Christopher DiCarlo

Center for Inquiry — Toronto, ON

Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a fellow, advisor, and board member of the Society of Ontario Free Thinkers and the Centre for Inquiry Canada. He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences and written many scholarly papers ranging from bioethics to cognitive evolution. His book entitled How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Asking the Right Questions was released world-wide by Prometheus Books in July 2011.

He is a past Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard University in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences: Department of Anthropology and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Here, he conducted research for two works in progress entitled The Comparative Brain: The Evolution of Human Reasoning and The Evolution of Religion: Why Many Need to Believe in Deities, Demons, and the Unseen.

He is currently engaged in writing his latest book, Flying Without a Pilot: A Determined Look at the Future of Ethics, Law, and the Value of Human Behavior. 

In April 2008 he was awarded TV Ontario’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer in Ontario Award. In August 2008 he was honored with the Canadian Humanist of the Year Award from the Humanist Association of Canada. In September 2008 he was awarded the UOIT Complementary Faculty Teaching Award.

Dr. DiCarlo is currently seeking philanthropic interest to develop a large project that aims to establish a comprehensive series of models for understanding value and human behavior in an effort to develop fairer and better ways to establish social policies in the management of human and natural resources in various fields such as law and justice, healthcare, politics, business and industry, and education. This is called the OSTOK (or Onion Skin Theory of Knowledge) Project.

Some presentations Dr. DiCarlo has given include:


  • "We Are All African: Can Scientific Proof of Our Commonality Save Us?"
  • "The Future of Ethics, Law, and the Value of Human Behavior"
  • "The OSTOK Project: A New Model for Developing Responsible Social Policies"
  • "Sex 101: Natural vs. Supernatural Sex Education"
  • "The New Ethics: A Synthetic Approach to Understanding Good and Evil"
  • "The Zing of Perceived Control: Memetic Equilibrium and the Evolution of Religion"
  • "The Big Five: Natural and Supernatural Responses to Life's Biggest Questions"
  • "The Evolution of Religion: Memetic Equilibrium as Proximate Cause"
  • "The Veneer of Tolerance: The Covert 'Ism' Against Unbelievers"
  • "From the Roots of Skepticism to the Tree of Scientific Knowledge"
  • "On Pedagogy: Teaching as a Noble Profession"
  • "Critical Thinking and Public Health"
  • "The Roots and Tools of Humanism: Secular Themes from Ancient Greece to Contemporary Canada" 



View one of Dr. DiCarlo's latest talks: Here.

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