- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Wed, Oct 24 2012 11:26:29Taking a rest on my 10 hour road trip to #CSICON. I am going to be giving every talk a standing ovation, because sitting all day feels awful
- Arriving in Nashville, my colleague Sara Mayhew and I found a not-so-skeptical part of Nashville...
- The conferences official began with a live recording of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe:
- — Tim Farley (@krelnik)Fri, Oct 26 2012 10:32:40
- The first panel was a discussion of belief with Ray Hyman, Indre Viskontas, Elizabeth Loftus and others:
- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Fri, Oct 26 2012 11:53:21"New information is believed to be true by default. Questioning the veracity of the info comes later, or, many times, not at all." #CSICON
- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Fri, Oct 26 2012 12:00:39"To convince someone that ESP doesn't exist, ask what could prove to you that it does. If you answer 'nothing,' change tactics." #CSICON
- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Fri, Oct 26 2012 12:12:16Remember, the outrage we feel when our sacred beliefs are challenged is exactly how others feel when we argue the skeptical position #CSICON
- Loftus points out how the "repressed memory" phenomenon has long been debunked by psychological research:
- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Fri, Oct 26 2012 12:17:38There is no credible evidence that horrible trauma can be temporarily sequestered in the subconscious, to be illuminated by therapy. #CSICON
- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Fri, Oct 26 2012 12:25:34You'd be surprised how easy it is to plant a false memory that someone got lost in the mall as a child (25%) or nearly drowned (33%) #CSICON
- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Fri, Oct 26 2012 12:28:32The techniques used to plant false memories in experiments are exactly the techniques routinely used in "repressed memory" therapy #CSICON
- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Fri, Oct 26 2012 12:36:09Confounding the proponents of "repressed memories," psychologists have been able to implant *impossible* memories in experiment #CSICON
- Indre Viskontas then spoke about some of the neurology of belief:
- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Fri, Oct 26 2012 12:53:39
- — Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile)Fri, Oct 26 2012 13:02:00Want to remember what the hippocampus does? (spatial navigation, etc) Ask: "What helps you get around campus?" You're welcome #CSICON
- The next talk I attend was by Sara Mayhew. She discussed how a good narrative can always incorporate good science and critical thinking.
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