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Discussions, presentations and training classes can be customized for audience, time and location. Contact for details and to inquire about other subject areas, fees and availability.

Example presentations and talks:

The world of weird news: Bigfoot, UFOs and other questionable claims

Weird news is its own niche on the web and in print. The more sensational the story, the more eyeballs it gets. Topics include Bigfoot and UFO sightings, hauntings, exorcism, witchcraft, mysteries, miracles, psychic predictions and conspiracies. We are barraged with claims that are seriously questionable. While entertaining, many people actually believe this stuff.  This is a fun tour through weird and wonderful news stories and an examination of how we think about doubtful news and the impact it has on society.

Sounds Sciencey

Sciencey claims sound impressive, more authoritative and official. But decorating the claim with science-like words and images may be just for show and without substance. How do you spot the impostors? How can you judge sham inquiry from scientific inquiry? Like a bad toupee hiding the lack of substance underneath, once you’ve spotted it, it’s hard to ignore.

Beginners Guide to Skepticism

What is proper skepticism? It’s an approach, a philosophy. It’s not being the grumpy curmudgeon who denies everything, it’s using evidence and the tools of science to achieve the most reasonable conclusion. And it’s underutilized and misused in today’s doubtful world. Skepticism can be applied to great advantage every day in major life decision or in assessing the latest news story. Learn how to be effectively skeptical.

Facilitation is available for panels, discussions, and meetings regarding science and the public.

Proofreading, editing and consulting is also available for speeches, presentations and training sessions.


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