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O4SR Fall Speaker

Acupuncture: A Review of Ancient Nonsense
By Mark Crislip, MD

Wednesday, November 19
7:00 PM
Portland State University
Science Bldg 1 - Room 107

Acupuncture is a popular form of alternative medicine. It cannot work and does not work for any medical problem. This talk will review the history and science of this intervention.

Dr. Mark Crislip is a board certified Infectious Disease physician who has practiced in Portland for over 20 years. He is an associate editor for the Science-Based Medicine blog where he contributes two entries a month. He produces the Quackcast, a podcast review of Supplements, Alternative, and Complementary Medicine (SCAM), and is the winner in 2009, 2010 and 2011 of the People's Choice for the Best Health Podcast. He has been a speaker at James Randi’s The Amazing Meeting (TAM) and is widely recognized in the skeptical community.

Following the talk, join us for beer and conversation at the Rogue Hall Pub across the street from Science Building 1.

There is free parking in Parking Structure 3 on 12th Ave. after 7 P.M. with metered parking earlier. From the parking structure, cross 12th Ave. and walk east on Mill Street. The Science Building 1 is in the second block on the left (north). 

Students receive class credit for attending this talk and will be arriving early to discuss class stuff, but come on in the classroom.


Past Speakers

  • Richard Wackrow - "Who's Winning the War on Terror" - January, 2014
  • Supplement, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Myths - Mark Crislip, MD - November, 2013
  • Harriat Hall, MD - The SkepDoc, "I Don't Need No Steenkin'' Science", May 2013
  •  "Faith, Belief and Hope: From Cognitive Sickness to Moral Virtue and Back Again" - Peter Boghossian, Ph.D., November, 2011
  • "Infrared Imaging applications and Skeptical Investigations" - John L. Miller, Ph.D. Chief Technical Officer of Government Systems Division, FLIR - November, 2010
  • "The Vaccine Pseudo-Controversy" Mark Crislip, MD - June 4, 2010
  • Neurobiologist, PSU professor and author of the book "If Not God, Then What?" - November 5, 2009
  • Tour the new state of the art nanotechnology facility on campus with lab manager John Donovan. - August 15, 2009
  • When Table-Rapping Nearly Upset the Apple Cart of Science - Loren Pankratz, Ph.D. - June 4, 2009
  • Biodiesel: Engaging Students in Science and Sustainable, Clean Energy Practices -- David Hackleman, Ph.D. - April 24, 2009
  • Snake Oil Science: The Evidence for Alternative Medicine" - - "The SkepDoc" Harriet Hall, MD - March 21, 2008
  • University of Oregon nanotechnology / scanning electron microscope lab - November 15, 2007.
  • Saving the Willamette Valley, - John Lombard - October 20, 2007
  • Cold Reading Workshop - Ray Hyman, Ph.D. January 13, 2007
  • "Parapsychology: How To Make Something Out of Nothing" - Ray Hyman, Ph.D.
    November 3, 2006, 7:30 PM
  • Natural Medicines - "The SkepDoc" Harriet Hall, MD - May 6, 2006
  • A Scientific Critique of Chiropractic - "The SkepDoc" Harriet Hall, MD - May 5, 2006
  • You "Gotta" be Smarter Than the Drugs You Take - Phil Levine, Ph.D - November 4, 2005
  • Fads and Fallacies in Autism - Jim Laidler, MD - June 23, 2005
  • Charles Darwin: The Devil's Chaplain? - February 15, 2005
  • Jim Pace, Magician - January 28, 2005
  • Natural Medicines: A Skeptical View - Harriet Hall, MD - October 29, 2004
  • UFO Sightings: The Evidence - Robert Sheaffer - October 13/15, 2004
  • The Molecular Basis of Life: Evidence for Evolution or ID? - Mitchell Cruzan - February 13, 2004
  • Trish Randal, stand-up comic - January 23, 2004
  • Debunking Audio Myths - Thomas Kite - November 21, 2003
  • Frauds and Fallacies in Autism - James Laidler, MD - June 27, 2003
  • Paleontology before Darwin: Suitible for Young Audiences? - William Thwaites - February 15, 2003
  • Crop Circles: Man-made or What? - Ted Clay - October 3/25, 2002
  • Pseudo-Technology in the New Millennium - James "The Amazing" Randi - July 18, 2002
  • Earth is Ancient (Despite What Some Creationists Say) - Dr. Brent Dalrymple - January 17, 2002
  • Science Toys Night (Annual meeting) - November 30, 2001
  • Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction - Charles Wynn - August 20, 2001
  • Houdini: A Magician Among the Spirits - Massimo Polidoro - August 15, 2001
  • A Skeptical Examiniation of Theraputic Touch - Bela Scheiber - May 18/19, 2001
  • What's up with Genetically Engineered Food? - Terri Lomax - February 23, 2001
  • Secrets of the Psychics - Massimo Polidoro - August 21, 2000
  • Mad Cows, Mad Corn, Mad Communities - Melissa Finucane - December 7, 2000
  • Keys to Critical Thinking - Ray Hyman - April 6, 2000
  • Creationism, Evolution, Science and Science Education - Eugenie Scott - November 2/3, 1999
  • Did You Mean What You Meant? - William Hoth - 1999
  • Science and the Media - Richard Hill - March 5, 1999
  • Crop Circles: Graffiti of the Gods - Ted Clay - November 13, 1998
  • Error and Misinterpretations in Alternative Medicine Research - Wallace Sampson, MD - August 24, 1998
  • Kooks and the Kook Tradition - Donna Kossy - April 24, 1998
  • Won't the Creationists Ever Give Up? - William Thwaites - January 23, 1998
  • How Brain Damage Affects Critial Thinking - Joel Alexander - October 24, 1997
  • Neurology of the Wierd - Barry Beyerstein - May 16, 1997
  • Junk Science in the Courtroom - William Masters - March 7, 1997
  • Suing the Devil - Michael Dwyer with Loren Pankratz - November 11, 1996
  • Wenatchee: What Went Wrong? - Kathryn Lyon - May 20, 1996
  • Teaching Independent Thinking - Paul Nickel - April 4/6, 1996
  • The Politics of Health Fraud - Joe Schnabel - March 8, 1996
  • How We Perceive Reality - Jerry Andrus - November 10, 1995
  • Palentology vs. Creationism - Richard Thoms - April 28, 1995
  • Evaluating Eyewitness Testimony - Loren Pankratz - January 27, 1995
  • Psychics & Scientists - Ray Hyman - October 21, 1994

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