Flatten the Curve of the Infodemic with New Live Online Talks from Skeptical Inquirer


July 16, 2020

Introducing a new series of live online talks from some of the brightest minds in science and skepticism.

Now more than ever, people need to hear from the voices of reason, science, and skepticism, but too often they are drowned out by the noise of misinformation, pseudoscience, and conspiracy theories, especially online.

That’s why, starting July 30, Skeptical Inquirer is going to turn up the volume,when the magazine of science and reason introduces Skeptical Inquirer Presents

Every two weeks, Skeptical Inquirer Presents will bring you live online presentations from leading experts in science, skepticism, medicine, media, activism, and advocacy, all devoted to the cause of advancing science over pseudoscience, media literacy over conspiracy theories, and critical thinking over magical thinking.

Skeptical Inquirer Presents is hosted by the brilliant and hilarious comedian Leighann Lord, cohost of the Point of Inquiry podcast.

And it’s all happening from the comfort of your laptop (or any other screen), wherever you are in the world, because even though so much has been closed down, big ideas don’t need hotel ballrooms.

Note: You must register for each event to tune in live. REGISTER NOW.


UPCOMING ‘SKEPTICAL INQUIRER PRESENTS’ TALKS

Thursday, July 30 – 7:00 PM EST

CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND COVID-19 with Joseph Uscinski

Using a wealth of recent survey data, Professor Joseph Uscinski will show just how popular conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are and why they are so dangerous to our health. Uscinski will then look at another set of dangers facing us today: those associated with misunderstanding the causes of conspiracy theories. Smashing down some of the most common myths about conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists, Uscinski will show that conspiracy theories are not a product of the internet, social media, or even our modern age.

Joseph Uscinski is associate professor of political science at University of Miami and coauthor of American Conspiracy Theories.


Thursday, August 13 – 7:00 PM EST

DEVELOPING A SARS-CoV-2 VACCINE: IS WARP SPEED TOO FAST? with Dr. Paul Offit

Virologist Paul Offit, author of books such as Bad Advice: or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health Information and Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, will discuss the path to developing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine with an understanding that most research and development programs for vaccines take about 15–20 years. The expectation, however, is that this vaccine will be developed in 12–18 months. Given that this would undoubtedly mean that steps along the path will be compressed or skipped, will this make for a less safe or less effective vaccine?

Paul A. Offit, MD is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq.


Thursday, September 10 – 7:00 PM ET

VIRAL BS: MEDICAL MYTHS AND WHY WE FALL FOR THEM with Seema Yasmin

Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, author, and director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. She is an expert in health and science communication with a focus on how misinformation fuels epidemics and why false health news is often more believable than the truth. Yasmin served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service where she investigated disease outbreaks around the world. She teaches journalism, medical communication skills, and global health storytelling at Stanford University where she is clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine.


More events will be announced soon!

There’s an infodemic. Let’s flatten the curve. Register for the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents event now.

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