Skepticism


PZ Myers – Expelled from Expelled
June 27, 2008

P.Z. Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris and the author of Pharyngula, the most heavily-trafficked science blog online. In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, P.Z. Myers details his expulsion from a screening of Expelled, Ben Stein’s documentary which claims that the scientific community is limiting academic freedom by not allowing …

Jamy Ian Swiss – Skepticism and the Art and Philosophy of Magic
May 23, 2008

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 Show, CBS’s 48 Hours, Comedy Central, …

Chris Hedges – I Don’t Believe in Atheists
May 2, 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 spent nearly two decades as a …

Sir Harold Kroto – Science Education and Freethinking
March 28, 2008

Sir Harold Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, is in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Florida State University. He is a tireless science educator who gives lectures, presentations and workshops to groups of all ages with the aim of communicating his passion for science. He’s a fellow of the …

Norm Allen – African American Religiosity, Humanism, and Politics
March 14, 2008

Norm Allen is executive director of African Americans for Humanism, an educational organization primarily concerned with fostering critical thinking, ethical conduct, church-state separation, and skepticism toward untested claims to knowledge among African Americans.  He is the editor of the ground-breaking book African-American Humanism: An Anthology, AAH Examiner, and Deputy Editor of Free Inquiry magazine. He …

Lynne Kelly – The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal
February 15, 2008

Lynne Kelly is a writer and science educator in Australia, and a founding member of Australian Skeptics. An expert on the paranormal who uses aspects of the magician’s art to advance skepticism, she holds degrees in education and engineering and is the author over a dozen books, including The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal. In …

Colin McGinn – Secular Philosophy and Skepticism
January 18, 2008

Colin McGinn, educated at Oxford University, is the author of sixteen previous books, including The Making of a Philosopher. He has written for the London Review of Books, The New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, and other publications. He has taught philosophy at University College of London, Oxford, and Rutgers University, and is a distinguished professor of philosophy …

The 11th Annual CFI Houdini Seance
November 2, 2007

Harry Houdini, the world-famous magician and escape artist, earnestly explored the religion of spiritualism and communication with the dead after his beloved mother’s death in 1913, even as he later crusaded against those whom he believed were fraudulent mediums.   In this episode, recorded on Halloween, Joe Nickell, the world’s leading paranormal investigator and CSI’s …

Joe Nickell – Debunking in Hollywood?
April 6, 2007

The world’s leading paranormal investigator, Joe Nickell is a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquiry science magazine. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1983, 1998) and most recently, The Relics of the Christ (2007).   In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Nickell debates “debunking” …

Ann Druyan – Carl Sagan and The Varieties of Scientific Experience
January 5, 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 Peabody Award Winning television series Cosmos. …