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Wednesday
Sep182013

Rationally Speaking Live Episode 100: Massimo and Julia Answer Everything

Rationally Speaking Live Episode 100: Massimo and Julia Answer Everything

When: Saturday October 26, 2013 @ 2PM

Where: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Ave of the Americas at 10th Street

Join us for a very special live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast to celebrate our 100th episode! By now Julia and Massimo have explored topics ranging from “why be rational?” (episode 1) to “is anthropology (still) a science?” (episode 26), from “spirituality” (episode 55) to “Bad Pharma” (episode 84).

We have had a number of exciting guests, including Neil deGrasse Tyson (episode 5), Eugenie Scott (episodes 11 & 49), Steve Novella (episode 22), Rebecca Goldstein (episode 45), Patricia Churchland (episode 62), Chris Mooney (episode 79), Mario Livio (episode 88), and Paul Offit (episode 92), among many, many others.

So, now we feel that we area ready to answer everything, or at least to try. The show will feature a full hour of audience Q’s and Julia & Massimo’s A’s. Any topic in science, philosophy and the borderlands between the two will be fair game. Push us to think on our feet, and perhaps to admit our ignorance on stage! It’s going to be a fun, interactive afternoon to celebrate the podcast’s milestone.

And don’t forget to stick around after the show: there will be a social at a nearby watering hole, where you can mingle with the Rationally Speaking crew, members of NYC Skeptics, and fellow critical thinkers!

Monday
May062013

Public Lecture - Caroline Fiennes

CHECKING UP ON CHARITIES: How do we know the claims charities make are true?

When: Tuesday May 28 @ 7PM

Where: Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 12th Floor, Room: Shetler 1 (map)

Free and open to the public!

You're a generous soul: so you sometimes give money and time to charities. But what do they do with it? Charities make a whole pile of claims about what they achieve, but how would we know whether those claims are really true?

Inspired by the evidence-revolution in medicine, Caroline Fiennes is leading the charge for evidence-based charities and philanthropy. She unashamedly brings a scientific approach to understanding what charities are doing, what they should be doing, and establishing whether they're any good at it.

Ben Goldacre on Caroline's recent book: "You’ve been waiting for this: evidence-based charitable giving." Simon Singh: "Caroline Fiennes explains how to balance heart and mind for people serious about philanthropy. She emphasizes with clarity the importance of evidence."

Copies of Caroline's book It Ain’t What You Give, It’s The Way That You Give It - "the Freakonomics of the charity world" - will be available at a sneaky discount.

Thursday
May022013

Drinking Skeptically is Moving!

Drinking Skeptically is moving! This month New York City Skeptics' regular socializer will meet at a new location: Apple Restaurant and Bom Bar.

Apple is located at 17 Waverly Pl. (between Green St. and Mercer St. - map) just one block from Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Apple offers reasonably-priced food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere. The ambiance allows for discussion (it's not super loud!) with plenty of room to sit, stand, and congregate.

We will meet at our regular day and time, the last Wednesday of the month (May 29) at 8PM in the FRONT of the restaurant (we will have two reserved tables, right across from the bar).

See you there!

Monday
Mar042013

Stimulus/Response Tix On Sale to General Public

Tickets to this year's NECSS 2013 kick-off show, STIMULUS/RESPONSE: A Nexus of Science & Improvisation, are now on sale to non-NECSS attendees! Even if you can't attend this year's conference, join us for this incredible evening art, improv, and education!

When: Friday April 5 @ 8PM

Where: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre (inside the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center @ FIT),  7th Avenue and W. 27th St., NYC

Tickets: $20 NECSS attendees/ $25 non-NECSS attendees

What happens in your brain at the moment of inspiration? Where do your ideas come from? Are they just a product of brain chemistry? A muse? Dumb luck? STIMULUS/RESPONSE explores the process of creation with a “real-time experiment” that places the audience right in the middle of the creative process.

Join New York’s top improvisers from the Upright Citizens Brigade and Peoples Improve Theater, as well as NECSS-favorite musician George Hrab and multidisciplinary artist Roman Hrab, as they create unique and completely improvised performances in the areas of music, art, and comedy. Then scientist and entertainer Brian Wecht will moderate a panel discussion and audience Q&A on the science of improvisation with the performers, as well as Dr. Steven Novella and Dr. Heather Berlin.

You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind performance! Head to the NECSS registration page and sign up for Stimulus/Response today!

Monday
Feb252013

Public Lecture: Mark ALpert - Extinction

Extinction

When: Wednesday March 6 @ 7PM

Where: Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 12th Floor, Room: Shetler 1 (map)

Free and open to the public!

Jim Pierce hasn't heard from his daughter in years, ever since she rejected his military past and started working as a hacker. But when a Chinese assassin shows up at Jim's lab looking for her, he knows that she's cracked some serious military secrets. Now, her life is on the line if he doesn't find her first.

The Chinese military has developed a new anti-terrorism program that uses the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in existence, and they're desperate to keep it secret. They're also desperate to keep it under control, as the AI begins to revolt against their commands. As Jim searches for his daughter, he realizes that he's up against something that isn't just a threat to her life, but to human life everywhere.

Join us first for a special lecture by science-writer-turned-author Mark Alpert as he discusses the incredible sceintific and technological advances -- including those advocated by Ray Kurzweil and the so-called "Singularitarians" -- that inspired his latest book, and where those advances might one day lead humanity.

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Mark Alpert is the author of Final Theory, The Omega Theory, and Extinction. A former editor at Scientific American, he specializes in explaining scientific ideas to readers, simplifying esoteric concepts such as extra dimensions, parallel universes, and brain-machine interfaces. In his novels, he weaves cutting-edge science into high-energy thrillers that incorporate real theories and technologies.

Sunday
Jan132013

Rationally Speaking Podcast and Lecture by Ben Goldacre

When: Thursday February 21st, 7PM

Where: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (map)

Free and open to the public!

Join us first for a special lecture by Dr. Benjamin Goldacre about his new book, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, and then Dr. Goldacre will be our special guest on a live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast.

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