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MCS Workshops

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Start 2023 by honing your critical thinking skills with the Monterey County Skeptics!


We will have three consecutive Saturday meetups open to the public that are free to attend, each focusing on a different discussion topic that can stand alone but will all fit together.

2023 Schedule:


Dates:  Saturday January 7, 14, 21

Time:  2 - 4 pm

Place:  Meeting at the El Gabilan Library in North Salinas.









This is a brand new library that opened right before the pandemic closed it down, with plenty of parking. It is a beautiful building. We will be in the community room, ground floor, left as you enter library, next to restrooms.


No food or drink is allowed in the library, but in our community room food and drink are allowed. (see above video)

Please be on time, come early and browse the library. We only have 2 hours in the room, so I ask that you complete the reading assignments before the workshop and be prepared to discuss and engage politely. Since this will be open to the public, I’m unsure how many people will attend.


The Salinas Public Library is not a sponsor, nor does it endorse any policies or activities of the sponsors of this program.


After the discussion, we will venture to an agreed-upon venue to socialize and have a bite to eat.

The workshop will be recorded. 

Let us know you are coming

Facebook Event link here Event link here

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Monterey County Skeptics is testing this format for all the groups affiliated with the Center for Inquiry (CFI) – I will be asking for feedback, and we will be taking photos (let me know if you do not wish to be in photos).


CFI will be rolling out various workshops like this one throughout the United States, adapting as we go, depending on the feedback I receive from everyone.

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Workshop Details


Saturday, January 7, 2023

Overview – Having difficult discussions with people on the edge of falling into magical thinking rabbit holes. We will discuss the concepts of debunking vs prebunking (also called inoculation theory). We will start with a case study and use that to further the discussion on how to have difficult discussions.


Guide - Hairdryers and UFOs - Mick West

These two Skeptoid articles help with the discussion - #4116 and #4037

This is a one hour video that you do not have to watch, but it explains the case study more discussion about the marks (many photos – browse though this) 

Nick Tiller article on Debunking and Prebunking

Image by Roman Kraft

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Overview – Continuing discussion on having difficult discussions with people who aren’t all the way in the rabbit hole just yet.


Case Study – The Mandela Effect 

Massimo Polidoro article in Skeptical Inquirer

This is not required reading but might help explain the science behind the quantum theory 

Saturday, January 21, 2023

We will be focusing on Pre-bunking 
Using the topic LUCK

Here is the assigned reading

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