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December Discussion Dinner: “Should we tell children there is no Santa Claus?”

Join us for this month's discussion on whether we should tell children there is no Santa Claus with Guest Moderator Peter Meiland, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist) 

The Santa Claus myth is a myth, but it is a harmless one.  Kids need a Santa Claus.  It might help them.  There are many other forms of lying to kids that are harmful.  And remember, sometimes the truth is harmful.  It depends on the context.  Finally, children don’t graduate from mythical thinking to clear and rational belief systems, they cling to fantasy-based ways of experiencing their lives.  Therefore, adults also cling to the fantasies and myths of their own lives, and no amount of truth and realism will change this very much.  Sometimes a good thing, sometimes not. More on this here... 

For more inforemation and to register please visit our Meetup page. If you are not a Meetup member and do not want to join, please email us at


Save the Date for NECSS 2015

NECSS 2015 - April 9-12

Fashion Institute of Technology

 New York City

Sponsored by NYC Skeptics, the New Englad Skeptical Society, & the Society for Science-Based medicine


The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism will be bigger than ever in 2015 with fabulous presenters, exciting panels, and engaging workshops.

We're thrilled to announce that NECSS 2015 will be co-sponsored by the Society for Science-Based Medicine and will expand to include a third full-day of programming! Friday's schedule will be curated by the team at SfSBM and feature content available exclusively at NECSS 2015. Saturday and Sunday schedules will once again feature the best of science and skepticism.

NECSS weekend also includes a special evening performance on Friday, two workshop tracks on Thursday for the early-birds, our popular "Drinking Skeptically" socializers, and more! 

The full NECSS speaker line up will be announced shortly, but, as always, Rationally Speakingand the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe will record live podcasts during the conference.

We have secured discounted room rates at the Hilton Fashion District, located one block from the main conference hall. These rates are available exclusively to NECSS attendees and we will be available shortly.

Conference registration will open in December, but you can like the NECSS Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for updates. 

See you in April!



We apologize but we have to cancel our November 19th  PUBLIC LECTURE with SILVIA SPIVAKOVSKY

We will be re-scheduling it as soon as possible.

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