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CafeLitt 206: Science vs Pseudoscience

Thu 5 May 2011, 19:00, by Farhad Karbassi, at Bistro Burritoville:3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop, Montreal,QC (Map)
Since the 19th century, there are records of the term "pseudoscience" which has affected human life throughout the history. From phrenology (between which and holocaust it is possible to trace a lineage), to the wave of alternative medicine and quantum mysticism, one can observe the widespread belief in pseudoscience in people.
In this presentation, science and pseudoscience will be defined, and the characteristics of each will be listed. Some examples of pseudoscience will be given and among them "homeopathy" and "the law of attraction" (with a brief review of the movies/books "the secret" and "what the bleep do we know?") will be talked about more in details. Also the psychology of belief in pseudoscience will be discussed.
به نظر می‌رسد که زندگی‌ انسان‌ها در سالیان متمادی تحت تاثیر شبه علم بوده است. از فرنولوژی (که می‌توان ارتباطاتی بین آن و نظریات منجر به هولوکاست یافت) گرفته، تا سالهای اخیر که شاهد ظهور و فراگیر شدن هومیوپاتی و عرفان کوانتومی هستیم.
در این جلسه، پس از تعریف علم و شبه علم، نشانه‌های شبه علم فهرست شده و مثال‌های مهم آن ارائه میشود. از میان مثال‌ها به هومیوپاتی، و عرفان کوانتومی و قانون جذب (همراه نقد و برسی‌ فیلم و کتاب‌های "راز" و "ما چه میدانیم؟")  پرداخته خواهد شد. همچنین روانشناسی‌ باور به شبه علم بررسی‌ میشود. 


Very special session that shed a light on the way we look at the urban myths and superstition based believes that are growing more and more these days!
Good job Dr. Karbassi!

Anonymous at Fri 6 May 2011

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
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