...Thank you to the over 500 people who gathered in New York City for NECSS 2011 to celebrate science, skepticism, and critical thought! To close the conference, George Hrab and NECSS keynote speaker Phil Plait performed a special version of "Death From the Skies." Here is a video of that performance.
There is now less than 4 weeks till NECSS, and if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, there is no time to waste! Our last two conference sold out, and while there is still plenty of room (we've expanded the conference venue considerably) there's no guarantee it will last!
Here are the latest conference updates:
- The conference schedule has just been posted and is available at www.necsscon.org/schedule.
- Remember that if you can't attend both days of the conference we do have single-day tickets available. Click here to register!
- There is still room at the Speaker's Cocktail Reception. Enjoy an evening of stimulating conversation and socializing with NECSS speakers, panelists, and other attendees! Includes a "top shelf" open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres. Space is almost gone!
- NECSS attendees receive a discounts to Todd Robbins' and Teller's hit off-Broadway show "Play Dead." Click here for details.
- Friday's Drinking Skeptically will take place at Swift Hibernian Lounge from 8PM - 11PM. Please note this location is DIFFERENT than the following night's Drinking Skeptically and George Hrab performance, which will take place at Paddy Reilly's Music Bar.
- We've just added a slew of great new speakers including: Bioethecist Jacob Appel, author Susan Jacoby, editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine Kendrick Frazier, host of the Skeptoid podcast Brian Dunning, newly-appointed communications director of the James Randi Educational Foundation Sadie Crabtree, author of The Art of Choosing, Sheena Iyengar, Princeton University psychologist Eldar Shafir, and NYU professor Gary Marcus.
Darwin Day 2011: The Science and Philosophy of Consciousness
When: February 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Where: Tischman Auditorium at NYU (in Vanderbilt Hall)
What does science tell us about consciousness? What light is new scientific research shedding on our understanding of the human ability to feel and experience? And how has philosophy helped us make sense of the scientific findings about our capacity for mental awareness?
To tackle these questions, the Center for Inquiry and New York City Skeptics present a Darwin Day forum featuring NYU philosopher Ned Block , and Jacqueline Gottlieb , neuroscientist at Columbia University. The speakers will make presentations about the philosophy and science of consciousness, respectively, then sit down for a conversation with philosopher Massimo Pigliucci . The event will start at 3 p.m. sharp., and will include an audience question-and-answer segment, and a book-signing session. A reception will follow -- more details to come.
Tischman Auditorium is located on the first floor of NYU Law's Vanderbilt Hall, located at 40 Washington Square South, between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets. It is one block east of the West 4th Street subway station (A/CE/B/D/F lines).