From the Great Moon Hoax to the 2012 Doomsday fears, outer space has been fertile territory for the wildest and weirdest speculations.
In a wide ranging talk, Colm Ryan of Cork Skeptics will discuss some of the stranger stories arising from our love affair with the Cosmos. Of particular interest is how people delude others and even themselves. Colm will take a sceptical look at astrology, the UFO phenomenon, and the popular conspiracy theories of our culture. In contrast to these are real, scientific quests to find life on planets and moons beyond the Earth. Lastly, Colm will introduce a baloney detector kit, which may help distinguish outlandish claims from rational scientific discovery.
This event is taking part during the open night at Blackrock Castle Observatory. No booking is required.