Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 1:30 PM: Denying to the Grave
A great deal of attention has been paid recently to science denial promulgated at the highest levels of government and in the public forum. This politicization of science adds to the multiple reasons that people choose to ignore scientific evidence and make personal health decisions that are incompatible with the data.
Our speakers are daughter and faher, Sara E. Gorman, PhD, MPH, and Jack Gorman, MD,
authors of Denying To the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us, published in 2016.
The authors say: "We argue that the basis for science denial rests in the normal psychology and biology of the human mind. In addition, our reactions to scientific finding can be hijacked by demagogues and self-interest groups that manipulate the already imperfect way in which we see facts and evaluate risk. We will review several of the key factors behind science denial and show how both liberal and conservative political ideologies are prone to incorporate incorrect scientific ideas. As examples of these phenomena, we will discuss climate change, GMOs, vaccinations, and personal gun ownership. In addition to discussing the factors that contribute to science denial, we will share a number of practical ways to combat it in a wide variety of settings and introduce our new organization, Critica, a community devoted to critical thinking and the rational application of scientific evidence to healthcare decision-making."
The program will start at 1:30pm in the Community Room (on the right just inside the front entrance). A Q&A session will follow the talk.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join us for an early dinner at 4pm at Ruby Tuesday, 250 Davidson Ave, Somerset.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 7:00 PM: Monthly DinnerCome out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow humanists and atheists in your area! Always an interesting conversation and new participants are always welcome. If you're new, just tell the staff you're with the meetup group.
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Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term. One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.
- Carl Sagan
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- from Humanist Manifesto III
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