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  • Trans Matters: An Overview of the Debate, Research, and Policies
    par Lisa Selin Davis le 25/05/2022 à 4:00

    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 […]

  • Frans De Waal on Sex and Gender Across the Primate Spectrum
    par Skeptic le 24/05/2022 à 7:00

    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 […]

  • Cathy Young — The Russian Riddle Wrapped in a Ukrainian Mystery Inside an American Enigma
    par Skeptic le 21/05/2022 à 7:00

    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, […]

  • Stuart Vyse — The Uses of Delusion: Why It’s Not Always Rational to Be Rational
    par Skeptic le 17/05/2022 à 4:00

    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 […]

  • Peter Ward — The Price of Immortality: The Race to Live Forever
    par Skeptic le 14/05/2022 à 3:00

    Peter Ward is a British business and technology reporter whose reporting has taken him across the globe. Reporting from Dubai, he covered the energy sector in the Middle East before earning a degree in business journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His writing has […]

  • Moshe Hoffman and Erez Yoeli on the Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior
    par Skeptic le 10/05/2022 à 7:00

    Moshe Hoffman is a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology whose research focuses on using game theory and models of learning. Erez Yoeli is a research scientist at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, whose research focuses on altruism: understanding how it works […]

  • Richard Dawkins — Flights of Fancy: Defying Gravity by Design and Evolution
    par Skeptic le 07/05/2022 à 5:00

    Michael Shermer speaks with Richard Dawkins about his new book Flights of Fancy: Defying Gravity by Design and Evolution. They also discuss: nationalism; Russian revanchism; the recent rise of authoritarianism and autocracies; U.S. acceptance of the theory of evolution surpassing 50%; E. O. Wilson; […]

  • Douglas Murray on The War on the West: Race, Politics, and Culture
    par Skeptic le 03/05/2022 à 3:00

    Michael Shermer and Douglas Murray discuss: what it takes to become a successful writer • Is this “war” on Western civilization just a necessary course correction from the sins of the past? • Is at least some of the criticisms of Western civilization a form of revenge for past […]

  • eSkeptic for May 3, 2022
    par Skeptic le 03/05/2022 à 3:00

    Michael Shermer Speaks with Douglas Murray about his new book The War on the West: Race, Politics, and Culture.

  • Louis Theroux on Neo-Nazis, Jimmy Savile, UFO Cults, and Scientology
    par Skeptic le 30/04/2022 à 7:00

    Shermer and Theroux discuss: how documentary films are made • religious fanaticism • UFO cults • Scientology • neo-Nazis • anti-Semitism • prisons, pornography, and prostitution • Jeffrey Epstein and Jimmy Savile • self-help movements and gurus • […]

  • eSkeptic for April 30, 2022
    par Skeptic le 30/04/2022 à 7:00

    Michael Shermer Speaks With Louis Theroux About Neo-Nazis, Jimmy Savile, UFO Cults, and Scientology. PLUS: In SRC Report PCIS-006, we take a look at Conspiracy Theory Endorsement by Media Viewership.

  • Paranormal & Conspiratorial Ideation Study (PCIS)
    par Skeptic le 29/04/2022 à 5:00

    In the Paranormal & Conspiratorial Ideation Study (PCIS), we took a snapshot of Americans’ paranormal and conspiratorial beliefs. We surveyed people about all sorts of topics (e.g., QAnon, election conspiracies, the Loch Ness monster, astrology). As usual, we also have a host of variables […]

  • eSkeptic for April 27, 2022
    par Skeptic le 27/04/2022 à 4:00

    Was the great scientist E. O. Wilson a racist? No! Because Wilson corresponded with the notorious race differences psychologist Phillippe Rushton, critics claim it proves Wilson was a racist. Here’s why the critics are wrong, dangerously wrong.

  • Jesse Singal on Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills 
    par Skeptic le 26/04/2022 à 7:00

    Michael Shermer and Jesse Singal discuss: how social scientists determine causality • cognitive priming • The Malcolm Gladwell-effect • self-help movements • power posing • positive psychology • Implicit Association Test • racism, gender, class, misogyny, bigotry […]

  • eSkeptic for April 26, 2022
    par Skeptic le 26/04/2022 à 7:00

    Michael Shermer speaks with Jesse Singal about this new book: Why Fad Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills.

  • Christopher Blattman on Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace
    par Skeptic le 23/04/2022 à 7:00

    Shermer and Blattman discuss: Putin, Russia, and Ukraine • game theory and violent conflict • 5 Reasons for conflict and war • common elements of conflict • U.S. foreign policy and its consequences • human nature and conflict: are we wired to fight or do environments push […]

  • eSkeptic for April 23, 2022
    par Skeptic le 23/04/2022 à 7:00

    Education reform researcher and advocate Chris Edwards explains the problem with the U.S. public education system and considers possible solutions. PLUS: Michael Shermer speaks with Christopher Blattman about his new book Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace.

