The Skeptics Toolbox

Using Model Cases to Deal with Dubious Claims

Effective skeptical thinking relies on applying knowledge learned from previous cases. Badly evaluated or misunderstood cases can muddle one's thinking about new claims. We will apply lessons in skeptical thinking learned from classic cases to new and similar cases. These include lessons from the ancient Greek Oracles, alternative medicine, journalistic misinformation, and other classic cases of pseudoscientific claims.

Faculty members include: Dr. Ray Hyman, Emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Oregon; Dr. James Alcock, professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada; Dr. Harriet Hall, better known as "The SkepDoc"; Loren Pankratz, forensic psychologist; and Lindsay Beyerstein, philosopher, journalist and host of the Point of Inquiry podcast for CFI.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Inquiry, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Skeptical Inquirer magazine. There is a fee for attendance.

Pre-registration is required. For more details and to register online, see the Skeptics Toolbox website at:

Oregonians for Science and Reason offers a limited number of scholarships to the Skeptics Toolbox. Applicants must be 18 years or older. If you are interested in applying to receive a scholarship, contact Jeanine DeNoma, O4SR and CFI Salem Humanist meet-up organizer.

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