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Ricky Gervais and Richard Dawkins in Conversation

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Multi-award-winning stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and actor Ricky Gervais was presented with this year’s Richard Dawkins Award, from the Center for Inquiry. CFI campaigns to remove the influence of religion in science education and public policy, and to eliminate the stigma that surrounds atheism and non-belief. The Richard Dawkins Award has been presented annually since 2003. …

The Overblown Breast is Best Mantra for Breastfeeding | Kavin Senapathy

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If you’ve had a baby in the last few decades, you probably remember hearing one seemingly incontrovertible, science-clad mantra: “Breast is Best.” But more and more clinicians and researchers are saying that the adage overstates the science. A growing community is speaking out against the pressure for all parents to breastfeed exclusively, and the real …

How the Brain Learns And Why Sometimes It’s Wrong | Jeff Hawkins

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The neocortex is the seat of intelligence in the human brain. But how does the brain learn? In the past few years, we have made dramatic progress on this problem. In this talk, I will give an overview of what we now know and what the implications of being an intelligent species might be. I’ll …

Legislative Alchemy: Pseudoscience in the Law | Jann Bellamy

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Homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, and subluxation-based chiropractic are all grounded in pseudoscience, yet practiced daily in the U.S. without sanction. Why? Lawmakers have incorporated pseudoscience into the law, permitting the sale of healthcare products and services that have no plausible basis in science and no evidence of effectiveness to an unknowing public. We’ll look at how …

Looking for Aliens: Are they there? Are they here? | Seth Shostak

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In one of astronomy’s greatest modern triumphs, we now know that there are a trillion planets in the Milky Way. Roughly one in five may be similar to Earth. So with so much cosmic real estate, there must be someone out there, right? Science agrees, and may soon augment opinion with discovery. But what about …

Discussing The Coronavirus Outbreak with Dr. Paul Offit

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Paul Offit is a pediatrician and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine recommended for universal use in children by the CDC. Offit is also the director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the author of many scientific papers and …

Beyond the “Issues”: The Personal Skeptical Existence | Troy Campbell

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Being a skeptic is not just about correcting others and protesting for science, it is a daily and very personal thing. Professor Troy Campbell looks beyond “the issues” at the rich beautiful existence of being a skeptic. Skepticism is an orientation toward the world, where you just keep asking more questions and looking for more …

Stardust: The Book of Truth | Bailey Harris

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13-year old Bailey Harris is an author, speaker, and advocate for freethought and human rights. Her Stardust series of science books for young readers are at the core of her mission to inspire a love of science and a sense of wonder about the universe Bailey’s story of growing up as a secular child in …

Junk News as Science | David Mikkelson

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David Mikkelson is the founder and CEO of Snopes.com, the oldest and most respected fact-checking site online. This talk is an overview of the different ways in which forms of junk news and misinformation are propagated as being science-based and what that means for the people who consume that kind of news. Mikkelson founded the …

Getting the Chemistry Right | Joe Schwarz

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Plastic in the microwave releases dioxins. Ice cream contains beaver butt extract. Margarine is one molecule away from plastic. GM corn is tainted with Agent Orange. Radiesthetic colors cure disease. Alkaline water fights cancer. Alpha Spin fully optimizes the body’s molecular functions via resonance. Chemicals in non-stick pans are linked to smaller penises. Just a …

Do Not Harm. But First, Nature | Britt Hermes

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Naturopaths have defined their brand of medicine using a set of “healing” principles that sound pleasant, but really describe an archaic and sometimes twisted understanding of medicine. Having been a former naturopathic “doctor,” I can say that the overwhelming majority of naturopathic care relies extensively on dubious alternative therapies, rather than established protocols based on …

The Fiction of Memory | Elizabeth Loftus

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For several decades, I have been manufacturing memories in unsuspecting minds. Sometimes this involves changing details of events that someone actually experienced. Other times it involves planting entire memories for events that never happened – “rich false memories.” People can be led to believe that they did things that would have been rather implausible. They …