Peter Daempfle ’92

Peter Daempfle ’92 to Speak on Scientific Thinking

April 22, 2014

On Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m., Hartwick alumnus Peter Daempfle '92 will speak on the third floor of the Stevens-German Library in Yager Hall on the College campus. The title of his presentation is "Scientific Arguments: The Philosophy Behind Improving Reasoning." Daempfle will discuss aspects of his recently published book, Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference.

In his book, Daempfle shows the reader how to think like a scientist, and defines what science is and how it can be misused.  Throughout the book, provocative scientific examples are provided that guide the reader to consider publicized claims more critically. The tools to question authority and think scientifically are given by exposing the reader to scientific cases and contemporary studies. Each example provided walks the reader through the needed research methodology and mathematics, history, philosophy, and educational research to understand the science. The excitement and optimism science promises for the future is juxtaposed with threats to scientific integrity and declining results of national science efforts. Science is shown, throughout the book, as a dynamic part of a changing society.

Daempfle is currently an associate professor of biology at SUNY College of Technology at Delhi. He has taught in the sciences for more than 20 years and has served as an advisor in the standards-based reform effort, working to improve national science literacy and to advance the importance of scientific thinking.

For further information on the upcoming lecture, please contact College Librarian Paul Coleman at 607-431-4449 or

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