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.
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
How Does Free Will Evolve Over Time - The Evolution of Self-Control and Agency
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
The Spectrum of Gender & Identity
Dr. Tory Clark, DHS, MPH, Clinical Sexologist
Nick Morehouse, Teaching Assistant
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
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.