Welcome to the sixth episode of the 365 Days of Philosophy podcast, hosted by Kylie Sturgess. This episode is for December, 2013.
Donald R. Prothero is a Professor of Geology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He earned M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in geological sciences from Columbia University in 1982, and a B.A. in geology and biology (highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Riverside. He is currently the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 28 books and over 250 scientific papers, including five leading geology textbooks and four trade books as well as edited symposium volumes and other technical works. He is on the editorial board of Skepticmagazine, and in the past has served as an associate or technical editor for Geology, Paleobiology and Journal of Paleontology.
For this episode, we discuss his new book, Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future, which looks at the battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science.
The music you heard is “Pale Blue Dot” and “Walking In Snow With Russians” by Ice Core Scientist, whose self-titled album is available on iTunes. You can find episodes and an RSS feed at www.365DaysofPhilosophy.com. You can also subscribe via iTunes, where you can help out the show by leaving positive comments and ratings. Thanks for listening.