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I recommend Dr. Offit's book Autism's False Prophets to everyone because of its thorough examination of the vaccine-autism controversy. He examines the evidence from both sides, while showing compassion for why parents are easily confused and frightened by claims that physicians and scientists have dismissed. The book is unlikely to dissuade those who are convinced by the tactics of vaccine opponents, but it will be a valuable resource to parents who want a clear explanation that includes a sober account of the risks of not vaccinating their children. Physicians and scientists will also benefit from reading this book because it provides an important case study in how lack of scientific literacy can threaten public health.
- Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure by Paul A. Offit
- The Cutter Incident: How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis by Paul A. Offit
- "Don't Risk Going Unvaccinated" by Paul A Offit, MD The Huffington Post, January 22, 2008.
- MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know by Michael Fitzpatrick
- Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion by Michael Fitzpatrick
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Main Topics from this Episode:
- 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics
- String Theory: a look at how it differs from the standard model and the question of whether it can be tested
- Dark Matter and Dark Energy: 95% of the matter in the universe remains unexplained!
- Anti-matter: where science meets science fiction
- Dr. Wilczek's research: Could axions be dark matter? Using quantum mechanics to create new electronics.
- Questions from listeners
- My personal blog is at http://gingercampbellmd.com. This site includes abridged show notes for the Brain Science Podcast as well as complete show notes for Books and Ideas.
- Books and Ideas will continue to come out monthly in 2009.
- Please check out the interesting interviews of Professor Roger Short about Asian Elephants at http://brainsmatter.com.
- The theme music for Books and Ideas is The Open Door by the Beatnik Turtle.
- The Lightness of Being website
- Learn more about his Nobel Prize: including his Nobel lecture
- Books and Ideas #2: A discussion of Lee Smolin's book The Trouble with Physics
- Books and Ideas #14: Interview with Dr. Pamela Gay of the Astronomy Cast
- Astronomy Cast
- Science Talk: the Scientific American podcast with Steve Mirsky
- Brain Science Podcast #48: Interview with Dr. Gary Lynch, author of Big Brain
- Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces by Frank Wilczek
- Books by Richard Feynman including: QED, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character), and What Do You Care What Other People Think?
- Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil Degrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
- The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe by Steven Weinberg
- The Inflationary Universe by Alan Guth
- The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene: a description of string theory
- The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next by Lee Smolin
- Send questions to docartemis at gmail.com
- Contributions are appreciated!
- Visit SCIENCEPODCASTERS.ORG
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.
Links and References:Mind Expressions: Delany's Dean's blog Teachers and Scientists mentioned in the interview:
- Jon Kabat-Zinn: pioneer in secular use of mindfulness meditation
- Marsha Linehan: another pioneer in the therapeutic use of meditation
- Sharon Salzberg: cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society
- Jeffery Schwarz, MD: pioneered the use of mindfulness in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He wrote The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force with Sharon Begley
- Gil Fronsdal: respected teacher and director of the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood, CA
- Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante H. Gunaratana-one of Dr. Campbell's favorites
- Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate by Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein
- Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-zinn
- For more books and videos go to Delany Dean's private practice site.
- Insight Meditation Society-learn more about Vipassana
- Spirit Rock- this is where Dr. Campbell did the retreat she mentions in the podcast
- Eric Kandel's work on Memory: Episode 3 and Episode 12
- Neuroplasticity: Episode 10 and Episode 26
- Interview of Dr. Edward Taub: Episode 28
*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).
- György Buzsáki, Professor of Neuroscience at Rutgers University
- Stephen Strogatz: known for his discovery of "small world" architecture
- His 2003 bestseller Sync: The emerging science of spontaneous order is aimed at a general audience
- Nancy Kopell: mathematician
- Buzsaki recommends her review of the analytical approaches to neuronal oscillators: We got Rhythm: Dynamical Systems of the Nervous System. N Am Math Soc 47: 6-16 (2000).
- Zoltán Néda (Bebes-Bolyai University Romania): the spontaneous synchronization of hand clapping
- Hermann Haken: German laser physicist who studies bidirectional causation
- The Science of Structure: Synergetics (1984)
- John O'Keefe (University College, London): along with Lynn Nadel he discovered how the hippocampus forms a cognitive map of the world
- He has shown how the timing of osscillations in the hippocampus are important
- "Independent rate and temporal coding in hippocampal pyramidal cells" by John Huxter, Neil Burgess, and John O'Keefe. Nature 425, 828-832 (23 October 2003)
- David McCormick (Yale University): showed that neurons from the thalamus of a ferret can oscillate spontaneously
- He has also studied the oscillations of place cells in the hippocampus
- David Hubel and Thorston Wiesal: along with Vernon Montcastle they pioneered the use of single neuron recordings in the neocortex of casts and monkeys
- Montcastle, VB (1997) "The Columnar Organization of the Neocortex." Brain 102:01-722.
- Claude Shannon: founder of Information Theory
- Jan Born (University of Lübeck, Germany): experiments with how sleep improves both memory and problem solving
- Basics of oscillations and synchrony
- What functions are accomplished by brain rhythms?
- The role of hippocampal ripples in memory
- What happens to our brain rhythms while we sleep
- The importance of synchrony in saving energy in the brain