Tuesday, Nov. 13th, Mark Warhol will present "Hume's Skepticism.” David Hume was a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher who is best known today for his highly influential system of philosophical skepticism. Hume strove to create a total naturalistic science of man that examined the psychological basis of human nature. Against philosophical rationalists, Hume held that passion rather than reason governs human behavior.
Please note that we are meeting the 2nd Tues rather than the 3rd to avoid Thanksgiving.
Coming up Oct. 16th, we will finally have Mark Henderson present his program entitled: The Facts, Logic, and Reason behind the Intellectual Dark Web. Who are these gentlemen and why is everybody on the internet either aglow with relieved praise or incensed with fevered moral outrage?
Mark will break down the who they are, what they discuss, how they discuss it, and why people seem so drawn to them? And what is well-known skeptic Michael Shermer doing with them? Mark will break down who they are, what they discuss, how they discuss it, and why people seem so drawn to them?
We will meet, as usual, in the function room of the Pilot House Restaurant and Bar, 3 Porter Street, next to the Cape Ann Savings Bank, 38 Rogers St, Gloucester.
On Tues, Aug, 21 guest speaker, Kyle Polich, will give a presentation entitled Skepticism in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Kyle says of his talk: Advancements in the field of artificial intelligence are undeniable. As Arthur C. Clark said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." While contemporary AI might not yet qualify as sufficiently advanced, it does seem to be converging in that direction. What should a non-expert know about the field to apply appropriate scientific skepticism? Let's cut through the hype and discuss how we evaluate the inevitable claims that machines can think.
Kyle studied computer science and focused on artificial intelligence in grad school. His general interests range from obvious areas like statistics, machine learning, data viz, and optimization to data provenance, data governance, econometrics, and metrology.
Tonights meeting on conspiracies has been canceled due to flooding of the meeting room. We are suspicious this is a part of a conspiracy promulgated by alien, but hard proof is lacking.
See you next month.
June already! Come inside on Tues evening, June 19th, Rich Sagall will discuss the sources of of science information and how to know if you are getting the straight scoop. In this age of misinformation and trendy science beliefs, it’s more important than ever to know how to check the facts and know where to look for the information you really need.
This month we have a special treat for you!
On Tues, May 15th, Mark Warhol will host Larry Bittman who will present "Russian disinformation in the age of the cold war and in the time of Vladimir Putin.” Dr. Ladislov Bittman, former officer of the Czechoslovak Intelligence Service,[masked] Deputy Chief of Department 8 (disinformation) of the First Directorate of the Ministry of Interior certainly knows what he talking about when he speaks of disinformation!
Larry Martin-Bittman, the former Dr.Ladislov Bittman, has had a distinguished career as a professor at BU and fascinating life as a spy behind the iron curtain. You can look him up in Wikipedia to learn a little more about him. He is now an artist living in Rockport.
You won’t want to miss this evening!
On Tues, April 19th, we have a departure: well-known skeptic Brian Dunning will Skype in a presentation entitled Bad Skepticism:Challenging Popular Assumptions.
Brian is hosts a weekly podcast, Skeptoid, and is the author of 5 books on the subject of scientific skepticism. He says the following about this presentation,”This talk blows the lid off some of the huge mistakes skeptics have made, some terrible but popular so-called "skeptical" explanations for famous phenomena. It's a lot of fun, covers a lot of ground, and exposes a lot of stories and urban legends you've heard of.”
Tues, March 20th, Mark Henderson will speak on Some of the Big Questions: Where are we headed? What will life be like in 200 years? What does it mean to be truly connected to all of humanity? Is there a "right" way to wield the power that technology uniformly bestows upon us?
Mark will talk about the more cerebral and heady concepts in technology, primarily the ethical and philosophical underpinnings of technology and its explosive growth in the past few decades. Bring a friend and join us for this special presentation.