Nigel Dobson-Keeffe will be doing a presentation called 'Rational Irrationality'. You won't want to miss this. He came all the way in from Australia! Plan on meeting for dinner and drinks at 7:00, followed by the presentation.
This is definitely one of the nicest venues that we have had in the past 5 years. One of our group members really hooked us up with a VIP room (with couches, plasma TV's, etc) at Sierra Gold at 6515 S Jones Blvd (just North of the 215).
For more information about the speaker, go to www.skepticssa.org.au/past.html to learn about a recent presentation.
"As skeptics we like to pride ourselves on the ability to think rationally with well thought out beliefs based on what we know to be facts. When we make decisions we think they are well grounded and objective, unlike all those less rational people. However recent research is now showing that most of our decision making ability might not really be this well constructed. In this talk I discussed some of the recent ideas on how people usually make decisions when in the real world, the world we like to think we exist in during our waking hours.
Many of the processes we use on a day to day basis for all sorts of decisions are not readily available to our consciousness and can be heavily biased leading to surprising decisions. These biases have come about through evolution as a solution to deal with our limited reasoning ability and external constraints.
The talk involved the audience with examples of how our decision making can lead to some interesting results."