- Skeptic Magazine 26.1: Cosmic Beginning, Available Now! Instantly Download the Digital Edition or Pre-order the Print Edition
- The Michael Shermer Show # 163: A conversation with Helen Pluckrose on Critical Race Theory, based on her book (co-authored with James Lindsay) Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity — and Why This Harms Everybody
SKEPTIC 26.1: COSMIC BEGINNING
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Here’s what you’ll find in the latest issue of Skeptic Magazine (26.1): How Did It All Begin? Cosmic Inflation, the Multiverse, and the Nature of Scientific Proof • The SkepDoc: Osteopathy Then and Now, by Harriet Hall, M.D. • Psychological Risks with COVID-19 Vaccines • The Future of Civilization after COVID-19 • The Future of Higher Education Reengineering Learning for a Post-Pandemic World • Havana Syndrome Skepticism—Why We Should Be Skeptical: It Was Probably Psychogenic • Why Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Belongs in English Literature Curriculum Despite—Indeed Because—of its Use of the N-Word • Why Time, Causality, Consciousness, the Self, and Free Will Are Not Illusion • Alien Skulls and Their Makers: The Creation of the “Sealand Skull” and the Hoax It Unintentionally Inspired • Why We Are Not Hybrids of Earthling and Extraterrestrial Ancestry • Skeptic Extraordinaire • As Seen by Skeptic Magazine Artists • Junior Skeptic 78: Conspiracy Theories
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JUNIOR SKEPTIC # 78
As the world continues the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve learned that we’re facing another enemy just as dangerous as the virus: a plague of misinformation! Even while scientists, doctors, and nurses work around the clock to prevent illness and save lives, millions of others are being misled by stories they’ve heard about shadowy groups secretly scheming against society. False rumors about wicked conspiracies are as old as time. Some seem harmless. Others cost lives. Some rumors have even changed the course of history. How do conspiracy theories work? And what can we do about them? Let’s find out!
Junior Skeptic — an engagingly illustrated science and critical thinking publication for younger readers (and the young at heart) — is physically bound within each and every issue of Skeptic magazine. About 30 Junior Skeptic back issues are also available as single downloadable PDFs at an amazing price! There are also several complete issues that may be downloaded for free!
EPISODE # 163
Helen Pluckrose — Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity — and Why This Harms Everybody
Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn’t practice yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only white people can be racist? Are you confused by these ideas, and do you wonder how they have managed so quickly to challenge the very logic of Western society?
In this wide-ranging conversation Helen Pluckrose recounts the evolution of the dogma that informs these ideas, from its coarse origins in French postmodernism to its refinement within activist academic fields. Today this dogma is recognizable as much by its effects, such as cancel culture and social-media dogpiles, as by its tenets, which are all too often embraced as axiomatic in mainstream media: knowledge is a social construct; science and reason are tools of oppression; all human interactions are sites of oppressive power play; and language is dangerous.
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