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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 …

Promoting A 21st Century Understanding Of Science | John de Lancie

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My interest in promoting the science of evolution dates back to about 10 years ago when Ed Asner and I toured the country with a show about the Scopes “Monkey” Trial. The script was taken from transcripts of the actual trial, as opposed to the dramatized version in “Inherit the Wind.” I played Clarence Darrow …

The Nature of Space and Time | Brian Greene

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Recent results in the study of black holes and string theory suggest new perspectives on the nature of spacetime. In this talk, these advances will be explained and illustrated visually. Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of …

Modern Wellness, Women, and the Religion of Pseudoscience | Dr. Jen Gunter

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Wellness is a multi-trillion dollar industry, primarily marketed to women. From “pH balancing” diets and “yoni” eggs, to “natural” cures. Offered under the guise of empowerment and self-improvement, the modern wellness movement is simply a successful rebranding of pseudoscience and patriarchy for profit. It isn’t filing the gaps left by medicine, it is capitalizing on …

Quirks and Glitches of the Human Body | Nathan Lents

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Dating back to Darwin himself, the “argument from poor design” holds that examples of suboptimal structure/function demonstrate that nature does not have a designer. Perhaps surprisingly, human beings have more than our share of quirks and glitches. Besides speaking to our shared ancestry, these evolutionary “seams” reveal interesting things about our past. This offers a …

Fantasyland: The History of America’s Irrationality | Kurt Andersen

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How can we make sense of America’s current “post-factual,” “post-truth,” “fake news” moment? By looking to America’s past. All the way back. To the wishful dreams and make-believe fears of the country’s first settlers, the madness of the Salem witch trials, the fantasies of Hollywood, the anything-goes 1960s, the gatekeeper-free internet, the profusion of reality …

Facilitated Communication and Autism: What We Need To Know | Janyce L. Boynton

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Dive into this insider-outsider look at the Facilitated Communication movement—how it works, who really benefits, why critical reviews have not stopped its progress, and what we can do about it. Facilitated communication attempts to aid communication by people with autism or other communication disabilities who are non-verbal. Janyce is an artist, educator, and advocate for …

Little-Known Acts of Skepticism and How to Join the Home Front for Science | Jonathan Jarry

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It’s time to open our eyes to the skeptical deeds that evade our awareness. Television shows hosted by skeptics; a university-based office dedicated to protecting the public from pseudoscience; a homeopathy degree cancelled due to skeptics’ engagement with the media… these accomplishments will inspire you to join an active defense against misinformation! Jonathan Jarry is …

Taking Courage from Darwin | Richard Dawkins

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Compare two ways of knowing the world. On the one hand theologians claim that the universe and all that’s in it was divinely made and can be understood through faith and revelation. On the other hand there is science, and the scientific method which extols evidence, and demonstrated, repeatable outcomes. Science knows a lot, but …