Events

O4SR 2017 Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 18
6:00 P.M.


Lucky Lab Pub in Multnomah Village
(Upstairs in their Party Room)
7675 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 
503-244-2537


Charles M. Wynn, Ph.D.
Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends...and Pseudoscience Begins

Wynn explains how to test dubious claims to determine what lies in the realm of real science and what more properly deserves the tag of pseudoscience, using examples from classic pseudoscience—UFOs, out-of-body experiences, astrology, creationism and ESP. Quantum Leaps is already a skeptical classic. This updated and newly released 2nd edition provides resources for examining classic and current topics, including the best skeptical websites, educational modules and other resources for teachers.

Wynn is Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Connecticut State University, a contributing author to Skeptical Inquirer magazine and member of the CFI Speakers Bureau. His critically acclaimed science books, The Five Biggest Ideas in Science and The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science, have been translated into 11 languages and are required reading in many college courses. 

O4SR has a limited number of hardback copies of Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction available at the special book tour rate of $20 while they last. You may request or reserve a copy by email from the contact below or purchase it at the Annual Meeting.

Meeting - 

The O4SR Annual Meeting is your chance to meet our Board of Directors, hear what O4SR has accomplished this past year, learn what is coming up and how you can become involved, and provide feedback to our leaders. The evening will include a short business meeting with election of the members of the Board of Directors. 

We will review O4SR 2016 activities, including hearing from the students awarded O4SR’s competitive scholarship to CSICon in Las Vegas. 

Pizza and salad are provided; there will be a no-host bar. 

O4SR invites Oregon’s local scientific skeptics community and their guests to join us at this free event.  For more information, contact Jeanine DeNoma (Phone: 541-760-2822 or Email: wilkinsa@peak.org).



Past Speakers

  • Dr. Michael Shermer,  The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice and Freedom, January 2015
  • Acupuncture: A Review of Ancient Nonsense By Mark Crislip, MD - November, 2014
  • 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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