Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You’re Sure?

by Gary Niederhoff on November 10, 2014

Big Picture Science – Are You Sure You’re Sure?

Nuclear fission powers the Sun, right? Or is it fusion? At any rate, helium is burned in the process, of that you’re certain. After all, you took astronomy in college.

You know what you know. But you probably don’t know what you don’t know. Few of us do. Scientists say we’re spectacularly incompetent at recognizing our own incompetency, and that sometimes leads to trouble.

Find out why wrongness is the by-product of big brains and why even scientists – gasp! – are not immune. Plus, a peek into the trash bin of history; the biggest scientific blunders and the brighter-than-bright brains that made them. Including Darwin and Einstein.

Oh, and the Sun burns hydrogen to produce helium. But then, you knew that.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: David Dunning / Confident Idiots
Part 2: Robert Burton / Scientific (un)Certainty
Part 3: Brendan Nyhan / Uncertain Science
Part 4: Mario Livio / Brilliant Blunders

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