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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD


This is a podcast that answers the question, "what should we have been learning while we were memorizing Kreb's cycle?" This is a practical guide for practicing physicians and other healthcare practitioners looking to improve in any and all aspects of our lives and practices. Physician and non-physician experts are interviewed on a wide range of topics to help us with personal and professional development.
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Sep 28, 2023

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In this episode, Dr. Lee McIntyre discusses science denial and how to engage in reasonable conversations with science deniers. He shares a blueprint that all science deniers seem to follow, which includes cherry-picking evidence, believing in conspiracy theories, engaging in illogical reasoning, relying on fake experts, and expecting science to be perfect. McIntyre shares his experience of attending a flat earth convention and how understanding their reasoning patterns can be helpful in conversations with other types of deniers.

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00:02:06 Blueprint for science deniers. 

00:09:21 Be vigilant of your beliefs. 

00:12:24 Admitting uncertainty builds trust.

00:21:05. Listen before you try convincing. 

00:26:24 Be patient and build trust. 

00:28:43 Approach conversations with empathy.

More on Dr. Lee McIntyre:

Dr. Lee McIntyre, a prominent scholar, and Ethics Instructor at Harvard Extension School, is dedicated to promoting scientific reasoning in an era marked by science denial. Author of "How to Talk to a Science Denier" (MIT Press, 2021), he equips the public with tools to engage constructively with science deniers. On SftPublic's "Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations" program, he shared insights from this book in March 2021.

Dr. McIntyre's earlier work, "The Scientific Attitude," emphasizes the importance of the scientific mindset and critical thinking, addressing the rising skepticism toward established scientific facts.

In an age where anti-reason sentiment and science denialism are resurging, Dr. McIntyre's advocacy for the scientific attitude is pivotal. His work serves as a beacon of enlightenment, urging society to embrace scientific reasoning to preserve rational discourse and truth-seeking in these challenging times.

Find and connect with Dr. McIntyre on his website.

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