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Monday
Apr022018

Fake (Science) News: How to Know Bad Science Journalism When You See It

When: Sunday, April 15th, 2018 @ 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Where: The Brooklyn Commons Cafe, 388 Atlatic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

We’re all familiar with the people who deliberately misrepresent science for a desired outcome, usually to get into your wallet. But what about those who get it wrong … accidentally?


That’s right, NYC Skeptics’ own Russ Dobler is here to tell you that science journalists don’t MEAN to get it wrong, even though they often do. Learn about why the rules of journalism sometimes lead them astray, how this is exacerbated by the 21st century media environment, and what YOU can do to spot bad science journalism and fight back.

Bring your own examples to share with the group, and we’ll pick them apart together, using what we’ve learned to see just where they’ve gone wrong, and how they could have been done better!

Russ Dobler has a degree in geophysics and a certificate in journalism, which he combines in his role as Science Editor for the pop culture website AiPT! Comics, where he writes about not just the science of superheroes, but the portrayal of skepticism in media and how to apply skepticism to media. His favorite thing, though, is to help other people refine their voices and craft work on topics they care about.

Brooklyn Commons features a wide selection of coffee, food, desserts, beer, and wine.

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Tuesday
Feb272018

Sharon Hill on Paranormal's "Scientifical Americans" - Skeptics at the Commons

When: Sunday, March 18th, 2018 @ 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Where: The Brooklyn Commons Cafe, 388 Atlatic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Sharon HillIn the 21st century, reality television and the Internet have fed public interest in ghosts, UFOs, cryptozoology and other unusual phenomena. By 2010, roughly 2,000 amateur research and investigation groups formed in the U.S. – ghost hunters, Bigfoot chasers, and UFO researchers, using an array of (supposedly) scientific equipment and methods with an aim of proving the existence of the paranormal. American culture’s honorific regard for science, coupled with the public’s unfamiliarity with scientific methods, created a niche for self-styled paranormal experts to achieve a measure of respect and authority, without scientific training or credentials. These groups of amateurs serve as surrogates for scientists in examining strange claims. And they provide a unique lens by which we can examine the wider public understanding of science and research.

Sharon A. Hill is an advocate for science appreciation, critical thinking, and evidence-based inquiry, specializing in pop culture discourse on ghosts, monsters, mysteries, anomalies, and oddities. She is the creator of DoubtfulNews.com, SpookyGeology.com, and the host of the podcast 15 Credibility Street. She has degrees in Geosciences and Education with a focus on science and the public. Her personal website is SharonAHill.com.

Brooklyn Commons features a wide selection of coffee, food, desserts, beer, and wine.

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Wednesday
Feb072018

Help Make NYC Skeptics Better

NYC Skeptics is looking to improve our upcoming events and attract new members, and we would value your feedback. Please take a moment to fill out the following survey.

Also, don't forget to follow our upcoming events on Meetup and Facebook, including our lecture by Jo Ellen Roseman on February 18th concerning science literacy.

Friday
Jan262018

Skeptics at the Commons - Jo Ellen Roseman: In Pursuit of Science Literacy

When: Sunday, Februrary 18th, 2018 @ 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Where: The Brooklyn Commons Cafe, 388 Atlatic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jo Ellen RosemanThis month for Darwin Day, we welcome Jo Ellen Roseman to speak about Project 2061, a long-term science education initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

If science literacy is a goal for all citizens, how can we achieve it? For more than 30 years, Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has focused its efforts on defining the knowledge and skills that constitute science literacy, mapping out how K-12 students can make progress toward it, and developing tools and materials that others can use to help all students achieve it. This presentation will highlight Project 2061’s influence on the substance and direction of science education in the U.S. and its role in the design and evaluation of curriculum and assessment materials that can be used to foster science literacy in today’s diverse classrooms.

Examples of instructional activities will illustrate Project 2061’s approach to helping students use important science ideas to make sense of everyday phenomena and confront a range of societal and personal issues, from evaluating claims about climate change or vaccine policy to choosing which foods to eat or what exercise regimen to follow. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the reform of pre-college science education, where it’s headed, and how you can help to promote science literacy for all. 

Brooklyn Commons features a wide selection of coffee, food, desserts, beer, and wine.

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Tuesday
Jan022018

Skeptics at the Commons

When: Sunday, January 21st, 2018 @ 12:00 to 2:00 PM

*PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE*

Where: The Brooklyn Commons Cafe, 388 Atlatic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

We will be at Brooklyn Commons every 3rd Sunday of the month from now on, so put it in your calendar!


This month, we will showing an episode of “Adam Ruins Everything” where he ruins Science. It will be followed by a discussion, drinks and food.

  • Some potential topics of discussion include:
  • How “pure” is academic research?
  • Are studies truly unbiased?
  • Why don’t negative results get published?
  • Is academia a good career choice?

Brooklyn Commons features a wide selection of coffee, food, desserts, beer, and wine.

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Sunday
Dec172017

Reasonable New York Annual Winter Solstice Party

When: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 6:30 PM 
Where: Paulaner Bräuhaus, 265 Bowery, New York, NY (map)

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