"Unlike my other lectures, this one will not present much science but rather look into motivation and psychology of why we believe what we believe. I hope to do some audience interaction also. Those who know me may be somewhat surprised by what I have to say."
Our friends at the Humanists of Greater Portland have invited our CFI-Portland Advisory Board Member, Jon Peters M.D., to give a very interesting presentation.
It often happens that we hear or read something about scientific origins that is so erroneous that it takes us by surprise. Do we remain silent or do we speak up?
If we decide to challenge a statement from a creationist, we should ask ourselves certain questions first. What are our goals? Are they different from the other side? How effective will we be? Are there any dangers?
We will discuss motivated reasoning, confirmation bias, and how presenting evidence can backfire against you.
Dr. Peters has been active promoting secular humanism and rational thought with the Center For Inquiry (Portland). In 2008 he founded Secular Humanists of East Portland.
After the lecture we'll help Jon celebrate his 60th birthday!