Exercise your science and critical-thinking skills at Portland, other area skeptics meetups

Oregonians for Science and Reason, which promotes science and critical thinking through events statewide, has sent a notice about monthly meetups held in various cities in the Willamette Valley, and Portland is among them.

The meetups focus on skepticism, in the philosophical and critical-thinking sense, but there is often a healthy dose of science-related discussion — even the occasional trivia game.

Much of skepticism is about demanding evidence to back up claims, and favored evidence often is that which is scientifically rigorous. Pseudoscience need not apply. Freeimages.com

Much of skepticism is about demanding evidence to back up claims, and favored evidence often is that which is scientifically rigorous. Pseudoscience need not apply. Freeimages.com

The one in Portland is co-sponsored by Portland Skeptics in the Pub and  held the last Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. in Broadway Grill and Brewery, 1700 N.E. Broadway St. Host is Eric Tergerson. Learn more about PSP via its Facebook page. You also can join in friendly debates about science and other topics skeptics are passionate about.

Meanwhile, Salem and Eugene are home to two more meetups. Eugene’s event is the second Sunday at McMenamins East 19th Street Café, 1485 19th Ave. Salem’s is co-sponsored with Cherry City Skeptics in the Pub and happens on the third Sunday of the month at varying locations. Both meetups start at 5 p.m. on their respective days.

For more information about O4SR or its events, go to the O4SR Facebook page or visit its Meetup.com pages for Eugene and Portland. You also can email O4SR officer Jeanine DeNoma at wilkinsa@peak.org.

To learn more about skepticism, check out the Skeptics Society website or the Center for Inquiry’s Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
Facebook: Sciwhat.Science

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