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Distinguished Science Lecture Series

Since 1992, the Skeptics Society has sponsored the Distinguished Science Lecture Series, hosting 350 of the biggest names in science. This series of lectures has covered the most cutting edge discoveries and controversial topics in all of science, and enabled students, educators, and the general public to hear what’s new in science and skepticism. These lectures have helped people learn how to think critically about claims made in the name of science.

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Most of our past lectures are available for purchase on DVD and many are available for rent instantly on Vimeo On Demand.

Watch Selected Live Broadcasts for free online!

If you can’t make it to the lecture venue on the day of a live lecture, you may still be able to watch selected lectures streamed live, for free online. To watch a live broadcast, simply go to our upcoming lectures page on the day an event has been advertised to be broadcast live, and the video will be available for viewing on the day and time listed for that lecture. We do not live broadcast all lectures.

Science Conferences

We also host scientific conferences that bring together skeptics from all across North America. Each Skeptics Society conference is focused on a specific theme, which allows us to invite a new line-up of prominent speakers to contribute their knowledge and perspective to each one. Lively conversation, debate, and collaboration are hallmarks of these events.

Watch Free Sample Lectures

Sam Harris on “Free Will”
The Great Debate: “Has Science Refuted Religion?”
Evolution: How We Know it Happened & Why it Matters
Three Views of Carl Sagan

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