A discussion about TAM days 3 and 4.
Why MENSA will never eliminate world hunger: Barb Drescher (@badrescher)
IQ does not equal rationality
Lots of smart people believe crazy things
Credit the Con Man: Jamy Ian Swiss
Magical thinking reduces anxiety in uncertain situations/environments
Theorizes this is part of the reason religion is decreasing
Strong after a financial investment
Preserves confidence and self esteem
Protects initial decision
The hockey stick and the climate wars: Michael Mann (@michaeleman and realclimate.org)
He has also been attacked repeatedly, for years, by oil companies and congressmen…appalling and true!
“in the midst of an uncontrolled environmental experiment with earth.”
Undoubtedly human influenced – multiple graphs and things demonstrate this
Even if we stopped the co2 now the earth would warm for 1000 years up to 1 celcius
But at current rates we will hit a 2 c change by 2100
We will be leaving children a fundamentally different planet
Why we fight: Burzynski vs SBM (David Gorski)
He told the back-story about Burzynski, his cancer clinic, etc.
Why we fight part 2: It’s all about the patients: Robert Blaskiewicz
Several patients/former patients of the Burzynski clinic were profiled.
Panel: Medical Cranks and Quacks (Blaskiewicz, Crislip, Gorski, Hall)
Fighting medical quackery
Health Freedom laws are bad
They allow anything to be done under the guise of alt-med
Faith is not a virtue: Incompatibility of science and religion: Jerry Coyne (@evolutionistrue)
Science = method of evaluating the universe
Religion = social system with belief in supernatural agent whose approval is sought
Credulity and its consequences: Susan Haack (law.miami.edu)
“Papers: curated by Ray Hall”
It appears to be a variety of people that have short presentions…or it’s their first time presenting.
Purpose Driven Life – Dr. Ralph Lewis
Accessible skepticism through comics – Jeffrey Watson (apesnotmonkeys.com)
The Marblehead UFO – Andrew Hansford – cool debunking of a UFO
And That’s why your going to Hell – creationism classroom: Eve Siebert
Great Global Debate: Shane Greenup
Friends of Science in Medicine: Joanne Benhamu
The Worms in my Blood Vessels: Joe Schwarcz
A skeptical look at screening tests: harriet Hall
Why not text everybody for everything? – Too many false positives, too many innocuous things.
Example: urine cultures..30% of women over 70 have symptomatic positive test.
Treat and deal with side effects of meds or leave alone?
Accuracy and specificity
Positive Predictive Value (PPV)
Negative Predictive Value (NPV)
Mammogram – positive test…only 10% have breast cancer
Prostate cancer – more die with it than from it.
PSA worthless for longevity
Low grade – better off waiting to treat
Authenticity: Peter Boghossian
Honest, sincere, frank, clear, direct
Socrates, ghandi, mandela, Randi, Shermer, Ali, Harris, Dawkins, Hitchens
Rational framework for argument
Speak the truth in the face of danger = boldness
“I’m offended” should not lead to you silencing yourself
It is meaningless if you are speaking honestly, sincerely, clearly, directly.
Take opportunity to be yourself
Be open to revising your own beliefs
Keeps it real
Learning is virtuous
Less likely to become fake
Three things to be authentic
Be comfortable saying “I don’t know”
Be clear, direct, sincere