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MI Southeast: How to be an Informed Skeptic

June 24, 2008
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Any one 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 that has learned how to think critically about claims and can show their falsity or truth by use of logic and proper evidence. Current social and psychological research has shown how many people have avoided learning and using such methods. Tools such as the Baloney Detection Kit and other resources can help you from becoming one of them. 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