Instant Genius

Instant Genius Podcast: Science denial, with Lee McIntyre

Published: 06th September, 2021 at 07:00
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Philosopher of science Lee McIntyre joins us on our podcasts Instant Genius and Instant Genius Extra.

Instant Genius is a bite-sized masterclass in podcast form. In this week's episode, we talk to Lee McIntyre, a research fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. He's the author of How to Talk to a Science Denier (£19.99, MIT Press).


Lee tells us about why science denial is on the rise, from flat-Earthers to anti-vaxxers, and where conspiracy theories come from in the first place.

And if that's not enough, you can hear even more from Lee on Instant Genius Extra.

On this subscription-only show, available on Apple Podcasts, we take a deeper dive into the topics covered on Instant Genius. In this episode, Lee explains how we could inoculate against science denial, and why he plans to attend the next flat-Earth conference.

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Daniel BennettEditor, BBC Science Focus

Daniel Bennett is the Editor of BBC Science Focus. He is an award-winning journalist who’s been reporting on science and technology for over a decade, writing about the science of serials killers, sandwiches, supernovae and almost everything in between.


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