Calling Out “Viral BS” on the Next SKEPTICAL INQUIRER PRESENTS with Seema Yasmin


August 31, 2020

Seema Yasmin: Viral BS—Medical Myths and Why We Fall For Them

It’s always been challenging for non-experts to distinguish factual medical information from misinformation and pseudoscience, and the pandemic has only raised the stakes for getting it right. The fomenting of distrust of science and expertise only makes matters worse. What can we do?

Thursday, September 10 at 7PM ET, on the next SKEPTICAL INQUIRER PRESENTS live online event, Emmy Award-winning journalist and author Seema Yasmin will help us get a grip on what she calls “viral BS.”

Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative and author of Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall For Them, will discuss how a history of unethical medical experiments and mistakes, along with a host of celebrities spewing anti-science beliefs, has left many wary of science and scientists. In this free online event hosted by Leighann Lord, Yasmin will explore how we can unravel the knots of fact and fiction to find out what we should really be concerned about, and what we can laugh off.

Free registration is required to watch this live Zoom event, so sign up right now!


Next on Skeptical Inquirer Presents – September 24 at 7:00pm ET: Nathan Lents presents “Evolution Only Breaks Things: The Science Denial at the Heart of Intelligent Design.”

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