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How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future

WASH MDC will have a small, discussion type meeting Thursday July 24 at Gary Berg-Cross’ house (13 Atwell Court) in the Potomac- Rockville area from 7:30-9:30. This is a pot luck type event and the discussion topic is: Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future.
This is a book by Donald R. Prothero and a 30' or so interview with him will be played to motivate the discussion. The rest of the time will be a discussion of such things as:
battles over evolution, climate change, science education, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our county.

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  • Gary B.

    Perhaps this is a relevant quote to warn people about deniers and our attitude towards them:
    "Lord (well maybe not Lord but Nature), enlighten thou our enemies. Sharpen their wits, give acuteness to their perceptions, and consecutiveness and clearness to their reasoning powers: we are in danger from their folly, not from their wisdom; their weakness is what fills us with apprehension, not their strength." — John Stuart Mill, "Essay on Coleridge"

    July 25, 2014

  • Allen P.

    Thanks again Gary et al

    July 25, 2014

  • Gary B.

    ary Berg-Cross
    Great! Below is the link to the Donald Prothero interview
    Skepticality #214 - Reality Check - I
    Derek releases another interview which was conducted at The Amazing Meeting 2013. This time he sits down with Dr. Donald Prothero to discuss another of his books which were released in the past few weeks, 'Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future'. Find out why Dr. Prothero has dedicated so much of his time attempting to ensure the public becomes more scientifically literate, and what he fears will happen if it doesn't happen. played.
    http://ec.libsyn.com/p/8/b/1/8b12ea3c481c9250/214_Skepticality.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d06c88135d4cc5902ec&c_id=6119650http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/8/b/1...­

    July 24, 2014

    • Jeffrey

      " in the case of climate change—a cognitively torturous existential threat exceeding the sum of all our private ones by some incomprehensible order of magnitude—we tell an uncomplicated story about two stark sides. On one hand are the scientists; on the other, the skeptics. The skeptics don’t believe the monster’s there. The scientists (and activists, and journalists) endeavor to persuade them. When this latter side succeeds, the story goes, we will finally take action. In the meantime, we sit and hope that day won’t be too late.

      That story isn’t true. "

      July 24, 2014

  • Elvira

    Reading about "inflation" theory today, poppycock like a Briton would say . . . .

    July 24, 2014

    • Don W.

      Economic inflation or cosmological inflation?

      July 24, 2014

  • Gary B.

    So far I have seen or heard from about 30 people who signed up or emailed that they are coming.

    July 23, 2014

    • Gary B.

      Yes, pot luck means bring what you want.

      July 24, 2014

    • Gary B.

      The current figure for people who signed up is 22 - I removed some double counting, but there are members of WASH MDC who may show up and haven't signed up....

      July 24, 2014

  • Paul

    Gary, Sorry I can't come, especially when I know exactly how to get there. Would you consider doing this topic at LASH?

    July 23, 2014

    • Gary B.

      Paul, I guess I would if we could arrange a good time.

      July 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    and while 30' may mean 30 minutes of arc, it does not mean 30 minutes of time.

    July 24, 2014

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