Art Woods, Marty Martin
How much coffee should we drink? Is there a scientific way to have a healthy, happy life? And how do we distinguish scientific sense from nonsense?
In this episode, we talk with author and University of Alberta professor Timothy Caulfield about decision making and misinformation in the modern world. A surprising number of “common sense” decisions that people make in their daily lives are not actually backed by strong scientific evidence, and Tim strives to debunk these in his recent book, “Relax, Dammit!: A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety”.
Among other things, we discuss with Tim how often we should check email and how risky it really is for kids to walk to school. We also talk about how science communication can be used to curb misinformation, and Tim shares his dos and don’ts for effective scicomm.
Length of Episode
54 minutes, 29 seconds
Digital File Format
Woods, Art and Martin, Marty, "Episode 088: How I learned to stop worrying and follow the data (with Timothy Caulfield)" (2022). BigBiology Podcasts. 90.