We are the Bay Area Skeptics (BAS), a group of people who support the testing of paranormal claims, but are unconvinced by any of the supposed proofs of psychic powers that have been presented so far. We are committed only to finding out the truth about so-called psychic powers, whatever that truth may be. Nothing would be more exciting than to discover the existence of a genuine psychic power, if such a thing exists. However, experience has sadly shown that t
Have you grown weary of having a new acquaintance at a party inquire about your sign, rather than being interested in what you think?
Happily, there are many skeptics in the Bay Area. Come on out so that we can meet one another.
Saturday, June 26, 1982, 7:30 P.M. will be the founding party of the Bay Area Skeptics, at the home of Bob Steiner.
There will be snacks, conversation (REAL conversation), magic, planning, challenges, intellectual stim
We are you, if you are interested. Come on aboard!
The founding members are:
=> Lawrence Jerome, Fellow of CSICOP, science writer, engineer.
=> Wallace I. Sampson, M.D., Member of the Paranormal Health Claims
Subcommittee of CSICOP, and outspoken critic of health fraud.
=> Terence J. Sandbek, Member of the Education Subcommittee of
CSICOP, Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology - American
The first organizational meeting and social bash of the Bay Area Skeptics was held in Bob Steiner's home on the evening of June 26 (as announced in the first "BASIS").
From the germ of an idea to realization took just slightly over one month. In today's red-tape-ridden world, that accomplishment borders on the fantastic.
Some of the skeptics in the Bay Area have kept in close contact with others of a similar persuasion. There had become an increasing awareness that we are building a cadre of people interested in critically examining claims of the paranormal.
If that last sentence sounds familiar, take heart. It i
[caption id="attachment_1612" align="aligncenter" width="220"] Brad Hoge, Ph.D.[/caption] WHAT: The Bitter M&Ms of Climate Change: Misconceptions and Misinformation NCSE's teacher ambassador program has operated under the catch phrase "turning misinformation into educational opportunities" or TMEO. But the M in TMEO can also refer to misconceptions. The program uses misconception-based pedagogy to inoculate students against the misinformation about climate change they encounter from sources such as the Heartland Institute and some fairly high-profile politicians, so either word actually works. And it's not simply that I can't decide which word I like best. There is a method to my madness and it has to do with the power the chimeric M provides when explaining the impact of our approach. Join me at the next Skeptics meeting and I'll let you in on the secret. WHO: Brad Hoge, Ph.D. Brad Hoge has a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology, a