The Santa Monica Public Library will welcome veteran investigator James Underdown for “Fact or Fake? Science Looks at Paranormal Phenomena” on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in Main Library’s MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Paranormal tales and beliefs are common in our culture. TV shows feature psychics speaking to the dead, hairy humanoids in the woods, ghost hunts and visitors from space. Are any of these stories true? And if they aren’t true, why are so many people convinced these phenomena exist? In this program James Underdown explains why people believe paranormal claims and shows the audience how other paranormal stories are faked. Bring your cameras for live demonstrations.

James Underdown has spent over 14 years investigating and testing extraordinary claims. He is the executive director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles, and the founder of the Independent Investigations Group (www.IIGHQ.org).

This free event is presented in collaboration with the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. Space is limited and on a first-arrival basis. This is an event of The Living Room …a place for adults program series. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair-accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration (310) 458-8606 one week prior to the event. The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

– Submitted by Judith S. Graham, Public Services Librarian

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