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Boston Skeptics in the Museum Recap

Posted on : 14-12-2008 | By : Rebecca | In : Event

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Yesterday’s field trip to the Museum of Science was a big success! We had about 40 people show, which I thought would be a logistical nightmare but which turned out to be completely awesome. The Mythical Creatures exhibit was well done with appropriately skeptical and sciencey explanations, and lots of unicorns. The Science of Fear exhibit was, okay, not particularly scary to most of the group but still fun.

Boston Skeptics at the Museum of ScienceWe saw two really entertaining shows: one was the indoor lightning demo with the Van Der Graff generator, which included the presenter telling everyone to not just take his word for it, but to explore and experiment and understand for ourselves (but maybe not with a Van Der Graff generator). We also saw a great optical illusions show with a presenter who we all immediately tried to convince to come to Skeptics in the Pub (he might!). A sample of his talk: “You think you can taste chocolate? YOU DON’T TASTE CHOCOLATE, YOU SMELL IT!” He was wonderful.

We also saw one really, really lame show, but that didn’t really count because technically it was just a tree talking at us.

After the museum, we hit Porters Bar & Grill for boozy fun. The one big disappointment was that our speaker, Barb Mervine, was literally trapped in New Hampshire with no power or phone thanks to an ill-timed ice storm. So, instead of hearing about UFOs, we were forced to talk to each other. Oh, the humanity!

More photos and favorite moments after the jump.

Video: How Tigger Lost His Boing: Molecular Quackery – Sid Rodrigues 10/20/08

Posted on : 06-12-2008 | By : maggie | In : Skeptics in the Pub, video

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In case you missed the event and missed the video link, here’s Sid’s talk from Oct. 20th.

Boston Skeptics in the Pub – Sid Rodrigues – Oct. 20th. from Maggie McFee on Vimeo.

2008 Harvard Humanist of the Year, This Saturday

Posted on : 03-12-2008 | By : Rebecca | In : Event

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I may be at the free lecture in the morning! Be sure to register if you’d like to attend the seminar. Here’s the info, from Greg Epstein, chaplain of the Harvard Humanists:

The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard presents:

The 2008 “Harvard Humanist of the Year” Lincoln Lecture & Parenting Beyond Belief Seminar with Dale McGowan, Ph.D.

Saturday, December 6th Fong Auditorium of Boylston Hall in Harvard Yard

Register now/while space remains!

http://parentingbeyondbelief.com/seminars/sem_boston.htm

For more info:

http://www.harvardhumanist.org/news/2008/10/22/register-now-parenting-beyond-belief-seminar

The program:

Harvard Humanist of the Year Lincoln Lecture: “Parenting Beyond Belief” 11:00 am -12:00 pm (free and open to the public)

Lunch (seminar registrants only; kids eat free with parents) 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Parenting Beyond Belief Seminar 1:00 pm – 5:00pm

The Parenting Beyond Belief Seminar offers encouragement and practical solutions for secular parenting in a religious world. Based on the freethinking philosophy of the book Newsweek called “a compelling read,” the seminar empowers secular parents to raise ethical, caring, confident kids without religion.
Co-sponsored by Charlie’s Playhouse: making toys and games that teach kids about evolution, natural selection and the work of Charles Darwin. Visit http://charliesplayhouse.com

ATTN Geeky Musicians of Boston!

Posted on : 02-12-2008 | By : Rebecca | In : Event

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Spotted over on Bostonist, where Kerry writes:

Battle of the Tech Bands 2
7pm, January 22, 2009
Middle East
(Entry deadline December 12)

Xconomy Boston, one of the Globe’s top 64 websites in Boston, is holding its second annual Battle of the Tech Bands in January—and it needs your help (provided you’re a techie band member). Up to six bands can compete in the battle, and at least one member of each band must work for a New England-area technology or life sciences company or a venture-capital or private-equity firm that invests in technology. The top geek groups will receive prizes, including free service from Nimbit, a Framingham-based music marketing platform.

If you’re in a band with a member who qualifies you for the competition, you can enter by emailing techbands at xconomy.com. Include the name of your band, the name of the qualifying company at which one of your members works, the names and musical roles of everyone in the band, contact information for your lead member, at least one MP3 of a song, and a link to your band’s website or MySpace. You must email by midnight on Friday, December 12, 2008, to be considered for the contest.

For more information, check Xconomy’s post on the battle. And even if you’re not in a band, you may want to attend the event: you could meet someone to make turtle nerd babies with. Rock on.

Turtle nerd babies? Count me in!

Event Tonight: Science on Screen at the Coolidge

Posted on : 01-12-2008 | By : Rebecca | In : Event

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It’s on the calendar (in the right sidebar) but just in case you missed it: