Center for Inquiry — Toronto, ON
Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a fellow and advisor 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 has gone into its 5th printing and is now a best-seller.
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 major papers 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 the Principal and Founder of Critical Thinking Solutions, a consulting business for individuals, corporations, and not-for-profits in both the private and public sectors. He is also the developer of the first Pilot Project in Canada to introduce Universal Critical Thinking skills into the Ontario Public High School curriculum which has begun in the Upper Grand District School Board. This has led to The Critical Thinking Project – an outreach program that teaches Critical Thinking skills to teachers in developed and developing nations. These skills are now being adopted in Schools in Canada, the U.S., Guatemala, Iran, Uganda, and China.
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.
- Critical Thinking
- Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent design
- Evolutionary Psychology and Religion
- Free Will
- LGBTQ issues
- Philosophy of Mind
- Psychology of Belief
- Science and Pseudoscience
- Science and Religion
- Secular Parenting
- Sex and Sexuality
- The Existence of God
- The Humanist and Skeptic movements
- The Meaning of Life