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Educational SIG, Skepticism 101: How to Think Like a Scientist

Our next Educational SIG will be on Sunday January12th at 10am at 953 W Grant RD at the SHC office.

The CD is from the Teaching Company and is presented by Michael Schermer. The title of the course is Skepticism 101: How to Think Like a Scientist.The two lectures are: 

Comparing SETI and UFOlogy  #9 We have made a distinction between science and pseudoscience as a way of thinking about thinking--that is, exploring why some methods of thinking about thinking are better than others in terms of understanding how the world works. A classic case study in scientific and unscientific thought can be found in comparison between those who search for UFO's in the belief that they are extraterrestrial space ships and those who search for signals from extraterrestrial intelligences. Neither group has found any evidence of aliens, yet most scientist believe one group is practicing science while the other is practicing pseudoscience. In this lecture, we'll explore the difference between UFOlogy and SETI--the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. 

Comparing Evolution and Creationism  #10 In the previous lecture, we looked on the scientific and pseudoscientific search for aliens and extraterrestrial intelligence. Now, we turn our attention to a much more serious subject that has important political and cultural ramifications for science, education, and society: the debate between theory of evolution and creationism. It's a debate that reveals  the challenges that science and skepticism still faces whenever they introduce new ideas that call long -held beliefs into question. It also reveals the persistence--and perniciousness --of wrong thinking and superstition. We will track the battle between evolution and creationism in four rounds. 

Join us for discussion after each lecture and go to lunch with fellow skeptics to socialize and continue more conversations. Happy solstice and New Year. 

Jerry Karches

This event is sponsored by FreeThought Arizona.

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  • Carlos M.

    Today I learned more about the pseudo science and the motivation behind this ideology! Great discussion.

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael Shermer talks UFOs and Creationism. Great discussions followed. Excellent.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Carlos M.

    I will do my best to get there, its in the other side of the town. I am in the South East Side area and buses run after 7 am. I have to take up 2 hours to get there.

    January 11, 2014

  • Carlos M.


    January 8, 2014

  • Jerry K.

    Come a little early. Seating can be a problem. Look forward to seeing you in 2014.

    January 8, 2014

  • Don W. W.

    A lot to cover in a 2 hour session, but can't wait for the discussion
    Don Weede

    December 9, 2013

  • norm j.

    Help !
    I'm down in Phoenix = is there a way to get the material up here ?
    oh, alsol don't forget to read = The Manual for Creating Atheists by Peter Boghossian = = If you can develop yourself into a Street Epistemologist = We can change the world , one person at a time =
    Norm Jenkins

    December 9, 2013

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