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R4R Speaker Series: Accepting the Absurd

"A Reason for Reason" skeptical speaker series returns in December with the most fundamental of less-wrong topics... Please join us and tell your friends! Accepting the Absurd: How Skepticism is Revealing the Nature of the Universe Our current understanding of the universe incorporates ideas that seem absurd: Space is expanding and accelerating. Most of the “stuff” of the universe isn't the protons and neutrons that a generation was taught to believe. Why does science take these things seriously? This talk will explain the evidence and thought process that have forced a fundamental re-examination of our understanding of the nature of our universe. The result is both strange and deeply satisfying. About the Author: Leonard Tramiel is the coordinator of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) San Francisco, is on the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) Executive Council, and holds a PhD is Physics from Columbia University. He is a retired hi-tech executive with a deep interest in science, science education, and public attitudes toward science. WHEN: 7:30PM, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 (Talk starts at 8PM sharp) WHERE: Kells Irish Pub, 530 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 For more information, see

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    I learned some physics, but wish the speaker had been better disposed toward answering my question concerning the apparent contradiction between expansion of the universe from a point at finite speeds and the infinite size of the universe in the newest models, if only by pointing me to a mathematical field or some source. Other than that, it was a good elementary lecture.

    December 13, 2011

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