Engaging Creationists: Should You?

Presentation by Dr. Jon Peters:

"Unlike my other lectures, this one will not present much science but rather look into motivation and psychology of why we believe what we believe. I hope to do some audience interaction also.  Those who know me may be somewhat surprised by what I have to say."

It often happens that we hear or read something about scientific origins that is so erroneous that it takes us by surprise.
Do we remain silent or do we speak up?

If we decide to challenge a statement from a creationist, we should ask ourselves certain questions first. What are our goals? Are they different from the other side? How effective will we be? Are there any dangers?

We will discuss motivated reasoning, confirmation bias, and how presenting evidence can backfire against you. 

Dr. Peters has been active promoting secular humanism and rational thought with the Center For Inquiry (Portland). In 2008 he founded Secular Humanists of East Portland.


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  • Marsha

    As always, Jon presents a lot of information in an organized and understandable way. Another excellent lecture - thank you, Jon!

    December 11, 2013

  • Gayle M.

    Jon did an excellent job explaining the pros and cons of this topic. Engaging talk!

    December 8, 2013

  • Stephanie G.

    The Jingle Bell Walk/Run Arthritis benefit is happening downtown at 9 which my work is sponsoring my co-workers and myself in. Not sure if I will be able to make it by 10, and if I do, it will be in walk/run attire. If I don't make it I hope to be able to attend the next event.

    December 4, 2013

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