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#9 Michael Shermer: Heavens on Earth, Protopia and Pseudoscience Dr. Michael Shermer is an American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and editor-in-chief of its magazine Skeptic.

He’s also the author of 19 books, including Why People Believe Weird Things; The Science of Good and Evil; Why Darwin Matters; The Believing Brain; and, more recently, Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia.

Here, we talk about his latest book, Heavens on Earth; the afterlife, immortality and utopia; terror management theory; social experiments on political utopias; scientific utopias; the concept of protopia; progress; morality; skepticism; pseudoscience and how to combat it.

Skeptic website: https://www.skeptic.com/

Heavens on Earth European version: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heavens-Earth-Scientific-Afterlife-Immortality/dp/1472140613

Heavens on Earth original version: https://www.amazon.com/Heavens-Earth-Scientific-Afterlife-Immortality/dp/1627798579

Support Skeptic on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/skeptic

More books by Dr. Shermer and others at Skeptic: https://shop.skeptic.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SS&Category_Code=B

Dr. Shermer’s Twitter handle: @michaelshermer

Link to podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/y6nhw3vh


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Biology and Culture, Cultural Evolution, Cognition, and Group Selection w/ Peter Richerson

Hi, everybody! Today, I release an interview with Dr. Peter Richerson. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. He’s a biologist with interest in cultural evolution, animal social learning and mathematical models. He’s also the author of books like Culture and the Evolutionary Process, Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution, and The Origin and Evolution of Cultures, all written in collaboration with Dr. Robert Boyd.

In this episode, we talk about culture, cultural evolution, and gene-culture coevolution. We start off with a definition of culture and the relationship between biology and culture. Then, we talk about culture as a phenotype, how culture evolved, and the cognitive bases of it. We go through some of the main scientific approaches to culture and their drawbacks, including Leda Cosmides and John Tooby’s evoked culture, the sociobiologists and inclusive fitness, and Richard Dawkins’ memetics. We also refer to gene-culture coevolution, and how group selection work are the cultural and genetic levels.


Link to podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/yy6a5pku

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#8 João Júlio Cerqueira: Evidence-based Science

João Júlio Cerqueira is the author of SCIMED, a blog and a Facebook page, where he shares updated, correct and evidence-based information about several scientific subjects, essentially focused on health issues.

Here we talk about his project; alternative medicine; nutrition and alternative diets; the green movements; propaganda documentaries; pseudoscience; and postmodernism.

SCIMED website: https://www.scimed.pt/

SCIMED Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scimed.evidencia/


Link to podcast version: https://tinyurl.com/yxj88bkv

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Consciousness, Illusionism, Free Will, and AI w/ Keith Frankish

Hi, everybody! Today, I bring you an interview with Dr. Keith Frankish. He is a British philosopher and writer, currently living in Crete, Greece. He’s an Honorary Reader at the University of Sheffield, UK, a Visiting Research Fellow with The Open University, UK, and an Adjunct Professor with the Brain and Mind Programme at the University of Crete. He works mainly in philosophy of mind, also with interests in other areas of Philosophy. He’s also the author of books like Mind and Supermind (2004) and Illusionism: As a Theory of Consciousness (2017).

In this episode, the central topic is consciousness. We talk about what is it; the hard problem of consciousness; illusionism; the evolutionary origins and function of consciousness; how consciousness relates to questions surrounding free will and determinism. Toward the end, we also discuss a little bit if AI could spontaneously develop consciousness in any way, or if we would need to program it into it.


Link to podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/y5trpgqy

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#7 Sue Everatt: The Venus Project, and a Resource-Based Economy

Sue Everatt is The Venus Project Point of Contact (POC) for Spain. She’s on the admin team for TVP Support on a global level. And she coordinates the Spanish language team for the Linguistic Team International (LTI).

Here, we talk about the aims and proposals of The Venus Project; its theoretical foundations; what differentiates it from alternative economic and political proposals, like communism, socialism, and anarchism; how it could be implemented, and how it would work; and we also address two criticisms about Jacque Fresco’s (the creator of The Venus Project) theoretical predictions.

