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In a world full of weird claims and a social media environment awash with wild conspiracy theories, it is no longer enough for scientists, pundits, and activists to simply ask the public to trust science. Rather, with increasing public distrust of science, all must better understand how science works, and why science is essential. By exploring many of the odd beliefs embraced by large sections of the public that are rejected by the scientific mainstream, Weirdness! makes the case for science in a way that pro-science memes and slogans simply can’t.
Taner Edis was born in Istanbul, in 1967, to Turkish and American parents. After completing his undergraduate work at Boğaziçi University, he received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in theoretical physics. Taner is currently a professor of physics at Truman State University, his present research interests focus on the philosophy and history of science.
Fascinated by the plethora of supernatural and fringe science beliefs around him, and concerned about the rise of Islamist politics in Turkey, Edis first got involved with skeptical inquiry into religious and paranormal claims during his graduate studies. He has since written and spoken extensively on such subjects, particularly on the topic of anti-evolutionary thought. His writing has characteristically combined scientific rigor with an ability to reach a broad audience.
His books include The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science, an accessible defense of a naturalistic view of the world; Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism, co-edited with Matt Young; Science and Nonbelief; and An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam, which is a unique examination of science, religion and pseudoscience in a Muslim context. His most recent book, Islam Evolving: Radicalism, Reformation, and the Uneasy Relationship with the Secular West, examines conflicts between Islamic and secular liberal political outlooks. His newest book, which is the title of this program is coming out in October of this year.
This program will take place online, via Zoom, on Sunday, November 14th, 2021 at 1 PM, EST. Current paid CDHS members will automatically receive an invite to the meeting via e mail.
Anyone who is not a paid member of CDHS can attend. Simply log onto our Meetup page, https://www.meetup.com/Capital-District-Humanist-Society/ and use the RSVP function, and the link to the meeting will be available.
The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism. CDHS is a member organization for people with humanist values. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.