Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Shadow of a Doubt - January 2015

The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • Jan 10 Ghosts, Elves, and the Man from Mars: Two Decades (Skeptically) Investigating the Paranormal, Jerry Drake 
  • Jan 11 NCAS Movie Meetup!
    • About the Movie: THE IMITATION GAME
  • Jan 21 Michael Shermer in DC
  • Amazon Smile
  • Shadow Light
  • Wed Jan 14 Drinking Skeptically in MD and VA!
  • Skeptic Line Number
  • Time to Renew?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Jan 10 Ghosts, Elves, and the Man from Mars: Two Decades (Skeptically) Investigating the Paranormal by Jerry Drake

You can’t turn on your television today without seeing a group of “Ghost Adventurers” or someone “Finding Bigfoot,” but investigating the so-called “paranormal” is not just a passion for the credulous and uncritical.  In this talk Jerry Drake cracks open his casebook of investigations to illustrate that some of our greatest unsolved “mysteries” have a perfectly rational explanation.  You will learn the “tricks of the trade” to conducting a skeptical investigation of claims of the paranormal.  From the Aurora, Texas Martian, the Elves of Iceland, and the Bell Witch of Tennessee to the Loch Ness Monster, the Ghosts of Gettysburg, and the Screaming Woman of Niagara Falls, Jerry will take you on a globe-trotting tour of his first-hand exploration of these fascinating phenomena.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Shadow of a Doubt - December 2014

The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • Dec 13 NCAS Lecture: Threats to Validity: What You Should Know to Interpret Research Findings, Fran Featherston, Ph.D.
  • 2014 NCAS Philip J. Klass Award Presentation 
  • Torn From Today's Headlines By Scott Snell, The American University Hosts a UFO Panel of 4 Believers and 0 Skeptics
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  • Shadow Light
  • Wed Dec 10 Drinking Skeptically in MD and VA!
  • Skeptic Line Number
  • Time to Renew?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dec 13 - Threats to Validity: What You Should Know to Interpret Research Findings, Fran Featherston, Ph.D.

Our lives are full of findings from  research results. Not all of the claims  they make are valid. Some studies use  samples that are not representative.   Other studies make claims when they have no comparison group. The question  wording or even question order can bias  survey results.  How do you know when  you can trust the research claims?  What do you need to look for?

This talk will give you tips to judge the research you read. We look at examples from the current news and discuss what you need to know to judge whether the research finding can be trusted. We will discuss the threats to validity for each study and whether the research meets the standard of reproducibility. That is, could another researcher possibly reproduce this finding?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Shadow of a Doubt - November 2014

The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • Nov 15 NCAS Lecture: Skeptical Journal Club: How to Read a Medical Study, John Cmar, MD
  • 2014 NCAS Philip J. Klass Award Presentation
  • December NCAS Lecture
  • Nov 12 American University Panel Discussion on Unidentified Flying Objects
  • Nov 19 Bill Nye at Lisner Auditorium 
  • Amazon Smile
  • Shadow Light
  • Nov 12 Drinking Skeptically in MD and VA!
  • Skeptic Line Number
  • Time to Renew?