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How To Be An Informed Skeptic – MSUDate:
November 20, 2008
CFI | MSU & Mid-Michigan Objectivist Club: Ontario Room @ MSU Union
East Grand River Avenue
Lansing, MI United States
Join us at the next CFI MSU Meeting with special guest Mark Thompson, Coordinator of CFI MI Southeast, to talk on “How to be an Informed Skeptic: the application of critical thinking.”
Mark Thompson will be giving a talk on being a critical information consumer, “How to Be an Informed Skeptic: the Application of Critical Thinking.” This is an excellent presentation, and Mark is a storehouse of information, and particularly knowledgeable on the psychology of flawed reasoning from his studies (see below). This is a co-sponsored event with CFI-MSU and the Mid-Michigan Objectvist Club.
We (as skeptics or secularists) like to believe that we exercise far more critical thinking than believers. On the issue of belief perhaps we do. But can we be sure that we give adequate consideration in the evaluation of other issues as well? How often might our emotions have come into play?
Anyone can say “that is not right” or “maybe it is and maybe it isn’t.” That is uninformed skepticism! A true skeptic is a person who has learned how to think critically about claims and can show their truth or falsity by use of logic and proper evidence. Current social and psychological research has shown far too many people have avoided learning and using logic and proper evidence for testing truth or falsity. Tools such as the Baloney Detection Kit and other resources can help you avoid from becoming an uninformed skeptic. Join us to hear Mark Thompson provide the viewpoints, philosophies, skills and techniques every skeptic should have in their mental toolbox.
About Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Computer Science. He spent ten years as communications and computer systems policy analyst modeling those system designs and operations. His experience with the technical and organizational errors that plagued such systems led him back to school and the acquisition of a dual degree in Psychology and Sociology from Maryville University. Mark then graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master’s in Organizational Psychology with a focus on research methods. His lifelong interest in how humans really think and act (versus how they think they do) has led him to the Skeptical outlook and research on how to develop and apply it to everyday life