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Survey of Pseudoscience - A Skeptics Panel

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
Contact :[masked]

Please bring something light & edible for the snack table if you can: finger foods, fruit juice or soda pop (nothing needing utensils, please).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative panel. Brought up a lot of issues I wouldn't have though about.

    September 10, 2012

  • Judy S.

    Highly informative, professional speakers. I could use one of these every few months!

    September 9, 2012

  • Kenneth E. N.

    Brilliant panel, and a great audience. Everyone was so smart, they seemed almost incandescent.

    September 9, 2012

  • Derek M.

    Personally, I would have liked to see more collaboration among the panelists. There didn't really seem to be a cohesive framework or structure that developed an adequate "survey" of pseudoscience. Perhaps for next time, the organizer might put together a simple set of talking points (i.e. 1. each panelist takes on a particular kind of pseudo-science; 2. Followed up with a practical real-life example of that belief as it exists in contemporary culture or how it affects cultural world views; 3. Connected with each panelist's particular methodological approach for tackling or refuting such claims; 4. Concluded with a personal anecdote or life lesson associated with said pseudoscience.) This is merely a suggestion and only one possible way of approaching the perceived discontinuity. Certainly, it could be organized a hundred different ways. I only offer this bit of commentary as a constructive offering, though and by no means want the belittle the performance of the speakers.

    September 9, 2012

  • Steve G.

    I had fully planned to go, with my wife and three kids. But over the last week, first one, then the next, and then the next have all come down with something. As one starts feeling better, the next starts feeling worse! Anyway, I hope it goes great! Looks terrific.

    September 9, 2012

  • Kristen

    I wish I could come but I have my daughter that day. I'm so bummed

    August 23, 2012

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