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Michael Shermer - The Threat of Pseudoscience

This half hour lecture is from the McGill University’s Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium on the confrontation and threat of pseudoscience in contemporary society. As a leading figure in this movement, Dr. Michael Shermer is more than qualified to speak on many of the issues. His down-to-earth style coupled with his laundry list of first hand encounters with the baloney of our day make this presentation (as well as many of his others) an absolute treat to watch.

I myself do not own the copyright to this material. As stated previously, this was filmed, funded, and produced by McGill University, and so far as I can tell, this is their intellectual property. I have uploaded it here so that it may reach a greater audience and showcase the truly great work of the presenter and the hosts. If anyone should wish for me to take it down, I would oblige.

via doubtingmarcus:

Michael Shermer - The Threat of Pseudoscience

Shermer speaks on patternicity, how the brain finds meaningful patterns in meaningless noise, this half hour lecture at McGill University.

Reblogged from: skeptv
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Here Be Dragons - by Brian Dunning, from the Skeptoid podcast.

A straightforward, easy to understand short film on critical thinking, skepticism, and science vs. pseudoscience. 

skepttv:

The Ad Hominen Logical Fallacy

Each month Colm Ryan gives insight into methods that’s used in avoiding answering questions.

Instead of trying to argue a subject on it merits and come up with evidence or quote evidence to support your thing, you just attack the person whose saying it, as skeptics it’s something you have to get use to as well…

When someone has been put on the spot and in order for them to get out of the spot, they attack the interviewer,

Only an idiot would engage in ad hominen attacks

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/05/anti-nuclear-lobby-misled-world

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skepttv:

Magic & Skepticism

From The Amaz!ng Meeting 7 in Las Vegas, NV. D.J. Grothe chairs a panel featuring magicians and skeptics Penn & Teller, Jamy Ian Swiss, Ray Hyman and James Randi for a discussion on the relationship between magic and skepticism and the ethics of deception.

via symbolismdecoded:

Magic & Skepticism 

A Panel featuring magicians and skeptics Penn & Teller, Jamy Ian Swiss, Ray Hyman and James Randi for a discussion on the relationship between magic and skepticism and the ethics of deception.

Reblogged from: skeptv
Source: vimeo.com