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Science is Gray

Science isn’t as black and white as the media often portrays it. Join millennial science educator and justice advocate Sarina Farb for nuanced, honest, and holistic conversations exploring the gray areas of science and ethics in society. If you like doing your own critical thinking and are tired of censorship, corporate bias, and politicized science, this is the podcast for you! The Science is Gray podcast takes a critical look at the intersection of science, ethics, and public policy. Take a deep dive with us to learn how the scientific method really works, how to think for yourself, how to spot bias, and see who really benefits and how from different narratives around how science is applied in society.

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Nature, new technology and the collapse of civilization with Semih Oguzcan (PhD)

Is progress and technological innovation always good? Is technology inherently unsustainable and incompatible with nature and human life on earth? In today's episode I speak with Semih Oguzcan and environmental engineer and advocate trying to stop our 6th mass extinction on this planet. We take a deep dive in this episode into the nuance around technological innovation, evolution, science, and the unintended consequences are actions are having on human life. Semih Oguzcan has an undergraduate degree in physics, masters degree in Nuclear Waste Management and Decommissioning, a PhD in Environmental Engineering. Semih has been involved in studies and projects about finding chemical alternatives to hazardous chemicals used in the industry and for commercial use.  He is a frequent lecturer at universities on environmental impact assessment.  Semih is also vegan, loves playing the guitar and talking with like minded and sensitive people, and his heart lies in nature. Semih's youtube channel and film "Connections": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8IzdoMuYFM Want to be notified every time another episode comes out? Sign up for my email list to stay in the loop :) 

53mins

20 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Propoganda, GMOs, & Corporate Bias in Higher Education w/Robert Schooler

In this episode I speak with my friend Robert Schooler about his personal experience as a student at Cornell University observing first-hand how corporations like Monsanto seek to push propaganda on students and bias science curriculum in favor of corporate profits and agendas. "The GMO Debate course, which ran in the fall of 2015, was a blatant display of unscientific propaganda in an academic setting" - Robert Schooler Robert wrote an article about his experience back in 2016 which went viral at the time. You can read his article here: https://truthout.org/articles/the-gmo-debate-one-student-s-experience-of-pro-gmo-propaganda-at-cornell-university/   Today I am honored to share more of his story with you as an example of just how deep corporate influence runs in the science world, and how hard it is even in academic settings, to have open and honest scientific dialogue and debate, whether as a student or even as a professor. 2015 NYT article revealing Monsanto's influence over professors: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/06/us/food-industry-enlisted-academics-in-gmo-lobbying-war-emails-show.html 

57mins

6 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Rethinking our Food and Agriculture Paradigms w/Laila Kassam PhD

In this episode I speak with author and social change advocate Laila Kassam (PhD) about reductionist vs. holistic paradigms of food, agriculture, and international development, including: - reductionism in the global development industry- agricultural and development myths- what does "feeding the world" really mean- is organic food based on a "naturalistic fallacy"? - Can veganic/sustainable/organic agriculture really work? - origins of veganic and agroecological farming- what materialistic science in agriculture looks likeLearn about Laila's work here: www.inclusiveresponsibility.earth -----------Laila has been involved in social change for most of her career having worked in the international development sector for 15 years, conducting research on poverty and food security for rural development projects in the Global South. She has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Laila is a co-founder of Animal Think Tank, a grassroots organisation building a social movement for animal freedom in the UK.  She is co-editor of a new book called "Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward" which envisions a truly just and sustainable food system based on a framework of ‘inclusive responsibility’. Find our more and read chapter extracts at:  www.inclusiveresponsibility.earth

40mins

22 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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The Origins of COVID19 and the Pandemic Industrial Complex w/ Jonathan Latham PhD

In this episode I speak with virologist Jonathan Latham about the origins of the COVID19 Pandemic and whether it originated from a wet market or was really a lab-release! This includes answering the following: Is there a precedent for lab-releases? What is the evidence for a lab leak?What is the evidence for a natural zoonotic origin? Why doesn’t the wet market theory hold up?  Why has mainstream media censored discussions of a lab leak? You can read Jonathan’s detailed and evidence based articles on the topic here: https://www.independentsciencenews.org/commentaries/a-chinese-phd-thesis-sheds-important-new-light-on-the-origin-of-the-covid-19-coronavirus/ https://www.independentsciencenews.org/commentaries/a-proposed-origin-for-sars-cov-2-and-the-covid-19-pandemic/ Jonathan R Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics and genetic engineering. Dr Latham has written for Truthout, MIT Technology Review, the Guardian, Resilience, Salon.com, and many other magazines and websites. Visit his website here: https://www.independentsciencenews.org/ 

1hr 19mins

8 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Dairy and Racism in The Federal Dietary Guidelines w/ Dr. Milton Mills

In this episode I speak with Dr. Milton Mills, a critical care physician in the Washington DC area, and a long time plant-based nutrition advocate and expert. We discuss the history, impact, and biases of the federal dietary and nutrition guidelines and how they might not be as objective as many assume. This episode includes: - what the USDA federal dietary guideline are- the history of the dietary guidelines - Who/what influences the guidelines- How the federal nutrition guidelines are racially biased - how  lack of diversity and racial bias can harm health care outcomesMilton Mills, MD practices medicine in the Washington DC area, and has served previously as Associate Director of Preventive Medicine and as a member of the National Advisory Board, for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). He has been a major contributor to position papers presented by PCRM to the United States Department of Agriculture regarding Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and has been the lead plaintiff in PCRM’s class action lawsuit that asks for warning labels on milk.Dr. Mills earned his medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital. He has published several research journal articles dealing with racial bias in federal nutrition policy.Visit Dr. Mills's website to learn more: https://drmiltonmillsplantbasednation.com/ 

46mins

26 May 2021

Rank #5

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Reductionism in Nutrition Science with Dr. T. Colin Campbell

In this episode I speak with my longtime hero Dr. T Colin Campbell about the current state of nutrition science, what a holistic vs. reductionist approach to nutrition and scientific research looks like, and how reductionist thinking is harming public health. This includes: - What is reductionist science and why it's harmful- how reductionist science and thinking is hindering our public health approach to the COVID19 Pandemic- How and why holistic science and nutrition research is being suppressed - How to deal with conflicting research- whether specific nutrient pathways/theoretical mechanisms or real world data matter moreDr. Colin Campbell is a Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and has spent more than 60 years studying the connection between diet and disease. He is best known for the China Study -  one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. He has written several best selling books, and is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell center for Nutrition studies and the Plant Based Nutrition Certification Program in partnership with eCornell.Learn more here: https://nutritionstudies.org/ 

56mins

27 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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Welcome to The Science is Gray Podcast!

Science isn’t as black and white as the media and memes often portrays it. Join science educator and justice advocate Sarina Farb for nuanced, open, and holistic conversations exploring the intricacies and gray areas of science in society. If you like doing your own critical thinking and are tired of censorship, corporate bias, and politicized science, this is the podcast for you. 

2mins

14 Apr 2021

Rank #7