If I may bother you again with the radio show, one interesting aspect is that Rancourt says that science should make sense in your daily life or it will be of little use: "If the science that is of interest to you is not helping you to understand yourself, then what's the use? What's the point of it? … What you need to know is how to figure yourself out."
This is because he believe in the importance of praxis for personal liberation. In opposition, trusting scientific claims usually means subjecting oneself to a knowledge that cannot be directly questioned. Big theories that you cannot verify yourself (because you need a computer model to verify it, or you cannot do the math in spite of trying, or the foundational claims seem wrong) are simply a form of endoctrination: "It's hogwash primarily because you can't figure it out for yourself [...] You can't figure this out. There is no way you can use your brain and logic and it would take you a long time and you'd have to go step by step. And I think the best guide in this is: If you don't understand it, if it doesn't make sense to you and your being as objective and coherent with yourself and honest with yourself as possible, then it's probably not important to you in your life, and it's probably also not true."
What interests me in these ideas is that he judges the validity of science at the level of the individual, not as an absolute expert truth. Also,the fact that he is a physicist and has attempted (and failed) to verify major claims - and then analyzed political and economic reasons why such claims were being made - shows a willingness on his part to construct knowledge rather than give up simply because research seems out of reach. http://trainradio.blogspot.ca/2012/03/d ... alone.html