David Triggle is distinguished professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and president of the Center for Inquiry Institute. He is the author and editor of several books dealing with the autonomic nervous system and drug-receptor interactions, some two hundred and fifty research papers and some one hundred and fifty chapters and reviews. Currently, his research and teaching interests have expanded to include the philosophical basis of ethics and issues around the science-policy-public interface through the Center for Inquiry Institute.
In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, David Triggle explains the new Science and the Public masters degree, which is the collaborative effort of the Center for Inquiry and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also talks about various arguments for public science literacy, the difference between the need for science literacy and the need for the public’s appreciation of the “ethos” of science, and various questions at the interface of science and public policy. He also treats the topic of whether science and religion are compatible.