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Announcing the Science Salon Podcast

In the beginning, there was Science Salon: live, and in person. We recorded each event on video and made them freely available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube and Today, we are pleased to announce the release of the Science Salon Podcast for your listening pleasure!

Listen to Science Salon Everywhere and Anywhere

Listen Everywhere & Anywhere

Listen to Science Salon via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and Soundcloud.

What is Science Salon?

Science Salon is a series of conversations between Dr. Michael Shermer and leading scientists, scholars, and thinkers, about the most important issues of our time.

Science Salon is hosted by Dr. Michael Shermer: the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc. His new book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia.

Big Names. Bigger ideas!

Science Salon has hosted some of the biggest names in science including: Caltech Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate, DR. KIP THORNE, who consulted on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar • evolutionary biologist, DR. ROBERT TRIVERS • religious scholar and bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus, DR. BART D. EHRMAN • the world’s leading expert on twins, DR. NANCY SEGAL • legendary science communicator, BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY • British magician and writer, DERREN BROWN • one of the most influential thinkers and writers of our time, social psychologist, DR. CAROL TAVRIS • Yale cosmologist and theoretical astrophysicist, DR. PRIYAMVADA NATARAJAN • astrophysicist and award-winning writer of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, DR. JANNA LEVIN • daughter of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard P. Feynman, MICHELLE FEYNMAN • renowned Harvard cosmologist and theoretical physicist, DR. LISA RANDALL. Those are just a few of the brilliant minds who have shared their amazing discoveries on Science Salon.

Lisa Randall in conversation with Michael Shermer at Science Salon, November 22, 2015

Lisa Randall in conversation with Michael Shermer, during our first Science Salon on November 22, 2015.

Watch the Live Stream

Most Science Salons are streamed live on the day of the event, and archived for viewing afterward. Some salons are recorded remotely betwen Michael Shermer and his guest. These are not streamed live, but are posted in the archives for viewing.

Attend a Science Salon in Person

Most Science Salons are recorded live at a magnificent and architecturally award-winning home in the hills overlooking the San Gabriel mountains of Southern California. Get venue, schedule, and ticket information.


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Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley


The Great Beast 666

In this episode of MonsterTalk, we complete our discussion about Western Esotericism with John L. Crow. In this final part we talk about the life of occultist Aleister Crowley, a man some called The Wickedest Man on Earth.

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Detecting Baloney

Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic) by Deanna and Skylar (High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA)

The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

For a class project, a pair of 11th grade physics students created the infographic shown below, inspired by Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit: a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills.

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Wisdom of Harriet Hall

Top 10 Things to Know About Alternative Medicine

Harriet Hall M.D. discusses: alternative versus conventional medicine, flu fear mongering, chiropractic, vaccines and autism, placebo effect, diet, homeopathy, acupuncture, “natural remedies,” and detoxification.

FREE Video Series

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Understanding the difference could save your life! In this superb 10-part video lecture series, Harriet Hall M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods.

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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

This free booklet reveals 10 myths that explain why terrorism is not a threat to our way of life or our survival.

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

The Top Ten Strangest Beliefs

Michael Shermer has compiled a list of the top 10 strangest beliefs that he has encountered in his quarter century as a professional skeptic.

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Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (paperback cover)

Who believes them? Why? How can you tell if they’re true?

What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and can you tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

Mind altering experiences are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be dangerous…

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

Top 10 Myths About Evolution (and how we know it really happened)

If humans came from apes, why aren’t apes evolving into humans? Find out in this pamphlet!

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Learn to be a Psychic in 10 Easy Lessons

Learn to do Psychic “Cold Reading” in 10
Easy Lessons

Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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The Yeti or Abominable Snowman

5 Cryptid Cards

Download and print 5 Cryptid Cards created by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton. Creatures include: The Yeti, Griffin, Sasquatch/Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Cadborosaurus.

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