UPCOMING SKEPTALKS

 
Lee McIntyre, Ph.D.

WHAT:  How to Talk to a Science Denier – Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason
It is sometimes claimed that trying to convince a science denier with facts will only backfire. The latest research, however, shows that this is mistaken and that there ARE effective techniques that can be used to keep someone from becoming a science denier and even help them to overturn mistaken beliefs once they are formed. The secret lies in recognizing that even empirical beliefs may be held for reasons that have nothing to do with evidence, such as personal values, trust, ideology, and group identity. The best way to convince someone in this case is not to insult them — or clobber them with evidence — but to engage in calm, respectful, patient conversation that simultaneously builds trust and encourages them to reflect not just on what they believe but the reasoning strategy that brought them to believe it.

WHO:  Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. Formerly Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, he previously taught philosophy at Colgate University, Boston University, Simmons College, Tufts Experimental College and Harvard Extension School.

McIntyre is the bestselling author of POST-TRUTH (MIT Press, 2018) — which was named a Book-of-the-Week in April 2018 by CNN and a Best Book of 2018 by the PBS News Hour — along with thirteen other works of fiction and nonfiction, including DARK AGES: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior (2006), THE SCIENTIFIC ATTITUDE: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience (2019), and his latest book HOW TO TALK TO A SCIENCE DENIER: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason (2021). His work has been translated into thirteen languages.

McIntyre’s popular essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Nature, Newsweek, Scientific American, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and numerous other venues. He has appeared on CNN International on Amanpour and Company — and several other programs on PBS, NPR and the BBC — and has spoken at the United Nations, the Aspen Institute, and the Vatican.

In 2021, McIntyre starred in the docu-series INFODEMIC: Global Conversations on Science and Misinformation, broadcast on LINK TV and PBS.

WHEN:  Thursday 9 June 6:30PM (early)

Where:  Online. Click HERE

Previous SkepTalks:

12 May2022 Superstitions, Aliens, and Conspiracies: The Frontlines of Astronomy Outreach – Mike Simmons
14 Apr2022 Confidence Men: How 2 Prisoners Made History’s Most Remarkable Escape – Margalit Fox
10 Mar2022 The Reality of Reality TV – Yau-Man Chan
10 Feb2022 Who’s Making All Those Scam Calls – Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
13 Jan2022 Weirdness!: What Fake Science & the Paranormal Tell Us about the Nature of Science – Taner Edis
  9 Dec2021 Dangers of the “Lost Civilization” Trope – A.J. White
11 Nov2021 Machineries of Doubt: Climate, Cigarettes & Confusion – John Mashey
  9 Sep2021 The Great Australian Psychic Prediction Project – Richard Saunders
12 Aug2021 What To Do About Misinformation (in Four Dimensions) – John Cook
  8 July2021 Tilting at Strawmen & Other Tricks of Climate Denial Enablers – Mark Boslough
10 Jun2021 The Truth Behind False Memories – Jill Yamashita
13 May2021 Vaccine hesitancy in the era of COVID – Tara C. Smith
  8 Apr2021 Why storytelling is vital to science communication – Sara ElShafie
11 Mar2021 Haunted Humanity: The Fringe Is Not Fringe, and That’s a Big Deal – Daniel Loxton
11 Feb2021 From Junk to Genes: The birth of new miRNA genes in the human genome – Nathan Lents
14 Jan2021 The Continuing Relevance of America’s Eugenic Legacy – Paul Lombardo
10 Dec2020 Deepfakes, GANs and Visual Misinformation – Nick Dufour
12 Nov2020 The Debate about Dark Matter:  Is the Matter Settled? – Don Lincoln
  8 Oct2020 Facilitated Communication: Holding on to (False) Hope – Janyce Boynton
10 Sep2020 Mad Myths: The Case for Using Persuasion to Promote Critical Thinking – Jay Diamond
13 Feb2020 Big Data: What it is, how it’s used, where it’s headed – Mike Olson
12 Dec2019 Are you sure that sippy-cup is safe? – Layla Katiraee
  7 Nov2019 Why Do People Reject Good Science? – Eugenie Scott
10 Oct2019 Shit Students Say: Chem trails, hollow earths, and other strange ideas – Steven Newton
12 Sep2019 Successful Skepticism: Creating Lasting Community – Tucker Phelps
  9 May2019 The Bitter M&Ms of Climate Change: Misconceptions and Misinformation – Brad Hoge
11 Apr2019 The Year in Anti-Science-Education Legislation – Glenn Branch
14 Mar2019 Australia’s Psychic Detectives and Psychic “Predictions” – Richard Saunders
14 Feb2019 What Would Darwin Say to Today’s Creationists? – Eugenie Scott
10 Jan2019 Common Misconceptions About CRISPR Genome Editing – Kevin Doxzen
13 Dec2018 BAS BAH Fest
  8 Nov2018 A Skeptic’s Guide to Planet Hunting – Josh Lofy
11 Oct2018 Beyond a Candle in the Dark – Mick West
13 Sep2018 When a Biology Meets a Biology – David Almandsmith
10 May2018 Common Misconceptions in Anthropology – Julie Hui
12 Apr2018 Skepardy! — Bill Patterson
  8 Mar2018 A Quirky Colloquium Quashing Quantum Quackery — Miriam Diamond
  8 Feb2018 The Human Drive to Explain — Tania Lombrozo
14 Jan2018 Neuroscience and the Great Questions — Ransom Stephens
14 Dec2017 Top Ten Myths of Homelessness — Carrie Sager
  9 Nov2017 Myths of Mass Extinctions — Kevin Padian
12 Oct2017 Hurricanes and Heat Waves: Is This Climate Change? — Brad Hoge
11 May2017 Beyond the Choir – Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia — Susan Gerbic
13 Apr2017 An Invisible Plague: the Growing Threat of Tuberculosis — Lauren Popov
  9 Feb2017 Are Saturated Fats Bad for You? Separating Fat from Fiction — Kent McDonald
12 Jan2017 Harry Houdini vs. Psychics & Mediums — Mark Tarses
29 Dec2016 Too Good to be True? – Richard Saunders
10 Nov2016 Myths of Astronomy — Thomas Targett
10 Sep2015 Angle Trisection: A problem many tried to solve — Paul Stepahin
  9 Apr2015 Herding Cats and Teaching Science — Dan Pemberton
12 Feb2015 Quantum Pseudoscience and the Nature of Mind — Russel Willcox
  8 Jan2015 The Manson Family, Cults, and the Psychology of Commitment – Dr. Patrick O’Reilly
10 Oct2012 Writing About Vaccines When Evidence Doesn’t Matter — Liza Gross
12 Sep2012 Gay Conversion Therapy: You Make Me Sick — Sheldon Helms
  8 Aug2012 Documentary & Skype — “In God We Teach”
11 Apr2012 A Skeptical View of Climate Change Skeptics — Mark McCaffrey
14 Nov2011 Climate Change: From the Biotic to the Exotic — Minda Berbeco
12 Oct2011 A Unicorn in Your Tank: Magic Tablets That Won’t Improve Gas Mileage — Yau-Man Chan
14 Sep2011 Catastrophes! — Don Prothero