Neil Tyson on Philosophy – Let’s Not Overreact

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Watch this first – it’s my video about this issue which attempts to satirize both Tyson’s views on philosophy and the reaction they have provoked in some quarters: Recently Neil deGrasse Tyson made a stir with some comments about philosophy on the Nerdist podcast. Speaking clearly with a hint of jest, the world-famous science communicator [Read More...]

Neil, We Need to Talk

I have some serious words with Neil deGrasse Tyson about philosophy. The ghost of Carl Sagan looks on. [Read more...]

Cosmos – Epistemic, Existential, Ethical, and Aesthetic

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My bio as a Humanist speaker ends with the words “James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan, and Star Trek” - and it’s true. When I discovered the works, words, and worlds of Carl Sagan, my world flew open. I’ve written about his unique approach to science, Humanism, and the big questions of life, and I’ve spoken [Read More...]

Responsible Reading

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I’ve been thinking about something for a while. What I’ve been thinking is this: that readers have responsibilities as well as writers. More precisely, effective communication is not entirely the responsibility of an author or speaker: the people reading a work, or in the audience of a talk, also have responsibilities they must meet if the encounter [Read More...]

Skepticon 5 Day Two – Rebecca Watson on Evolutionary Psychology

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Rebecca Watson of Skepchick is a marvel: extremely funny, always-knowledgeable, and seemingly on top of all the latest developments in the relationship between science and culture. I pity any scientist or pseudo-scientist who finds themselves on the end of her wit-skewer. She has a way of piercing nonsense with a smile and a wink which is [Read More...]

Skepticon 5 Day Two – PZ Myers’ “Evolution: Let’s Do the Kinky Stuff!”

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PZ Myers: the man, the legend. Author of one of the biggest science science blogs in the world, defeater of communion wafers, sacker of the City of God. For Skepticon 5 he has a talk on evolutionary pluralism. Random Mutation + Natural Selection (RM+NS) is the basis of all the diversity of species we see [Read More...]


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