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Friday
Sep282018

Brian Regal and "The Secret History of the Jersey Devil"

When: Sunday, October 21. 2018 @ 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: The Brooklyn Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Legend has it that in 1735, a witch named Mother Leeds gave birth to a horrifying monster―a deformed flying horse with glowing red eyes―that flew up the chimney of her New Jersey home and disappeared into the Pine Barrens. Ever since, this nightmarish beast has haunted those woods, presaging catastrophe and frightening innocent passersby―or so the story goes. In "The Secret History of the Jersey Devil," Brian Regal examines the genesis of this popular myth, which is also one of the oldest monster legends in the United States.


Happy Halloween!

Brian Regal teaches the history of Science, Technology and Medicine at Kean University, New Jersey. His area of focus is the history of evolutionary thought and its impact upon society, politics, and religion. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the stranger side of science history, including "Searching for Sasquatch: Crackpots, Eggheads, and Cryptozoology" (Palgrave, 2013). His current research is an examination of the various myths and beliefs about who "really discovered" America, tentatively titled "Waiting for Columbus."

Brooklyn Commons features a wide selection of coffee, food, beer and wine.

 

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Skepticamp NYC 2018

When: Saturday, December 8th, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: The Brooklyn Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

REGISTER AT http://www.skepticampnyc.org/  

Admission is FREE of charge!

SkeptiCamp is like a science conference, except that its content is provided by the attendees themselves! Anyone can be a presenter, as long as your topic has something to do with science and/or skepticism.

It is based on the successful "unconference" model that originated with "BarCamp". (No, it has nothing to do with bars. The name has its own rich history, which you can read about on our Etymology page.) While BarCamp has primarily focused on software and technology, SkeptiCamp will focus on topics related to science, critical thinking, and other notions that appeal to a skeptical crowd.

Conventional conferences tend to follow a standard pattern of linear presentation, followed by Q&A. We hope the sessions and presentations given at SkeptiCamp NYC are more like lively discussions, than straight seminars. Perhaps even a few workshops will be sprinkled in. Presenters should try to welcome the bombardment of questions, after their initial introduction to the topic is made. Though, some may still choose to err on the side of convention.

SkeptiCamp is intended for adults and college students. Youth can also join us, if they'd like, as long as they have their parents' or guardians' permission.

You MUST register on the Skepticamp website. RSVPing on Meetup.com is not enough. Make FREE reservations at http://www.skepticampNYC.org

Anyone who can be in the New York City area, at the given date and time is invited to join and... perhaps even lead a session of your own!

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Wednesday
Aug292018

Race and Genetics: Rob DeSalle on his book "Troublesome Science"

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 @ 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Where: The Brooklyn Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

It's well established that all humans today, wherever they live, belong to one single species. Yet even many people who claim to abhor racism take for granted that human “races” have a biological reality.

Rob DeSalle will speak to us about his book "Troublesome Science:  The Misuse of Genetics and Genomics in Understanding Race," which aims to provide a forceful critique of how scientific tools have been misused to uphold misguided racial categorizations.


Rob DeSalle is a Curator at the American Museum of Natural History. He is affiliated with the AMNH Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the Division of Anthropology and works at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, where he leads a group of researchers working on molecular systematics, molecular evolution, population and conservation genetics, and evolutionary genomics of a wide array of life forms ranging from viruses, bacteria, corals, and plants, to all kinds of insects, reptiles, mammals and humans.

Brooklyn Commons features a wide selection of coffee, food, desserts, beer and wine.

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