What makes a Skeptic a Skeptic?
This Tuesday I’ll be giving a free talk on one of my latest studies (kindly sponsored in part by the good folks at the James Randi Educational Foundation). Specifically, I’ll be presenting at this July’s Disbelief Discourse, co-hosted by the UCO Skeptics and Oklahoma Atheists. On Tuesday, July 15th at 7:30 pm in Education Building 301, I’ll do a talk entitled “Believers in versus Skeptics of the Paranormal – What’s the (Psychological) Difference?”
What makes someone believe in paranormal phenomena? What makes some skeptical of the same? Are there measurable psychological differences between skeptics and believers? Dr. Caleb Lack, associate professor of psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma, will present results from his latest study that will help to answer the questions. He will discuss cognitive, personality, and mental health differences found between paranormalists and rationalists and the implications thereof.
I’m going to try and get audio and video of the talk as well, which I’ll post as I’m able to do so. Hope to see you there!