The Challenge of Separating Sense from Nonsense

Featuring: Joe Schwarcz



A curious set of circumstances has led to a career extending beyond the academic classroom into radio and television studios, to the public lecture podium and the pages of newspapers. Interacting with the public in this fashion has allowed for the gauging of interests, fears and numerous misconceptions. It is an eye-opening, thought-provoking, occasionally amusing, and often sobering experience to reflect on four decades of dealing with questions from the public, trying to separate sense from nonsense.

Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society” which is dedicated to demystifying science and separating sense from nonsense. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. He is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts “The Dr. Joe Show” on Montreal radio, has appeared hundreds of times on television and is the author of 16 best sellers. Also an amateur conjurer, Dr. Joe often spices up his presentations with a little magic.

This talk occurred at CSICon Las Vegas on Saturday, October 28th, 2017.