Listen to astrophysicist and award-winning writer Dr. Janna Levin discussing gravitational waves, black holes and the nature of the cosmos, in Science Salon # 5.
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(This episode was just uploaded, even though it's episode # 5. It should show up on Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play Music later today.)
In his most ambitious work yet—a scientific exploration into humanity’s obsession with the afterlife and quest for immortality—bestselling author and skeptic, Michael Shermer, sets out to discover what drives humans’ belief in life after death, focusing on recent scientific attempts to achieve immortality along with utopian attempts to create heaven on earth.
For millennia, religions have concocted numerous manifestations of heaven and the afterlife, and though no one has eve...r returned from such a place to report what it is really like—or that it even exists—today science and technology are being used to try to make it happen in our lifetime. From radical life extension to cryonic suspension to mind uploading, Shermer considers how realistic these attempts are from a proper skeptical perspective.
Heavens on Earth concludes with an uplifting paean to purpose and progress and how we can live well in the here-and-now, whether or not there is a hereafter.
Listen to, Dr. Robert Trivers — one of the greatest evolutionary theorists since Charles Darwin — in Science Salon # 16, on Spotify. This conversation, based on Trivers' ground-breaking study, examines the curious case of honor killings, which seem to make no evolutionary sense—why would a father kill his own daughter and thereby eliminate half of his own genes from propagating into the next generation? The answer is to be found in who, exactly, is committing these murders and why.
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Len and I are on stage together again, this time for his new book Elastic, which I'm reading now on audio with Len as the reader. It's excellent, changing the w...ay I think and reason. Come on out if you're in the neighborhood (1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA) Thursday night. https://t.co/Xn2qdzAGQG
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Dr. Carol Tavris talks with Dr. Michael Shermer about his new book Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia
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Alexa Skills are voice-driven capabilities that enhance and personalize your Alexa devices. Simply say “Alexa, enable Science Salon skill” or go to https://skeptic.com/alexa to enable it.
In episode 151 of MonsterTalk, we complete our discussion about Western Esotericism with John L. Crow. In this final part we talk about the life of occultist Aleister Crowley, a man some called The Wickedest Man on Earth.
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Here’s what’s in the latest issue of Skeptic magazine (23.1): Answering the Hard Question “You’re an Atheist?! How Do You Find Meaning and Morality in Life if There is No God?” • God, Heaven, and Evil: A Renewed Defense of Atheism • The Devil’s Mark: The Evaluation of Evil, the Measurement of Morality, and the Statistical Significance of Sin • Whence Cometh Evil? The Concept and Mechanics of Natural Evil • Virtuous Reality: Why Right and Wrong Seem Real: a Critique of Moral R...ealism • Tearing Down Mr. Hume’s Wall: A Response to Moral Realism Skeptics • Brazilian Cancer Quackery • The “Sonic Attack” on U.S. Diplomats in Cuba: Why the State Department’s Claims Don’t Add Up • Understanding Human Skeletal Variation • Updating the Software and Hardware in Educational Practice: A Way Forward for Science and Mathematics Education • Why Freud Matters: Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and the Skeptical Humanist Tradition • Hope and Hype for Alzheimer’s • I, Too, Am Thinking About Me, Too • Junior Skeptic: The Incredible Claims of Pet Psychics…
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Are we living in a post-truth world? In his March 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer reminds us of the importance of critical thinking, and recognizing our cognitive and emotional biases, in pursuit of the truth.
Listen to Caltech Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate, Dr. Kip Thorne, in conversation with Michael Shermer on gravitational waves, black holes, time travel, and Hollywood.
Michael Shermer demonstrates why torture doesn't work as a method of extracting useful and actionable information. He explains what studies show really works to produce higher quality intelligence.
MonsterTalk continues discussion about Western Esotericism with John L. Crow. In part two, we talk about the origins of Theosophy, the nature of secret and occult societies in this era, and the groundwork that led to the rise of magical orders in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Theosophy figures into the modern Western conception of Tulpas, which we discussed in episode 86, and also Slenderman.