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How to Know What's True: Assessing Scientific Research

How to Know What's True: Assessing Scientific Research

This is the transcript and source guide for my (Matt Berkowitz's) lecture, "How to Know What's True: Assessing Scientific Research" -- the video of which is viewable here:

UPDATE: I did a response talk as well to the various criticisms I received:

Federico Pistono at TZM Interviews

Federico Pistono at TZM Interviews

TZM Interviews is a new form of dialog that brings proactive, visionary and inspiring people into this conversation about how the scientific method for social concern applies to global sustainability and how to effectively change the world. This month our guest is Federico Pistono, former coordinator of the Italian Chapter for The Zeitgeist Movement, author, blogger, activist and more...

How to Spot BS and Never Feel Insulted Again: A Brief Introduction to General Semantics and Non-Violent Communication

How to Spot BS and Never Feel Insulted Again: A Brief Introduction to General Semantics and Non-Violent Communication

There are few things quite so mis-understood by humans as their own psyche and behaviours. A few examples of our distortions from reality include concepts such as the existence of 'good and evil' people, or of a human having a distinctly separate 'mind and body' and hence having separate 'mental' and 'physical' health. Such old superstitions are still passed around human cultures today, even decades after evidence that shows them to be irrelevant has passed from the cutting edge of science.

Questioning Science and Proper Research

Questioning Science and Proper Research

I often have discussions with my fellow Zeitgeist Movement members in which we disagree on the appropriate measure of skepticism to apply to mainstream science. I often agree with mainstream science while my colleagues may not. I am often encouraged to place greater skepticism on mainstream science so as to avoid profit-related bias. I find this argument silly, and in some ways, dishonest and self-defeating.

The 'Technological Singularity' and the Rise of the Machine

The 'Technological Singularity' and the Rise of the Machine

Few people fail to recognize the incredible progress of technology over the past few decades, in particular computing, but comparatively few reflect on the broader impacts of this trend. Vernon Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have predicted that technological advancement will be happening so fast we will struggle to comprehend it - the technological singularity. But how likely is it, and is it desirable?

The Quandary of Technology

Humankind has been the master of technology since its humble beginnings. Actually, our ability to use higher brain functions in order to create and handle tools is essentially what sets us apart as a species, however able some other apes may be. Our creativity defines us and whatever we choose to do with it will mark the progress of our civilization. After all, technology is no longer defined only by useful tools of creation, but by weapons of destruction too.

The Postmodernist Deceit

Postmodernism is a philosophical movement born after World War II, brought about by a disillusionment with the objectivist stance on reality boosted by The Enlightenment. To be honest, a renaissance of human knowledge never truly took off during the time we know of as "The Renaissance" -humanity had to wait until the 19th Century for the Enlightenment ideals to actually take hold of society and governments. This truly was the age of Rationalism and Science.

"The First Civilization" - A free book about a Resource Based Economy

"The First Civilization" - A free book about a Resource Based Economy

This book, "The First Civilization", was created in order to further awareness and acceptance of a Resource Based Economy by explaining and defending this system from a scientific perspective.

Peak Flexibility

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A Closer Look at Burzynski

Earlier this year, a documentary film was released highlighting the emotional story of cancer patients, adults and children alike, outliving the grim predictions of their medical prophets. Their savior was none other than Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski and the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas. The documentary was well-made, enticing, and emotional. The first 30 minutes of the film are spent explaining Dr. Burzynski's revolutionary new approach to fighting cancer and showing us interviews with people who had allegedly been cured by it. The remainder of the film details an epic story of Dr.

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