May 2018 CNY Skeptics Meeting: "Scientifical Americans"

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May 2018 CNY Skeptics Meeting: "Scientifical Americans"

Postby 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 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,, 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

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"

Postby 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 exactly what happens when there’s a significant, perceived ideological threat to one’s traditions and identity.

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