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October Science Cafe - Dr. Don Osborn and "Causal Confusion"
The Presentation Join us for October Science Cafe - Dr. Don Osborn and "Causal Confusion" Causal Confusion makes a distinction between short term and long term causation as well as no causation. The presentation argues that people often fail to make these distinctions and this can lead to dysfunctional outcomes. Why people are biased toward short term decisions is considered and some examples of where short term causation leads to bad outcomes is included. The Schedule 6:30 pm: Arrive and order. 7:00 to 7:30 Eat and chat. 7:30 pm: The presentation begins. The presentation and a Q&A session will last from 7:30 to approximately 8:30pm. The Cost Free and open to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted, to help defray the speaker's gift and meal, and the fee. The Venue We will be in the party room in the back at Impellizzeri's Pizza at 110 W. Main St. in downtown Louisville, on Main between 1st and 2nd. Parking is available on the street, in the “First and Main” Cressman Center Garage, or at the lot on the corner of 2nd and Main. The Guest Speaker Dr. Don R. Osborn is Emeritus Professor and Chairperson of the Psychology/Sociology/Criminal Justice Studies Department at Bellarmine University. He completed his B.A. in Psychology at Miami University (Ohio) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Northwestern University. He has been at Bellarmine since 1972. His past teaching duties include Introductory Psychology and an interdisciplinary (IDC) course, Cross Cultural Sexuality. taught at the Junior and honors First year student levels. Over his career he has taught a variety of other courses, both in psychology, the MBA,Program, and interdisciplinary courses. His research papers include published research on such topics as how mass transit subsidies affect ridership and presentations on factors influencing attitudes towards taxation policies. He also does published research on impression formation and how self-presentation strategies, personality factors, and subcultural group membership affect interpersonal attractiveness judgments. *PLEASE* RSVP by Monday, October 29, so we can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. See you there! Laurie

Impellizzeri's Pizza

110 West Main Street · Louisville

Respond by: 10/30/2018

What we're about

The Louisville Area Skeptics meetup is an opportunity for people from Louisville and the surrounding areas to share their love of science and their interest in critical thinking.

Scientific skepticism is not atheism, nor is it any religion or lack thereof. Skepticism is a tool to help people evaluate the world. Members of all faiths are welcome at our events.

A skeptic is an individual who prefers to evaluate claims based on verifiability and falsifiability, rather than popularity. Scientific skeptics value critical thinking skills and promote the scientific method. While skeptics do not immediately dismiss any claims, they do question claims lacking empirical evidence.

Our goal is to host monthly Science Cafes, with lively presentations from professional scientists, philosophers, researchers, and others who are passionate about the scientific outlook. We'll meet at a local pub for dinner and to chat before the presentation, and afterwards we have doorprizes!

We'll also host monthly Skeptics in the Pub, an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and social networking among skeptics, critical-thinkers, and anyone interested in science. It provides an opportunity to talk and share ideas in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. But most importantly, it's about having fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality.

Topics of discussion at a typical Louisville Area Skeptics meetup might include science, acupuncture, psychology, immunizations, superstitions, climate change, cryptozoology, paranormal phenomena, nutrition myths, archaeology, forensics, homeopathy, evolution, logic and logical fallacies, magic, chiropractic, astronomy, UFOs, optical illusions, media coverage of science, or pseudoscience.

If you are a fan of the works of Carl Sagan, Phil Plait, James Randi, Michael Shermer, Joe Nickell, Orac, the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Brian Dunning, and/or Benjamin Radford, then you've found your people!

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