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About 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, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, 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.

Video, Audio Podcast, and Live Streams

Science Salons are streamed live on the day of the event, and archived for viewing afterward. In addition to Salon video recordings, audio recordings can be heard on the Science Salon Podcast via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Soundcloud.

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.

Advance tickets required

Tickets are $50 per individual and include the lecture, an autographed copy of the guest’s book, hors d’oeuvres and wine. Purchase tickets in advance by calling the Skeptics Society office at 1-626-794-3119. Seating is limited. Tickets will not be sold at the door.


As traditional with European salons, there will be time after for socializing with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. This opportunity for intimate conversation between the speaker and the audience allows more interaction with the guest than a formal Q&A. Plus, you never know what other scientists and celebrities might just show up for these unique gatherings!


The salons will be held at a magnificent and architecturally award-winning home in the hills overlooking the San Gabriel mountains of Southern California, with balconies that allow for stimulating conversations with the guest and fellow skeptics while taking in the views. A map with the address of the venue will be emailed to you after you purchase your ticket(s). Dress code is casual.

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

The Venue: an architecturally award-winning home in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, a couple miles north of Pasadena, in Southern California, with sweeping views of the San Gabriel Valley.


  • 2–2:45 In Conversation
  • 2:45–3:30 Dialogue with audience
  • 3:30–4:00: Book signing
  • 4:00–6:00: hors d’oeurves and wine and socializing

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