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Science Talk is a podcast of longer-form audio experiments from Scientific American--from immersive sonic journeys into nature to deep dives into research with leading experts.

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Science Talk is a podcast of longer-form audio experiments from Scientific American--from immersive sonic journeys into nature to deep dives into research with leading experts.

    When Uncertainty Hides in the Blindspot of Overconfidence

    When Uncertainty Hides in the Blindspot of Overconfidence

    Today’s episode of Uncertain is about the ways that studies can leave us overconfident and how “just-so stories” can make us feel overly certain about results that are still a work in progress. And sometimes studies get misleading results because of random error or weird samples or study design. But sometimes science gets things wrong because it’s done by humans, and humans are fallible and imperfect.

    • 29 min
    Think Seeing is Believing? Think Again

    Think Seeing is Believing? Think Again

    In this episode, we’ll talk with two researchers whose work probes the uncertainty surrounding how we perceive the world around us. 
    It turns out that what we see may not always be a perfect reflection of reality. 

    • 33 min
    Uncertainty is Science's Super Power. Make It Yours, Too

    Uncertainty is Science's Super Power. Make It Yours, Too

    Welcome to Uncertain, a five-part podcast miniseries from Scientific American. Here we will dive head first into the possibilities of the unknowing.
    Over the next five episodes, I’ll be talking with people like her: explorers who work in the realm of uncertainty. Through them, we’ll discover the ways that uncertainty can spark curiosity and scientific breakthroughs. But we’ll also find out how uncertainty can bite us in the butt and make science really hard.
    We’ll see how neglecting uncertainty can lead to overconfidence and how embracing uncertainty can allow for a more nuanced and accurate understanding of the world.
    We’ll finish by examining how it’s possible to have confidence in scientific findings, even with their uncertainties.

    • 25 min
    Coming Soon: 'Uncertain' - A New Short Series on the Thrill of Not Knowing

    Coming Soon: 'Uncertain' - A New Short Series on the Thrill of Not Knowing

    Does the word "uncertainty" make you nervous? Does it rule your life? Would you say it kinda describes the state of the world these days? 
    Enter Uncertain, a new limited podcast series from Scientific American.
    In this series, host Christie Aschwanden will help to demystify uncertainty. She's going to take away its scariness–or, rather, a cast of scientific dreamers that she talked to, will. 
    As you’ll see, uncertainty drives scientific discovery. Throughout scientific history, uncertainty has spurred our collective imagination and our need to know the things we don’t. 
    To be clear, uncertainty makes science very difficult. So in this mini-series we’ll both learn how scientists push through those difficulties; and how they also avoid the bias, logical fallacies, and blindspots that can lurk behind uncertainty.
    She'll get them to share their own habits of mind and techniques for facing, and embracing, the unknown. 
    And even if you’re not a scientist, UNCERTAIN provides a practical way to think through what we don’t know in our lives—to face that uncertainty, and, hopefully, live better, more informed lives because of it.

    • 4 min
    Racism in Health: The Roots of the U.S. Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

    Racism in Health: The Roots of the U.S. Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

    What is behind the Black maternal mortality crisis, and what needs to change? In this podcast from Nature and Scientific American, leading academics unpack the racism at the heart of the system.

    • 46 min
    Love Computers? Love History? Listen to This Podcast

    Love Computers? Love History? Listen to This Podcast

    In the newest season of Lost Women of Science, we enter a world of secrecy, computers and nuclear weapons—and see how Klára Dán von Neumann was a part of all of it.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
583 Ratings

583 Ratings

GouRouxCuber ,

Pretty decent!

I love science, so I wanted to listen to science podcasts. So far this podcast has been great! I have read other reviews and heard that the host sometimes gets political, but sometimes you can’t avoid that.

NinoAgogo ,

A Tribute to Mystery

A thoughtfully considered, beautifully produced inquiry into an essential, yet often overlooked aspect of science. In an age where many studies are vulnerable to the taint of funding bias, finding true answers depends on scientists who value humility and possess the openness to live in the unknown. Science journalist Christie Aschwanden leads the listener through ideological complexities, finding intersections of scientific rigor and poetic mystery.

BrianC38 ,

Not worth listening to anymore

I’m a fairly recent subscriber; started listening in 2016 and looked forward to each week’s release. But since Steve Mirsky’s departure, it’s not worth the effort. Several weeks of nature sounds? Really? And now book musings?

I’ll continue to subscribe just in case they manage to turn things around but for now I’ll continue to mark as played to clear the queue.

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