Steven Novella M.D. is an American clinical neurologist and assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine. He is best known for his involvement in the skeptical movement, and the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast.
In 1996, along with his brother Bob, and Perry DeAngelis, Steven co-founded The Connecticut Skeptical Society. In the early days of the New England Skeptical Society, Steven participated in investigations of various paranormal claims. Sometimes these were part of the screening process for the “One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge” offered by the James Randi Educational Foundation to anyone who could demonstrate a supernatural or paranormal ability under agreed-upon scientific testing criteria. The prize remains unclaimed.
Steven is also the founder and currently Executive Editor of ‘Science-Based Medicine’, a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), a founding
fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine, and the author of the ‘NeuroLogicaBlog‘, a daily blog which covers news and issues in neuroscience, general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society.
The SGU co-authored a book, published in 2018: “The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake”. The paperback version will be available for direct purchase at the conference.
Steven’s speaking topic at the conference is “Brain Myths: A discussion of historical and current neuro-pseudoscience“