"The Evolution from Pseudo to Science: The Disenchantment of a Ghost Hunter"

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"The Evolution from Pseudo to Science: The Disenchantment of a Ghost Hunter"

Post by hardindr » Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:05 am

"The Evolution from Pseudo to Science: The Disenchantment of a Ghost Hunter"

Presentation by George Stadalski

Sponsored by CNY Skeptics

Time: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:00 PM EDT

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

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:

This month’s discussion will be about the state (or better said, lack) of science awareness in society and how the para-entertainment culture misinforms people about the paranormal and what scientific research into the paranormal should look like. There is a movement within the paranormal hobby toward more of a scientific approach and away from the entertainment aspect. George will talk about some of the things that are being done to make the shift towards science.

Presenter Bio:

George Stadalski dislikes the term ghost hunter and feels it cheapens the hobby. Growing up, he was drawn to reading books like “Carnacki: the Ghost-Finder,” “Chariots of The Gods,” and “Phone Calls from the Dead”l watching shows like In Search Of... with Leonard Nimoy and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. The one thing that left a lasting impression on him was a scene from the movie Poltergeist where a team from UC Irvine studies the alleged phenomena.

George does not claim to be a scientist, but he has always loved learning about science. His goal is to look at the theories that paranormal investigators work with and try to determine where they came from and if they are based on fact or based in belief. Many groups claim to perform scientific investigations, using hi-tech, expensive equipment, but it is not enough to own the equipment; you must also know how to use it. The science is in the process, not the technology.

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.