The Beauty of the Cell 

715px-SalmonellaNIAIDCells are the smallest and simplest unit of matter that can still be considered alive. Those things that Darwin’s contemporary Huxley described as simple bags of protoplasm and those integrated systems that origin of life researchers posit spontaneously arose from the primordial soup or something of the sort. And, as a cell biologist, those self-same units that challenge, fascinate, and inspire me.

So, what are cells and why would I say they are beautiful? After all, they aren’t even visible. Through this talk you will learn more about these remarkable structures, as complicated and intricate as a city, but so small that it takes more than 50 trillion to make one person. And I am sure that you will come out agreeing that the cell is beautiful indeed.

Bunk Detecting Principles

“Take this supplement; it’s been clinically proven to reduce cellular aging rate!” “Put this cream on your face; the collagen will get rid of your wrinkles!” “Don’t worry about being responsible for your actions; physics has proven you don’t have free will anyway!” We are constantly being bombarded with claims made in the name of science.  But, how do we know what we are told is accurate? After all, it is no secret that there is a lot of politically, religiously, and financially motivated, or just inaccurate, “science” out there. We desperately need to be empowered to assess scientific claims for ourselves, but how? AITSE has researched this issue and is now offering the  “bunk-detecting” principles: rules of thumb that will help non-experts to evaluate claims made in the name of science. Our goal is to help you never be a sitting duck for scientific scams again!

Integrity in Science and Medicine: Why Does It Matter?

“Why should I care about integrity in science and medicine? I’m a businessperson, a gardener, a lawyer, a homemaker, a student. Science is just not relevant to my life.” Have you ever said or thought this? In this enlightening lecture, Dr. Crocker shows how lack of scientific integrity jeopardizes our health, prosperity and even faith as a nation. Cheating is endemic in schools so that students neither learn the facts nor are able to apply what they learn. Censorship is rife in academia so that educators are not allowed to teach both sides of controversial subjects. The financial interests of the funders control research and publication so that healthcare providers are limited in their search for accurate information and patients can end up taking harmful or unnecessary drugs. A return to scientific integrity is not just necessary; it is vital.

Cheating and Censorship in Science—Where is the Integrity in Academia?

First presented at a legislative briefing in Washington DC, this lecture gives unequivocal evidence that, starting with elementary school and following all the way through postgraduate education, academia is being corrupted by a crisis of integrity. Student cheating, from full-blown plagiarism to sharing homework answers to passing out stolen exams, is tolerated all the way through school and even beyond. The restriction of educators to only teaching politically correct, financially beneficial, or ideologically attractive “facts” exacerbates this problem. After all, “You can’t get a good education if they’re only telling you half the story (D. Horowitz).” In this enlightening talk, Dr. Crocker asserts that the solution to this problem is surprisingly simple. Cheating is decreased when students are encouraged to learn, understand and evaluate what they are taught. We need to allow students to learn, educators to teach, and the public to be free to think!

Free to Think–or Not?

T his informative talk is suited for all audiences; no science background is necessary. Beginning with an exploration of the nature of freedom, Dr. Crocker shows that science in America is no longer free: it has been taken hostage by politics, finance and religion. After giving much evidence of how those who have sensible questions about the scientific “consensus” view are persecuted, Dr. Crocker then explores the consequences of this stranglehold on science for our health, economic success, and religious views as a society. She ends with a plea for a return to scientific integrity, leaving the audience with hope for the future as she gives information on how they can help make this happen: a call to action for the good of our nation.

Evolution and Intelligent Design: What’s the Fuss?

Have you ever wondered why people get so angry about evolution, intelligent design, etc.? In this fascinating presentation, the reason for the antagonism is explored and questions are asked: Is evolution fact, fiction or religion? What is neoDarwinism? What is intelligent design? Is it fact, fiction, or religion? What is science anyway? What about religion? Dr. Crocker carefully disentangles the religion from the science and invites the audience to think through these matters for themselves. Although this talk does include some science, listener surveys indicate that it is highly accessible and suitable for high school, university, and church audiences.

What You Shouldn’t Ever Say–If You Want a Job!

This highly technical, but fascinating, talk is most suitable for home school conventions, university audiences, and those who enjoy an intellectual challenge. If you wondered what Dr. Crocker taught causing her to lose her job at GMU, this is the presentation you want! The theory of evolution, the evidence for it and problems with that evidence, the theory of intelligent design, the evidence and problems with the evidence for it, questions about the origin of life, the wonder of DNA and the nanotechnology of cells are all discussed. An information-packed lecture that will leave you wanting more.

The Evolution and Extinction of a Teacher

Illustrated with entertaining cartoons by talented teen Ayden Lopez, this presentation has a serious side. Dr. Crocker begins by describing her journey to becoming a teacher recognized for teaching excellence using amusing anecdotes from Free to Think. However, the talk then takes a sober turn when she explains how giving one lecture that impartially provided both evidence for evolution and some of the problems with that evidence resulted in the loss of her job, her legal representation, and her career. Since hers is not an isolated case and lack of scientific integrity affects all our lives, this talk is a must for anyone who is interested in academic freedom.

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