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Amanda Marcotte on the Trump Transition and the Reshaping of America

December 21, 2016

There’s no question that Trump and his incoming administration have plans to take the country in a very different direction on a plethora of issues. To help us sort through what to expect, we welcome writer and political journalist, Amanda Marcotte. Marcotte currently blogs at The Raw Story and…

The Normalization of Hate: David Neiwert on Trump and the Rise of the Alt-Right

November 21, 2016

There’s no getting around the fact that the alt-right has come out of the shadows to fully embrace Trump as their candidate. From Steve Bannon to David Duke, controversial support did not wait long to rush to Trump’s side. It’s clear that for many “make America great again” may…

Trump’s Victory and the Challenge to a Secular America, with Larry Decker

November 14, 2016

The religiously unaffiliated, also known as the “nones,” are currently the largest “faith” demographic in the country. Yet evangelicals beat them two to one in turnout at the polls. We live in an increasingly secular nation based on secular principles, but in government, the secular worldview is badly underrepresented.…

Cats and the Domestication of Humans, with Abigail Tucker

October 24, 2016

The cat. King of the jungle, emperor of the internet, overlord of our homes? Cats are easily among the most adaptable mesopredator, able to survive and thrive everywhere from the deserts of Australia, to the Arctic tundra, to a cramped studio apartment.

Abigail Tucker is a contributing…

Trolling Unplugged: Benjamin Radford on the Creepy Clown Craze

October 17, 2016

Halloween is almost here, and Target stores are pulling clown masks from their shelves. After the creepy clown craze made its way through Europe, the circus has finally arrived in the US with sightings in at least 40 states, 10 of which have now resulted in actual arrests. With…

Godless Infidels: Leigh Eric Schmidt on Atheism in the 19th Century

October 10, 2016

Today the United States is the most secular and irreligious it has ever been. According to Pew Research, the percentage of Americans who identify as atheist, agnostic, or having no religion in particular is up to 23%, compared to the 16% it was in 2007. With a lack…

Doomsday Dread: The End of Civilization, with Phil Torres

October 04, 2016

Phil Torres is an author, contributing writer for the Future of Life Institute, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. His writing has been featured in numerous publications such as Time, Motherboard, Salon, Huffington Post, and our very own Free Inquiry. His book…

Editing Our Pasts: Dr. Julia Shaw on The Illusion of Memory

September 26, 2016

Dr. Julia Shaw is a psychological scientist and senior researcher in the Department of Law and Social Science at London South Bank University. She teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level and her research on false memory has been published in several international academic journals. She returns to Point…

Faking Your Own Death: Elizabeth Greenwood on Death Fraud

August 29, 2016

Elizabeth Greenwood teaches at Columbia University and like many other young professionals she has an insurmountable amount of student loan debt. With the overwhelming feeling that she would never escape her debt she desperately longed for a new start. There was no going back on what she had done…

Donald Trump’s Dirty Laundry, with David Cay Johnston

August 02, 2016

David Cay Johnston is an award winning investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author, as well as one of few journalists who has deeply dug into the dirty laundry of Donald Trump, now the Republican nominee for President of the United States. In 1988 Johnston left the LA…

Johann Hari: The Beginning of the End of the War on Drugs

April 13, 2016

This week we welcome back journalist Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. Hari is a vocal advocate for ending the drug war, and he joins us this week in advance of the UN General Assembly’s special session on…

Retconning Christmas: David Kyle Johnson on the Real Reason for the Season

December 07, 2015

During the perennial War on Christmas, certain Christians often feel the need to remind the rest of us what the holiday season is really about. It’s Jesus Christ’s birthday and we’re all invited to the party… if by “party” you mean sitting reverently in pews at Christmas mass. Something…

Eugenie Scott: Decrypting Pseudoscience

August 24, 2015

Our very special guest on Point of Inquiry this week is Eugenie Scott, the former director of the National Center for Science Education who has been waging and winning battles against creationism and pseudoscience for years, and has become one of the most venerated luminaries of the skeptic and…

