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CFI lecture.....Today!

From: Bruce G.
Sent on: Sunday, April 21, 2013 10:38 AM
Kendrick Frazier Shadows of Science: Pseudoscience and Its Refutation

Sunday, April 21
11 a.m. at CFI-L.A.
4:30 p.m. in Costa Mesa*

Pseudoscience is everywhere, lurking in the shadows of real science. It pretends to be science and uses some of the same language, but betrays itself with an absence of scientific methodology, grandiose claims, a direct appeal to the public, reliance on testimonials, and lack of any connection to published scientific research. Antiscience, a direct hostility to science or at least to unwelcome scientific findings, has several especially pernicious strains in today's public discourse (e.g., antievolution and climate science denial). Both pseudoscience and antiscience confuse the public and impede scientific progress.

Kendrick Frazier, the longtime editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, will survey examples of pseudoscience and antiscience, past and present, and chronicle some of scientists' and skeptics' efforts to counter or expose it.

He is the author or editor of 10 books, most recently the SI anthology Science Under Siege, and is a former editor of Science News and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Inquiry.
Lecture: 11:00am - ~12:00pm
Q & A: 12:00 - ~12:30pm
*This lecture will be repeated at 4:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Community Center at 1845 Park Avenue, Costa Mesa.

Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4


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