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About Our Science Lectures

Science Salon

In the tradition of the Enlightenment salons that helped drive the Age of Reason and the public interest in science, the Skeptics Society is pleased to announce that once a month we will be hosting an intimate Science Salon featuring an “in conversation” between Dr. Michael Shermer and a prominent scientist, scholar, or intellectual (similar to the conversations we have hosted with Richard Dawkins, Bill Nye, and others). Dr. Shermer will discuss the guest’s latest science book or research project in a dialogue format, followed by an intimate conversation with the audience that allows more interaction with the guest than a formal Q&A.

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The Distinguished Science Lecture Series

Since 1992, prior to the existence of our new Science Salons, the Skeptics Society sponsored the Distinguished Science Lecture Series, hosting over 350 of the biggest names in science. This series of lectures has covered the most cutting edge discoveries and controversial topics in all of science, and enabled students, educators, and the general public to hear what’s new in science and skepticism. These lectures have helped people learn how to think critically about claims made in the name of science.

Big names. Even Bigger Ideas.
On DVD, or On Demand

Most of our past lectures are available for purchase on DVD and many are available for rent instantly on Vimeo On Demand.

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Watch Selected Live Broadcasts for free online!

If you can’t make it to the lecture venue on the day of a live lecture, you may still be able to watch selected lectures streamed live, for free online. To watch a live broadcast, simply go to our upcoming lectures page on the day an event has been advertised to be broadcast live, and the video will be available for viewing on the day and time listed for that lecture. We do not live broadcast all lectures.

Science Conferences

We also host scientific conferences that bring together skeptics from all across North America. Each Skeptics Society conference is focused on a specific theme, which allows us to invite a new line-up of prominent speakers to contribute their knowledge and perspective to each one. Lively conversation, debate, and collaboration are hallmarks of these events.

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