Richard Dawkins: LIVE at the Reason for Change Conference

June 22, 2015

This week, Point of Inquiry welcomes Richard Dawkins for a special episode recorded before a live audience at the Center for Inquiry’s Reason for Change conference in Buffalo, New York on June 13, 2015. Dawkins is easily one of the world’s most influential and controversial scientists; a pioneer in…

Michael Specter on the Gluten-Free Fad

May 26, 2015

This week on Point of Inquiry, Lindsay Beyerstein is joined by renowned journalist Michael Specter, a staff writer for The New Yorker, to talk about the subject of his award-winning story, “Against the Grain: Should You Go Gluten-Free?”

The trend of gluten-rejection is growing despite the…

Alex Garland: Ex Machina and the Question of Consciousness

May 18, 2015

Ex Machina, a new film that tells the story of a billionaire programmer who creates an artificially intelligent female robot, is in theaters now, and its writer and director, Alex Garland, is our special guest on Point of Inquiry this week. Although this is Garland’s debut as a director…

Clearing Up the Calorie: The Science of Nutrition, with Marion Nestle

May 11, 2015

When over one-third of American adults are obese, it’s no wonder that our culture is deluged with fad diets and alleged miracle supplements. Everyone is looking for the easiest way to obtain and maintain health but it’s no small task in the midst of a whirlwind of conflicting information.…

Peter Singer: Maximizing Morality with Reason

April 27, 2015

Peter Singer has revolutionized the way we think about morals and values. He’s lead the way in providing evidence for some of the toughest moral controversies such as animal rights, abortion, and wealth inequality. Singer’s newest book is entitled The Most Good You Can Do, and it’s an exploration…

False Memories Creating False Criminals, with Dr. Julia Shaw

March 02, 2015

Memory is remarkably fallible, as we often frustrate ourselves with how certain we are about where we left our car keys only to realize how entirely wrong we were. But could it be that our memories are so easily corrupted that we could be led to believe we’ve committed…

Laci Green: Truth and Myths about Sex and Love

February 14, 2015

This week Point of Inquiry welcomes Laci Green for a special tell-all Valentine’s Day episode. Green is a popular YouTube video blogger, sex education activist, and feminist. In a time when sex pervades popular culture and marketing, and yet rarely discussed, her videos have managed to shed light on…

Greta Christina on Coping with Death, No Afterlife Required

December 22, 2014

Our Guest this week is Greta Christina, popular atheist blogger, speaker and author of several books on atheism including her newest, “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do With God.”

Christina discusses with Lindsay Beyerstein the tendencies we have to avoid and deny death and…

Deciphering Alan Turing, with Andrew Hodges

December 01, 2014

Alan Turing was a true visionary. Founding what we understand today as computer science, he was also a mathematician, a philosopher, and an early trailblazer for gay equality. Without his genius for codebreaking, the Second World War might have gone in a much darker direction. He saved millions of…

Steven Pinker: Using Grammar as a Tool, Not as a Weapon

November 10, 2014

The English language is often treated as delicate and precious, and disagreements about what is “proper English” go back as far as the 18th century. Then as now, style manuals and grammar books placed innumerable restrictions on what is and isn’t “correct,” as “Language Mavens” continue to delight in…

The Human Impact of Discovering Alien Life, with Astrobiologist Steven J. Dick

October 14, 2014

Our universe is made up of billions of galaxies. The cosmos is so mind-bogglingly vast, that it’s hard not to suppose that we aren’t alone, that life   must exist somewhere else besides our own planet. Last month, some of the world’s leading scientists gathered at an Astrobiology Symposium…

The Theology of ISIS, with Dr. Adam Silverman

October 06, 2014

The rise of ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has sparked debate about the role of religion — specifically Islam — in violent extremism. This week, Dr. Adam Silverman offers us a glimpse into the theology of ISIS, and tackles some difficult questions; What does ISIS…

