Mar 22

Talk with Professor Ken Abrams in Portland

Friday, March 22nd, 2019
5:00 – 6:45 pm / Portland Central Public Library
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801 SW 10th Avenue Portland, WA 97205

The Portland Carleton Club Invites you to

Science and Pseudoscience in Modern Times

A Talk with Professor Ken Abrams

Friday, March 22, 2019
4:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Portland Central Public Library
801 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

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.

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.: Social time with light snacks and non alcoholic beverages
4:45 - 5:45 p.m.: Presentation and Q&A with Professor Abrams

Join us for a post-event gathering from 6-7 p.m. at Shift Drinks at 1200 SW Morison St in Portland, immediately following.

Cost: There is no cost to attend this event.

Respond by Friday, March 15 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