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October 2013 Meeting: Scientists Make Mistakes Too

  • October 16, 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • The Eagle House, 5578 Main St Williamsville, NY 14221


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In the Scientific Method we come progressively closer to the truth by revisiting our interpretations as new data accumulate.  This means that errors will commonly occur along the way to that “ultimate truth.”  Dr. Richard Laub spent several decades excavating a complex paleontological/archaeological site in western New York.  The complexity led to mistaken interpretations while, at the same time, the long duration of the project provided opportunities to recognize those mistakes.  Laub will discuss some of the erroneous conclusions that peppered his career, and why he feels they were beneficial to him.

Dr. Richard S. Laub is a paleontologist who specializes in the study of North American Ice Age mammals and the people with whom they shared their world.  He served as Curator of Geology at the Buffalo Museum of Science from 1973 until 2011, and directed the Byron Dig, a paleontological/archaeological excavation, for 29 years.  He has also done research on fossil invertebrates, especially corals, and on the habits of the giant Silurian sea scorpion, Acutiramus.

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