What Even Skeptics Get Wrong About Science

Science has profoundly altered the society we live in and allowed us to explore the world in many wonderful ways. Unfortunately, those outside of science can sometimes come to see it as an infallible panacea for any problem we may have, or the only epistemological tool we have at our disposal. In this panel, a small group of scientists will discuss scientism, misconceptions people have with science, and ways that scientific epistemology could be improved

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CDT, Sunday April 15

To submit a question for the Q&A of this panel, please leave a comment below. Questions that are actually questions will receive priority.


Jeremiah Traeger expects to earn his PhD in Chemical Engineering from CU Boulder in 2019. Jeremiah’s research includes investigating single-molecule dynamics of DNA. He’s also co-host of the SJW Circle Jerk podcast and contributes to the A Tippling Philosopher blog.

Ari Stillman is a current psychology graduate student, and they appear on The Gaytheist Manifesto and The Cis Are Getting Out Of Hand podcast

Katie Marshall is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Oklahoma, studying the effects of repeated stress exposure.

Alix Jules is an activist in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area with a long history in issues and topics regarding the role of diversity in the atheist community as well as atheism in diverse communities. Alix has been featured in Ebony magazine, “One Man’s Journey into Atheism,” Godless – the documentary, and he has garnered national attention as one of the modern faces in Black humanism.

What Even Skeptics Get Wrong About Science

9 thoughts on “What Even Skeptics Get Wrong About Science

  1. 1

    What do y’all think are effective ways to combat “weaponized skepticism”? Or, when someone uses this callous form of hyper-skepticism to dismiss rape allegations against someone.

    If you’d rather answer something more silly then how many patrons would i need to fund my Outrage Bridge?

  2. 8

    Katie seems to be saying that she’s asked to comment on stuff that’s outside of her discipline. When that happens, what’s the best way of handling it (and do you wish popular scientists would do this more often?)

  3. 9

    A cryonicist is someone who thinks it’s a good idea to pay a company money to preserve your corpse in liquid nitrogen in the hopes of reviving you in some magical distant future where you can cure death.

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