CNY Skeptics Lecture: 15 January 2014 – “Alternative Medicine: Alternative to What?”

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

In a busy evening for the TACNY listserv, David Harding with CNY Skeptics has sent the following announcement for a lecture this coming Wednesday, January 15th.

“Alternative Medicine: Alternative to What?”

Presentation by Mahlon Wagner

Sponsored by CNY Skeptics

Time: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:00 PM

Where: Dewitt Community Library, Friends Room

Event Is Free And Open To The Public – Light Refreshments Will Be Served

Please contact (315) 636-6533,, or email for more information.

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Presentation Summary:

2014jan9_mahlon_wagnerAfter receiving a Ph.D in experimental psychology, Mahlon Wagner taught statistics and research design in a University setting. Based upon these two topics it became “natural” for him to look at “alternative” medicine and the claims made for “alternative” treatments in the light of existing experimental evidence. In his talk, Mahlon Wagner will look at the abundance of “alternative” medicine in Central New York and discuss how to detect the “code words” that can suggest if a treatment is “alternative” medicine. He will also discuss some of the main types of alternative medicine (such as chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, reiki, and therapeutic touch) and examine what, if any, evidence exists for their claims to effectively treat medical conditions.

Presenter Biography:

Mahlon Wagner is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at SUNY Oswego. He has been a long-time member of CNY Skeptics, and has given several presentations in Germany and the UK on various skeptical topics. He has written on and lectured about the effectiveness of various forms of “alternative” medicine.

About CNY Skeptics

Central New York Skeptics (CNY Skeptics) is a community organization dedicated to the promotion of science and reason, the investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims, and the improvement of standards for science education and critical-thinking skills.

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