Show 287: Social Science Under Fire

Is Social Science bunk?

Were Stanley Milgram’s “Obedience Experiments,” and Philip Zimbardo’s “Stanford Prison Experiments,” unscientific and immoral?

Is Social Science even science?

Join us as ETFF focuses in on questions such as these with three extraordinary guests for this one hour special presentation!

Challenging the value and accuracy of the social scientific enterprise will be Dr. Barbara Oakley, author of “Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend.” Dr. Oakley has been doing interviews (including for the Center For Inquiry’s podcast, ‘Point of Inquiry’), attacking social science and some of its seminal studies.

Standing up for social science in general will be Dean of Social Sciences and University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University, Dr. Dalton Conley.  And back with us for a second time to address criticisms regarding his Stanford Prison Experiment will be Social Science legend, Dr. Philip Zimbardo.

The Sequel to this program can be found here!

3 Replies to “Show 287: Social Science Under Fire”

  1. Wow, what a memorable spat!
    Lingering moments:
    “You’re lying! You’re lying!”
    “Lady, you don’t know what you’re talking about!”
    “Her comments are, well, nuts.”
    “You have stifled research…”
    “…purely situational…”
    Cheerleading for discredited “Broken Windows” Giuliani “zero-tolerance” on BAI from both Zimbardo and the nervous Conley?
    Best on-line scrap of the year, and congrats to the beleaguered moderator. However, my head hurts – this is the best we can do? I would love a blow–blow scoring of the tag-team brawl from others in the audience – it’s great to see the grownups in the academy really get into some nastiness…

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