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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 …

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 …