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Monday
Jan092012

Darwin Day Celebration 2012

The Evolution of Altruism and Social Intelligence

Time: Sunday, Feb. 12, 2:00 PM
Place: Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Sq
New York University, New York

Free and open to the public!

What can the decision making skills of monkeys tell us about our own tendency toward irrationality? How do chimps and human toddlers decide when and how to help others? Discover how surprisingly smart and "nice" our closest relatives are and how this impacted our own development and evolution.

On the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday, explore the origins of the human mind with prominent psychologists Laurie Santos, director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale Univeristy, and Felix Warneken, Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

Dr. Santos and Warneken join Massimo Pigliucci, philosopher and evolutionary biologist at the City University of New York, in discussion about altruism, decision making, and the evolution of human cognition.

Sponsored by New York City Skeptics and Center for Inquiry in New York City.

Thursday
Dec292011

There is still time to support NYC Skeptics in 2011

There is still time to show your support and make a tax-deductible contribution in 2011 to the most active skeptical organization in New York City. As a member and supporter of New York City Skeptics you know your contribution will be used to promote science understanding and critical thinking. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, we can’t do it without your help. So please renew your membership or become a new member today!
 
2012 is shaping up to be a banner year and will build on the complement of activities New York City Skeptics brought you in 2011:

  • This past year New York City Skeptics hosted a suite of exciting talks as part of our Public Lecture Series, including Genie Scott, Gary Marcus and an exciting Darwin Day Celebration.
  • The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS) has become the premiere skeptical event on the East Coast and attracted over 500 attendees.
  • Our social events like Drinking Skeptically, our monthly Dinner Discussions and our annual hosting of SkeptiCamp NYC are always terrific opportunities for skeptics and critical thinkers of all stripes to socialize, network, and engage with each other.
  • And our Rationally Speaking Podcast, hosted by board members Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef, has picked up over 20,000 regular listeners from around the world!

Our efforts are only possible because of the support we receive from our members. Please renew your membership today.

Thank you for your continued support and Happy Holidays!

CLICK HERE TO CONTRIBUTE

Wednesday
Oct192011

SkeptiCamp NYC 2011

Registration is now open for SkeptiCamp NYC, our annual "unconference," which will take place on December 3 from 10AM - 6PM.

SkeptiCamp is a full day of lively and thought-providing presentations in an intimate setting. Each of the presentation is given by a SkeptiCamp attendee, which fosters an inclusive and participatory atmosphere (audience interaction is encouraged).

Registration is limited to 50 individuals and our last two SkeptiCamps sold out completely, so act quickly to ensure yourself a seat!

The cost is $15 and includes choice of standard or vegetarian lunch (or no lunch). If you are registering for more than one person please provide the names of all registrants and their meal selections in the "special instructions" section of your PayPal order confirmation page.

Please select your meal preference:

Presentation Information

If you are interested in presenting at this year's SkeptiCampNYC take a look at the presenter's guide and SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL!

The "soft" deadline for session proposals is November 18, 2011. Proposals submitted by that date will be eligible for advance scheduling, and proposals submitted after November 18 will be scheduled only if any slots remain.

For more information please visit www.skepticampnyc.org.

Saturday
Sep172011

NYC Skeptics Fall/Winter Events

Summer is almost over and that means our Fall/Winter calendar is starting to shape up! Here's a peek at some of the fantastic events we have in store. These events are in addition to our monthly Drinking Skeptically gathering, the NYC Skeptics Meetup Group, and other special events like SkeptiCamp 2011 (whichis still in the planning stages and will take place in December). Please join us!

 

Donald R. Prothero - The Holocaust-Deniers'  Playbook: Science Denialism and the Threat to our FutureDonald R. Prothero

When: Saturday December 10, 2011 @ 2PM

Where: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas (map)

Admission: Free and open to the public.

(Rescheduled from August)

 

 


Eugene C. Scott - Denialism of Climate Change and EvolutionEugenie C. Scott

When: Sunday October 23, 2011 @ 6 PM

Where: Greenberg Lounge @ NYU Law Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South (Directions)

Admission: Free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fourth Annual Skeptics' Night at the Gravesend InnGravesend Inn

When: Friday October 28, 2011

Come at 8 to see the Haunted Inn, meet at 9 in the lobby for a backstage tour!

Where: Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Brooklyn, NY (map)

Admission: $6

Brooklyn's high-tech Gravesend Inn haunted attraction is once again coming to NYC College of Technology and NYC Skeptics will be given a special backstage tour of the special effects by Professor John Huntington



Monday
Aug292011

PUBLIC LECTURE: Dr. Gary Marcus presents Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind

When: Saturday September 17th, 2011 @ 2PM

Where: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas (map)

Admission: Free and open to the public!

Are human beings “noble in reason” and “infinite in faculty” as William Shakespeare famously wrote? Perfect, “in God’s image,” as some biblical scholars have asserted? Hardly. 

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Saturday
Jul232011

August Lecture: Donald R. Prothero - Catastrophes! Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and other Earth-Shattering Disasters

When: Saturday August 27, 2011 @2PM

Where: Theater 54-Shetler Studios - 244 W 54th St New York, NY, 12th floor

Unfortunately, due to hurricane Irene we have been forced to cancel Donald Prothero's upcoming lecture: Catastrophes! Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and other Earth-Shattering Disasters. We hope to reschedule Dr. Prothero's lecture for later this year.