My interview for Skeptical Briefs

Skeptical Briefs is a newsletter that goes, four times yearly, to the Associate Members of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, which also publishes the well known periodical Skeptical Inquirer. In the latest issue I have a two-page interview conducted by Brazilian writer Felipe Nogueira, who was clearly well read about my stuff before me interviewed me.  Anyway, you can’t read the whole thing online, so I’ve put a screenshot below and will mail anyone a pdf of the full interview if asked.

But the full interview is also on Felipe’s website, Skepticism & Science, and you can also see it as a video on YouTube (it was conducted on Skype).  I’d recommend the written version, since I hate seeing myself on video.

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  1. eric
    Posted November 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Those questions are great. A journalist asking about Mayr vs. Dawkins? Way to go!
    Its clear from the text that his first language isn’t English, but that’s a minor quibble and actually somewhat cheers me up, because I expect that this means the article will also appear in Portuguese, thus reaching a wider audience than an English-only interview.

    • Posted November 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

      Technically, I’m not a Journalist.
      I have a master degree in Computer Science and also I am PhD Student in Medical Sciences. I have been a very dedicated reader of the skepticism/scientific promotion movement.

      You’re absolutely right; my first language is portuguese and not english. Here in Brazil, as far as I know, its difficult to meet people even with my level of english. That is sad.

  2. Posted November 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink


  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Too bad the squirrels weren’t around to be in the background of the video!

  4. Diane G.
    Posted November 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Nicely done.

    (Of course. 🙂 )

  5. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted November 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Why was Prof CC asleep for the interview?

  6. Tamethyst
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Hi Jerry,

    I did not know where else to post this link but please, please, please take a look at this.
    It concerns one of the leaders of Jehovah’s Witnesses who recently stated that there is more evidence for their beliefs than the evidence for either electricity or gravity!!?



    • Dominic
      Posted November 5, 2014 at 5:28 am | Permalink

      Wow! 1914! He made a good start… 🙂

  7. Posted November 5, 2014 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Interesting example/argument for why phenotypic (as opposed to genetic) change is not a good “unit” to measure evolution — the Japanese population gaining 6 inches in height since WW2 due to better nutrition is a phenotypic change, but no one would count it as evolution. (19 mins)

  8. Posted November 5, 2014 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Skeptical briefs – sounds like a pair of underpants!

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