SkepTalk: How to Effectively Push Back Against Misinformation

A video of a talk by Jonathan Jarry

11 a.m., September 25, 2022

This Sunday we will watch and discuss a video from Bay Area’s SkepTalk on “How to Effectively Push Back Against Misinformation.”
This informative talk will address fears of the backfire effect, as well as provide evidence-based recommendations on how best to push back against misinformation, using examples drawn from the ivermectin saga, Havana syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity.
The speaker, Jonathan Jarry, is a science communicator with McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, dedicated to separating sense from nonsense on the scientific stage. He has a Master’s degree in molecular biology, and he brings his experience in cancer research, human genetics, rehabilitation research, and forensic biology to the work he does for the public. With cardiologist Dr. Christopher Labos, he co-hosts the award-winning medical podcast The Body of Evidence. He talks about science every Friday on CTV Montreal News and is regularly interviewed in both English- and French-language media.
You can preview this video here:

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Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot

Video of a talk by Seth Andrews

11 a.m., September 11, 2022

The world feels like a dire place. Let’s inject some levity into our forums.
At this Sunday’s meeting we will watch and discuss a video, “Seth Andrews: Christianity Made Me Talk Like an Idiot.”
Seth Andrews is an activist, author, and speaker on the subject of atheism. He is the creator and host of The Thinking Atheist online community, podcast, and YouTube channel, as well as the author of three self-published books. Prior to his atheist activism, he was a fundamentalist Christian and had a ten-year career as a Christian radio host.
You can preview this 38-minute video at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URr0O9aHW38
Come join us for a lively discussion.

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Our host will admit you from the waiting room. Joining the meeting via the above link will download and install the Zoom app on your desktop computer, if it’s not already installed, and then take you to the meeting. You can also install the Zoom app on your computer or smart phone, and then enter:
Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
Passcode: 250634

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SkepTalk: Who’s Making All Those Scam Calls?

Video of a talk by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

11 a.m., September 4, 2022

Join us at this Sunday’s meeting to watch and discuss a video.

Everyone has experienced the call. “This is Alex from the credit card company. We have a refund we want to give you that has to be deposited directly into your bank account. What is your bank account number?” or words to that effect. Or maybe “Alex” (or “Vicki”, or “Josh”) has bad news: your credit rating will plummet if you don’t send his/her company $200 immediately. What’s your credit card number? Calls like this bilk tens of thousands of people – many of them elderly – out of billions of dollars every year. What happens when a reporter traces one of these calls back to its source – in this case, to an Indian boiler room – with the assistance of a Brit hacker. Who is making all those scam calls, anyway, and what’s their story?

About the Speaker: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee is a prize-winning reporter who worked for Science magazine until 2014. A contributing writer to the New York Times, the New Yorker, National Geographic, The Guardian, and other publications. A one-time crime reporter, he has long been interested in scams and frauds. His best-selling spy thriller, The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell, was described as “telling a story that would make a kickass movie”. It has, in fact, been optioned by Hollywood.

If you wish, you can preview his 67-minute presentation at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtrNhzvd4M
Come join us for a lively discussion.

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Because of the coronavirus situation, this Forum will be held online.

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Our host will admit you from the waiting room. Joining the meeting via the above link will download and install the Zoom app on your desktop computer, if it’s not already installed, and then take you to the meeting. You can also install the Zoom app on your computer or smart phone, and then enter:
Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
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Meeting Future Energy Needs for the USA

Videos of talks by Kirk Sorensen and others

11 a.m., August 28, 2022

Join us at this Sunday’s meeting to watch two videos and discuss them.

“America, In The Dark” describes the general problem of the need to meet our energy needs now, and especially in the future.
If you wish, you can watch this 7-minute video at:
https://www.kiteandkeymedia.com/videos/renewable-energy-electricity-blackouts-and-solar-wind-mandates/

In “Path Forward Enabled by Thorium”, Kirk Sorensen explores the possibility of meeting future energy needs by the use of thorium nuclear reactor power generation. This approach can provide significant energy without producing nuclear waste, and can be designed to be very safe.
If you wish, you can preview his 25-minute presentation at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkZ0ZBAVDu4
Come join us for a lively discussion about this critical subject.

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Because of the coronavirus situation, this Forum will be held online.

To see the Forum, and to ask questions or make comments, if you wish, click here.
Our host will admit you from the waiting room. Joining the meeting via the above link will download and install the Zoom app on your desktop computer, if it’s not already installed, and then take you to the meeting. You can also install the Zoom app on your computer or smart phone, and then enter:
Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
Passcode: 250634

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2022 Religious Liberty Summit: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

Video of a talk by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito

11 a.m., August 21, 2022

This Sunday we we will watch and discuss a video on the topic “2022 Religious Liberty Summit: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito”. Notre Dame Law School’s Religious Liberty Initiative held the second annual Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit in Rome, Italy, from July 20-22, 2022, and Alito delivered the keynote address at the Gala Dinner.
The video is 42 minutes long.

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Because of the coronavirus situation, this Forum will be held online.

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Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
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