The Skeptic's Toolbox

Evaluating Evidence:
Garbage In
Garbage Out

August 9–12, 2012

The notion that beliefs should be based on evidence is fairly recent. Nowadays, proponents justify their claims, both plausible and implausible, on the basis of evidence. Good evidence is difficult to come by. Even when the evidence is good, proponents of a claim often misinterpret or misuse it.

The goal of this year's Toolbox is to supply you with the tools to evaluate and use evidence. To properly justify a claim, evidence has to be adequate and properly interpreted.

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A creation of Ray Hyman, the Skeptic’s Toolbox began in 1989 with a workshop in Buffalo, New York, titled “Skeptical Inquiry: The Role of the Skeptic.” In subsequent years the workshop became anchored at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where Hyman taught psychology. Each summer, people from all over the country gather in Eugene for an intense weekend of skeptical investigation.

Unlike many of the conferences held by CSI, the Skeptic’s Toolbox is a much more intimate and informal affair during which participants get an opportunity to put the tools of science and skepticism directly to work on many paranormal or pseudoscientific claims and ideas. Along with fascinating case studies and experiences presented by a wonder- fully engaging faculty, attendees break up into small groups and tackle a case study of their own under the guidance of a faculty member.

For more information on past conferences, visit the 2011 Skeptic’s Toolbox website.

Oregonians for Science and Reason is also sponsoring two students with scholarships to attend, including room and board. To apply contact Jeanine DeNoma at [masked].

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    Nonstop laughs and logic!

    August 12, 2012

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