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Nick Brown – Spotting science that just doesn’t add up

The skeptical movement rightly suggests that people should place more faith in peer-reviewed scientific articles than in YouTube videos or written claims made by random people on the Internet. However, science is not always particularly reliable either. In this talk, I will give some examples of how peer-reviewed scientific work that may attract a lot of public… Read More »Nick Brown – Spotting science that just doesn’t add up

Angel Russell – Talk Data to Me: The neuroscience of sexual arousal and desire

Two of the most pervasive myths that I spend my time deconstructing are (1) that humans have a specific part of their brains devoted to sex and (2) that humans have an innate “drive” to be sexual. Neither of these things are true, and it’s important that people understand that. When folks believe these misconceptions,… Read More »Angel Russell – Talk Data to Me: The neuroscience of sexual arousal and desire

Karen Masters – 30 Second Universe

The universe literally encompasses everything we were, are and will be, everything we knew, know and can know. When we decide to understand the universe as a whole, new truths come to light, and unexpected perspectives illuminate our take on life. 30-Second Universe explains all the tantalising concepts, principles and theories that make up our… Read More »Karen Masters – 30 Second Universe

Talking Nerdy, with Cara Santa Maria

Marsh talks nerdy with Cara! Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award-winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, author, and podcaster. Cara is the science correspondent on National Geographic's popular television series Brain Games as well as the creator and host of the weekly science podcast Talk Nerdy with Cara… Read More »Talking Nerdy, with Cara Santa Maria

Angela Saini – The Return of Race Science

As ethnic nationalism and the far-right become stronger, race science is experiencing a revival, fuelled by the abuse of data and science by politically-motivated groups. The story of who humans are and how we evolved is being rewritten to suit their agendas. Even well-intentioned scientists, through their unconscious use of old-fashioned categories, betray some suspicion… Read More »Angela Saini – The Return of Race Science

Natália Pasternak – How science denialism is fuelling the COVID-19 crisis in Brazil

Brazil has surpassed the UK in the number of confirmed cases and deaths of COVID-19. Still, the federal government refuses to acknowledge reality and relies on magical thinking and denialism, promoting miracle cures, withholding information, spreading lies and inciting riots. Join Natalia Pasternak for a look at the Brazilian response to the pandemic, and what… Read More »Natália Pasternak – How science denialism is fuelling the COVID-19 crisis in Brazil

Kavin Senapathy – What the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Can Teach Skeptics About White Supremacy

Perhaps now more than ever, the skeptics’ movement can’t afford to ignore racism and race pseudoscience. Kavin Senapathy learned this first-hand during her stint with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and its parent organization the Center for Inquiry (CFI) speaking at its conferences, writing a column, and hosting the Point of Inquiry podcast. As… Read More »Kavin Senapathy – What the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Can Teach Skeptics About White Supremacy

Bryce Blankenagel – Mormonism and Eugenics: An Experiment in Racial and Religious Purity

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) was founded in 1830 by New Englander Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon, the foundational scripture authored by Smith, claims to be a history of Christian Israelites who settled the American continents from 2500 BCE – 420 CE. Within a decade of creation, Mormonism established extensive… Read More »Bryce Blankenagel – Mormonism and Eugenics: An Experiment in Racial and Religious Purity

Dr Adam Rutherford – How to Argue with a Racist

Science writer and broadcaster Dr Adam Rutherford will talk about his new book, How to argue with a racist: History, Science, Race and Reality, a vital manifesto for a twenty-first-century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry. In his characteristically robust style, Adam will… Read More »Dr Adam Rutherford – How to Argue with a Racist

Andrew Torrez – 100 Seconds To Midnight: Skepticism and Existential Threats in the Age of Fake News

In an age where fake news and viral videos have gone international, attorney Andrew Torrez helps break down where and why the law still matters. You'll learn how sharpening the tools in your skeptical toolbox is more important than ever to help us navigate potentially existential threats to human life and flourishing. P. Andrew Torrez… Read More »Andrew Torrez – 100 Seconds To Midnight: Skepticism and Existential Threats in the Age of Fake News

Tim Caulfield – Yes, Debunking Works – Even in a Pandemic!

The spread of harmful misinformation is a defining characteristic of this pandemic. It has led to deaths, financial loss, increased stigma, health policy challenges, and added to the chaotic information environment. We must counter this “infodemic” with evidence-based communication strategies. Despite concerns about the "backfire effect" and debunking works, if done well! Timothy Caulfield is… Read More »Tim Caulfield – Yes, Debunking Works – Even in a Pandemic!