Friday, August 6, 2010

First meeting went...ok!

Ok so some emails were missed and some participants weren't aware of the discussion topic, but we slogged through. Imagine so many methods of communication and still managed a FAIL. My bad. I hope everyone is dialed in now to our three web interfaces, Facebook, Meetup and Blogspot. You can just search Kitsap County Skeptics on any of these to get to where the info is.

At this meetup we explored:

Do extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?
How a professional "debater" can win an argument with no evidence.
Does Alex Tskaris really believe what he's saying, or is he a charlatan?
Some types of logical fallacy.
Controls in scientific experiments - the null hypothesis.

Next meetup will be a discussion of cognitive dissonance...I'm sure we all have a lot to say about this, especially in today's political climate with our incredibly crazy cable news media. We all have a relative that says government is evil while simultaneously enjoying the accomplishments of our government such as clean air, water, roads, Social Security or Medicare, for example. Skeptic Bryan Shorten will be hosting this meetup and we'll be posting the relevant study links/podcasts as soon as they're available.


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