The Phoenix Area Skeptics Society (PASS) is a community oriented group that focuses on the discussion and promotion of skepticism, science, and critical thinking. We have two monthly meetups in the Central and East Valley areas of Phoenix, to learn more visit our Skeptics in the Pub Meetup group.
All our events are managed and coordinated by a team of volunteers, to whom we are always grateful.
So what is a skeptic? Skeptic is defined by dictionary.com as: “1. a person who questions the validity or authenticity of something purporting to be factual.” An even better definition of skeptics and skepticism was written by Brian Dunning and can be found on his site: http://skeptoid.com/skeptic.php
Excerpt: “The true meaning of the word skepticism has nothing to do with doubt, disbelief, or negativity. Skepticism is the process of applying reason and critical thinking to determine validity. It’s the process of finding a supported conclusion, not the justification of a preconceived conclusion.”
What PASS actually does promote is not so much a set of conclusions, but a way of “finding things out”. We are here to promote methodological tools of scientific inquiry with two primary areas of interest in mind:
1. The general promotion of science literacy and critical thinking.
2. Consumer protection in the areas considered to be “fringe” science.