What is pseudoscience? What are the danger signs? How can we best avoid magical thinking? How much doubt is too much doubt? And when someone suggests a conspiracy, and your private crank-o-meter start red-lining, is that fair?
Because conspiracies do happen, right?
Join us for a light survey of the many swamps and pitfalls to critical thinking. Respected panelists will include Shane J. Trimmer, local skeptic-activist; Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE); Liam McDaid, Sacramento City College professor of astronomy; Sarah Strand, CSUS professor of neuroscience; Bob Carroll, author of the Skeptic's Dictionary; and Frank Mosher, Board Member and Assistant Organizer with the Sacramento Area Skeptics..
We've met crackpots, we know crackpots, there some crackpot in all of us, and yes, experts can be wrong. Once-ridiculed ideas include continental drift, powered flight, ball lightning and meteor falls. But is that the whole story? Don't let rank crankism happen to you! Come to this meeting, listen, participate, have fun, and be ready to talk about your own adventures in pseudoscience.
This event is hosted by Sacramento Area Skeptics.
Location : Sierra II Community Center - Room 10,[masked]th Street, Sacramento
Please bring something light & edible for the snack table if you can: finger foods, fruit juice or soda pop (nothing needing utensils, please).