December 14, 2012 · 7:00 PM
PROF. BRIAN THOMAS ON:
SCIENCE: A SELF-
Based on a soon-to-be published paper he co-wrote for Nature, Dr. Brian Thomas will trace the process by which he and his colleague are overthrowing earlier conclusions about the cause of a large carbon-14 spike in 774 CE.
Brian and his colleague found an error in another paper and wondered what would happen to the conclusion if they corrected it. Their analysis turned up startling results, and a new hypothesis: the evidence correlates best with a major solar event.
This carbon-14 spike is important, because it causes scientists to have to recalibrate their carbon-14 dating system and change the dates of all carbon-14 dated objects prior to 774 CE.
Plus discussion of:
HOW TO PROVE THE OTHER GUY WRONG
EXACTLY HOW DOES ONE REASON CORRECTLY FROM EVIDENCE TO A CONCLUSION?
Come at 6:45 to order food/dessert and get to know people.
Afterward: We'll continue our conversations across the street at The Green Mill.
Fred Heeren / [masked] /[masked]