Check out The Venus Project (TVP):

Website: https://www.thevenusproject.com/

Free ebooks: https://www.thevenusproject.com/learn-more/free-e-books/

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPNMR_iABvyFmc3G9i1r3Lw

Points of Contact (POC) email list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lAFtYjkkCuepHNI5Kybjhn-iSQgiJxdWZhsXKjiK3u8/edit#gid=0

Linguistic Team International Forum: http://forum.linguisticteam.org/

The Venus Project Global Fb page: https://www.facebook.com/TheVenusProjectGlobal/

TVP Support International: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TVP.Support/

Link to podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/y24eln4t


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Karen Straughan Part 2: Recent Feminist Hysteria.

Link to podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/yy6p3hmn


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Karen Straughan Part 1: Feminist group dynamics

Part 1 of the conversation with Karen Straughan: Feminist group dynamics.


Podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/y26ofrcb

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Beyond Enlightenment, Reason, Free Will, Self-deception, and Modularity w/ Derek Elliott

Hi, everybody! This Monday, I have an episode with Dr. Derek Elliott for you. He is a newly minted doctor of philosophy from Duquesne University. He specializes in philosophy of psychology as well as action theory with a special interest in irrationality and evolutionary psychology.

In this episode, we go through some of the main topics of Dr. Elliott’s dissertation, “Beyond Enlightenment: The Evolution of Agency and the Modularity of the Mind in a Post-Darwinian World”. We talk about some of the values and beliefs of the Enlightenment that recent science, particularly the evolutionary behavioral sciences, has been undermining, namely reason, free will, and the notion of agency. We talk about the argumentative theory of reason. We also discuss how most of what happens in our minds occurs at a subconscious level, and how we have very little control over our behavior, and how very little we understand about our motivations and the causes of our actions. We also talk a little but about consciousness, the relationship between consciousness, free will and agency, self-deception, the modular approach to the human mind, and the meaning of life from a Darwinian perspective.


You can also watch it in two parts. Part 1: https://youtu.be/9Pc1FPb4Ai8 Part 2: https://youtu.be/TFh4A71crM8

Podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/y5dndryf

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#6 Karen Straughan: Feminism in Portugal

Karen Straughan is a Men’s Rights Activist; she’s a spokesperson for Men’s Rights Edmonton; has a Youtube channel, karen straughan; and a blog, owningyourshit.blogspot.com. Here, we talk about third-wave feminism in Portugal, particularly the most prominent group, Capazes, and include topics and news that international feminism has dealt with recently. We both laughed hard. Hope you like it!

Follow Karen: Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/girlwriteswhat Blog: owningyourshit.blogspot.com Twitter handle: @girlwriteswhat

Link to podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/y5s3pcxo


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Part 3 of the conversation with Patrick Lee Miller: Postmodernism vs Modernism.


Link to podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/ybglf22u.

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Evolution, Human Universals, Arts, and Literature w/ Patrick Colm Hogan

Hi, everybody! Today, I have an interview with Dr. Patrick Colm Hogan for you. Dr. Colm Hogan is Distinguished Professor of the Department of English, and the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences, at the University of Connecticut, US. His specialties are: literary theory, cognitive and affective science of literature, and world literature. He’s the author of several books, including The Mind and Its Stories, What Literature Teaches Us About Emotion, and Beauty and Sublimity.

In this episode, we talk about human universals. First, we discuss what are human universals, and how we can determine them. Then, we talk more specifically about aesthetic human universals, including their evolutionary bases; sexual selection; Individual and social experiences of aesthetics; universals in literary fiction; the social function of literature; and literature, storytelling and theory of mind.

Complete: https://youtu.be/pcbSQQEfiZc Part 1: https://youtu.be/zdpGuOHv4O0 Part 2: https://youtu.be/et1OvryJ0B8

Links to podcast version (Anchor). Complete: https://tinyurl.com/y8dhsdg2 Part 1: https://tinyurl.com/y85j8g72 Part 2: https://tinyurl.com/yb3jxfop

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Part 2 of the conversation with Dr. Patrick Lee Miller: Truth and Morality.

Link to podcast version (Anchor): https://tinyurl.com/y79525pc.


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#5 Patrick Lee Miller: Reason and Morality From Antiquity to Postmodernism Hi, everybody!

Over the next 6 months or so, I will be reposting all of the interviews that I've done over the first year of the show, and also releasing them on podcast format, one per day, every week from Monday to Saturday.

The fifth one was with Dr. Patrick Lee Miller.

