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Deborah Gordan on the Emergence Episode

Monday, August 04, 2008 - 01:40 AM

Here at Radiolab we’ve been known to tinker with sound.... cutting music, ambi, and big ideas all together to get the point across in the most fun, interesting and understandable way. It’s not your typical public radio interview. Recently, we decided to check in with some of the guests on past episodes to see what they thought. Were they over-edited? Mis-represented? Did they love the show? Hate it?

Deborah Gordon is a professor at Stanford University and an expert on ants. She showed Jad and Robert around her lab in the Emergence episode.

Listen to part of the episode at the top of the page.

Linda Evarts recently called Deborah up to see what she thought of it:


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Comments [9]


Why is she called the queen? Why wasn't the term, female, enough?

Feb. 21 2010 11:24 PM

where can I see the images you described of the ant highway?

Feb. 09 2009 05:00 PM

Love the show. enjoyed emergence. I have believe that we are going to learn with more and more clarity how randomness OVER TIME result in the evolutionary development of intelligence, to the extent that intelligence is defined as integrated, interactive information. This happens as so many different levels, and each has its own context. The intelligence of crowds is beautiful, and in some cases can be more intelligent than any of the individuals, but to suggest that it is ALWAYS more intelligent that any individual is not accurate. If Albert Einstein, our proverbial hero of exceptional intelligence, is in a room of 100 other physicists, all brilliant in their own right, and the question is asked, "Explain the relationship between energy and time," you will get lots of answers, but without question Al will give you the best one, or more accurately, the most "intelligent" one. Anyway, i really enjoyed this episode. thanks.

Aug. 10 2008 07:27 PM
Ross E. Deforrest

I heard your show tonight on NPR's Friday Night feature and was made aware that reality has left science fiction in the dust. A great show.

Aug. 08 2008 11:54 PM

I like the idea of asking interviewees what they thought of the show. More of these, please!

Aug. 06 2008 03:24 PM
Rose Figtree

You guys are fabulous. Just love the way you lace science with humour. Particularly enjoyed emergence and would love to here more on the subject. Keep up the good work.

Aug. 06 2008 07:15 AM

if you have the very narrow deconstructionist/particle physics view/definition of science then it is definitely not science.

Aug. 05 2008 12:57 PM

A cynical view? Yeah. And maybe a little condescending as well…
Is the world not wondrous? My child-like wonder bubble was just popped by a crooked finger.

Aug. 05 2008 08:10 AM

I was kinda confused by the emergence episode showing up in July. Wasn't it a rerun? I've heard it before, I swear it. Am I crazy?

Aug. 04 2008 12:27 PM

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