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Prof Sheldon Helms on Psychological Pseudoscience

 

SheldonHelms2014This month we feature Prof. Sheldon Helms speaking on Psychological Pseudoscience. Here is his description of the talk:

 

As doctors battle homeopathy and anti-vaccine myths, anthropologists counter creationist claims, and dietitians deal with the unwarranted battle against gluten and GMOs, much of the skeptical community is oddly silent on dubious claims from fringe psychology. In this talk, psychology professor Sheldon W. Helms will discuss unsupported and sometimes dangerously pseudo-scientific claims from the field of psychology, giving a brief history and explanation of each practice or theory, and demonstrating how a simple application of the scientific method reveals its flaws.

 

Sheldon W. Helms is an associate professor of psychology at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Skeptics, is a member of the SkeptiCal planning committee, and is the founder of the Ohlone Psychology Club Speaker Series through which he regularly hosts top name speakers in science and skepticism.

 

After the meeting we will go for dinner at the Big Lantern at 3170 16th St. @ Guerrero & Valencia. Please join us.

 

When: Saturday, September 13th at 3:00. (Meeting will start promptly at 3:00.)

 

Location: Audre Lorde Room (Upstairs), Women's Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San Francisco

 

Cost: $6 Renting a meeting room means we must charge admittance. We would appreciate exact change if convenient. Most of all we want you to join us for this talk.

 

Note: The Women's Building is three blocks from the Mission 16th St. BART. If you don't know the neighborhood we suggest that as you reach the top of the stairs from BART, turn right and walk a few yards to 16th. Then turn left on 16th Street and walk to Valencia, then turn left on Valencia to 18th St.

 

Parking: Garage at 3255 21st Street (at Lexington)

 

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