Dr. Patrick Lee Miller is an associate professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Becoming God: Pure Reason in Early Greek Philosophy (Bloomsbury, 2012), and co-editor of Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy (Hackett, 2015). He also writes for Quillette.

Here, we talk about reason, from the Presocratics to the Modernists; Morality and the limits of Science; Truth, Morality and the Is/Ought Dichotomy; Postmodernism vs Modernism; the valid critiques of Modernism coming from Postmodernism; Modernism’s shortcomings; and Postmodern politics in society and college campuses.

Links for Dr. Miller’s work:

Faculty Page: http://www.duq.edu/academics/faculty/patrick-lee-miller

Book “Becoming God: Pure Reason in Early Greek Philosophy”: https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-God-Philosophy-Continuum-Studies/dp/1847061648

Quillette essays: http://quillette.com/author/patrick-lee-miller/

Links to podcast version (Anchor).

Complete: https://tinyurl.com/yb3p86by

Over the next three days, I will also post it in three different parts.


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The Character Gap, Our Moral Flaws, and How to Improve Them w/ Christian Miller

Hi, everybody! I have a new interview for you. This time it’s with Dr. Christian B. Miller. He is the A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University. His research is primarily in contemporary ethics and philosophy of religion. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Slate, Prospect Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Michael Hyatt Magazine, The Conversation, Newsweek, Aeon, Greater Good Magazine, Nautilus Magazine, Fathom Magazine, Institute of Art and Ideas, and Christianity Today. He’s the author of three books, including Moral Character: An Empirical Theory, Character and Moral Psychology, and the most recent one, The Character Gap: How Good Are We?.

In this episode, our conversation focuses on Dr. Miller’s book, The Character Gap. We talk about moral realism, and alternative approaches to morality. We also refer to some psychological experiments that reveal our moral flaws, and how we can improve them. We also discuss utilitarianism and the effective altruism movement.


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Naturalism, Philosophy of Economics, and Addiction w/ Don Ross

Hi, everybody! To end this week, today I am releasing an interview with Dr. Don Ross. He is Head of the School of Sociology, Philosophy, Criminology, Government, and Politics at University College Cork, Ireland; Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; and Program Director for Methodology at the Center for Economic Analysis of Risk at Georgia State University, USA. His research focuses on the foundations of economic theory, the experimental economics of addiction, risk, and time preference, philosophy of science, and infrastructure, trade and industry policy in Africa. He’s also the author of books like Economic Theory and Cognitive Science: Microexplanation; The Picoeconomics and Neuroeconomics of Disordered Gambling; and Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized and Philosophy of Economics.

In this episode, we first tackle the issue of the epistemological value of naturalism and the scientific method, and the role of philosophy in the modern world. Then, we talk about economics; the economic agent; rationality; the interplay between economics, psychology, and sociology; picoeconomics; and the neuroeconomics and picoeconomics of addictive behavior. We finish off by talking about how models of reality are always incomplete and limited, and about the conflict between reductionism and emergentism.


You can also watch it in two parts. Part 1: https://youtu.be/DmFQ2HfaL1U Part 2: https://youtu.be/Cs6jclfuKc8

And it's also available on my Anchor account, if you prefer the podcast version: https://anchor.fm/thedissenter

Direct links here

Complete interview: https://anchor.fm/thedissenter/episodes/133-Don-Ross-Naturalism--Philosophy-of-Economics--and-Addiction-e2s24s Part 1: https://anchor.fm/thedissenter/episodes/Don-Ross-Part-1-Naturalism--Philosophy--Economics-and-Social-Science-e2s253/a-a8bsn7 Part 2: https://anchor.fm/thedissenter/episodes/Don-Ross-Part-2-Picoeconomics--Addiction--Scientific-Models--and-Consilience-e2s255/a-a8bsnk

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Naturalism, Mind-Brain Dualism, and Consciousness w/ David Papineau

Hi, everybody! Today, I have the immense pleasure of bringing you an interview with Dr. David Papineau. He is Professor of Philosophy at King's College London and at the City University of New York Graduate Center, having previously taught for several years at Cambridge University where he was a fellow of Robinson College. He was President of the British Society for Philosophy of Science for 1993-5, President of the Mind Association for 2009-10, and President of the Aristotelian Society for 2013-14. He’s also the author of 9 books, including Philosophical Naturalism, Thinking About Consciousness, and Knowing the Score.

