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CFI-L.A.'s Feed Your Brain -- Shadows of Science: Pseudoscience & Its Refutation

  • Apr 21, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • CFI-LA

Kendrick Frazier

Shadows of Science: Pseudoscience and Its Refutation

Sunday, April 21

11 a.m. at CFI-L.A. (see admission prices below)

4:30 p.m. in Costa Mesa*

Pseudoscience is everywhere, lurking in the shadows of real science. It pretends to be science and uses some of the same language, but betrays itself with an absence of scientific methodology, grandiose claims, a direct appeal to the public, reliance on testimonials, and lack of any connection to published scientific research. Antiscience, a direct hostility to science or at least to unwelcome scientific findings, has several especially pernicious strains in today's public discourse (e.g., antievolution and climate science denial). Both pseudoscience and antiscience confuse the public and impede scientific progress.

Kendrick Frazier, the longtime editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, will survey examples of pseudoscience and antiscience, past and present, and chronicle some of scientists' and skeptics' efforts to counter or expose it.

He is the author or editor of 10 books, most recently the SI anthology Science Under Siege, and is a former editor of Science News and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Inquiry.

Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

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  • Stu

    I very much enjoyed lunching with the speaker and his charming wife and granddaughter. The presentation, however, was light on organization and information.

    April 23, 2013

  • Carl

    Is this event at 11 a.m. or at 4:30 p.m.? Is it at CFI-LA or in Costa Mesa? I can't tell from the description.

    April 21, 2013

    • Alice P.

      Hi Carl, sorry for missing this until now. The Hollywood lecture was at 11am, and the talk will be repeated in Costa Mesa today at 4:30pm. The address in Costa Mesa is 1845 Park Ave., at the Community Center.

      April 21, 2013

  • Gary H

    I won't be going. I program of interest came up in the same time zone. - Gary

    April 20, 2013

  • Sherri A.

    Out of town this weekend...

    April 16, 2013

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