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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).


Join NYC Skeptics in 2010

Dear NYC Skeptics Supporter,

A new year is almost upon us, but there is still time to show your support for New York City Skeptics and make your tax-deductible contribution for 2010. As an NYC Skeptics supporter, you know the difference a grassroots organization like ours can make. Please help us continue our efforts to promote science and critical thinking by renewing your membership or becoming a member today!

2010 was our most successful and celebrated year to date, with more NYC Skeptics programs and activities and an increased focus on "spreading the word" of science and skepticism to a larger audience:

  • February saw the launch of our official podcast, Rationally Speaking with hosts Massimo Pigliucci & Julia Galef. The podcast has been a tremendous success, and is now downloaded by almost 20,000 listeners each week.
  • The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS) attracted 400 attendees and sold out for the second year in a row, bringing to town skeptical luminaries like James Randi, D.J. Grothe, David "Orac" Gorski, and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe "Rogues."
  • Our public lecture series hosted speakers like Professor Richard Wiseman, WNYC's Beth Fertig, and skeptical activist Simon Perry.
  • Our annual Darwin Day event attracted over 200 hundred attendees, and our second-annual "Skepticamp" event filled the house for the second year in a row.
  • Our monthly Meetup and Drinking Skeptically events are also going strong, providing an avenue for skeptics and critical thinkers of all stripes to socialize, network, and engage with each other.

And we're just getting started on 2011...! In January we will host the first of many live tapings of the Rationally Speaking podcast, and in just a couple of weeks we will open registration for NECSS 2011. The conference will be bigger and better than ever, with more speakers, more panels, and will be expanding to two days (and remember that NYC Skeptics members receive a discount on NECSS registration)!

As an all-volunteer organization our efforts are only possible because of the support we receive from our members. Please join us or renew your membership today. Thank you for your continued support and Happy New Year!



Michael Feldman
New York City Skeptics


Announcing the first "Rationally Speaking Live!"

Date: January 29, 2011 @ 2pm

Where: Jefferson Market Library - 425 Avenue of the Americas (btw 9th & 10th St.)

Join Julia Galef and Massimo Pigliucci for a live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast! In this special episode they will be talking about Massimo’s latest book: "Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk". It will feature an extended question and answer session from the audience, which will be released as part of the podcast.

There will be a social gathering following the event. Details coming up soon.

The Rationally Speaking podcast is produced by Benny Pollak for New York City Skeptics, and is available on iTunes and at


Save the date for NECSS 2011

Next year's Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism will take place on April 9-10, 2011 in New York City. This will be our third annual conference, and it will bigger and better in every way -- with a larger venue, more speakers, and more events!

The conference will be expanding to two days of speaker presentations and panel discussions (Saturday and Sunday), with additional events and social gatherings taking place on Friday and Saturday evenings.

We're also thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker will be none other than the Bad Astronomer himself, Phil Plait! Dr. Plait will head up a stellar lineup of speakers and panelists, featuring both new faces and returning favorites (full list to be released shortly).

NECSS will be the first major skeptical conference of 2011, and it's not to be missed! We will once again be offering NYC Skeptics members special discounts on registration, so if you haven't yet joined NYC Skeptics please do so today!

For the latest news and updates, stay tuned to, our facebook page, and our twitter feed (@NECSS).

NECSS is a joint presentation of the New England Skeptical Society and New York City Skeptics.