Talk in Boulder Tuesday night

By Phil Plait | April 18, 2011 12:30 pm

[UPDATE: My very true apologies, but I’ve had to cancel tonight’s talk due to a sore throat. My sinuses decided to attack the rest of my body, and have pretty much laid me out today. I am really sorry to everyone planning on attending the talk, and to the SSaSS in particular. We’re hoping to reschedule and I’ll post about it when that’s nailed down.]

On Tuesday, April 19 (tomorrow!) I’ll be giving a talk at the University of Colorado campus for the Secular Students and Skeptics Society. The title is "The Final Epsilon", and it’s my own ruminations on the nature of dealing with certainty versus doubt. Basically, as a scientist and an active skeptic I have to leave some room for doubt on any convictions I have, but as a human being, perhaps not so much.

You can find details (including locations and such) on the SSaSS calendar. But just in case you can’t read that, it’s in room 220 in the Education Building on CU’s campus at 7:00 p.m.

I went to a Drinking Skeptically night in Boulder (a regular get-together for skeptics) where many of the folks from SSaSS were there. I imagine they’d be happy if some other Boulder folks came out and said hi. They’re a young organization, and could use some local support.

I hope to see some of you there!


Comments (11)

  1. thetentman

    Skeptical Drinking….. I will have to try that tonight!

  2. How many folks end up at the Boulder Skeptical Drinking? Here in NH, we can usually get 10 or so (and we also have wings). I’d love to fill the room so much that we have to find a larger venue…

  3. Adam K

    I think I might actually be able to get to this event!

  4. Gary

    “Basically, as a scientist and an active skeptic I have to leave some room for doubt on any convictions I have, but as a human being, perhaps not so much.”

    I hope you will elaborate on this a bit here. It seems somewhat of an illogical compartmentalization.

  5. @Gary, I read that as always allowing for that wholly undiscovered phenomenon that could allow for a “psychic” or some other such thing, but at this time, as a human being, we can pretty much dismiss things like that as BS.

    Dr. Plait, let me know if I interpreted that correctly. :)

  6. Archer Sully

    @Gary: Humans aren’t very logical beings.

  7. Keith Bowden

    Does that mean you don’t believe in drinking? ūüėČ

  8. I think I’ll be able to make it. I kept meaning to check out SSaSS … guess this is as good an opportunity as any.

  9. @Larian – Boulder’s DS for a year or two would bring an average of maybe 6-12, it really depended on the month. It died down and we effectively cancelled it a year ago but it’s on “standby” in case interesting people are in town. I just checked the SSaSS calendar and they only list one (January 2011) as having happened this year. I think I didn’t go to that one because I was in the midst of thesis work.

  10. Radwaste

    Phil, if you run out of material, you can address doubt this way: it is not possible to express faith about something you have evidence for. No, I’m not talking about the manufactured certainty of the religious – I mean, when you’re standing in front of your car, you cannot have faith that it’s really in front of you.

    It’s the Irony of Faith: faith is not possible in the face of confirmation.

  11. BigBadSis

    I guess the Little Astronomer gave you her sore throat! Sorry to hear that. Pain is bad. Feel better.


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