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Science and Reason with Skeptics in the Pub West Bay, Fiddlers Green, Millbrae sponsored by Bay Area Skeptics. (http://www.baskeptics.org/)
If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the film-flam man, and if ye drink, drink with us, your friends. If ye shun the brewer's art, at least help us lay waste to bangers & mash!
Skeptics in the Pub is a monthly meeting for discussion of topics of science, reason, and skepticism. Sometimes there will be a planned talk sometimes it is a group of like minded people informally discussing the latest in science or pseudoscience.
Fiddlers Green is a 10 minute stroll from the Millbrae BART & Caltrain station.
333 El Camino Real, Millbrae CA 94030
Misinformation is a complex problem pervading many aspects of society, with technological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects. Countering misinformation requires tackling the many-headed beast from a variety of disciplines and directions. The 4D Project synthesizes four research themes: Detect, Deconstruct, Debunk, and Deploy. Detection involves training machine learning models, in collaboration with UK-based political scientists, to automatically detect and categorize climate misinformation in real-time. Deconstruction uses a critical thinking methodology developed with University of Queensland philosophers to analyze and identify reasoning fallacies in misinformation. Debunking can take a variety of forms, and Cook will outline his collaboration with US-based communication researchers to experimentally test different approaches and improve psychological understanding of misinformation correction. Deployment involves putting into practice the theoretical insights from the first three themes. For example, the Cranky Uncle game, developed with the U.S. creative agency Autonomy, combines critical thinking, inoculation theory, and cartoons in the form of a smartphone game that builds players’ resilience against misinformation.
About the Speaker:
John Cook holds a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of Western Australia. Currently he is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. His research focus is understanding and countering misinformation about climate change, with an emphasis on using critical thinking to build resilience. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website that won the 2011 Australia Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge. In 2013, he published a paper quantifying the 97% scientific consensus on climate change which was highlighted by President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron. In 2015 at the University of Queensland, he led the development of a Massive Open Online Course on climate science denial, that has received 40,000+ enrollments from over 185 countries. He co-authored the college textbooks Climate Change: Examining the Facts and Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis, as well as the book Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand. In 2020, he published the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change applying critical thinking, inoculation research, and cartoons to engage and educate readers about climate misinformation. He is also a recipient of the Friend of the Planet award from the National Center for Science Education in the US.
The Independent Investigation Group (http://www.iigwest.com/) was founded by Jim Underdown in Los Angeles about 10 years ago. We have formed an affiliate in the Bay area (http://iigsfba.org). The group administers a $100,000 challenge similar to Randi's million dollar challenge and backed by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
It meets regularly in the afternoon of the 4th Sunday of every month. There is a google group for internal discussion where details of time an place are announce. If you would like to join the google group your can go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/iig-sf and apply for membership or send email to jerry at acm.org
You are urged to check out the websites linked to above before attending a meeting.
This is your chance to become a skeptical activist.