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Friday
Oct122012

Don't Miss These NYC Skeptics Events

Rationally Speaking Podcast Live: Answers for Aristotle

WHEN: Sun. October 21, 2012 @ 4pm

WHERE: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (map)

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).

More info: http://nycskeptics.org/events/rationally-speaking-podcast-live-answers-for-aristotle.html

Public Lecture - Deborah Hyde: The Natural History of the European Werewolf

WHEN: Thur. November 15, 2012 @ 7pm

WHERE: Please note - Venue change - Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St (between Broadway and Eighth Ave.), 12th Floor, Room: Shetler 1

Join us for a post-Halloween public lecture as Deborah Hyde takes an in depth look at the witch trials of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe to discover a mixed bag of serial killers, political murders, fervent religionists and innocent victims. She will also examine the werewolf, so often representing the darkness of the human soul. Through film, history, fairy tales and analysis we will discover who is truly worse - man or beast?

More info: http://www.nycskeptics.org/events/deborah-hyde.html

SkepticampNYC 2012

WHEN: Sat. December 8, 2012 @ 10am

WHERE: Shetler Studios - 244 W 54th St. (map)

It's time again for SkeptiCamp, our "open" skeptical and scientific conference! SkeptiCamp differs from a traditional conference in that the attendees themselves also function as presenters. Audience interaction and participation is not only welcome, but also encouraged. Please note that all attendees must register in order to secure a spot. We again expect to have a full house of attendees and we encourage you to register early, as we cannot guarantee space will be available for onsite registrants.

If you are interested in leading a session at SkeptiCamp please take a look at our Presenter's Guide. Again, we have a limited number of spaces, so if you'd like to present we encourage you to submit your application early!

More info: http://www.skepticampnyc.org

Saturday
Sep222012

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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Saturday
May052012

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.