Event details | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Event Details 
Thinking Rationally In an Age of Pseudoscience
How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the differences between the testable hypotheses of real science and myths, unproven “science” and fundamentalist zealotry? In the book, The Demon-Haunted World--Science as a Candle in the Dark, author and scientist Carl Sagan debunks fallacies such as witchcraft, faith healing, demons and UFOs. He advocates viewing all phenomena through proven facts. Sagan focuses primarily on myths and not religion; he felt religion should not play a role in pseudoscience and he argues against fundamentalism. Sagan advocated the importance of rational thought and the need to educate ourselves. He felt that reason and logic could make the world a better place. This highly readable book uses common sense to assess the things we hear. For example, there is a chapter called “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection”. Although the book was published in 1997, it is quite relevant today in this era of fake news, hate of the other, and growing skepticism of institutions. We will read this book and discuss its ideas. Gerry Lapidus has led more than 50 book discussion classes at OLLI. Please read through pg. 40 (Preface, sections 1 and 2) for the first meeting.
Event Type : Study Groups      
Category : Religion, Philosophy and Spirituality
Date(s) : 01/27/2020 - 03/09/2020
Day of Week : Monday
Time : 1:00-3:00pm
Location : Turner Senior Resource Center, Campbell Room
Address : 2401 Plymouth Rd.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Instructor : Lapidus Gerald
Fee : $45.00
Event Status : COMPLETED