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Dr. Eugenie C. Scott Joins NYCS Board of Advisors

Eugenie C. Scott is Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. She has written extensively on the evolution-creationism controversy and is past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Scott is the 2010 recipient of the National Academy of Science's Public Welfare Medal. Scott is the author of Evolution vs Creationism and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.

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NYC Skeptics Announces New President

The New York City Skeptics Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of Page Van Meter as New York City Skeptics president. Page has served on the NYC Skeptics Board of Directors since 2009, is former Editor-in-Chief of the Gotham Skeptic blog, and serves on the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism Organizing Committee.

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June Lecture: Michael Shermer - The Believing Brain

When: Thursday June 9, 2011 @ 7PM

Where: Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway (at 62nd St.)

Admission: Free for NYC Skeptics members and friends of the Center for Inquiry; $10 for non-members.

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NECSS 2011 is over...

...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.


NECSS 2011 is Fast Approaching!

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:

  • 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.


Join us for Darwin Day 2011

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).