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February 25, 2013

Indre Viskontas

Even the hard-core skeptics believe in magic, says Matthew Hutson in his new book The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep us Happy, Healthy and Sane which has just been released in paperback. Most of us have some sentimental objects that would seem to lose their importance if replaced by an exact …

February 18, 2013

Note: You can watch this episode on Youtube. Since the horrendous massacre of children and teachers in Newtown, CT last year, gun control and the second amendment have been frequent topics of the national conversation. Point of Inquiry would be remiss if we didn’t add our signature long-form interview style to the discussion. To that end, …

February 11, 2013

Chris Mooney

Our guest this week is Susan Jacoby. She’s the bestselling author of a number of books about secularism and American culture, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and The Age of American Unreason. Jacoby started her career at the Washington Post, and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles …

February 04, 2013

Indre Viskontas

This year’s flu season has been dubbed the worst in recent history, despite the fact that the flu vaccine is fairly effective and readily available. But of course, not everyone experiencing flu-like symptoms actually has the flu—with so many cold viruses and bacterial infections being passed around, it seems that everyone has been sick this …

January 28, 2013

Chris Mooney

We are thrilled by our guest this week, who is not only one of the world’s most famous economists and economics commentators, but also a Nobel Laureate in his field: Paul Krugman. In case he needs any introduction: He is a professor of economics at Princeton and a columnist for the New York Times, as …

January 21, 2013

Chris Mooney

Our guest this week is Sean Carroll—theoretical physicist at CalTech, and skilled science communicator. I’ve known Sean and his work for almost a decade, and I’ve invited him on to talk about his latest book: The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New …

January 14, 2013

Chris Mooney

Our guest this week is Maria Konnikova, who is the author of a simply fascinating new book about training your mind so you’re as sharp as the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It’s entitled Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. In addition to her new book, Konnikova writes the “Literally Psyched” column for Scientific American, …

January 07, 2013

Chris Mooney

This is our first show of 2013, and notably, we’re still here. A lot of people actually thought the world was going to end at the end of last year, which, presumably, means that now it’s rejoicing time. And also reflection time. Time for reflection on all the things that people are capable of believing, …