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Irrational Scientific Ideas: A Science Café… engaging, casual, comfortable conversation exploring what we think we know about science

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Hal Harris, Ph.D., 2010 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Educator Award recipient, Academy of Science – St. Louis; Associate Professor of Chemistry and Education, University of Missouri – St. Louis; author of the online Journal of Chemical Education column, Hal’s Picks of the Month

Wet Your Whistle Refreshments available: water, lemonade, and coffee

Ideally, science is an open process of investigation, followed by competition between ideas as judged by knowledgeable peers, and constantly tested by measurements. It doesn’t always work that way, and public discourse about scientific subjects often bears only accidental resemblance to science itself, leading to unwise investments of public and private resources.

Americans haven’t made up their minds about science. We bought 8.6 billion gallons of expensive bottled water in 2008, because bottled water contains fewer “chemicals” — or does it?

We flock to “health food” stores that resemble the chemical storerooms of research laboratories. Is our chemophobia switch turned on and off between storefronts? Are cell phones and wireless devices safe for adults and children? What does the best science say about this? People want to be more environmentally responsible but not at the cost of money or convenience. The transition from fossil fuels is likely to be both costly and inconvenient. Which alternatives look best?

There’s lots of time for questions in this thoughtful and engaging Science Café sure to challenge your irrational scientific ideas.

NOTE: SCIENCE CAFE TO BE HELD IN THE SAINT LOUIS ZOO RIVER CAMP.
(ZOO SOUTH ENTRANCE)


Parking FREE in Zoo SOUTH Lot.

FREE & OPEN to ALL. Registration not required.

For more information call 314-533-8586 or email rsvp@academyofsciencestl.org

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Date:
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
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7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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