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  • emIs Faith Comptabile with Reasonem
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    Is Faith Comptabile with Reason?

    Brigham Young University’s Daniel Peterson and Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer debate whether faith and reason are compatible.

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  • emSkepticem
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    Skeptic

    Michael Shermer, founder of Skeptic magazine, talked about his book Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye, a collection of his columns going back to 2001. He also spoke about his…

    515 views
  • Michael Shermer on emThe Moral Arcem
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    The Moral Arc

    Michael Shermer talked about his book The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, in which he discusses how science has influenced the way we…

    1,292 views
  • Panel Discussion on Science Writing
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    Panel Discussion on Science Writing

    Amir Alexander, Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World; Michael Benson, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time; and Martin Blaser, Missing Microbes: How the…

    468 views
  • emThe Moral Arcem
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    The Moral Arc

    Michael Shermer talked about his book The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, in which he discusses how science has influenced the way we…

    1,554 views
  • Panel Discussion on Technology
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    Panel Discussion on Technology

    David Brin, author of The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom, and Michael Shermer, author of The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and…

    336 views
  • Panel on Information Exchange
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    Panel on Information Exchange

    Authors talked about their books about secrets and intelligence affairs, Internet privacy, and how the mind works. They responded to questions from members of the audience. Richard Rayner moderated.…

    420 views
  • emThe Believing Brainem
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    The Believing Brain

    Michael Shermer talked about how irrational beliefs are formed and reinforced. He responded to questions from members of the audience. This was a talk at FreedomFest, a libertarian conference…

    1,176 views
  • Religion on Trial
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    Religion on Trial

    From FreedomFest 2010 held at Bally’s in Las Vegas, a debate on religion featured authors Dinesh D’Souza (Life After Death) and Steven Landsburg (The Big Questions). The debate was…

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  • Debate on Intelligent Design
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    Debate on Intelligent Design

    A debate on the merits of intelligent design theory was held at FreedomFest 2008. George Gilder Stephen Meyer, both from the Discovery Institute, argued for intelligent design, and Michael…

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  • emWhy Darwin Matters The Case against Intelligent Designem
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    Why Darwin Matters: The Case against Intelligent Design

    Michael Shermer talked about his book Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design, published by Times Books. He was joined in discussion by Mr. Wells. Mr. Shermer, a former evangelical Christian and…

    314 views
  • emThe Mind of the Marketem
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    The Mind of the Market

    Michael Shermer talked about his book The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics, published by Times Books. In his book Mr.…

    137 views
  • The Future of Science and Technology
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    The Future of Science and Technology

    Panel members talked about the future of science and technology, including the cultural implications of evolution, creationism, and intelligent design. They also debated whether the purpose…

    462 views
  • September 11 Conspiracy Theories
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    September 11 Conspiracy Theories

    Participating by remote link from Denver, Michael Shermer talked about conspiracy theories concerning the September 11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Shermer has debunked many of the conspiracy…

    1,097 views
  • Detecting Design in Biology
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    Detecting Design in Biology

    Mr. Dembski and Mr. Shanks talked about whether or not the complexities of nature imply an intelligent designer, i.e. God. Mr. Dembski claimed that evidence exists to suggest that such a…

    499 views
  • Deception in Politics and Academics
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    Deception in Politics and Academics

    A panel discussed various forms of misinformation and deception practiced by politicians and academics. They talked about why people lie, why they get away with it, and the consequences of…

    219 views
  • Spirit and Nature of Science
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    Spirit and Nature of Science

    Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Shermer debated the limits of science in addressing spiritual questions. Mr. Shermer argued that such issues will either eventually be addressable using conventional…

    802 views
  • Manufacturing Fear  American Culture Today
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    Manufacturing Fear: American Culture Today

    Panel members talked about fear in U.S. culture, including conspiracy theories, cults, cabals, medicine, and politically manufactured fear. After their presentations, the authors answered…

    374 views
  • emThe Science of Good and Evilem
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    The Science of Good and Evil

    Michael Shermer discussed his book The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule, published by Henry Holt and Company. Mr. Shermer examined…

    148 views
  • emIn Darwins Shadow Alfred Russel Wallaceem
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    In Darwin's Shadow: Alfred Russel Wallace

    Michael Shermer talked about his book In Darwin’s Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace, published by Oxford University Press. He discussed the life and accomplishments of British…

    178 views
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