Weird Mysteries: Applying Science to the Paranormal

Speaker: 
Ben Radford (skeptic)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2017-10-05 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Douglas Scott
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate

Many people believe things for which there is little evidence and no definitive proof, from astrology to psychics (and polls show that over half of the public believe in ghosts). Yet the issue is not one of belief but evidence: either ghosts, Sasquatch, and psychic powers exist or they do not; if they exist, there should be scientific proof. How good is the scientific evidence for these claims? How does a science-based investigator approach these mysteries and separate fact from fiction? Come find out as Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry, discusses his investigations and offers lessons promoting science literacy.

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