Sam Harris: Seeking Transcendence Without Religion

September 02, 2014

It’s been ten years since the publication of Sam Harris’s book The End of Faith kicked off the cultural phenomenon of “new atheism,” bringing frank criticism of religion into mainstream conversation. In the decade since, Harris has emerged as something of a maverick among nonbelievers and progressives, frequently at the…

Bill Nye The Science Guy

November 18, 2013

Famed educator, engineer and “Science Guy,” Bill Nye Joins our host Josh Zepps for this week’s Point of Inquiry. They discuss Bill’s start as an Engineer and part-time stand-up comedian to his groundbreaking work in television educating a generation on science. They also delve into Bill’s view into the future…

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Communicating Science

September 30, 2013

Point of Inquiry is on a short hiatus right now as we transition to a new podcast team. In the meantime, enjoy these classic episodes from the POI archives, featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Susan Jacoby, and other luminaries in the science and secularism movement.

Our…

Ethan Zuckerman - Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

June 24, 2013

Our guest this week is an inspiring thinker whom we’ve wanted to get on the show for a long, long time: Ethan Zuckerman.

He’s the director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and works at MIT’s Media Lab. He’s also the co-founder of Global Voices,…

Daniel Dennett - Tools for Thinking

June 10, 2013

Having spent 50 years as an influential thinker, Daniel Dennett has earned the right to tell us how to think. His latest book is a collection of 77 tools for thinking, which every self-respecting critical thinker should consider, if not actively use.

American philosopher and author Daniel…

Stephan Lewandowsky - The Mind of the Conspiracy Theorist

June 03, 2013

From 9-11, to the death of Osama bin Laden, to the Boston Bombings, there’s been a consistently bizarre and troubling reaction by some members of the public.

We’re referring to the people—a minority, to be sure, but a surprisingly large one—who always seem to think there’s some…

Neil Gross - Why Are Professors (and Scientists) So Liberal?

April 15, 2013

We’ve all heard the claim: Academia is liberal. And it indoctrinates students.

It kills their religious faith and basically—or at least, so the allegation goes—transforms them into unkempt, pot-smoking hippies.

As it turns out, this claim is precisely half true. Yes, academia is really liberal.…

A.C. Grayling - The God Argument

April 08, 2013

Remember all the greatest hits of religious apologists—the ontological, cosmological, and teleological arguments for God’s existence?

You may have learned how to refute them in college—but not, perhaps, with the zest and humor shown by renowned philosopher A.C. Grayling in his new book The God Argument: The…

Mark Lynas - Science and the Left

March 04, 2013

I’m a big defender of the proposition that when it comes to abusing science, the political left and the political right are very different beasts.

But that doesn’t make the left innocent of science abuses—and one man who knows that very well is Mark Lynas.

Paul Krugman - Science and Pseudoscience in Economics

January 28, 2013

We are thrilled by our guest this week, who is not only one of the world’s most famous economists and economics commentators, but also a Nobel Laureate in his field: Paul Krugman.

In case he needs any introduction: He is a professor of economics at Princeton and…

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Space Chronicles

April 02, 2012

This week, Point of Inquiry is thrilled to welcome back one of our most popular guests: Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed astrophysicist and Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

Last time we had him on, Dr. Tyson engaged in a wide ranging…

Lawrence Krauss - A Universe from Nothing

February 06, 2012

We had Lawrence Krauss on Point of Inquiry less than a year ago, to discuss his recent book on the scientific works of Richard Feynman.

But in order to keep up with him, we had to have him on again. Already.

You see, Krauss has…

Brian Greene - The Fabric of the Cosmos

January 02, 2012

It’s the beginning of a new year here at Point of Inquiry, and we’ve got a pretty good guest to kick it off.

He needs no introduction. He’s Brian Greene—celebrity physicist, bestselling author, television star and all around science communication maestro.

