We really do seem to live in a world of two cultures: one that revels in the certainty and mystery of science, and another that views science as that scary monster under the bed whose features are only ever dimly realized. With this podcast, I hope to help bridge that divide. How?
Well, first, by engaging you science-loving folk with the rather bizarre fact that what scientists now believe is not what they have always believed, that we humans have thought many things about nature that no longer seem true. Indeed, what we have called good knowledge about nature has varied wildly across time and across cultures. Spend some time with us here on this podcast, and you will appreciate what a fleeting thing scientific truth really is.
For those of you who love history but would rather gouge your eyes out than ever look at a fraction again: we’ve got something to offer you, too. Investigating other cultures elsewhere and elsewhen will feel like a welcoming entree into the world of science. For all of its complications, science is nothing more than a very human endeavor.
If you can rub two synapses together – if you get a thrill from a good, clean, fun twist of the mind – than you, too, can enjoy The Missing Link.
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