UPCOMING SKEPTALK

Glen Branch

Glenn Branch

WHAT: The year in anti-science-education legislation
From the first bill to ban the teaching of evolution — introduced in Kentucky in 1921 — to the present, legislation aimed at impeding science education has been a regular feature in statehouses around the country. In 2019 alone, no fewer than eighteen such bills have been introduced to date. In his talk, Glenn Branch of the National Center for Science Education, who routinely monitors such legislation, will discuss the varieties, sources, histories, intentions, and fates of these bills — and will do his best to promote the idea that South Dakota’s “Act to protect the teaching of certain scientific information” is cursed.

WHO: Glenn Branch
Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education. He is the co-editor, with Eugenie C. Scott, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools (2006), and the author or coauthor of numerous articles on creationism, evolution education, and climate change education in such publications as Scientific American, The American Biology Teacher, and Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics. He is a long-time student of pseudoscience of many types.

WHEN: 7:30PM Thursday 11 April 2019

WHERE:   La Peña Lounge, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley [Map]

HOW: This event is presented FREE by the Bay Area Skeptics.

WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.


 

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10 Jan 2019  Common Misconceptions About CRISPR Genome Editing
13 Dec 2018  BAS BAH Fest
  8 Nov 2018  A Skeptic’s Guide to Planet Hunting – Josh Lofy
11 Oct 2018  Beyond a Candle in the Dark – Mick West
13 Sep 2018  When a Biology Meets a Biology – David Almandsmith
10 May 2018  Misconceptions in Anthropology – Julie Hui
12 Apr 2018  Skepardy! — Bill Patterson
  8 Mar 2018  A Quirky Colloquium Quashing Quantum Quackery — Miriam Diamond
  8 Feb 2018  The Human Drive to Explain — Tania Lombrozo
  9 Nov 2017  Myths of Mass Extinctions — Kevin Padian
12 Oct 2017  Hurricanes and Heat Waves: Is This Climate Change? — Brad Hoge
13 Apr 2017  An Invisible Plague: the Growing Threat of Tuberculosis — Lauren Popov
  9 Feb 2017  Are Saturated Fats Bad for You? Separating Fat from Fiction — Kent McDonald
12 Jan 2017  Harry Houdini vs. Psychics & Mediums — Mark Tarses
10 Nov 2016  Myths of Astronomy — Thomas Targett
12 Feb 2015  Quantum Pseudoscience and the Nature of Mind — Russel Willcox
  9 Apr 2015  Herding Cats and Teaching Science — Dan Pemberton