In this episode, we talk about naturalism, and consciousness and mental phenomena. We start by discussing what naturalism is; if there are problems that science can’t deal with; and how philosophy can contribute to science and the scientific method. Then, we move on to talking about consciousness. We first tackle the issues with mind-brain dualism, and then we discuss consciousness and action, and the Libet experiments in the 1980’s; we also deal with the hard problem of consciousness, and the issues with emergentism. Finally, we debate the possibility of mental phenomena being nothing more than illusions, and what is real in how we experience the world, with a focus on our perceptual systems.


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The Singularity, Doing Futurism, and the Human Element w/ Nikola Danaylov

Hi, everybody! This Monday, I give you an interview with Mr. Nikola Danaylov. He is a #1 Bestselling Author of Conversations with the Future, a Keynote Speaker, Futurist, Strategic Adviser, popular Blogger and Podcast host, also known as Socrates in the Singularity community. In 1998, he moved to Canada where he completed an HBA in Political Science, Philosophy & Economics at the University of Toronto followed by an MA in Political Science at York University. It was at YorkU that Mr. Danaylov became deeply interested in the Technological Singularity and wrote "Hacking Destiny: Critical Security at the Intersection of Human and Machine Intelligence." In 2011, he went to NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California and completed the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University. He has spoken at public events on topics ranging from technology, transhumanism and the technological singularity to new media, blogging, and podcasting. He has been profiled in Next Stage Rising Stars Magazine and has been interviewed himself for numerous documentary films, blogs, podcasts, magazines, and newspapers.

In this episode, we talk about what is meant by the term “Singularity”, and its technological, social, economic, and scientific implications. We consider the technological and human aspects of the equation of economic and technologic growth, and human and moral progress. We also deal with more specific issues, like transhumanism, the ethics of enhancement, AI, and Big Data.


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Linguistics, Skinner and Chomsky, Spoken and Written Language w/ Iris Berent

Hi, everybody! Today, I’m releasing an interview with Dr. Iris Berent. She is Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, US. Her research examines the nature of linguistic competence, its origins, and its interaction with reading ability. She’s the author of the book The Phonological Mind. She will also be releasing a new book in the near future, The Blind Storyteller.

In this episode, we talk about what is Linguistics, and how it’s done nowadays; what is innate and learned in language; if we are the only species that has language; why written language is different from spoken language, and why it’s more difficult to learn; and also if language influences how we perceive things in the world.


You can also watch it in two parts.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/0hQ3_sScoAw Part 2: https://youtu.be/BmjcLmGuasQ

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Culture, Emotion Regulation, and Wisdom w/ Igor Grossmann

Hi, everybody! Today, I bring you an interview with Dr. Igor Grossmann. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He’s been the recipient of several awards, including the 2015 "Rising Star" Award, by the Association for Psychological Science; the 2015 President's New Researcher Award, by the Canadian Psychological Association; the 2017 Early Career Award, by the Ontario Ministry of Research Innovation and Science; and the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award, by the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE). Dr. Grossmann is a behavioral scientist exploring the interplay of sociocultural factors for adaptive emotion regulation and wisdom in the face of daily stressors.

In this episode, our conversation focuses on emotion, emotion regulation, emotion expression, and wisdom. First, we address what emotions are, and how we can study them. Then, we talk about how culture can influence emotions in their several domains. We also talk about some specific innate aspects like personality. Then, in the second part, we discuss what is wisdom, some of its components, and the benefits that individuals and societies can get from promoting it.


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Parasite-Stress, Sociality, Values, Personality, and Politics w/ Randy Thornhill

Hi, everybody! As promised, this Monday I am finally releasing my second interview with Dr. Randy Thornhill. Dr. Thornhill is an American entomologist and evolutionary biologist. He is a professor of biology at the University of New Mexico, and was president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society from 2011 to 2013. He is known for his evolutionary explanation of rape as well as his work on insect mating systems and the parasite-stress theory. He’s the author of several books, including A Natural History of Rape, and The Parasite-Stress Theory of Values and Sociality.

