“Global Warming: Hoax, Doomsday, or What?"
A Climate Change Debate with Michael Shermer and James Taylor
May 3, 2017
Windmill Library Performing Arts Center
7060 W Windmill Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89113
Publisher, Skeptic magazine
Monthly columnist, Scientific American
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of SKEPTIC MAGAZINE, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. 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 (1991). In addition to teaching a critical thinking course at Chapman University titled “Skepticism 101,” he has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching psychology, evolution, and the history of science at Occidental College (1989-1998), California State University Los Angeles, and Glendale College. As a public intellectual he regularly contributes Opinion Editorials, book reviews, and essays to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications, along with over 200 consecutive monthly columns in Scientific American, where he has been a regular contributor since 2001. He has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Lezza, Unsolved Mysteries and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims, as well as interviews in countless science and history documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Dr. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.
Dr. Shermer’s next book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for Immortality, the Afterlife, and Utopia. His latest book is The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom. His previous book is The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. His book, The Mind of the Market, is on evolutionary economics, behavioral economics, and neuroeconomics. He also authored Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, and Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown, about how the mind works and how thinking goes wrong. His book The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Share Care, and Follow the Golden Rule, is on the evolutionary origins of morality and how to be good without God. He wrote a biography, In Darwin’s Shadow, about the life and science of the co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. He also wrote The Borderlands of Science, about the fuzzy land between science and pseudoscience, and Denying History, on Holocaust denial and other forms of pseudohistory. His book How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, presents his theory on the origins of religion and why people believe in God. Dr. Shermer’s most famous book is Why People Believe Weird Things, on pseudoscience, superstitions, and other confusions of our time.
According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Michael Shermer is a beacon of reason in an ocean of irrationality.” And in the words of the late Stephen Jay Gould (from his Foreword to Why People Believe Weird Things): “Michael Shermer, as head of one of America’s leading skeptic organizations, and as a powerful activist and essayist in the service of this operational form of reason, is an important figure in American public life.”
Spark of Freedom Foundation
James Taylor is President of the Spark of Freedom Foundation, a public policy organization supporting common-sense, common-ground energy solutions. James promotes affordable, abundant energy founded in conservative economic principles and a common-ground approach. He earned a B.A. in Government and studied economics and atmospheric science at Dartmouth College. He obtained his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. He has presented environmental analysis on CNN, CNN Headline News, CBS Evening News, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and several national radio programs. James has personally advised presidential candidates, governors and state legislators on energy and environment issues. James and Spark of Freedom Foundation believe in making all affordable, environmentally friendly options available to American families, including hydro, nuclear and natural gas.
About The SPARK OF FREEDOM FOUNDATION aims to influence public policy by promoting free markets, affordable energy, and common-sense energy and environment solutions.
Too often, people view energy policy as weighing affordability versus environmental protection. In reality, many abundant energy sources are both affordable and environmentally friendly. Our economy and environment will equally benefit when government refrains from erecting obstacles to their production and use.
Environmentalists who are concerned about land conservation, traditional air pollution, and carbon dioxide emissions should recognize the benefits of energy sources such as natural gas, hydro, and nuclear power. Consumer advocates who prioritize affordable energy should recognize these same energy sources offer abundant, affordable energy. Unfortunately, federal, state, and local government policies restrict production and use of these valuable, common-ground energy sources. That needs to change.
The Spark of Freedom Foundation will always put the American economy and environment ahead of any particular sector of the energy industry. The Foundation will continually inform and educate policymakers on the latest energy developments and how we can utilize American free-market ideals to allow the best energy options to rise to the top.