1987 CSICOP Conference Controversies in Science and Fringe Science Friday and Saturday Apr

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1987 CSICOP Conference Controversies in Science and Fringe Science Friday and Saturday April 3 and 4, 1987 at the Pasadena Center Pasadena, CA. Keynote address by CARL SAGAN Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) Box 229 Buffalo, NY 14215-0229 716-834-3222 About this Conference: Although CSICOP remains dedicated to the examination of para- normal claims, it is equally devoted to promoting science as the best approach to obtaining knowledge about the world. It is in this vein that this conference deals with controversial issues from within contemporary science. Instead of examining whether or not UFO reports reflect extra- terrestrial visitation, the first session deals with the poss- ibility of intelligence somewhere in the universe. Instead of focusing on claims that people can communicate without the use of any known physical channels, the second session add- resses an equally controversial question about communication: Are primates other than Homo Sapiens capable of language? The third session deals with controversies in the medical field. Skepticism is as important a tool in the discussion of such issues as it is in the evaluation of the paranormal. Friday, April 3 8:00-9:00 AM Registration 9:00 AM - Noon Welcoming Remarks by Paul Kurtz and Mark Plummer Extraterrestrial Intelligence: What are the probabilities? Moderator: Al Hibbs, JPL Space Scientist Jill Tarter, Robert Rood, Frank Drake Noon - 2:00PM Luncheon Recess 2:00-5:00 PM Animal Language: Fact or Illusion? Moderator: Ray Hyman, professor of Psychology, University of Oregon Thomas Sebeok, Robert Rosenthal, Gerd Hovelmann 5:00-8:00PM Dinner Recess 8:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY CARL SAGAN Saturday, April 4 9:00AM - Noon Medical Controversies Moderator: Wallace Sampson, MD, Mountain View, CA Discussions of Chiropractic Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Nutrition as a Cure. Noon-2:00PM Luncheon: James Randi, Host Concurrent Sessions: 2:00-3:00PM The Realities of Hypnosis: Joseph Barber, MD Spontaneous Human Combustion: Joe Nickell 3:00-4:00PM Psychic Fraud: Patrick Riley, LAPD Astrology: Ivan Kelly, University of Saskatchewan 4:00-5:00PM Open Forum: informal question and answer session with members of the CSICOP Executive Council 5:30-7:00PM Cocktail Party (cash bar) 7:00-10:00PM AWARDS BANQUET Featuring Penn and Teller, Comedians Registration is $75, Meals and accomodations not included. For Further Details, contact Mary Rose Hays (716-834-3222), CSICOP, Box 229, Buffalo, NY 14215-0229


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