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Monday
May062013

Public Lecture - Caroline Fiennes

CHECKING UP ON CHARITIES: How do we know the claims charities make are true?

When: Tuesday May 28 @ 7PM

Where: Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 12th Floor, Room: Shetler 1 (map)

Free and open to the public!

You're a generous soul: so you sometimes give money and time to charities. But what do they do with it? Charities make a whole pile of claims about what they achieve, but how would we know whether those claims are really true?

Inspired by the evidence-revolution in medicine, Caroline Fiennes is leading the charge for evidence-based charities and philanthropy. She unashamedly brings a scientific approach to understanding what charities are doing, what they should be doing, and establishing whether they're any good at it.

Ben Goldacre on Caroline's recent book: "You’ve been waiting for this: evidence-based charitable giving." Simon Singh: "Caroline Fiennes explains how to balance heart and mind for people serious about philanthropy. She emphasizes with clarity the importance of evidence."

Copies of Caroline's book It Ain’t What You Give, It’s The Way That You Give It - "the Freakonomics of the charity world" - will be available at a sneaky discount.

Thursday
May022013

Drinking Skeptically is Moving!

Drinking Skeptically is moving! This month New York City Skeptics' regular socializer will meet at a new location: Apple Restaurant and Bom Bar.

Apple is located at 17 Waverly Pl. (between Green St. and Mercer St. - map) just one block from Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Apple offers reasonably-priced food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere. The ambiance allows for discussion (it's not super loud!) with plenty of room to sit, stand, and congregate.

We will meet at our regular day and time, the last Wednesday of the month (May 29) at 8PM in the FRONT of the restaurant (we will have two reserved tables, right across from the bar).

See you there!

Monday
Mar042013

Stimulus/Response Tix On Sale to General Public

Tickets to this year's NECSS 2013 kick-off show, STIMULUS/RESPONSE: A Nexus of Science & Improvisation, are now on sale to non-NECSS attendees! Even if you can't attend this year's conference, join us for this incredible evening art, improv, and education!

When: Friday April 5 @ 8PM

Where: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre (inside the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center @ FIT),  7th Avenue and W. 27th St., NYC

Tickets: $20 NECSS attendees/ $25 non-NECSS attendees

What happens in your brain at the moment of inspiration? Where do your ideas come from? Are they just a product of brain chemistry? A muse? Dumb luck? STIMULUS/RESPONSE explores the process of creation with a “real-time experiment” that places the audience right in the middle of the creative process.

Join New York’s top improvisers from the Upright Citizens Brigade and Peoples Improve Theater, as well as NECSS-favorite musician George Hrab and multidisciplinary artist Roman Hrab, as they create unique and completely improvised performances in the areas of music, art, and comedy. Then scientist and entertainer Brian Wecht will moderate a panel discussion and audience Q&A on the science of improvisation with the performers, as well as Dr. Steven Novella and Dr. Heather Berlin.

You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind performance! Head to the NECSS registration page and sign up for Stimulus/Response today!