I appreciate it George.
I think on some level I’m going to try to follow Penn and Teller’s lead on that one. They do a pretty good job most of the time on their show B.S.
But its not easy. I’m planning on talking about “The Selfish Gene” on the next podcast and I’m wondering how much people have their heads around cell theory.
I asked my wife what she thought because she tutors kids at a homeless shelter and she has done a lot of work to promote science the whole time I known her. She’s the one who talked me into going to college.
She said that she thinks people will answer the question correctly that we are all made of cells but that she doesn’t think people understand that if you take a piece of them and put it under a microscope that what will be seen is human cells.
She also says that she doesn’t think most people understand that DNA is inside their cells.
I don’t want to believe it, because I’ve always known cell theory, but my Dad is a scientist.
How can I talk about Dawkins’s ideas on “The Selfish Gene” if my listeners don’t understand cell theory?
I’ve heard scary statistics like that in England 1/3 of people surveyed did not understand that the sun goes around the earth in a year.
I don’t know.
I think that profanity will gradually become less and less of a tool I use, but that topics, interviews, and theatre will eventually make up most of the show.
I’ve got a buddy whos’s done a lot of theatre creating characters with me to act out on the show, kind of like on a radio morning show.
I’ve already acted out “Republican Jesus (episode 3)” who is the fundamentalist concept of Jesus that I have to deal with so often where I live; Dallas TX.
And the character “Tofu Jesus (episode 4)” who is the liberal concept of Jesus which I have a secret sympathy for. I try to do a Woody Allen type voice for Tofu Jesus.
I’ve already gotten good feedback for Tofu Jesus.
I just bring these characters in to whatever topic I’m discussing. I had Republican Jesus complaining about evolution, but in a monologue reminds the listener of all the other crap fundamentalist believe in addition to denying evolution.
Tofu Jesus just talks politics with me on episode 4, which is about science and the 2008 election. He doesn’t say anything controversial. His job is just to be funny.
I’ve also already got some scientist agreeing to allow me to interview them.
Its all a work in progress.