Skeptic

Michel Gagné — How to Think About Conspiracy Theories Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic As we approach the sixtieth anniversary of the violent public assassination of President John F. Kennedy, over half of all Americans surveyed continue to believe that he was killed by a conspiracy involving multiple assassins. Shermer and Gagné discuss: conspiracies and conspiracy theories; what role conspiracy theories play in society; who believes …

Michel Gagné — How to Think About Conspiracy Theories Skeptic Skeptic Read More »

Wild Psychotherapy: Untested and Questionable Methods of Psychological Advice and Treatment Timothy C. Thomason Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Scientifically trained psychologists and social scientists have long been skeptical of clinical psychotherapy techniques because they are so dependent on anecdotes instead of data. In response, clinicians with scientific training have developed data-based techniques, like Cognitive Behavior Therapy. But these new techniques have not trickled down to pop psychologists like Laura Schlessinger …

Wild Psychotherapy: Untested and Questionable Methods of Psychological Advice and Treatment Timothy C. Thomason Skeptic Read More »

OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 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 …

OPEN DISCUSSION JUNE 2022 Moderator Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science Read More »

Andrew Yang — Not Left. Not Right. Forward. Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Michael Shermer speaks with Andrew Yang about the Forward Party, the future of politics in a party duopoly, political partisanship, and how to bring about the change we need. This conversation is based on Yang’s new book Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy.

The Disrupted Mind: Noga Arikha on What Happens to Identity When the Brain Is Assaulted by Disease and Injury Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Shermer and Arikha discuss: dementia, senility, Alzheimer’se • mental illness and the labeling problem • the social construction of mental illness • neurology and psychiatry • agency and volition • memory and amnesia • autobiographical memory • self and embodied self • brain modularity • brain as a machine • emotions and …

The Disrupted Mind: Noga Arikha on What Happens to Identity When the Brain Is Assaulted by Disease and Injury Skeptic Skeptic Read More »

Trans Matters: An Overview of the Debate, Research, and Policies Lisa Selin Davis Skeptic

Read More Skeptic In this overview of the debate, research, and policies related to various trans matters, Lisa Selin Davis has written what is arguably the best and most balanced treatment of the culturally radioactive topic that incites passioned opinions on both sides of the political aisle. The trans movement is relatively new and science …

Trans Matters: An Overview of the Debate, Research, and Policies Lisa Selin Davis Skeptic Read More »

Frans De Waal on Sex and Gender Across the Primate Spectrum Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic What is gender? How different are men and women? Are differences due to biological sex or to culture? How do they compare with what is known about our fellow primates? Do apes also culturally learn their sex roles or is “gender” uniquely human? Michael Shermer and Frans de Waal discuss sexual orientation, …

Frans De Waal on Sex and Gender Across the Primate Spectrum Skeptic Skeptic Read More »

Cathy Young — The Russian Riddle Wrapped in a Ukrainian Mystery Inside an American Enigma Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Michael Shermer speaks with Cathy Young, a cultural studies fellow at the Cato Institute. She writes on a wide variety of cultural and political issues, including gender issues (equal opportunity in the workplace, sexual harassment policy, sexual assault and domestic violence law, child custody, etc.), freedom of speech and intellectual tolerance, diversity, …

Cathy Young — The Russian Riddle Wrapped in a Ukrainian Mystery Inside an American Enigma Skeptic Skeptic Read More »

Stuart Vyse — The Uses of Delusion: Why It’s Not Always Rational to Be Rational Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic Michael Shermer speaks with psychologist and behavioral scientist, Stuart Vyse, about aspects of human nature that are not altogether rational but, nonetheless, help us achieve our social and personal goals. In his book, and in this conversation, Vyse presents an accessible exploration of the psychological concepts behind useful delusions, fleshing out how …

Stuart Vyse — The Uses of Delusion: Why It’s Not Always Rational to Be Rational Skeptic Skeptic Read More »