Christopher DiCarlo


Critical Thinking Solutions · Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a philosopher, educator, and author. He often teaches in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Toronto (in Scarborough). He is also a lifetime member of Humanist Canada and an Expert Advisor for the Centre for Inquiry Canada.

He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences and written many scholarly papers ranging from bioethics to cognitive evolution. His book entitled: How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Asking the Right Questions is currently in its fifth printing and is a best-seller in Canada and the U.S. His latest book: Six Steps to Better Thinking: How to Disagree and Get Along was released by Friesen Press and is available world-wide.

He is a past Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard University in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences: Department of Anthropology and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Here, he conducted research for two major papers entitled The Comparative Brain: The Evolution of Human Reasoning and The Evolution of Religion: Why Many Need to Believe in Deities, Demons, and the Unseen.

He is currently engaged in writing his latest book, Flying Without a Pilot: A Determined Look at the Future of Ethics, Law, and the Value of Human Behavior.

In April 2008 he was awarded TV Ontario’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer in Ontario Award. In August 2008 he was honored with the Canadian Humanist of the Year Award from the Humanist Association of Canada. In September 2008 he was awarded the UOIT Complementary Faculty Teaching Award.

Dr. DiCarlo is the Principal and Founder of Critical Thinking Solutions, a consulting business for individuals, corporations, and not-for-profits in both the private and public sectors. He is also the developer of the first Pilot Project in Canada to introduce Universal Critical Thinking skills into the Ontario Public High School curriculum which has begun in the Upper Grand District School Board. This has led to other Ontario School Boards adopting Dr. DiCarlo’s Critical Thinking program for their High School curricula.

Some presentations Dr. DiCarlo has given include:

  • “We Are All African: Can Scientific Proof of Our Commonality Save Us?”
  • “The Future of Ethics, Law, and the Value of Human Behavior”
  • “The OSTOK Project: A New Model for Developing Responsible Social Policies”
  • “Sex 101: Natural vs. Supernatural Sex Education”
  • “The New Ethics: A Synthetic Approach to Understanding Good and Evil”
  • “The Zing of Perceived Control: Memetic Equilibrium and the Evolution of Religion”
  • “The Big Five: Natural and Supernatural Responses to Life’s Biggest Questions”
  • “The Evolution of Religion: Memetic Equilibrium as Proximate Cause”
  • “The Veneer of Tolerance: The Covert ‘Ism’ Against Unbelievers”
  • “From the Roots of Skepticism to the Tree of Scientific Knowledge”
  • “On Pedagogy: Teaching as a Noble Profession”
  • “Critical Thinking and Public Health”
  • “The Roots and Tools of Humanism: Secular Themes from Ancient Greece to Contemporary Canada”

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Topics: Education, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Ethics & morality, Evolutionary psychology, History of religion, Psychology of religion, Science education

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