"Your Fiction Science Defense Kit: Dealing with Astrology, UFO's, and Other Astronomical Pseudo-sciences"
A non-technical talk by Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College
Harney Science Center, Room 127
Physics and Astronomy Department Colloquium;
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(Please allow yourself time to park and find the room. Street parking around campus is not always easy to find.)
An enormous amount of media attention has been given to some pretty amazing claims on the fringes of astronomy. These include the idea that your life path and romantic destiny are determined by the position of objects in the sky at the moment of your birth; that extraterrestrial space-craft have regularly landed on our planet (and kidnapped innocent citizens without being noticed); and that an ancient race left us a message on the planet Mars in the shape of a human face.
In this illustrated talk, astronomer and popular lecturer Andrew Fraknoi will discuss the most famous "fiction science" claims related to astronomy, and provide the background and analysis needed to appreciate them properly. He will share some recent detective work about these cases, and show how there is often a lot LESS to them than initially meets the eye.