“Science & Skepticism 101” – TAM 2012 Workshop


This may be useful to newcomers to this site skepticism, and may have some worth for skeptical old-timers as well as well. Enjoy.

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R. Elisabeth Cornwell – Social Networks: Civilizing the Future – TAM 2012


Dr. Cornwell puts an evolutionary perspective on social networks, with surprising insight…and equally surprising implications for instantaneous communication.

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Stuart Firestein – “The Values of Science: Ignorance, Uncertainty, and Doubt” – TAM 2012


A discussion of the worth of fully conscious ignorance in the practice of science. Lest the door be thrown open to cranks, quacks and charlatans, Firestein is careful to note that uncertainty and the propagation of new questions from new answers in no way equates to unreliability or a lack of confidence in what we can know.

To quote Vaclav Havel: “Keep the company of those who seek the truth, flee from those who claim to have found it.”

Dr. Karen Stollznow – “Talking to Tomorrow” – TAM 2012


How may a knowledge of language be of use in skeptical inquiry and explain many paranormal and pseudoscientific claims?

Dr. Karen Stollznow shows how. Follow her on Twitter @karenstollznow

Dr. Pamela Gay – “Make the World Better (Ask if Anyone Minds Later)” – TAM 2012


How might we skeptics make our world more kindly, rational and welcoming than it is? Here are a few suggestions…

Follow Dr. Pamela Gay @starstryder on Twitter.