Skepticism And The Media: Win Over An Unlikely Audience By Telling A Better Story

A session at CSICON

Saturday 29th October, 2011

11:00am to 12:30pm (CST)

Sandra Blakeslee: Journalists Are From Venus, Skeptics From Mars

What you need to know about how journalists work in today's 24-hour news cycle—and how to get your story across without having it mangled (well, almost).

Indre Viskontas: Battling Bias: Convincing Audiences To Think More Critically

Are scientists doomed to the periphery of mainstream television? How can we capture a large audience without sacrificing our principles? Indre discusses how we might combine neuroscience and art to create successful television programs in the age of new media.

William B Davis

How can you be a skeptic in a show about alien abduction, past lives, astrology and other weird things? Davis will speak of his crazy ride on the hit TV series, The X-Files, leading him to CSICOP, the Discovery Channel where he hosted a program called Critical Eye, and adventures in wonderland including his debate with the the notorious John Mack, author of Abduction. He will read from his forthcoming memoir, Where There’s Smoke…, describing his crisis of conscience posed by Richard Dawkins.

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Indre Viskontas

Opera Singer-Neuroscientist-TV Host bio from Twitter

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William B Davis

Actor, director, writer, and noted skeptic who rose to fame as the iconic villain Cancer Man on the hit TV series The X-Files

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sandra blakeslee

science writer for the New York Times, book author, co-director of Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop and avid cyclist and hiker. bio from Twitter

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Michelle Blackley

Communications Manager @NiagaraFallsUSA, Editor @ediblebuffalo and Communications Prof @BuffaloState All views are my own. bio from Twitter

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Time 11:00am12:30pm CST

Date Sat 29th October 2011

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