Geological Critical Thinking: Confronting Earth Science Myths & Conspiracies and How to Avoid Confirmation Bias in Your Everyday Practice
Why is it that, in an age where we can put the most powerful telescope ever made into space and extend lives with all sorts of modern medical interventions, the lifespan in the US is dropping below most advanced countries? In an age of science denial so evident during the recent pandemic, scientists must examine science itself and what it means to be a scientist - to think like a scientist. In this entertaining and informative presentation by Dr. Thomas A. Hegna of the Department of Geology & Environmental Sciences at SUNY Fredonia, you will learn about common popular geological misconceptions held by many of our fellow citizens and, more importantly, the elements of critical thinking necessary to arrive at scientific truth. Especially important will be the case studies where geologists face public scrutiny and how to identify and avoid your own confirmation bias. Please bring your friends and join Dr. Hegna and BAPG at Curly's in Lackawanna on Wednesday April 19 for an evening of science education and fun. One PDH credit is currently pending for our PGs to meet their continuing education requirements.