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Skeptics of Tucson Monthly Meetup

  • Jun 11, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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The monthly meeting of the Skeptics of Tucson are held on the second Monday of the Month at the Denny's on Speedway, near Alvernon at 7PM. Many show up early for dinner and conversation prior to the official meeting.

The June meeting will be on the news and confirmation bias.

Summer is almost here officially. In fact, the astronomical summer (Northern Hemisphere) begins Wednesday, June 20, 2012, and ends Friday, September 21, 2012 (Thank you Google!). The end of the summer is sometimes called the “Silly Season.” Typically, it gets its name from the slow news period when the legislature is out of session and many people are on vacation. I predict that politics will take center stage and there will be a lot of silliness. There will be spin and disingenuous claims galore. You may have noticed some of that already in the hoopla surrounding the fight to fill the Congressional District 8 seat left open after Gabrielle Giffords resigned. We’re down to the last couple of days of that mini season of silliness. Who you believe depends on who you like or the color of your bumper stickers. If we were truly skeptic, we’d withhold our judgment on claims made in political advertisement until the information presented can be corroborated—fairly corroborated. By fairly, I don’t mean sorting through the available data and using only what is agreeable to a desired position.

There is a lot of room for discussion in this topic!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    OK meetup!

    June 12, 2012

  • Don L.

    Great discussions on confirmation bias.

    June 12, 2012

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