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Colbert Retorts

My latest Science Progress column is up: It makes the case that Stephen Colbert is the heir to Johnny Carson in terms of talk show promotion of science. It also includes various lame and stupid talking points that I made up and didn’t use on the show, such as the following hypothetical Q&A responses: Didn’t…

The Colbert Video, Embedded

Here it is: The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Obama’s New Science Policy – Chris Mooney Colbert Report Full EpisodesColbert Report Tickets Paul McCartney AppearanceMore Funny Videos I’ll have more to say about the whole experience in my next column….thanks to everyone who wrote in with positive words about the segment.

The Colbert Report Clip

You can watch it here. Tons of funny stuff in Colbert’s segment on science, which starts roughly at 6:15 and runs to roughly 10:45. I was on for about three minutes, and was instructed: “No monkey business. No evolution.” Of course, even though Colbert plays a rightwinger who thinks with his gut rather than his…

In two days, my favorite co-blogger will be appearing on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to discuss the ‘war on science‘ and how the Obama administration can fix it. With the nation abuzz over the stimulus package, melting ice shelves, and new cabinet appointments, it’s a timely subject, no? Chris has already shared some ideas…

Unscientific America Unveiled

As we’ve announced, our new book due out this Spring will be entitled Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future. We’re in the final stages of editing the manuscript and will be able to say more about its content very soon, but for now, we’re excited that we can finally show you the cover…

You can watch here, and here’s the embedded video: Topics discussed: Chris’s optimism vs. Carl’s skepticism on Obama’s science policy Weighing the costs of environmental regulation Stop the presses! Did NASA just discover life on Mars? The Sanjay Gupta controversy Carl predicts artificial life in 2009 The future for science writing Again, the whole thing…

I have a new piece on Slate exploring precisely this question. Here’s the core of it: If the war on science is over, we’re now entering the postwar phase of reconstruction–the scientific equivalent of nation-building. The Bush science controversies were just one manifestation of a deeper and long-standing gulf between the science community and the…

Unscientific America Described

Lots of folks have been asking us about our forthcoming book, Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future and we’re happy to report that the product description is finally available at Amazon: Climate change, the energy crisis, nuclear proliferation–many of the most urgent problems of twenty-first century require scientific solutions. And yet Americans are…

It’s no coincidence that our forthcoming book, Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future is due out at around the fiftieth anniversary of C.P. Snow’s famous lecture entitled “The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution.” As Chris explained last week at Science Progress, Snow’s delineation of the broad disconnect between the scientific and humanistic…