  • America’s Coming Educational Collapse: A Classroom Teacher Explains the Problem and Offers a Solution
    par Chris Edwards le 20/04/2022 à 5:00

    Everyone knows that the U.S. public education system is broken, but no one quite knows what to do about it. In this analysis the education reform researcher and advocate Chris Edwards explains the problem and considers possible solutions.

  • Adam Levin on Identity Theft and How to Protect Yourself from Scammers, Phishers, and Fraudsters of All Types
    par Skeptic le 18/04/2022 à 7:00

    In this conversation, Shermer speaks with Adam Levin, a consumer advocate with more than 30 years’ experience in personal finance, privacy, real estate and government service. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Levin is Chairman and founder of Identity Theft 911.

  • eSkeptic for April 18, 2022
    par Skeptic le 18/04/2022 à 7:00

    Join us for an expedition Along the Ancient Coast of Turkey (October 8–17, 2022) aboard the privately-chartered 34-Guest Callisto. PLUS, Michael Shermer speaks with Adam Levin on Identity Theft and How to Protect Yourself from Scammers, Phishers, and Fraudsters of All Types.

  • Dave Rubin — Left, Right, and Woke, based on his book Don’t Burn This Country: Surviving and Thriving in Our Woke Dystopia
    par Skeptic le 16/04/2022 à 7:00

    Michael Shermer speaks with Dave Rubin: New York Times bestselling author, and creator and host of The Rubin Report. They discuss his book Don’t Burn This Country: Surviving and Thriving in Our Woke Dystopia.

  • eSkeptic for April 16, 2022
    par Skeptic le 16/04/2022 à 7:00

    Michael Shermer speaks with Dave Rubin: New York Times bestselling author, and creator and host of The Rubin Report. They discuss his book Don’t Burn This Country: Surviving and Thriving in Our Woke Dystopia.

  • A reply to Bert Hölldobler on the Matter of Edward O. Wilson, Race, Racism, and Race Science
    par Mel Konner le 12/04/2022 à 5:44

    In this letter to Bert Hölldobler, following up on his defense of his long-time colleague E. O. Wilson, who has been falsely accused of racism and knowingly promoting race science, Mel Konner, who also knew and worked with Wilson, reinforces the point that Wilson’s defense of Philippe […]

  • Oliver Stone on Ukraine, Putin, and the Military-Industrial Complex
    par Skeptic le 12/04/2022 à 7:00

    Michael Shermer speaks with Oliver Stone about Ukraine, Putin, and the military-industrial complex.

  • eSkeptic for April 12, 2022
    par Skeptic le 12/04/2022 à 7:00

    Mel Konner, in response to Bert Hölldobler’s defense of E. O. Wilson, reinforces the point that Wilson’s defense of Philippe Rushton was done out of concerns about academic freedom; PLUS: Michael Shermer speaks with Oliver Stone about Ukraine, Putin, and the military-industrial […]

  • Jim Al-Khalili on the Joy of Science
    par Skeptic le 09/04/2022 à 7:00

    Michael Shermer speaks with quantum physicist, Jim Al-Khalili, who reveals how 8 lessons from the heart of science can help us all get the most out of our lives.

  • eSkeptic for April 9, 2022
    par Skeptic le 09/04/2022 à 7:00

    Mark W. Moffett remind us that breakthroughs in science often come about by exploring points of similarity between things that are normally seen as very different. PLUS: Michael Shermer speaks with quantum physicist, Jim Al-Khalili, who reveals how 8 lessons from the heart of science can help us […]

  • Apples and Oranges, Ants and Humans: The Misunderstood Art of Making Comparisons
    par Mark W. Moffett le 07/04/2022 à 7:00

    Mark W. Moffett describes how comparing identical things is extremely boring; breakthroughs in science often come about by exploring points of similarity between things that are normally seen as very different—in his own research, and that of his mentor, Edward O. Wilson, ants and humans.

  • eSkeptic for April 5, 2022
    par Skeptic le 05/04/2022 à 7:00

    Is there vigilantism in science? Was the renowned Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson wrongly convicted of racism and promoting race science in the court of public opinion? Yes, says his long-time collaborator and world-class scientist Bert Hölldobler. PLUS: Michael Shermer speaks with Batya […]

  • Self-Righteous Vigilantism in Science: The Case of Edward O. Wilson
    par Bert Hölldobler le 05/04/2022 à 7:00

    Is there vigilantism in science? Was the renowned Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson wrongly convicted of racism and promoting race science in the court of public opinion? Yes, says his long-time collaborator and world-class scientist Bert Hölldobler.

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