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OPEN DISCUSSION JULY 2022 Moderator Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science This thread has been created for thoughtful, rational discussion on subjects for which there are not currently any dedicated threads. Please note that our Comment Policy applies as usual. There is a link to this at the foot of the page. If you would like to …

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Michael Strevens — The Knowledge Machine: How Irrationality Created Modern Science Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Shermer and Strevens discuss: irrationality and how it drives science • the knowledge machine • the replication crisis, what caused it, and what to do about it • verification vs. falsification • the iron rule of explanation • Bayesian reasoning vs. falsification • climate/evolution skeptics • model dependent realism • humanism • …

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Anil Seth on the Hard Problem of Consciousness, the Self, and the Essence of Volition Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Shermer and Seth discuss: consciousness • controlled hallucinations • the self and other minds • Where does consciousness go during general anaesthesia? After death? • Are we living in a simulation that itself is inside a simulation? • Does Deep Blue know that it beat the great Gary Kasparov in chess? • …

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Moneyball For Your Life: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on Using Data to Get What You Really Want Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Most people rely on their gut instinct to decide how to date, who to marry, where to live, what career path to take, how to find happiness, but what if our gut is wrong? Biased, unpredictable, and misinformed, our gut, it turns out, is not all that reliable. Michael Shermer speaks with …

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Nature’s God: Why Christians Should Accept the Theory of Evolution Larry Arnhart Skeptic

Read More Skeptic If you give Christians a choice between Jesus and Darwin by telling them that the theory of evolution means you have to be an atheist, they’re going to pick Jesus every time. In this article, Larry Arnhart argues that Christians should accept the theory of evolution not only because it’s true but …

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Sam Rosenfeld on Party Polarization in the Postwar United States Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Shermer and Rosenfeld discuss: why we have a duopoly • gerrymandering • voting restrictions • how we know all elections are not rigged • abortion • immigration • US foreign policy • the rise of conservative and liberal think tanks • ideology • political polarization • political leanings of industrialists vs. tech …

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A Transgender Controversy Harriet Hall, M.D. Skeptic

Read More Skeptic In this important analysis of the medical issues involving trans people, Dr. Harriet Hall reviews what medical science knows about puberty blockers, vaginoplasty, phalloplasty, rapid onset gender dysphoria, detransitioners, and why “watchful waiting” is probably the best strategy at the moment given the considerable uncertainties.

David Christian on Time, the Near/Far Future, Transhumanism, Interstellar Migrations, the Fate of Our Species, and the End of Time Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic The future is uncertain, a bit spooky, possibly dangerous, maybe wonderful. We cope with this never-ending uncertainty by telling stories about the future: future stories. How do we construct those stories? Where is the future, the place where we set those stories? Can we trust our future stories? And what sort of …

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