Officially: Greene is co-founder…

Daniel Dennett - The Scientific Study of Religion

December 12, 2011

Recently, the Center for Inquiry held a conference titled “Daniel Dennett and the Scientific Study of Religion: A Celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon”. During that conference, John Shook, CFI’s Director of Education, sat down with Dennett for this interview. 

Austin Dacey - Rock the Theocrats

September 26, 2011

This coming October, in Kabul, Afghanistan—on a date, and in a location, that remain undisclosed—there will be a rock concert that’s billed as the world’s “first stealth music festival.”

It will feature rock, heavy metal, and funk from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Iran.

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Communicating Science

February 28, 2011

Our guest this week needs little introduction—he may be our most famous public communicator of science.

He’s Neil DeGrasse Tyson, renowned American astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, and the host of PBS’s NOVA ScienceNow, which just completed a new…

John Shook - The God Debates

October 15, 2010

Our guest is philosopher and author John Shook, discussing his experiences debating religious believers and whether such debates are a good idea.

Some say no, that such spectacles merely serve believers by making it look like atheists take them more seriously than they deserve. Others say yes,…

Adam Savage - Skeptic (Confirmed)

July 09, 2010

Adam Savage is an artist, actor, educator, special effects designer and co-host of the Discovery Channel’s TV show Mythbusters.

Adam has a diverse background in animation and design, and for almost two decades he has concentrated on the special effects industry for film, theater and television. 

S.T. Joshi - Fright and Freethought

May 28, 2010

S. T. Joshi is a leading authority on H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken, and other writers, mostly in the realms of supernatural and fantasy fiction. He has edited corrected editions of the works of Lovecraft, several annotated editions of Bierce and Mencken, and has written such…

Scott Lilienfeld - Real Self-Help

March 19, 2010

Dr. Scott Lilienfeld is Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta. Scott is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a Consulting Editor for Skeptical Inquirer and the Founder and Editor of the CSI journal Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice. He’s a regular contributor to Scientific…

Andrew Revkin - The Death of Science Writing, and the Future of Catastrophe

March 12, 2010

We live in a science centered age—a time of private spaceflight and personalized medicine, amid path-breaking advances in biotechnology and nanotechnology. And we face science centered risks: climate and energy crises, biological and nuclear terror threats, mega-disasters and global pandemics.

So you would think science journalism would…

Chris Hedges - I Don’t Believe in Atheists

May 02, 2008

Chris Hedges is a journalist and author who focuses on American and Middle Eastern politics and society. He is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He…

Lawrence Krauss - Seducing for Science

December 28, 2007

Lawrence M. Krauss is Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, Prof of Astronomy, and Director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve University. The author of seven popular books including international bestseller, The Physics of Star Trek, and the award winning, Atom,…

Paul Kurtz - Ethics for the Nonreligious

December 21, 2007

Paul Kurtz, considered by many the father of the secular humanist movement, is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. As chair of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the Council for Secular Humanism, and Prometheus Books,…

Richard Dawkins - Science and the New Atheism

December 07, 2007

Richard Dawkins, considered one of the world’s most influential scientists, is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi professorship of the public understanding of science at Oxford University and the recipient of a number of awards for his writings and for his science, including the International Cosmos Prize, the…

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Communicating Science to the Public

November 16, 2007

Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of America’s leading spokespersons for science. The research areas he focuses on are star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. In addition to many scholarly publications, Dr Tyson is one of America’s most respected science…

Michael Behe - The Edge of Evolution

November 09, 2007

Michael J. Behe, a central figure in the Intelligent Design movement, is professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He is the author of Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution and most recently…

Steven Pinker - The Stuff of Thought

October 26, 2007

Steven Pinker, a renowned cognitive neuroscientist, a research psychologist, and is Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His research on cognition and language won the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences and two prizes from the American Psychological Association. He has also received several honorary doctorates…

