Reno Skeptics
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Reno Skeptical Society, Inc. – Reno, Nevada, USA

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The 4th Annual Reno Darwin Day Celebration of Science and Humanism was held on the afternoon of Sunday February 9, 2014 in the Downtown Reno Library auditorium.

Presentations Included:

Darwin, Wallace, and the Theory of Evolution

   Chris Webster, MS, RPA, President of Digital Technologies in
   Archaeological Consulting LLC

 

NCLab - STEM Is More Fun Than You May Think

   Dr. Pavel Solin, PhD, Professor of Applied and Computational
   Mathematics

 

How Does Free Will Evolve Over Time - The Evolution of Self-Control and Agency

   Devin Bray

 

Caves on Mars, Bikes on the Moon, and Telescopes in the Stratosphere: Exploring New Frontiers for Science Education

   Dan Ruby, Director of the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science
   Center

 

The Spectrum of Gender & Identity

   Dr. Tory Clark, DHS, MPH, Clinical Sexologist

   Nick Morehouse, Teaching Assistant




 





What is Skepticism?

Skepticism, in the modern sense, has been described or defined in many ways – all attempting to capture the essence of what is now known as the “Skeptical Movement”. 

We offer one definition that is simple, but very appropriate:

“A perspective that does not accept or reject at face value, but withholds judgment until sufficient evidence is available to make a decision”   (Dr. Eugenie C. Scott).

Modern skepticism is embodied in the scientific method, which involves gathering data to formulate and test naturalistic explanations for natural phenomena. A claim becomes factual when it is confirmed to such an extent it would be reasonable to offer temporary agreement. But all facts in science are provisional and subject to challenge and change, and therefore skepticism is a method leading to provisional conclusions.

Skepticism is a method, not a belief.


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