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EPISODE # 228

Steven Koonin on what climate science tells us, what it doesn’t, and why it matters, based on his book Unsettled

According to Steven Koonin, when it comes to climate change, the media, politicians, and other prominent voices have declared that “the science is settled.” Koonin avers that the long game of telephone from research to reports, to the popular media, is corrupted by misunderstanding and misinformation. Koonin says that core questions about the way the climate is responding to our influence, and what the impacts will be remain largely unanswered. Koonin acknowledges that the climate is changing, and he claims the why and how aren’t as clear as you’ve probably been led to believe, and what the impacts will be remain largely unanswered.

In this engaging conversation Michael Shermer challenges Dr. Koonin with many of the most common critiques of his book, Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters, and Steven Koonin responds by drawing upon his decades of experience — including as a top science advisor to the Obama administration.

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LIVE SEMINAR WITH DR. BART EHRMAN DEC 5

Did the Christmas Story Really Happen? The Birth of Jesus in History and Legend

Live Seminar Dec. 5, 2021
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What can we actually know about the birth of Jesus? How can we decide whether he was born in Bethlehem? Is it possible to reconcile the different Gospel accounts? Was the story of the Virgin Birth a later fabrication? What is the evidence for (or against) the many details, such as the trip to Bethlehem, the visit of the wisemen, and the “slaughter of the innocents”? How many of the most familiar parts of the stories come from later legends?

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Dr. Bart D. Ehrman has written or edited thirty-three books, including six New York Times bestsellers: How Jesus Became God, Misquoting Jesus, God’s Problem, Jesus Interrupted, Forged, and The Triumph of Christianity. Bart is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he has taught thousands of students and won numerous awards. Ehrman’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek; he has appeared on National Geographic, CNN, the BBC, NBC’s Dateline, the Discovery Channel, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Sam Harris Podcast, and many other top media outlets.

MICHAEL SHERMER ON SUBSTACK

Recap of this week’s posts

Michael Shermer wishes to thank readers and subscribers for the warm and enthusiastic reception to his posts during his first week on Substack. Here’s a recap of this week’s writing:

November 16
The Skeptic Column is Back!
Examining the World Through a Scientific Lens

November 17
Scientific American Goes Woke
A case study in how identity politics poisons science

November 18
What is Woke, Anyway? :
A coda to my column on Scientific American Goes Woke

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