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The Variety of Scientisms & the Limits of Science | Massimo Pigliucci

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Science is by far the most powerful approach to the investigation of the natural world ever devised. Still, it has limits, and there are many areas and questions where the scientific approach is ill suited, or at best provides only pertinent information rather than full answers. The denial of this modest attitude about science is …

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 …

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 …

Guerrilla Skepticism On Wikipedia

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Did you support the March for Science? Discover what you can do next in the fight for science through improving scientifically incorrect Wikipedia articles. Susan Gerbic shows you why the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project is so important to science and skepticism. The Guerrilla Skepticism On Wikipedia Project has fixed hundreds of Wikipedia pages, …

The Psychological Harm of Gay Conversion Therapy

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Gay conversion therapy is a psychologically harmful practice that attempts to turn gay people straight. Religious groups use a mixture of prayer and pseudoscience to meet their agendas. Many professional medical organizations have come out against the use of gay conversion therapy, but it’s still legal in many states. Sheldon Helms describes the history of …

How Alternative Medicine is Endangering Academia

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Alternative medicines like acupuncture, reiki, naturopathy, and homeopathy, once considered quackery, now pose a threat to academia as alternative medicine has been debunked as an ineffective form of treatment. The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health fund dubious studies and unconventional medical practices, like alternative medicine and complementary medicine that …

Myths and Secrets of the Colosseum

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Rome’s Colosseum is the second most visited monument in the world and we think we know everything about it. That’s not so. Massimo Polidoro’s research will bring us back in time to the Roman Empire, to “see” what actually happened in the bloodiest place the Earth ever knew. Massimo Polidoro is a writer and an internationally …

Roadblocks to Good Science

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The Center for Inquiry presents Rachael Dunlop, Cara Santa Maria, and Britt Hermes for a conversation on the real and perceived problems in science. What prevents people from understanding or discovering science, the roadblocks that stop good science and research, plus solutions on how to solve these problems. Dr. Rachael Dunlop is a cell biologist focused …

Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump

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The book “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving us Crazy” addressed how many felt that climate change denial had been rendered irrelevant,–that we were past it, and ready to tackle the problem head one.  With the election as President of Donald J. Trump— an individual …

What’s luck got to do with it?

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How should we think about the role of luck in our lives? What do we control, what do we not – and can we learn to tell the difference? This talk examines common human biases in thinking about chance – tendencies like the illusion of control, the optimism bias, and overconfidence – and strives to …

Cranks, Conspiracists, and Creationists

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There are both differences and striking similarities between misrepresentations of science and scholarship in conservative Muslim and Christian religious circles. Sect leaders and televangelists denounce chess or advertise crank medicine. Arab conspiracy theorists resurrect new versions of antisemitism and feed into an apocalyptic imagination. Turkish religious innovators and stuffy Islamist government officials propagate creationist ideas. …