The first official Science Center meeting starts on the 2nd of February at RISC in Reading
The Science Center was set up to help give people the skills needed from critical thinking to help them navigate the world of fake news and to help them avoid scams. We want the place to be a welcoming environment for everyone.
What are the meetings about?
The purpose of the Science Center is to teach different logical fallacy and cognitive bias once a week and show a video to encourage people to feel inspired about science:
A cognitive bias is when someone makes a bad choice that they think is a good choice.
A fallacy is a misleading argument that might sound true and may even be based on truth, but is in fact false.
Science is awe-inspiring and we want to share that passion with you. Often people can find science to be daunting and complicated. We are here to help break the complexities presented in the media and provide an easy way to understand how cool science is.
We want to provide you with the skills to understand the world around you as there is growing concern over the lack of scientific literacy causing people to harm themselves or others. There is a strong need to counter fake news and false information being spread on social media and other platforms.
What is a Spaceship Earth Science Center?
A Spaceship Earth Science Center is a place for people to meet on a weekly basis and learn critical thinking skills while being inspired by how awesome science is. It’s also a place to meet people from different walks of life while networking with each other. It’s a place that allows people to have a support network that helps them understand the world around them. It’s also a place to combat the growing epidemic of loneliness that people from all age groups are experiencing. With a monthly book club to encourage people to better themselves through self-improvement.
Why did you create the “Science Center”?
We created it as we grew concerned about the level of fake news being portrayed as fact, and the number of people being manipulated into scams that cost them money and distress.
Why is critical thinking important?
Critical thinking is something that everyone can do, often people are not taught about the benefits of critical thinking:
Critical thinking is key to success in your career
Critical thinkers make better decisions
Critical thinking can make you happier
Critical thinking ensures your opinions are well informed
Critical thinking improves relationships
Critical thinking makes you a better citizen
How do the meetings work?
We hold weekly meetings which alternate content over 4 weeks:
Presentation on critical thinking with socialising. Socialising is an important aspect of the Science Center. It allows the meeting of people from a variety of different backgrounds and helps combat the growing levels of loneliness people are experiencing in life. Socialising is an important part of maintaining mental wellbeing.
Discussion on easy fun projects that members can take part in locally. An example is planting trees locally or supporting medical research with BOINC for free. There is also a book discussion as part of a monthly book club focused on books that teach critical thinking and science.
A Guest Speaker is invited to talk about an exciting new subject in science and technology. For example, virtual reality, space, medical breakthroughs. This will be followed by questions and answer session with tea and coffee.
Once a month we will be holding a board games event that facilitates friendship building and learning new skills that help improve critical thinking. Some of the benefits of playing board games include: Family time, Memory formation and cognitive skills, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and helps childhood development.
Why would I come to the Science Center?
People come for all kinds of reasons, to make friends, to learn new skills, to play games, to read books, to combat loneliness. One of the most important parts is forming a community of like-minded people that can support you in life. Sometimes we can feel alone when we are faced with a
Where can I learn more? You can learn more by visiting our page on the Science Center here.
How can I help?
You can help by coming along to one of the meetings and making new friends. If there isn't a meeting near you, you can help our work by either becoming a member here or by donating below.