In this episode, we focus on the main topics of Dr. Thornhill’s book, The Parasite-Stress Theory of Values and Sociality (https://tinyurl.com/ybuant6k). We explore the evolutionary bases of the behavioral immune system, and the strategies humans and other animals evolved, in terms of sociality, to avoid getting in contact with sources of infection and contamination. In the case of humans, these strategies involve politics, culture, society, personality, and other aspects. We also refer to the biological bases of culture; the emotions of disgust and fear; the cultural differences between the southern and the northern United States; religious content to do with purity and pathogen avoidance; how parasite-stress might have affected the development of the Inquisition, the Enlightenment, and the 60’s Cultural Revolution; and also how it is a factor that contributes to speciation.


You can also watch it in two parts.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/2tAwDLU8-gw

Part 2: https://youtu.be/GIzIxp6Cxhg

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Hello! If you arrived at my Patreon page, I want to thank you right away for taking the time to consider supporting this project. My name is Ricardo Lopes, and I am from Portugal. I started my YouTube channel, The Dissenter, last February, in which I’m trying to bring people interviews and talks with intellectuals and academics from a variety of areas and disciplines, ranging from the Arts and Philosophy to the Social Sciences and Biology. The primary motivation to start this channel had to do with the fact that I hold a diversity of intellectual interests, which I’ve been cultivating throughout the years. And so, I decided to start by trying to invite some of the academics I admire the most to have intellectually stimulating and relevant conversations with them, and then to share them with you. A secondary motivation was to try to gather a myriad of academics that have been doing work in fields which could have something to offer to a better understanding of our human condition, thus providing us with knowledge with practical value. I’ve been interviewing major academics and scholars from fields like Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Primatology and Biology, and Philosophy. - From Psychology: David C. Geary, Richard Lippa, Leda Cosmides, Diana Fleischman, Eric Turkheimer, Lewis Goldberg, Richard Nisbett, Randy Thornhill, David Buss, Gad Saad, Lee Jussim, Hal Arkes, Lee Ross. - From Anthropology: David F. Lancy, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Robert Boyd, Richard Shweder, Alan Fiske, Terrence Deacon. - From Philosophy: Patrick Lee Miller, Stephen Hicks, Simon Blackburn, Patricia Churchland, Massimo Pigliucci, Rebecca Goldstein, Peter Carruthers, Colin McGinn, Michael Ruse, Alexander Rosenberg. - From Primatology: Frans de Waal. - From Neuroscience: Dale Purves. - Others: Azar Gat, Robin Hanson, James Flynn, Johan Norberg, Jon Entine, Michael Shermer, people from Gapminder like Fernanda Drumond, Richard Wilkinson. - Upcoming interviews: Michael Graziano, Mark Blyth, David Papineau, Don Ross, second interview with Randy Thornhill, Peter Richerson, Noam Chomsky. - And in contact with people like Peter Singer, Paul Bloom, William von Hippel, Robert Plomin, Gregory Cochran, Richard Haier, Edvard Moser, E. O. Wilson.

All of the work has been done my me to the date. I manage the channel; contact new guests; keep in touch with guests; prepare the interviews; do, record, and edit the interviews; upload and schedule them; manage the social media (Facebook and Twitter). Each interview takes a lot of time to prepare, since I want to make them as relevant and stimulating as possible. I reread books and articles from each guest; read new materials; watch talks, interviews, conferences, podcasts, and all sorts of media they’ve appeared on; prepare the interview from beginning to end. I would say that I dedicate tens of hours to most interviews, from preparation to final product.

Why Patreon, and why crowdfunding? To be honest, I am convinced that the best way to increase the quality and quantity of my content is simply though crowdfunding. I hope to grow my channel further, but I won’t expect to make more than a few coins per month via Google AdSense. It's nowhere near what's needed for me to justify keeping up with all this work in the long run. I’m investing my savings on this, and I’m working full time on this. I would also like to keep ads to a minimum. With that said, I would also like to be able to invest in new recording material (equipment and software), rent a place of my own to start creating a small studio of my own, and hire someone who can work with video, audio and image editing to help me improve the technical side of what I’ve been doing. The technical part is certainly my weakest element, and I would like to improve it with your help. Also, and as I alluded to, I would also need the money to support myself working while working on this full time.

