Check out the educational webinar that I participated in on Friday, October 28. “Conspiracy Theories in Aerospace History: A Lesson in Critical Thinking for the Internet Age” brought together several curators from the National Air and Space Museum, an educator from National History Day, and a naval historian to explore the issue of critical thinking, source evaluation, and reality checking on some of the wildest stories in the history of flight. We reviewed four case studies.
- The death of Amelia Earhart in 1937 in a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean.
- The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and whether or not American officials knew before that an attack was imminent.
- The Roswell crash in 1947 and the question of UFOs.
- The denials of the Apollo Moon landings.
We asked questions about the nature of these theories, their origins, veracity, and evidence. We especially discussed the role of the Internet as an open source of information of all types and how to assess the legitimacy of an y piece of evidence that might be presented.
We had more than 2,000 teachers, students, and others participate in the webinar. Now the entire proceeding it available on-line and available here. Check out the conference archives from this educational webinar:
- Thinking Critically About the Apollo Moon Landings
- Thinking Critically About Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance
- Thinking Critically About UFOs
- Thinking Critically About the Attack on Pearl Harbor
We hope you find this an interesting and useful educational program. Please check it out.