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Friday
Mar172017

Registration for NECSS 2017 is Now Open

 


Keynote: Mike Massimino
Emcee: Leighann Lord
Featured Speaker: James Randi
NECSS 2017 registration is now open! Our keynote speaker this year will be former NASA astronaut and many-time guest star on "The Big Bang Theory," Mike Massimino. We are also thrilled to have back at NECSS as a featured speaker the one and only James Randi! They will be joined by emcee Leighann Lord (comedian and co-host of StarTalk Radio), along with almost 30 speakers, including:
  • The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe "Rogues"
  • NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt
  • Newsweek correspondent Nina Burleigh
  • Slate columnist Helaine Olen
  • Astrophysicist Summer Ash
  • Snopes managing editor Brooke Binkowski
  • Former naturopath Britt Marie Hermes
  • NASA Datanaut Corps founder Jennifer Lopez
  • AccessScience's John Rennie
  • Musician George Hrab
  • Rationally Speaking host Julia Galef
  • Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci
  • "SkepDoc" Harriet Hall
  • The Society for Science-Based Medicine's David Gorski
  • And more!

Early bird conference registration will end on May 5, when prices will increase significantly. Don't wait to register; secure the discounted rate today!

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Wednesday
Feb082017

Jolly Thirteen Predictions for 2017 and Review of 2016


2016 was, shall we say, a difficult to year to predict. Despite that, some members of the Jolly Thirteen Club had some tragically dead on predictions and humorous misses.

As per our annual tradition, the Jolly Thirtreen Club met at One Mile House on the 13th of January to reveal the results of last year's predictions and make entirely new predictions for 2017. Will we finally prove ourselves to have psychic powers of precognition? Probably not, but we'll still have fun!

Click below to read the predictions for 2017 and see how we did in 2016.

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Tuesday
Dec202016

Save the Date for NECSS 2017

 We are thrilled to announce the ninth annual Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism will take place June 29-July 2, 2017 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City!

NECSS 2017 will feature four full days of conference presentations, panels, and workshops hosting dozens of speakers from the world of science and skepticism. NECSS weekend will also include evening performances and social activities available to conference attendees as well as the general public.

NECSS is co-sponsored by the New England Skeptical Society, the Society for Science-Based Medicine, and New York City Skeptics. Members of all organizations will enjoy discounted registration at the conference, so please consider joining!

Early bird conference registration will open soon. Until then, you can stay updated by liking the NECSS Facebook page, following us on Twitter, and signing up for email updates.

See you in June!

Tuesday
Dec062016

Public Lecture: Lynne Kelly -- A Skeptic Tackles Stonehenge

When: Saturday, Februrary 11, 2017 @ 3:00 PM 
Where: Jefferson Market Library (425 Ave of the Americas at 10th Street)

There are more crazy idea about Stonehenge than any other place in the world. So what happens when a hardcore skeptic claims to have solved one of the world’s greatest mysteries? And then gets even wilder by claiming that the same thinking also explains Easter Island, the Nazca Lines and lots of other mysterious sites around the world? It’s all to do with the extraordinary methods that non-literate cultures use to memorize the vast amount of rational information on which their survival depends.

Dr. Lynne Kelly is a founding member of the Australian Skeptics. With degrees in Engineering, IT, Education, and a doctorate in Arts, she has published 16 books including The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal and  two books based on her PhD research, Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies (Cambridge University Press) and The Memory Code.

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Monday
Dec052016

Reasonable New York Annual Winter Solstice Party

When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 @ 6:30 PM 
Where: Whitman and Bloom, 384 3rd Avenue, New York, NY (map)

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Sunday
Nov202016

Skepticamp NYC 2016

When: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Lawrence and Eris Field Building, Baruch College, 17 Lexington Ave., Room 306 (The "Skylight Room")

REGISTER AT http://www.skepticampnyc.org/  

Admission is FREE of charge!

SkeptiCamp is like a science conference, except that its content is provided by the attendees themselves! Anyone can be a presenter, as long as your topic has something to do with science and/or skepticism.

It is based on the successful "unconference" model that originated with "BarCamp". (No, it has nothing to do with bars. The name has its own rich history, which you can read about on our Etymology page.) While BarCamp has primarily focused on software and technology, SkeptiCamp will focus on topics related to science, critical thinking, and other notions that appeal to a skeptical crowd.

Conventional conferences tend to follow a standard pattern of linear presentation, followed by Q&A. We hope the sessions and presentations given at SkeptiCamp NYC are more like lively discussions, than straight seminars. Perhaps even a few workshops will be sprinkled in. Presenters should try to welcome the bombardment of questions, after their initial introduction to the topic is made. Though, some may still choose to err on the side of convention.

SkeptiCamp is intended for adults and college students. Youth can also join us, if they'd like, as long as they have their parents' or guardians' permission.

Anyone who can be in the New York City area, at the given date and time is invited to join and... perhaps even lead a session of your own!

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