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Skeptical Salon: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

May 28, 2015, 7:30pm

5 E. 14th Place, Chicago, IL

Bring a snack to share and/or a beverage of your choice, Jennifer and Jeff are hosting yet another Skeptical Salon! ------ From Amazon: "In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation--each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives--and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic." ------ Next month's book will be announced on the Monday evening after the previous Salon. Go vote for your next book here. (You can change your previous votes!)

April 27th, 9:04 pm  ·  

Skepticamp call for speakers ends FRIDAY! Wanna give a 10-minute talk on your favorite skeptical topic? Sign up here! ... See MoreSee Less

April 26th, 6:47 pm  ·  

Hey all, for those of you that were at Chi-Fi this year, I was a part of a panel for Anyone Can Do Science. I work as a web developer at the Adler working with the Zooniverse. We build web apps for science teams that have really large data sets.

In a bit more detail, what we do is build publicly accessible web apps to crowd source people to go through the data. Although computers and machine learning can do a lot, in some cases, humans are better at certain tasks like pattern recognition.

Anyway, I'd like to share with you my first project that I was lead dev on, Chimp & See: www.chimpandsee.org/

In this project, you can help out ecologists identify animals and behaviors in videos from West and Central Africa. The ultimate goal is to catalog chimpanzees and their behaviors and hopefully learn about ourselves in the process.
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April 24th, 10:01 am  ·  

The next Skeptical Salon will be May 28! Vote this weekend for what the next book will be, to be announced on Monday. ... See MoreSee Less

April 23rd, 9:46 pm  ·  

I really love this guy.... are his sources sound?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDj_bN0L8XM
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April 22nd, 3:33 pm  ·  

Howdy skeptics! Ever feel like you wanted to fight pseudoscience hands-on? Your opportunity is here! Please join us this May in Marching Against Myths Chicago! #MAMyths ... See MoreSee Less

April 20th, 10:58 pm  ·  

Tammy Slish and I area heading to Milwaukee on Saturday for the www.mythicistmilwaukee.com/mythinformation-conference/. Let me know if you are going and we will save you some seats. ... See MoreSee Less

April 20th, 7:08 pm  ·  

Hey, so technically I'm not a "Chicago Skeptic", I used to live in Downers Grove, but I wanted to contact some skeptics in Chicago as some terrible pseudoscientists are coming your way soon in a conference event called "Autism One", which is basically a hotbed for quack medicine and snake oil sold to credulous parents who think it is possible to "cure" a neurotype (autism). Most notably, the infamous asshat known as Andrew Wakefield, the very one which created the antivaxx movement with its belief that vaccines cause autism, will be there. Additionally, notably, something that I very much oppose is the promotion of selling MMS/CD as a "cure" for autism. MMS stands for Miracle Mineral Solution, it also goes by CD, chlorine dioxide. This snake oil contains toxic levels of sodium chlorite and chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleach agent. Quack Kerri Rivera tells parents to give it orally, anally, and in baths to autistic children to get ride of "parasites" that supposedly she says cause autism. To boot, this causes damage to the children's intestinal lining and, sorry for the gross details, but it comes out anally and looks like wormish-like. Anyhow, two facebook page admins are trying to organize something locally in Chicago against this. I wanted to touch bases with you all and see if anyone of you would be interested. For the record, I am not the admin of either of the pages in the below image. Anyhow, I hope posting this here is okay and I hope we can organize or do something about this. I, unfortunately, won't be able to attend as I no longer lives in the states. ... See MoreSee Less

For the lazy people out there, the pages to contact are ADHD & ASD Myths & Misinformation and Stop the Anti-Science Movement Also, an Irish tv programme recently did an investigation of MMS, you can watch it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5kxi5Dz_MY #Chicago

April 20th, 3:01 pm  ·  

I have a question about penises, particularly the foreskin. And no, this is not a trolling question.

I've seen a huge surge in the pro-foreskin movement, and I am wondering if there is a significant, if any, amount of peer-reviewed, scientific evidence to support their stance. Do we have someone (e.g., a urologist) in the group who would be willing to do a talk about this movement? If the new powers that be are OK with that, of course.
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April 19th, 2:59 pm  ·  

Here's a phrase that will cause a shouting match: "Math is a human construct." #skepticsinthepub ... See MoreSee Less

April 18th, 2:18 pm  ·