CRITICAL THINKING: “Why Skepticism is the Right Approach to the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia” / Michael Shermer ☮

Bear with us for a second, but do you know the Belinda Carlisle song “Heaven is a Place on Earth”? It’s actually scientifically accurate. American public intellectual Michael Shermer says that any idea of the afterlife makes zero sense: your mind and therefore your memories are beholden to your body and that any version of you that made it into heaven, should there actually be one, would just be a copy of you and unable to register that they were actually in heaven. Likewise, should you be able to scan your brain and “live forever” by being uploaded to a body in the future, it still wouldn’t be you, just a copy. Confused? The explanation makes more sense from the mouth of Shermer himself… writing the theory behind multiple you’s living in various timelines gets a little too Back to the Future… another sweet ’80s reference if we do say so ourselves.

CRITICAL THINKING: “Dealing with Unchangeable Minds” / The Atheist Debates Patreon Project / Matt Dillahunty ☮

A talk delivered in Orange County, discussing how to deal with seemingly unchangeable minds.

CRITICAL THINKING: “Seven Times Carl Sagan Went Intellectual Beast Mode” / ScienceNET ☮

Carl Sagan was ahead of his time – many of the statements in this video are still extremely relevant today. Please enjoy these seven intellectual “beast mode” worthy moments with Carl Sagan.