One of the ways skepticism smacks into the real world is in the arena of assessing product claims. Truth in advertising is a great concept, but is stretched to its limits by many wanting to sell a product with science-y claims. Skeptical consumer protection isn't limited to psychics and homeopathy. Let's talk about some of the 'unsinkable rubber ducks' of the consumer realm, and some of the times they've foundered , if not completely sunk. Power bands, perpetual motion and cosmetics...oh my! Not to mention, the power of the 'brand name'. I'll give a short talk, but encourage folks to bring their own interesting anecdotes of products that have been oversold and taken to task by folks with the facts.
BlackRock is a Bar *and* Grill, meaning you don't have to be over 21 to attend! Nor do you have to drink! Or eat! Just attend!