has isoleucine in it!”

    That would make them not only extra-special but supernatural, since no DNA has any amino acids. I’m pretty sure stuffing one in a DNA helix would break the helix really fast.

  4. yknot says

    Please remind Mr. Disruptors that equality doesn’t refer to equal abilities, but to equal rights under the law. It’s been over 200 years since the Declaration of Independence was written, I expect intelligent people to know this by now.