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Scientific Literacy

How to Tell Truth from BS: Glenn Murphy on PYP 482

How do you know if something is true, or exaggerated, or more nuanced, or fake news? How can you get better at telling truth from fiction in a world of snake oil and misguided believers?

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Owning Our Health
with Glen Merzer and Chef AJ: PYP 437

Glen Merzer has possibly created a new genre, the comedic plant-based memoir. Join me, Glen, and recipe contributor Chef AJ to talk about their new book, Own Your Health. Read More

Cancer is a Disease of Identity: Rethinking Evolutionary Biology with Perry Marshall: PYP 433

Perry Marshall is one of the organizers of Cancer & Evolution Symposium, and a “pantomath” of the highest order. An engineer, marketer, writer, and science enthusiast, he has devoted much of the past 10 years to cracking the evolutionary code.

Marshall argues that natural selection is not the only, or even the main factor, in evolution. Instead, the organism itself exerts its will, and is an agent in its own evolution to further its own goals.

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The Role of Science in Public Discourse and Racial Justice: Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, MDs: PYP 414

Team Sherzai, aka Dean and Ayesha, join me on the podcast to talk about the role of science and scientists in dealing with all the false statements propagated on social media (as well as, occasionally, traditional media). What the Sherzais value highly about science is the holy grail of falsifiability; the challenge that every theory… Read More

Sifting Through Conspiracies: PYP 389

In a world full of conspiracy theories, how can we know what to believe? We can’t. But we can choose to adopt worldviews based on whether they empower us to help ourselves, others, and the world. Read More

Battling Bullshit with Garth Davis, MD: PYP 336

Yeah, them’s fighting words in the title of today’s episode. And Garth David, MD, my lead author of Proteinaholic and co-conspirator in a mission to tell the world that chronic disease and obesity are preventable and reversible, is a fighter. Read More

Busting Plant-Based Myths with Martica Heaner: PYP 276

Martica Heaner PhD, is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist and health writer. She is an adjunct associate nutrition professor at Hunter College in NYC and the author of 6 books including Cross-training for Dummies and Lean Mommy. She has been a group fitness instructor for over 30 years and starred in a fitness TV show… Read More

The Science of Longevity with Janice Stanger: PYP 274

Janice Stanger, PhD, is author of The Perfect Formula Diet and a genius at getting other people to become nutritional geniuses. Her approach to any topic – diabetes, pregnancy, hormones, whatever – is to dig down into first principles and build from there. This way of thinking helps non-experts understand the issues without having to rely on… Read More

Diet for a Living Planet with Michael Klaper, MD: PYP 246

Michael Klaper, MD, is one of the world’s most eloquent, convincing, passionate, and persistent advocates of a plant-based diet. He’s studied the health effects, the environmental ramifications, and the psychological aspects of eating meat and junk food, and can put the most complex science in totally accessible terms. Here’s how he explains the vast majority… Read More

Exploring the Pathless Land of Truth with Jeff Stanford: PYP 239

Jeff Stanford combines a scientist’s mind with a vegan’s heart and a mystic’s soul. He’s co-founder of the Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, California, an eco-resort complete with a fully vegan restaurant, The Ravens. Sid Garza-Hillman, who’s the nutritionist at the Stanford Inn, suggested that Jeff would provide fascinating content for the podcast, and… Read More