Brain Science Podcast Returns

The latest  Brain Science Podcast (BSP 70) is an interview with Dr. Scott Lilienfeld, co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. This episode was recorded live at Dragon*Con 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. We focused our conversation on the fact scientific reasoning and critical thinking do NOT come naturally. Instead, we all tend to make similar errors, such as mistaking correlation for causation. Dr. Lilienfeld shared his experiences and a extensive question and answer session with the live audience allowed him to explore additional examples.

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Schedule for Dragon*Con 2010

Thursday I will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia for Dragon*Con 2010. I will be on several panels and I will be doing two live interviews that will be posted later as podcasts. Here is my official schedule: Please note that I did not write most of these descriptions! Title: Popular Psychology Myths Description: Pop Psychology is a confusing mixture of myth and science. Learn how to tell the difference and Why it Matters. Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: 207 / 206 / 205 - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) ------------------- Title: Skepticism and Sexuality Description: When do we get skeptical about sex, the media? When alien cults want to save African clitorises, this panel is here to discuss the facts. Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: 207 / 206 / 205 - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) Fridays panels are in the Skeptic Track. Pop Psycology Myths is an interview with Dr. Scott Lillienfeld, co-author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior. An edited version of this interview will be posted at in mid-late September. ------------------- Title: Oil Disasters Description: Oil disasters, effects of spills on humans and environment, peak oil crisis, nothing is sacred on this topic! Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: L508 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour) ------------------- Title: Global Insurgency Open Discussion Description: Open discussion on the effects of terror strikes.  Medical, sociological, and financial effects on the military, the public and the infrastructure Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: L508 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour) Saturday's panels are in the Apocalypse Rising track. I have never been to this track, so it should be an interesting change of pace. ------------------- Title: Books and Ideas Podcast Description: Join host Dr. Ginger Campbell interviews author Skyler White about her book "and Falling, Fly." I will also be interviewing Christiana Ellis. Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: 204 - Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) This interview will be conducted in the Podcasting Track and the edited version will appear in the Books and Ideas podcast feed in October.
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NASA's Les Johnson live at Dragon*Con 2009 (B&I 31)

LesDC4 Episode 31 of Books and Ideas is an interview with NASA physicist Les Johnson, PhD. We talked about his new book Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth. Although Dr. Johnson is a lifelong fan of science fiction he challenges the common assumption that eventually we will pollute or damage the earth so badly that humans will be forced to move to outer space. Instead, Dr. Johnson argues that we should develop the technology to get resources from outer space so that we can preserve the Earth for Life.

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Recorded LIVE at Dragon*Con 2008 (BSP 46)

Dragon*Con 2008 Dragon*Con 2008 Brain Science Podcast #46 is a discussion of brain imaging with Dr. Shella Keilholz and Dr. Jason Schneiderman. The focus of our discussion is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which is revolutionizing neuroscience. We talked about both the strengths and weaknesses of this technique. Both of my guests agree that mainstream coverage of this technique tends to exagerate what we can actually tell from this kind of brain scan. An important principle is that the scan of any single individual can vary greatly from day-to-day, which means that valid conclusions require data from a large number of people.

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My Schedule for Dragon*Con 2008

I have posted my schedule of appearances for Dragon*Con 2008, which is being held in Atlanta, GA, August 28- September 1. Send me an email at docartemis at if you would like to get together during the Con.  Please mark your schedule for the LIVE Brain Science Podcast Sunday at 2:30 PM and my presentation “The New Brain Science” on Monday at 2:30 PM. Click here for a detailed list of my appearances.
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Check out Our New Theme Song from Beatnik Turtle

Since I am busy preparing for my upcoming presentations at Dragon*Con I have decided to postpone the next episode of the Books and Ideas Podcast until September, 2008. I have just posted a brief audio annoucement in my regular feed. I also included a song by the Beatnik Turtle called "The Open Door," which I intend to use as the new them music for Books and Ideas. If you have feedback on the music please send me email at docartemis at or visit the Books and Ideas section of the Brain Science Podcast Discussion Forum.

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