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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 …

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 …

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 …