May 2018 CNY Skeptics Meeting: "Scientifical Americans"

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May 2018 CNY Skeptics Meeting: "Scientifical Americans"

Post by hardindr » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:59 pm

"Scientifical Americans: Paranormal researchers and the public understanding of science"

Presentation by Sharon Hill, via Skype

Sponsored by CNY Skeptics

Time: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:00 PM

Where: Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY, 13104

Event is Free and Open to the Public

Light refreshments will be served

Please contact 1-315-636-6533 or email info@cnyskeptics.org for more information

Presentation Summary:

In the 21st century, reality television and the Internet have fed public interest in ghosts, UFOs, cryptozoology and other unusual phenomena. By 2010, roughly 2000 amateur research and investigation groups formed in the U.S.– ghost hunters, big-foot chasers, and UFO researchers, using an array of (supposedly) scientific equipment and methods with an aim of proving the existence of the paranormal. American culture’s honorific regard for science, coupled with the public’s unfamiliarity with scientific methods, created a niche for self-styled paranormal experts to achieve a measure of respect and authority without scientific training or credentials. These groups of amateurs serve as a surrogate for scientists in examining strange claims. And, they provide a unique lens by which we can examine the wider public understanding of science and research.

Presenter Bio:

Sharon A. Hill is an advocate for science appreciation, critical thinking, and evidence-based inquiry, specializing in pop culture discourse on ghosts, monsters, mysteries, anomalies, and oddities. She is the creator of DoubtfulNews.com, SpookyGeology.com, and the host of the podcast 15 Credibility Street. She has degrees in Geosciences and Education with a focus on science and the public. Her personal website is SharonAHill.com.

Central New York Skeptics (CNY Skeptics) is a community organization dedicated to the promotion of science and reason, the investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims, and the improvement of standards for science education and critical-thinking skills.

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Re: May 2018 CNY Skeptics Meeting: "Scientifical Americans"

Post by gorgeous » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:33 pm

"Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real." - Niels Bohr
Science Fundamentalism...is exactly what happens when there’s a significant, perceived ideological threat to one’s traditions and identity.

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Post by Tom Palven » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:22 am

gorgeous wrote:"Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real." - Niels Bohr

As Marge and I were leaving the Jacksonville Humanist Book Club meeting yesterday afternoon, a fellow that I've been gradually getting to know said to me "So, you think that there's a CIA conspiracy that controls US foreign policy?"

Not knowing just where he was coming from I said "Yes, I'm a conspiracy theorist," and Marge said, "Oh, you are not!"

He laughed and said, "I agree with you, but I don't call myself a conspiracy theorist, I call myself a "conspiracy analyst."

I think I'll adopt this term for myself, and thought that you might be interested in this idea, too. :D
If one can be taught to believe absurdities, one can commit atrocities. --Voltaire

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Re: May 2018 CNY Skeptics Meeting: "Scientifical Americans"

Post by Matthew Ellard » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:04 am

Tom Palven to Gorgeous wrote:He laughed and said, "I agree with you, but I don't call myself a conspiracy theorist, I call myself a "conspiracy analyst." I think I'll adopt this term for myself, and thought that you might be interested in this idea, too. :D
Soooooo.......like Gorgeous, who believes alien lizards run the planet, you copy hilarious "fuzzy" conspiracy claims from the internet, refuse to supply any evidence for any part of the claim and can't actually explain how your conspiracy is meant to work in any detail.

Both you are Gorgeous are elderly males. I think we all know what is really going on here.
:lol:

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Post by Tom Palven » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:02 am

Matthew Ellard wrote:
Both you are Gorgeous are elderly males. I think we all know what is really going on here. :lol:

Gorgeous is really cute for an elderly male.

I wonder if he and I could sleep together some time?
If one can be taught to believe absurdities, one can commit atrocities. --Voltaire

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Re: May 2018 CNY Skeptics Meeting: "Scientifical Americans"

Post by Matthew Ellard » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:21 am

Tom Palven wrote: Gorgeous is really cute for an elderly male. I wonder if he and I could sleep together some time?
Good luck. He's an elderly senile transsexual from Pasadena.

(Don't post the photos)
:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: May 2018 CNY Skeptics Meeting: "Scientifical Americans"

Post by mirror93 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:11 am

So, Niels Bohr is like a god for Gorgeous? So he couldn't in any way be wrong in one of his conclusions? If he had spoken "QM has nothing to do with spiritual quackery" would Gorgeous be copying and pasting it here repeatedly too?
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