Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the Science Salon Podcast, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years he was a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, The Moral Arc, and Heavens on Earth. His new book is Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist.
Michael regularly contributes opinion editorials, essays, and reviews to: the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. He wrote 214 consecutive monthly columns for Scientific American. He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Oprah, and Larry King Live. He has been interviewed in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100.
Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a transdisciplinary course for Ph.D. students on Evolution, Economics, and the Brain.
0:00 | Introduction
1:00 | Brian Rose introduces Michael Shermer
3:07 | Brian Rose asks why free speech is the foundational right to all rights
5:47 | Michael Shermer argues that free speech is both the ability to speak freely but also listen freely
8:20 | Brian Rose talks about being inspired by Joe Rogan and the day London Real started being censored
10:44 | Michael Shermer discusses why he doesn’t believe 5G and COVID-19 are linked
12:38 | Michael Shermer discusses the draft and the Schenck v. United States trial
17:56 | They discuss why censoring different voices leads us to tyranny
18:01 | Michael Shermer discusses David Irving
20:59 | Brian Rose and Michael Shermer discusses what constitutes hate speech
22:00 | Michael Shermer talks about microaggressions
26:21 | Michael Shermer talks about Madonna’s music and how conservatives were trying to censor it at first
27:20 | Michael Shermer discusses why conservatives are fighting for the freedom of speech more than liberals
31:51 | They discuss Joe Rogan moving his platform to Spotify
35:53 | Michael Shermer discusses Milo Yiannopoulos and college protests
41:45 | They discuss giving up freedoms for security
42:16 | Michael Shermer discusses the anti-vaxxer movement
44:42 | Michael Shermer and Brian Rose talk about mandatory vaccinations
50:05 | They discuss the changes to online education because of the lockdown
54:02 | Michael Shermer and Brian Rose talk about ways to improve your immune system
59:53 | Michael Shermer discuss Trump’s pandemic response
1:04:05 | They discuss the Skeptics Society and conspiracy theories
1:07:00 | Michael Shermer pokes holes in the Bill Gates global domination theory and 9/11 being an inside job
1:10:48 | Brian Rose and Michael Shermer talks about tribal politics and climate science
1:22:45 | The upcoming federal election and whether Trump will win again
1:31:00 | Michael Shermer talks about his fears
1:37:57 | Brian Rose sums up
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