I also leave you with some appraisals by guests I had on the show:

"I was very impressed by the quality of Ricardo’s questions and by our discussion. He was very well prepared and ready to discuss a variety of interesting and potentially controversial subjects." -- David C. Geary, University of Missouri

"I believe that Ricardo Lopes, The Dissenter, is an important voice in contemporary Portuguese culture. He initiates essential conversations that aim at questioning and evolving societal values. I warmly recommend supporting his work". -- Louise Mazanti, PhD

"Ricardo honors science, which is why he is such a superb interviewer. He’s an exacting researcher and understands the importance of evidence and curiosity. The range of subjects and scientists he addresses is broad. Ricardo's interview show is emerging a go-to place for science lovers." -- Jon Entine, Founder of the Genetic Literacy Project

"I was very impressed by the quality of Ricardo’s questions and by our discussion. He was very well prepared and ready to discuss a variety of interesting and potentially controversial subjects."-- David C. Geary, University of Missouri

"Compliments to Ricardo - it is rare to get such a well prepared, well informed and finely nuanced interviewer."-- Azar Gat, Tel Aviv University

“Ricardo is curious, well-prepared and creative in his questioning - a real contributor to the broader understanding of science.”-- Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, UC Davis

"Journalists and podcasters could learn a lot from the Dissenter. Ricardo's interviews are a great resource because he is always prepared with research on his guests, insightful questions and a laserlike focus. It was a delight to participate in his channel because The Dissenter is obviously enthusiastic about learning and public engagement with science"-- Diana Fleischman, University of Portsmouth

“My experience on The Dissenter with Ricardo Lopes was superb! He is informed and articulate, and asked so many good questions. I would be happy to appear on his program again.”--Nancy Segal, California State University, Fullerton

“My interview with Ricardo Lopes was carefully planned to introduce the public to the fundamentals of what IQ is all about, and to allow me to state my own views without any ‘interviewer bias’, something which is most welcome.”--James Flynn, Emeritus Professor of Political Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

“I was very impressed with Ricardo’s penetrating style of conversation. It was more a conversation--an engaging, spontaneous, and free-ranging conversation--than a standard interview, and only the most well-prepared of questioners can bring this off so naturally. His expertise was all the more impressive considering that, in order to interview me, he was stepping out of his normal intellectual terrain—science—and into philosophy.”-- Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Philosopher, Author of Plato at the Googleplex, recipient of the National Humanities Medal

“Ricardo Lopes is an outstanding interviewer — super-well prepared, logically organized, a good sense of the audience and what will be interesting, and how to avoid confusing technical jargon. He also has a reassuring and charming manner. Altogether, 10/10.”-- Patricia Churchland, UC President's Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

“I watched the show with admiration for the questions you asked that all the work you put into it. You are doing a real service for the community of scholars and I hope it gives you the satisfaction you deserve.” -- Dale Purves, Geller Professor of Neurobiology Emeritus, Duke University

“Combining broad interests and a penetrating intellect with a degree of intellectual entrepreneurialism, Ricardo Lopes has developed a channel for the dissemination of serious ideas. A tribute to the possibilities of extended enlightened conversation on the internet.”-- Jerry Z. Muller, Ordinary Professor of History, Catholic University of America

“I thought the questions were excellent and I very much enjoyed answering them. I hope your viewers feel that they learned something of interest.”-- Richard Nisbett, Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished Professor of social psychology, co-director of the Culture and Cognition program, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

“An interview with Ricardo Lopes is like an expert massage: it can be uncomfortably penetrating at times, but you emerge with a warm healthy glow”-- Colin McGinn

“Ricardo was astonishingly well-prepared for the interview, given the range of topics he covers on his channel - the questions were highly apposite and well-chosen. He also sent them to me in advance, so I had time to think about how best to answer them - which I think made for a much better interview. In general, he was thoroughly professional, well-organised and friendly - I hugely enjoyed our chat!”-- Helen Steward, University of Leeds

“I often implore people to get engaged. Everyone has a voice. Everyone can contribute to the battle of ideas. The Dissenter is a perfect manifestation of an intellectually curious individual who decided to create a forum from which to discuss grand topics. May his channel continue to grow. He is building a fantastic repository of insightful conversations.”-- Gad Saad, Professor of Marketing at Concordia University, Author of The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption

“The breadth and depth of Ricardo's knowledge goes far beyond the average science writer or interviewer. He is highly skilled at getting to the heart of overarching research questions and has a great facility for translating complex concepts into an accessible forum for a broad audience. His interviewing style is simultaneously warm, engaging, thoughtful, probing, and challenging, which makes for great conversations!”-- Jennifer Vonk, Professor of Comparative/Cognitive Psychology at Oakland University

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