In this week’s eSkeptic:
- A message from Michael Shermer: Science Lectures to the Masses
- Big Name. Bigger Ideas.: Download Highlights from Our Lecture Series
- Free Download: Conspiracy Theories Booklet: The Who?, Why? and How?
- Skepticality: Of Cheese And Neuro-Bunk: Interview with Molly Crockett
- New Episode: The Way of the Mister: The Mormon Testimony
Be part of bringing the Skeptics Society’s Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech to the world
Since 1992, the Skeptics Society has sponsored the Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, one of the premiere scientific institutions in the world, hosting over 350 of the biggest names in science. This series of lectures has covered the most advanced, leading-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.
Now we want to take the Distinguished Science Lecture Series to a whole new level. While ticket, book, and DVD sales have provided enough funding to bring these cutting-edge ideas to tens of thousands of people, we would like to make them available to a much broader audience—to millions…to the world.
Following the TED model (I have given two TED talks that have been viewed by almost six million people), we are looking for a major donor/sponsor to reach this goal. Our speakers are just as prestigious as TED speakers—and our speakers’ talks are more in depth at full hour-long lectures—so there is every reason to believe that we too can reach millions of people around the world with our remarkable speakers and lectures.
A quality product on the Internet is, of course, a means to this end. We want to make our lectures available to everyone in the world who has Internet access by live streaming the events and then posting them shortly thereafter at Skeptic.com for viewing in the future. We would like to make this service available for free for viewers. To this end we have a detailed line-item budget available upon request and look forward to working with a major donor/sponsor to help take the Distinguished Science Lecture Series to the next level. We want to change the world, and in order to do that we need to make science and skepticism available to everyone in the world.
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Who Believes Them, and Why? How Can You Determine if They are True or False?
What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and why do they tend to proliferate? Why does belief in one conspiracy correlate to belief in others? What are the triggers of belief, and how does group identity factor into it? How can one tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one? For the answers, download this free booklet, created by Michael Shermer and Pat Linse, the founders of Skeptic magazine and your Skeptics Society.
SKEPTICALITY EPISODE 243
Of Cheese And Neuro-Bunk
Can the simple act of eating a cheese sandwich change your mood? Will taking some commonly prescribed drugs make you more likely to help random strangers on the street? Well-known neuroscientist Molly Crockett may have some answers. In this episode of Skepticality, Derek explores altruism, morality, and values-based decision-making in humans, with Molly, who reminds us against blind acceptance of some of the more overstated claims about neuroscience in the media.
The Latest Episode of The Way of the Mister: The Mormon Testimony
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