The origins of LogiCal-LA
Bruce Gleason (LogiCal-LA conference director) has produced the Freethought Alliance conference in Orange County, CA, for six years. Inquisitive from a young age, he questioned everything—a natural skeptic. Educated in electrical engineering with a minor in psychology, he is a voracious reader of scientific literature and is the founder of Backyard Skeptics, the largest scientific skeptics organization in Orange County, CA. In 2017, Bruce set out to bring a new conference promoting science and critical thinking to the Los Angeles area.
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What is scientific skepticism?
Scientific skeptics believe that empirical investigation of reality leads to the truth and that the scientific method is best suited to this purpose. They attempt to evaluate claims based on verifiability and falsifiability and discourage accepting claims on faith or anecdotal evidence. Scientific skeptics often focus their criticism on claims they consider to be implausible, dubious or clearly contradictory to generally accepted science.
Scientific skeptics do not assert that unusual claims should be automatically rejected out of hand on a priori grounds—rather they argue that claims of paranormal or anomalous phenomena should be critically examined and that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence before they can be accepted. From a scientific point of view, theories are judged on many criteria, such as falsifiability, Occam’s Razor, and explanatory power, as well as the degree to which their predictions match experimental results. Skepticism is part of the scientific method; for instance, an experimental result is not regarded as established until it can be shown to be repeatable independently.
For further information, see this article about scientific skepticism.
Freethought Alliance is the parent organization for LogiCal-LA. Freethought Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible. All conference expenses are deductible except for food.
All financial contributions made toward LogiCal-LA will pay for expenses generated by the production of the LogiCal-LA conference. There are zero administration costs. All profits from LogiCal-LA are rolled over to fund next year’s conference.
LogiCal-LA is largely produced through the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
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