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Brian Dunning speaking in Berlin
Berlin, 2009

Brian Dunning, producer and host of the Skeptoid podcast, is available to speak at your event or organization on a variety of topics pertaining to critical thinking.

Skeptoid is a top science podcast on iTunes, and is enjoyed by 121,000 weekly listeners (as of May 24, 2019).

Audiences

All material is appropriate for any age group from junior high school on. I will come and speak for any group, no matter who you are. Usually I present at university clubs and organizations with science or critical thinking themes, or local and civic clubs.

Business / Continuing Professional Education

We also offer talks for professional organizations, showing how all-too-rare critical thinking in business can improve your bottom line. Certified for CPE in some industries.

Universities

Contact groups on your campus that might sponsor the event: various clubs, relevant departments, the student association, the events office, or any other campus office that organizes events for students. Tell them you'd like to have me come and talk, and point them to this page for more information.

Topics

Principles of Curiosity

Principles of Curiosity

A screening of Skeptoid Media's 40-minute film Principles of Curiosity, plus a live talk about its concepts and production from writer & presenter Brian Dunning. This presents an easy process anyone can follow — called the 3 Cs — to learn to tell what's real from what's not. Requires projection or video equipment to show the movie. Book this

     

Waterspouts & Swamp Gas: Challenging Popular Assumptions

Waterspouts & Swamp Gas: Challenging Popular Assumptions

Science communicators do almost as much bad science as anyone. This talk blows the lid off some of the huge mistakes the media has made, some terrible but popular so-called "skeptical" explanations for famous phenomena. It's a lot of fun, covers a lot of ground, and exposes a lot of stories and urban legends you've heard of. The concepts it presents — thinking errors, perceptual errors, preconceived notions and biases — are universally applicable to professionals in any industry or to students in any subject. Book this

     

Your Brain Sucks!

Your Brain Sucks!

Live demonstrations and audience participation are guaranteed to make every brain in the room fail. The human brain is terrible at collecting data, and yet so many of us make important decisions based on personal experiences. This will convince you that your personal experiences are an awful way to learn anything. Book this

     

Sounds from Beyond!

Sounds from Beyond!

An hour packed with weird recordings and sounds from all areas of the paranormal - it's the most fun you've ever had learning critical thinking! Ghost sounds, backwards recordings, radio broadcasts from outer space! Hear the weirdness, and learn the fascinating truth behind each one. Book this

     

Solving the Missing Cosmonauts

Solving the Missing Cosmonauts

A series of recordings made during the Cold War did not, in fact, prove that Soviet cosmonauts died in secret flights that never made it into the history books. In this talk, we'll dig deeper, and maybe find out what those recordings really were... Book this

     

Miracle or Science?

Miracle or Science?

An insider's look at five religious miracles that are far more interesting when we discover what actually took place. Simple debunking is just as useless as uncritical belief; the real excitement comes from learning the history and the context. Book this

     

The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Positive Take

The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Positive Take

The Virgin of Guadalupe is the most sacred object in Mexico, a supposedly miraculous image imprinted on a cactus fiber cloak. Some call it the New World's version of the Shroud of Turin. Most react in one of two ways: To acknowledge it as a true miracle, or to dismiss it as just another religious hoax. But are either of these reactions appropriate? Is either constructive? As it turns out, a truly skeptical investigation uncovers fascinating information that can unite and illuminate both believers and skeptics with the real value of true history. Book this

 

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This was one of the best talks of the year in our local skeptics program. Often when skeptics examine evidence-based claims, we focus on science and overlook historical claims. As this program showed, history may have been misreported and is open to critical examination. Dunning chose a variety of interesting examples from across time and cultures, examining their historical contexts and the likelihood they happened as commonly reported. It was unique, informative and fun. - Jeanine DeNoma, Oregonians for Science and Reason

Student comments:

The information from the talk was both informative and very relevant to a class on skeptical inquiry

Great presentation; caused me to go back to my paper as not just debunking, but of why it was stared as a myth.

I feel like Mr. Dunning did a good job of thoroughly covering his topics.

I really enjoyed his talk and would have loved for it to be longer. It was very helpful in observing how "wackies" can develop and why some hold on far beyond the time they should have faded away. As a benefit, he was well-spoken and thorough.

I was interested enough to look into the stories after the talk, but he told them quite exhaustively.

It also inspired me to watch his weekly podcast. The talk was perfect for this class.

I found it to be useful is I now know about his work and can view it even after the class is over. Another benefit of this format is that it is easy to for me to share it with friends, family and anyone else who needs to use their brains more effectively.