Roger Reid has a job that every kid and most adults would find fascinating. He works for the Alabama Museum of Natural History and travels all over Alabama as a writer and producer for the Emmy Award winning TV show, Discovering Alabama with Dr. Doug Phillips . He also shares his passion for natural history in a series of novels written for middle school age readers. I decided to interview him for Books and Ideas because I wanted to share these novels with my listeners. They combine mystery and science in an original way, but they also contain compelling characters that readers will care about.
Episode 46 of Books and Ideas is an unusual episode because we don't just talk about Reid's novels. We also explore some of the little known treasures of Alabama's natural history. I guarantee surprises, even for those of you who call Alabama home. But I also hope that listeners around the world will gain a new appreciation for the natural resources of Alabama.
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Books by Roger Reid:
- Longleaf (2006): set in the Conecuh National Forest
- Space (2008): set at the Swanson Observatory on Monte Sano in Huntsville, Alabama.
- Time (2011): set at the Stephen C Menkin Paleozoic Footprint Site, near Jasper, Alabama
References and Links:
- Roger Reid's Web site
- Encyclopedia of Alabama
- Alabama Museum of Natural History
- Discovering Alabama
- Conecuh National Forest
- Longleaf Alliance
- Swanson Observatory on Monte Sano (Huntsville, AL)
- Stephen C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site
- See the episode transcript for additional links.
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Episode 37 Show Notes:
- Massimo Pigliucci teaches philosophy at Lehman College (part of the City Universty of New York) and he is the host of the Rationally Speaking podcast
- The demarcation problem (how to tell science from psuedoscience) has been discussed by many philosophers including Karl Popper. I talked about this back in Episode 5 of Books and Ideas.
- Philosophers of science (including Barbara Forrest and Robert Pennock) were key witnesses in the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District decision against the teaching of intelligent design in the Dover public schools.
- "Against Philosophy," by Nobel physicist Steven Weinberg: not all scientists appreciate the role that philosophy continues to play in scientific thought.
- Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy by G. Lee Bowie, Meredith W. Michaels, and Robert C. Solomon: a good introductory text for students.
- A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell: a much-read classic.
- Making Sense of Evolution: The Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Biology by Massimo Pigliucci and Jonathan Kaplan.
- Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci.
- Several magazines about philosophy are aimed at general readers including: Philosophy Now, The Philosopher, and Think.
- The New York Times has a new philosophy blog called The Stone, which features posts by a wide variety of philosophers including Peter Singer (ethics)and Arthur Danto (aesthetics).
- The next episode of Books and Ideas will be recorded LIVE at 8:30 PM (Eastern Time) Sunday September 5 at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia. I will be interviewing novelists Skyler White and Christiana Ellis.
- I am also scheduled to interview Dr. Scott Lilenfield co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. This interview will be posted in the Brain Science Podcast feed in late September.
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The next episode of the Brain Science Podcast will be an interview with Dr. Brenda Milner. This interview will is a follow-up to Marc Pelletier's excellent interview of Dr. Milner on Futures in Biotech: http://www.twit.tv/fib33.
Episode Transcript (Download PDF)Links and References:
- Eugenie Scott
- National Center For Science Education website
- Expelled Exposed: everything you need to know include the truth behind each claim.
- Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction by Eugenie C. Scott: provides writings from both sides
- Of Pandas and People: The Central Question of Biological Origins by Percival Davis and Dean H. Kenyon : the 1989 textbook that introduced the term “intelligent design”
- Darwin on Trial by Phillip E. Johnson, 1991.
- Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution by Michael J. Behe
- The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities by William A. Dembski
- Behe MJ, Snoke DW. 2004. Simulating evolution by gene duplication of protein features that require multiple amino acid residues. Protein Science 10:2651-64.
- Reasons to Believe: old-earth creationists whose site says “The mission of Reasons To Believe is to show that science and faith are, and always will be, allies, not enemies.” Link to their commentary
- American Scientific Affiliation: this respected evangelical group provides a 30 page analysis on their website. They also have lots of links to other discussions of Expelled.
*As of 12/9/08 this episode has not yet been transcribed. When it is transcribed the show notes on the main Brain Science Podcast will be updated. Please send email to docartemis at gmail.com if you would like to be notified when the transcript is ready (it will be several months).
- Noam Chomsky
- Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
- Stuart Shanker
- Steven Jay Gould
- Steven Pinker and Paul Bloom
- Philip Leiberman
- Maryanne Wolf:
- The Center for Reading and Language Development (Tufts University)
- RAVE-O: A Comprehensive, Fluency-Based Reading Intervention Program
- the discovery of symbols
- Early writing systems- cuneiform and hieroglyphics
- why Chinese gives us a window into the past
- Importance of the Alphabet
- some claims and conclusions
- Why Socrates opposed literacy
- the early pre-reader-with emphasis on language development
- the novice reader-connecting letters to the sounds of language
- the decoding reader-
- the fluent comprehending reader-learning to "read between the lines"
- the expert reader-why reading continues to change us throughout our lives
- Maryann Wolf, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University
- FastForward-an successful approach to treating dyslexia
- Michael Posner-a psychologist who used PET scans to study what happens during shifts of attention (a necessary first step in reading)