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Educational SIG - Skepticism 101

The next educational SIG will be September 8th at 10am at SHC 1953 W Grant Rd 8574 

Topic: Skepticism 101: How to Think Like a Scientist by Professor Michael Shermer.

There will be a total of 18 lectures on CD's. We will listen to at least two per month

"The Virtues of Skepticism"

"Skepticism and Science"

"Mistakes in Thinking We All Make"

"Cognitive Biases and Their Effects"

"Wrong Thinking in Everyday Life"

"The Neuroscience of Belief"

"The Paranormal and the Supernatural"

"Science Versus Pseudoscience"

"Comparing SETI and Ufology"

"Comparing Evolution and Creationism"

"Science, history, Pseudo-history"

"The Lure of Conspiracy Theories"

"Inside the Modern Cult"

"The Psychology of Religious Belief"

"The God Question"

"Without God Does Anything Go?"

"Life, Death, and the Afterlife"

"Your Skeptical Toolkit" 

In his class Michael Shermer has required readings that you may wish to obtain.

Shermer, Michael, 2011, "The Believing Brain", New York: Henry Holt/Times Books, ISBN:[masked]

Shermer, Michael. 202."Why People Believe Weird Things". New York:Henry Holt. ISBN:[masked]

Sagan,Carl. 1996. "The Demon-Haunted World". New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN:[masked]

Vyse , Stuart.2000"Believing in Magic": The Psychology of Superstition. New York: Oxford University press. ISBN:[masked]

Wiseman, Richard. 2011. "Paranormality": "Why We See What Isn't There". Machmillan

This should be a fun and educational so come and participate. As Shermer himself says “Be skeptical of skeptics, even him.” The goal is to teach you how to think, not what to think. Interested?

We will plan to go to lunch at about noon to continue meeting with fellow freethinkers and skeptics if you are so inclined 

Jerry Karches

This event is sponsored by FreeThought Arizona.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The Michael Shermer lectures were excellent. They were informative and stimulating without being so long as to limit time for discussion. I'm very glad I attended. Great to be with so many thinking people!

    September 9, 2013

  • Derris

    Good conversation.

    September 9, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Excellent discussion.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    Thanks Don. Amazon also has them.

    August 11, 2013

  • Don W. W.

    I'm reading "The Believing Brain".. Some of the books are in the library system.

    August 11, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    I am expecting to see some of the skeptics in Tucson we have not seen yet at any freethought AZ activities.

    August 11, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    This course should help you to do some critical thinking. We can use a lot more of it so let's get started here.

    August 9, 2013

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