The Coshocton County Beacon April 26, 2017 - Page 29

APRIL 26, 2017 www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com THE BEACON 29 Coshocton County Commissioners meet COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Commissioners met Monday, April 24 to review and approve the following agenda items: • A motion to pay the second quarter 2017 Port Author- ity payment in the amount of $15,000 as requested by Robin Schonauer, budget director • A motion to accept the resignation of Mitchel Ne- whouse effective May 17, 2017 as a custodian for the Coshocton County Commissioners • A motion to hire Christie Bell as a custodian for the Coshocton County Commissioners effective April 21, 2017 as recommended by Ike Reger, maintenance super- visor • A motion to sign the PY 2017 Community Housing Impact Preservation (CHIP) program environmental review documentation and certification form for general admission, fair housing and planning. • A motion to sign a contract with Melway Paving Co. Inc. for the 2017 MVG Reconstruction project in an amount not to exceed $484,870 as recommended by Frederick T. Wachtel, Coshocton County Engineer • A motion to approve transfers/additionals/reductions which have been certified by the county auditor • A motion to approve Then and Now Certificates which have been certified by the county auditor • A motion to sign request for payment and status of funds for grant SC-15-1AP-1 for $8,449 at the request of John Cleek, CDC of Ohio • A motion to sign request for payment and status of funds for grant BC-15-1AP-1 for $22,262 at the request of John Cleek, CDC of Ohio • A motion to sign request for payment and status of funds for grant BC-15-1AP-2 for $473,000 at the request of John Cleek, CDC of Ohio • A motion to approve the hiring of Drew M. Dixon and Jacob R. Castle as full-time paramedics for Coshocton County EMS contingent upon their successfully com- pleting the required pre-employment testing. Their hire date will be concurrent with their first day o f work, at the request of Todd A. Shroyer, director CCEMS • A motion to accept the resignation of Brittany Gnizak as full-time paramedic for Coshocton County EMS effective May 12, 2017 at the request of Todd A. Shroyer, director CCEMS • A motion to approve the hiring of Brittany as part- time intermittent paramedics for Coshocton County EMS effective May 13, 2017 at the request of Todd A. Shroyer, director CCEMS • A motion to terminate Caitlyn Bookless as intermit- tent part-time EMT for Coshocton County EMS and approve her to join the auxiliary at the request of Todd A. Shroyer, director CCEMS Contributed | Beacon Come learn about archaeological mysteries and the psychology of deception COSHOCTON - A public symposium, Fake News from the Past: Archaeological Mysteries and the Psychology of Deception will be presented at the Johnson-Humrick- house Museum on Saturday, May 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. The keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Hancock, is the author of “Hoax Springs Eternal - The Psychology of Cognitive De- ception.” Dr. Hancock will be using well-known histori- cal hoaxes to explain the nature of deception, leading his listeners through a captivating tour of the human mind - its strengths and frailties. Joining Dr. Hancock are three panelists who have researched “archaeological finds” in the Americas that were most certainly hoaxes although enthusiastically embraced at the time of discovery. Panelists include Dr. Bradley Lepper, Senior Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio History Connection in Co- lumbus, Dr. Jennifer Raff, Assistant Professor of Physical Anthropology at the University of Kansas, and Dr. David Anderson, Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane Univer- sity. Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and Friends of the Museum. Dr. Hancock is interested in the three elements of a deception, or the Trinity of Deception: The deception, the deceiver and the deceived. For “Hoax Springs Eternal” he singled out deceptions that were artifact centered and in which the deceiver designed the deception not just to confuse others but to actively inculcate a specific belief about the true state of the world. The third leg of the trinity, the deceived, engages in “cognitive deception”— purposely induced failures of attention, memory, and decision-making capacities. Hancock explicates these three elements in each of his stories. Many of his studies are popular historical mysteries, such as King Arthur’s Cross, the Vinland Map, the Kensington Runestone, and the Shroud of Turin. Dr. Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D. is Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Train- ing, and at the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He is a leader in ergonomics education and has written or edited 20 books in the field. Each panelist has researched artifacts that are promot- ed by fringe archaeologists as being authentic although the objects cannot be verified using traditional archae- ological methods. These fringe archaeologists follow a movement called fantastic archaeology or pseudoar- chaeology which interprets the past from outside the archaeological science community, dismissing accepted data gathering and analytical methods. The panelists are all scientists who reject these pseudo-archaeological methods and conclusions. Panelist Brad Lepper has worked on archaeological projects from the mountains of Montana to the forests of Maine. He teaches university courses in archaeology and anthropology and writes a column on archaeology for the “Columbus Dispatch.” He is the author of “Ohio Archae- ology: an illustrated chronicle of Ohio’s ancient American Indian cultures.” Dr. Lepper’s interest in the subject of hoaxes began when, as a graduate student in the 1980s conducting research on the Walhonding River Valley, he was introduced to the Newark Holy Stones by the director of the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. Thus began a decades-long effort to understand the historical context of the Holy Stones, the motives behind their fabrica- tion, and why more than a century after archaeologists dismissed these artifacts as frauds, they still figure so prominently in the public imagination. The Newark Holy Stones are on permanent display at the Johnson-Hum- rickhouse Museum. Panelist Jennifer Raff has a dual Ph.D. in Molecu- lar, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Physical Anthropology from Indiana University. Her research fo- cuses on the molecular genetics of evolution through the analysis of genomes from ancient and contemporary hu- man populations, with a special emphasis on the initial colonization and subsequent population of the American continents. She will be discussing the perpetuation of the myth that the first inhabitants of the Americas were actually Europeans and also the claim that the Paracas peoples of Peru (characterized by cranial modifications) were alien-European hybrids. Dr. Raff is frequently engaged in debunking pseudoscience, particularly as it relates to the misuse of genetics in pseudoarchaeology and the propagation of genetic myths. She has appeared on numerous podcasts (including Science for the People, Archaeological Fantasies, and the Prism Podcast), given public talks at Science on Tap and Skepticon, and writes regularly about these topics and science literacy on her blog Violent Metaphors. Panelist David Anderson’s doctoral fieldwork focused on the development of the social-political structure and institutions of the ancient Maya. For the symposium he will discuss the “Acambaro Figurines,” a group of figurines found in Mexico the 1950s that seemed to show dinosaurs and humans interacting with one another. Recently these figurines have been embraced by groups pushing for a temporal overlap between dinosaurs and humans. Over the past five years, Dr. Anderson has becoming increasingly involved in examining how the academic community should engage with pseudo-ar- chaeological claims and hoaxes. His investigations have turned to the roots that allow these ideas to thrive. He is cur rently working on a manuscript for the book Weird- ing Archaeology, which examines the influences that esoteric spiritual movements, secret fraternal orders, and popular culture have had on the public perception of archaeological research. Fake News from the Past: Archaeological Mysteries and the Psychology of Deception is highly recommended to all who are interested in history, the human psyche, social/political movements, and mystery itself. Moreover, if you’re wondering why we allow ourselves to believe in narratives or ideas that hover over fact and reason but never actually touch solid land, this is the event for you. Dr. Hancock’s roots in science coupled with his fascina- tion with history and human behavior have melded to produce a thorough and lucid investigation of the his- torical hoax. It should be noted, that although Hancock will present the characteristics of effective deception, he never encourages its practice. Admission cost is $14 for adults and $10 for students and Friends of the Museum. Paid registration is accepted by mail, phone or through the museum’s website (www. jhmuseum.org). Late registration (after May 5) is $17 for adults and $13 for students. Fake News from the Past: Ar- chaeological Mysteries and the Psychology of Deception is sponsored by Dr. Robert Fox and the Simpson Family Foundation. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is located in Historic Roscoe Village, a restored canal-era town, at 300 N. Whitewoman St. For information, contact the museum at 740-622-8710 or at jhmuseum@jhmuse- um.org. Contributed | Beacon