Mar 21

Talk with Professor Ken Abrams in Seattle

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 pm / Seattle Central Public Library
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1000 Fourth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104

The Seattle Carleton Club Invites you to

Science and Pseudoscience in Modern Times

a talk with Professor Ken Abrams

Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Seattle Central Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

In this age of rapid scientific advancement, why do so many individuals believe the MMR vaccine promotes autism? Or visit astrologers to learn about themselves and their futures? What leads folks when ill to pursue homeopathy, magnet therapy, or faith healings? How do people come to believe they can communicate through extrasensory channels or have been abducted by aliens? More generally, how can one soundly evaluate claims to knowledge?

In this talk, Associate Professor of Psychology Ken Abrams will explore common characteristics of pseudoscientific phenomena in modern times and consider the cognitive underpinnings of pseudoscientific beliefs. This will be an open discussion and guests will be encouraged to reflect on their own belief systems and maintain a healthy degree of skepticism toward controversial claims.

Ken Abrams teaches courses in health psychology, psychopathology, and statistics, and a seminar on science and pseudoscience in psychology. He also leads every other fall the Carleton Cross-Cultural Psychology in Prague off-campus studies program.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Social time with light snacks and non alcoholic beverages
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Presentation and Q&A with Professor Abrams

Join us for a post-event gathering at the Polar Bar located in The Arctic Club at 700 3rd Ave in Seattle, immediately following.

Cost: There is no cost to attend this event.

Respond by Thursday, March 14 HERE, if you would like to attend.

Directions: Google Maps can be used for directions.

Questions? Contact Alumni Relations at or 800-729-2586.

Sponsored by Carleton Clubs. Contact: Krista Herbstrith, Alumni Relations