WHAT: The Manson Family, Cults, and the Psychology of Commitment
WHO: Dr. Patrick O'Reilly, Asst. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF
WHEN: 7:30PM Thursday 8 January
WHERE: La Peña Lounge, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley [Click for Map]
HOW: Presented as a FREE public service by the Bay Area Skeptics.
WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.
Dr. O’Reilly will recount the history and creation of the Manson Family, the family’s crimes, and the psychological commitment mechanisms that cause people to join (and stay in) cults.
Dr. Patrick O’Reilly is a clinical psychologist at Napa State Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He is co-author of the book Undue Influence: Cons, Scams, and Mind Control, and is particularly well versed in the inner workings of cults, having joined one to study it for his doctoral dissertation. Dr. O’Reilly is former Chair of Bay Area Skeptics and Past President of the San Francisco Psychological Association.
Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub
If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. Skeptics in the Pub is a group of like-minded people informally discussing the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale.
WHEN: 7PM, Wednesday 28 January (4th Wednesday each month. No SitP meetups in Nov and Dec 2014.)
WHERE: Fiddlers Green, 333 El Camino Real, Millbrae. A 10 minute stroll from the Millbrae BART & Caltrain station. [Click for Map]