Alan Dershowitz - Blasphemy

October 05, 2007

Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is one of the country's foremost appellate lawyers and a distinguished defender of civil liberties. More than a million people have heard him lecture around the world. His books include the New York Times bestsellers The Case…

Dr. Francis Collins - The Language of God

August 31, 2007

Francis Collins is one of the world's leading scientists. He has been the longtime head of the Human Genome Project, the groundbreaking international effort to map and sequence all of the human DNA and then determine its functions. The Project is widely considered the most significant scientific undertaking of…

Carol Tavris - Mistakes Were Made

August 03, 2007

Carol Tavris is a social psychologist, lecturer, and writer whose books include Anger and The Mismeasure of Woman. She has written on psychological topics for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Scientific American, Skeptical Inquiry, and many other publications. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and…

Ophelia Benson - Why Truth Matters

July 20, 2007

Ophelia Benson is the joint-author (with Jeremy Stangroom) of Why Truth Matters and The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense, and Deputy Editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine. In addition to maintaining the popular website butterfliesandwheels.com, she writes a monthly column for The Philosophers’ Magazine Online.
 
In this conversation…

Philip Kitcher - Living with Darwin

July 13, 2007

Philip Kitcher is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. An eminent philosopher, he is the author of many books on science, literature, and music, including Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism; The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities; and Science, Truth, and Democracy.…

Christopher Hitchens - God Is Not Great

July 06, 2007

Christopher Hitchens, one of the most celebrated social critics of our time, has been a columnist for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Nation, Slate and Free Inquiry. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including God is Not Great (2007), A Long Short War: The Postponed…

Natalie Angier - The Canon

June 29, 2007

Natalie Anger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist for the New York Times. Born in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, she studied physics and English at Barnard College, where she graduated with high honors in 1978. From 1980 to 1984, Angier wrote about biology for…

Tom Clark - Encountering Naturalism

June 22, 2007

Tom Clark is founder and director of the Center For Naturalism, a non profit advocacy organization in the Boston area devoted to educating the public about naturalism, policy development, and community building. He is the editor of the popular online website, Naturalism.Org, which is among the web’s most comprehensive…

Matthew C. Nisbet - Selling Science to the Public

April 20, 2007

Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Communication at American University. His research tracks scientific and environmental controversies, examining the interactions between experts, journalists, and various publics. In this area, Nisbet has published numerous peer-reviewed studies, with his work having been cited more than 100…

Steven Pinker - Evolutionary Psychology and Human Nature

February 23, 2007

Steven Pinker, a renowned research psychologist, is Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His research on cognition and language won the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences and two prizes from the American Psychological Association. He has also received several honorary doctorates and many awards for…

Barbara Forrest - The Wedge of Intelligent Design

February 16, 2007

Barbara Forrest is a philosopher and public intellectual at Southeastern Louisiana University. Widely praised for her compelling expert testimony in the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial, she is a tireless defender of science education and the teaching of evolution in U.S. public schools. With Paul R.…

Peter Singer - The Way We Eat

February 09, 2007

Peter Singer has been called “the world’s most influential living philosopher,” by The New Yorker and Time Magazine listed him in “The Time 100,” their annual listing of the world’s 100 most influential people. One of the most controversial philosophers alive today, he is DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at…

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Death by Black Hole

January 25, 2007

Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of America’s leading spokespersons for science. The research areas he focuses on are star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. In addition to many scholarly publications, Dr Tyson is one of America’s most respected science…

Ann Druyan - Carl Sagan and The Varieties of Scientific Experience

January 05, 2007

Ann Druyan is an author, public lecturer, and TV and movie writer and producer whose work focuses on the worldview of science. She is the widow of Carl Sagan, the great astronomer and public advocate of science and reason. With him, she co-wrote the Emmy Award Winning and the…

Susan Blackmore - In Search of the Light

December 15, 2006

Sue Blackmore is a psychologist and writer whose research on consciousness, memes, and the paranormal has been published in over sixty academic papers, as well as book chapters, reviews and popular articles. She regularly writes in The Guardian, and often appears on radio and television in the United States…

Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion

October 16, 2006

Richard Dawkins, considered one of the world’s most influential scientists, is the first holder of the Charles Simonyi professorship of the public understanding of science at Oxford University and the recipient of a number of awards for his writings and for his science, including the International Cosmos Prize, the…

Sam Harris - Letter to a Christian Nation

October 06, 2006

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times best-seller The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason. He is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University and has studied both Eastern and Western religious traditions, along with a variety of contemplative disciplines, for twenty…

Ann Druyan - Science, Wonder, and Spirituality

September 15, 2006

Ann Druyan is a renowned author, lecturer, and television and motion picture writer/producer whose work mostly explores the implications of science and technology for our society. She is the widow of the great Carl Sagan with whom she was a co-writer of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning television…

Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Sky Is Not the Limit

August 17, 2006

Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of America’s superstars of science, focuses his research on star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
 
In addition to dozens of scholarly publications, Dr. Tyson is one of America’s most eloquent and popular…

Thomas Kida - Dont Believe Everything You Think

July 14, 2006

Thomas Kida is a professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the author of many articles on decision-making. For the last 25 years he has been researching and teaching how we form our beliefs and make decisions. His new book, Don’t…

James Randi - Science, Magic, and Future of Skepticism

June 30, 2006

James “The Amazing” Randi is a world-renowned magician, skeptic and investigator of paranormal claims. He has been a central figure in the development of the world-wide skeptical movement. He’s perhaps most known for the One Million Dollar Challenge, in which his Foundation will award One Million Dollars to anyone…

Tom Flynn - The Rise of the Non-Religious

June 23, 2006

Tom Flynn is the Editor of Free Inquiry magazine. A journalist, novelist, entertainer, and folklorist, Flynn is the author of numerous articles for Free Inquiry magazine, many addressing church-state issues, as well as The Trouble With Christmas, and has made hundreds of radio and TV appearances in his role…

Eugenie Scott - Evolution vs. Religious Belief?

April 28, 2006

Eugenie Scott, a physical anthropologist, has been the director of the National Center for Science Education for nearly 20 years. A former president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she is one of the nation’s leading…

Sam Harris - The Mortal Dangers of Religion

April 14, 2006

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. Mr. Harris is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University and has studied both Eastern and Western religious traditions, along with a variety of contemplative disciplines, for…

Sam Harris - The End of Faith

April 07, 2006

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. Mr. Harris is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University and has studied both Eastern and Western religious traditions, along with a variety of contemplative disciplines, for…

Jamy Ian Swiss - Psychics, Science, and Magic

March 24, 2006

Jamy Ian Swiss is universally considered one of the world’s top sleight of hand performers, famous to magicians for his subtlety, skill and depth of understanding of magic’s history. He has appeared on a number of television programs in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including on The Today…

Daniel Dennett - Breaking the Spell

March 03, 2006

Daniel Dennett, the author of such groundbreaking and influential books as Consciousness Explained and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life (which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), is famous for being a philosophical gadfly, challenging unexamined orthodoxies in our society.…

Richard Dawkins - The Root of All Evil?

February 10, 2006

Richard Dawkins is professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University. The recipient of a number of awards for his writing on science, including the Royal Society of Literature Award and the LA Times Literary Prize, he has also been awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Award…

Eugenie Scott - The Dover Trial: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

January 20, 2006

Eugenie Scott, a physical anthropologist, has been the director of the National Center for Science Education for nearly 20 years. A former president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she is one of the nation’s leading…

Max Maven - Magic and Skepticism

January 13, 2006

The great movie director Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has “the most creative mind in magic.” The New York Times observed that his “category-defying mind-reading veers into conceptual art.” The Los Angeles Times stated that his “improvisational skill is enhanced by a charismatic animal magnetism.” He has hosted…