Cafe Skeptique: Anecdote - A Skeptic’s Friend, Foe, or Both?

CFI Ontario's Cafe Skeptique is a fun and fascinating discussion group that focuses on a range of topics within the realm of skepticism such as pseudo-science, alternative medicine, conspiracy theories, etc. It's open to the public and everyone is welcome to join in!

This month's topic:

Anecdote - A Skeptic's Friend, Foe, or Both?

Stories are powerful because they are a short cut to our emotional selves, and as such are very effective in getting a point across. But stories are not proof (and the plural of anecdote is not data) and yet countering someone's tale of seeing a ghost, which proves they exist, is not easy. Can we make better use of anecdote ourselves to promote freethinking ideas and how can we best counter the quick, easy, and wrong soundbite?

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  • Danny

    Good job Donald! Good turn out! And good topic! I am sure many of you are familiar with Michael Shermer. Here is his TED Talk on” Why We Believe In Weird Things".

    Also here is his Michael Shermer talking about his "Baloney Detection Kit".!

    I am not sure if there is any one specific way to change a person’s belief in something but asking the person why they believe what they do is a good start.

    March 17, 2013

  • Ivan F.

    how's it going?

    March 16, 2013

    • Donald S.

      I think it went pretty well.

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    im at the place

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can't afford this event.

    March 15, 2013

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