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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

    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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    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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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    Denying History

    The authors talked about their book Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It?, published by the University of California Press. The book is an examination of…

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    American Lunacies

    Several authors discussed American beliefs on unexplained phenomena, the validity of these ideas, and what they say about contemporary social and political culture. Mr. Heard wrote…

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    Life, Writings and Scientific Work of Carl Sagan

    Two authors of biographies of the late Carl Sagan talked about their books. Mr. Davidson wrote Carl Sagan: A Life and Mr. Poundstone wrote Carl Sagan: A Life in the Cosmos. They talked about Dr.…

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