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Rationally Speaking Podcast Live: Answers for Aristotle

When: October 21st, 4PM

Where: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (map)

Free and open to the public!

Join us for a special live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast as Massimo and Julia discuss Massimo's new book, "Answers for Aristotle." We will also present a special after-podcast performance by "mathemagician" Ethan Brown. Ethan's performance at NECSS 2012 was a hit of the conference and we're thrilled to provide this special "sneak peak" at his brand-new act. There will be a social following the event (location T.B.A).


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June Public Lecture: Matt Strassler

The Einstein Obsession:

Science, Myth and Public Perception

WHEN: June 16th, 2pm

WHERE: Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave. West Village, NYC

Free and open to the public!

Who hasn't heard of Einstein? We all know Einstein failed eighth grade math. (Although he didn't.)  We know he showed energy is the same thing as mass (or was it "matter"?), that he's the father of the atomic bomb, that he was an old man with frizzy hair, and that he was a patent clerk whose theory was that everything is relative and that nothing can move faster than light.  This messy assortment of half-truths and misconceptions permeates our culture and affects public perceptions of science, at many different levels.  In this talk we'll consider how our culture's obsession with Einstein impacts efforts to convey science to the public.

Matt Strassler has been a professor of theoretical particle physics and string theory at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington, and Rutgers University. He is a former Sloan Foundation fellow and is an elected member of the American Physical Society. In addition to carrying out research related to the Large Hadron Collider (the big new accelerator in Europe that is looking for the Higgs particle), he runs a website, Of Particular Significance, whose purpose is to convey information about science, especially particle physics, to the public.


NECSS 2012: April 21-22 Tickets still available!

The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS – pronounced “nexus”) is an educational conference held annually in New York City. As its name suggests, NECSS explores the intersection of science, skepticism, the media, and society for the purpose of promoting a more rational world.

A complete list of prior NECSS speakers is available here.

Register for tickets today! Discounts available for New York City Skeptics members!


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.


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!



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