Thursday, Sep 25 6:00PM
The United States is rather unique among Western countries in having a majority of its population rejecting the scientific theory of evolution in favor of one or another kind of creationism. Even some European countries, though, Italy included, have seen an unexpected resurgence of creationist thinking about human origins in recent years. Scientist and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci will examine why so many otherwise rational people deny basic scientific notions (not just evolution, but climate change, the lack of any connection between vaccines and autism, and many others), and what role is played by different strands of anti-intellectualism and by a general lack of appreciation for the nature of science.
SEPTEMBER 28 at 2:00PM
Join us for a live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast with co-hosts Massimo Pigliucci , Julia Galef, and very special guest Steve Novella!
They will discuss the scope of scientific skepticism, including: What topics and areas of inquiry - if any - are "off limits" to skepticism and skeptical activism? Where should skeptics focus their limited resources in a world of pseudoscience and uncritical thinking? They will also reflect on the current state of skepticism and the skeptical movement.
The Secular Humanist Society of New York, The New York Society for Ethical Culture,and Reasonable New York Present a panel discussion among:
Michael DeDora Anne Klaeysen Massimo Pigliucci Roy Speckardt
Executive Director, Leader, New York Chair, Dept. of Philosophy, Executive Director
Center for Inquiry Society for Ethical Lehman College, CUNY American Humanist
Reasonable New York is a consortium of local reason-based organizations and people working together to increase awareness of secular-minded movements throughout the Greater New York area. We aim to inform New Yorkers that there is a community of people who share a rational basis for their worldviews, who attend intellectual public lectures, enjoy philosophy discussions, and socialize. We invite you to visit our various member groups, to contact any of those in which you are interested, and check out our calendar to attend gatherings of any of our organizations, many of which are free. Some of these events are also posted on our shared meetup site.