Posted on : 30-11-2008 | By : maggie | In : Skeptics in the Pub, video
Video from the Nov. 24th meetup featuring Samuel T. Moulton.
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Video from the Nov. 24th meetup featuring Samuel T. Moulton.
Since a lot of people will be away for the holidays, our December event will be super extra special and a little bit early!
Instead of our usual Boston Skeptics in the Pub event, we’re celebrating the holidays with a special field trip to the Museum of Science.
We’ll meet at 10am in the front lobby of the Museum, and explore the very skeptic-friendly exhibits there, including Mythical Creatures and the Science of Fear.
If we get 15 or more people to definitely say they can make it, we’ll order group passes at a discount ($16.25 for general admission, compared to the usual rate of $19.00). However, I have to know by this Saturday so I can tell the Museum. So, please RSVP here by commenting on this post (at this point in time you don’t even have to register to comment), or you can RSVP on Facebook.
Here’s the best part: after the Museum, those of us who are 21 or older will convene at Porter’s, a nearby bar, where we’ll have a special, informal Skeptics in the Pub with a fun speaker: Barbara Mervine, skeptical UFOlogist
OK, reservation has been made!
The museum is going to charge my credit card on December 10, so if anyone wants the discounted rate, I’d appreciate it if you could PayPal the money to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and indicate which and how many tickets you need. The rates are:
Adults 12-59 are $16.25
Seniors 60+ are $14.25
Kids 3-11 are $13.25
Kids under 3 are jettisoned through the pneumatic baby cannon, a new exhibit for December.
If you don’t want to use PayPal but you still want the discounted rate, please send me an email to the same address promising me you’ll show up Saturday with cash in hand. I am a trusting soul, and I will believe you if you take the time to email me. I will not believe you if you have only RSVPed on Facebook or Boston Skeptics (though that was helpful for getting rough numbers so I could let the MoS know).
If you have a child under 3 but you do not want him or her fired into the Charles, dress him or her like a loaf of bread or something.
PS: Yeticorn picture drawn by this awesome guy ( http://www.threadless.com/profile/484783/impossibleoctopus ) and yes it’s the same thing on my rad orange t-shirt that I will probably have to wear to this event. Hm, or maybe my unicorn shirt…
First of all, thanks to everyone who came out to Boston Skeptics in the Pub last night! We had about 70 people packed into Tommy Doyle’s top floor to hear Sam Moulton talk about Twins, Telepathy, and Smut. The main gripe was that there wasn’t enough smut, so for December I’m thinking of booking a porn star to talk about the science of . . . well, the science of anything she wants to talk about, I guess.
As soon as the December event is booked, I’ll let the world know. Stay tuned for that, as well as the audio and hopefully the video from Sam’s talk! We’re working on producing a regular Boston Skeptics in the Pub podcast for those of you outside the Hub of the Universe.
In the meantime, let’s go to the mailbag!
Today’s letter dropped into my Skepchick in-box like manna from heaven. The letter may as well have had the subject line, “Please open: I am ready for your ridicule!” Here it is, unedited, in its entirety:
All the details are in this post. Free entry to any twins, and anyone bringing their own smut. And anyone else. See you there!
As mentioned, last night I (and frequent Skepchick commenter Expatria) attended Nature Network’s pub event, which featured two guest scientists delivering 10-minute talks about what they’d do with limitless research funding. The first was Antoine van Oijen, who talked about the possibilities of studying a single molecule. His apt metaphor: if aliens visited Earth and collectively reported on the characteristics of humans, they’d conclude that each has one testicle and one ovary. He dreams of having the resources to color-tag a single molecule as it moves across a strand of DNA, watching as it encounters another molecule. To a layperson like myself, it sounded pretty neat, and van Oijen was very charismatic and accessible. Hearing the technical questions that came from the audience of scientists, though, I suspect I’m missing quite a lot. Homework!
The other scientist to speak was Andreas Mershin from the Center for Biomedical Engineering at MIT. I found him to be even more accessible, mostly because of the fact that his research has such clear practical applications in the real world. He’s working on developing bioelectronic photovoltaic applications, which I believe is a fancy way of saying that he’s trying to find a way to harness solar energy using plants. This is, in a word, rad. In multiple words, it is rad as all hell. Allow me to explain further.
Last-minute notice! I’ll be attending the Nature Network’s “Dream Big” pub night this evening. Here’s the info from their forum:
What would your dream project in science be? Join us for an informal evening of drinks and conversation about what science would be like if unconstrained by reality.
Two speakers will address this question:
Antoine van Oijen – Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School – Visualizing life at the molecular scale
Andreas Mershin – Center for Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – ‘Farmable’ solar power
at a special pub night hosted by Nature Network Boston to be held
Wednesday, November 19, 7 PM
Tavern In the Square
730 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA (in Central Square; on the Red Line and the route of the M2 shuttle from Longwood).
We have reserved a private room for this event – please ask to be directed to the Nature party.
The evening will begin with two 5-10 minute chalk talks from our speakers. The talks will be followed by Q&A and discussion.
Please bring scientists, friends, and labmates for an evening of exploratory science, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and networking.
Just a heads up that several Boston Skeptics will be at City Hall today around 1:30pm as part of a nationwide protest against the passing of propositions outlawing gay marriage. We may grab lunch early at the Kinsale, noon-ish. Hope to see lots of you there!
Info on other skeptical gatherings today: http://skepchick.org/blog/?p=4156
Sam Moulton is a researcher at Harvard who recently used neuroimaging to study the possibility of paranormal mental phenomena like telepathy and clairvoyance. Find out how he did it and what he found while drinking in the company of a fun group of skeptics!
Monday, November 24, 2008
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square (top floor)
96 Winthrop Street