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Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Outreach, Psychology, Skepticism | 5 comments

Sharpening and Leveling in Communication

justifiedI was invited by the Oklahoma Skeptics Society to speak at their monthly Skeptics in the Pub meeting for June. I decided to give a talk titled “Sharpening & Leveling: How good communication can lead you away from the truth.” It focused on how, in order for our communication to be considered justified and worthy, we often heighten certain aspects of information and drop out other aspects. The full audio and slides are below, thanks to the ever wonderful Damion for recording and putting this together.


  • Damion Reinhardt

    Very excited to have a pub skeptics event in OKC. Next time let’s get trashed and then crash at Brian’s place.

    • Ann

      Count me in!

      It’ll be like being back in grad school — especially if there’s “being sick in the garden” and “people singing in the background.”
      (Damn. I can’t remember what novel that line is from.)

    • Caleb W. Lack


  • The Armchair Skeptic

    That was a good talk, Caleb, but should I be worried about how accurate it was since I enjoyed it so much?

    • Caleb W. Lack

      That is a legitimate concern, of course. But, one of the things I talked about at the end was to check your sources. I’m a pretty good source! :)