Presentations For General AudiencesThe presentations listed below are ones I’ve actually given to general audiences, are offered here as examples of what I do. If you’re interested in having me come speak to your group, I can adapt one of the talks below, or develop a new one -- on any of the subjects listed at right -- to match your program requirements or your audience’s specific interests.
Food Pills and Flying Cars: Why the Future We Imagine Is Seldom the One We Get
Darwin: Behind the Myths
He didn't struggle in school, didn't "discover" evolution in the Galapagos Islands, didn't say that humans were descended from apes, didn't believe in "social Darwinism," and didn't lose his religious faith to science. A lot of what what "everybody" knows about Charles Darwin isn't true. Take a look behind the myths, and discover the real Darwin, who's even more fascinating.
Perfect Genes and Killer Machines: The Image of Science in Popular Culture
Seeing the Earth from Space
Images taken by orbiting satellites have enabled us to see the Earth in ways that previous generations could never have imagined. They allow us to track hurricanes, study complex environmental processes, and see first-hand the effects that human activity has on the Earth. This talk explores how satellites have transformed our understanding of our planet.
Men Among the Mammoths: The Curious Story of a Scientific Revolution
Over the course of five years (1858-1863) an unlikely group of scientists -- a provincial schoolteacher, an ex-army surgeon, and a wine merchant -- overthrew centuries of scientific and religious orthodoxy, showing that the earliest humans had appeared long ago, and coexisted with now-extinct animals in a world very different from our own. This is their story.
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The First Americans: New Discoveries, New Controversies
The Hollywood History of Space Travel
Human Evolution: A Story in Six Fossils
Eureka! Five Scientific Experiments that Changed the World
Titanic: The Anatomy of a Technological Disaster