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Taking On Fake News About Climate Change | John Cook

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There’s overwhelming scientific evidence and consensus that global warming is happening and humans are the cause. However, there’s also a deluge of misinformation designed to confuse the public and generate doubt about climate change. How should we respond to the firehose of falsehoods? One way to neutralize the influence of misinformation is through inoculation. This …

A Science Mom’s Path From Reason, to Oz, and Back Again | Kavin Senapathy

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If skeptics are diametrically opposed to one thing, it’s woo. That’s why Kavin Senapathy took on her new Woo Watch column for Skeptical Inquirer, which explores the alternative health, clean food, and spurious parenting worlds, examines what drives these movements, and, of course, cites the evidence that condemns them. But even though she relishes wielding …

How To Watch For Fact, Folly, or Propaganda | Jim Alcock

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Never in history has so much information been instantly available to so many with so little effort. Anyone with a smart phone and an Internet connection can in a moment access vast amounts of data on just about any subject. However, although it may significantly influence our beliefs, most of this information is unfiltered and …

Battling Bias in Scientific Communication | Troy Campbell

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What are the underlying forces that drive biases around science and how can we fight against them? This talk will explore: Why We Actually Change – :10 Limits of Rhetoric – 3:20 Tools for Change – 3:59 Solution Aversion – 7:00 Implication Management – 11:15 Flight From Facts – 13:05 Power of Social Comparison – …

The Powers, Perversions, And Potential Of Heredity | Carl Zimmer

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In this talk, New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer explores the history of heredity, a concept that has come to define us and yet defies our intuitions. Today, millions of people are getting their DNA sequenced to understand how their ancestry made them who they are, but making sense of these tests demands that we escape mistaken …

Stephen Fry and Richard Dawkins in Conversation

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Stephen Fry and Richard Dawkins, two of the most respected minds in their respective fields, sit together on the CSICon stage to discuss science, religion, politics, and more. Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure. Stephen’s new book, Mythos, his unique retelling …

Tying up Creationism in the Classroom | Bertha Vazquez

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The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) is a project of the Center for Inquiry. After decades of legal and legislative wins for evolution education, it is still difficult for many teachers to teach the unifying theme of biology without pushback from students and parents. As science standards across the country improve to include middle …

Steven Pinker On Enlightenment Now: Is The World Getting Better Or Worse?

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If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred, and irrationality. But this is an illusion: a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. If you follow the trend lines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, richer, happier, and more peaceful—not just …

Secrets of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Genius Mind | Massimo Polidoro

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How did the genius mind of Leonardo Da Vinci think? What were the secrets that went into his amazing abilities? What went into his mind when he was faced with a problem, an enigma or a mystery? How can we use his habits and ways of reasoning to become better thinkers? Massimo Polidoro dives into …

Sex, Evolution, And How The Patriarchy Gets It Wrong | Abby Hafer

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Do you ever wonder about the history of evolution and sex? Abby Hafer guides you through some common misunderstandings about sex, including misconceptions about the gender binary. Using examples from the animal kingdom, Abby debunks ideas about what is “natural” or “unnatural” regarding both sex and gender roles and discusses the problems of a morality …

The Satanic Temple | Mental Health Abuse and Malpractice

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The Center for Inquiry welcomes Lucien Greaves, Co-Founder, and Spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, a non-theistic religious organization that fights for equality for women, LGBTQ groups, free speech, and encourages benevolence and empathy among all people. They reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice. This talk explores dissociative identity disorders, repressed memories, how …

Richard Dawkins and Richard Wiseman In Conversation on Atheism, Evolution, and his books

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Richard Dawkins is considered one of the leading voices on secularism and atheism and is the best-selling author of The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion, his autobiography, and many more key pieces of scientific literature. The Atheism movement is steadily growing in America and Richard Dawkins is one of its top thinkers. The Center for …