On the radio

I’ll be talking to Samantha Clemens on her Boston radio show tomorrow (Saturday) morning between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Eastern time.  Given her interests, and mine, I expect the discussion will be wide ranging.

If you’d like to listen live, go  here and click on the “Listen Now” button.

Oh, and I’m now informed by Greg Mayer that my interview with Greg Berg on the Racine station WGTD FM (NPR affiliate), recorded when I visited UW Parkside last week, is here.


  1. Flea
    Posted September 19, 2009 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Just listened to the thing. Nothing revolutionary but very nice interview. I particularly liked the free will part.

  2. Posted September 19, 2009 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Agreed, nice interview. Just one quibble: when asked about his worldview, Jerry first described himself as a rationalist. I think empiricist is a bit more apt (and Jerry did go on to say he was an empiricist *and* rationalist) since there are lots of rationalists who don’t take an evidence-based view of reality. Indeed some of them (e.g., some theologians) would say that it’s supremely rational *not* to take intersubjective, publicly available evidence as decisive when considering the big factual questions, such as the existence of God. These guys are rationalists in the tradition of rationalism (as opposed to empiricism), arguing from a priori premises to conclusions without much evidential constraint.

    Of course I think it’s dead obvious that it *is* rational to be an empiricist *if* you want a reliable picture of the world. But if you’re in the business of defending a faith-based worldview, then of course you’ll try to find reasons to rationally prefer “other modes of knowing,” including pure armchair deductive rationalism, that reach the desired conclusion.

  3. Posted September 19, 2009 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Very articulate. But you’ve got competition (ahem, cough): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWBC0AnAAT0&feature=related

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