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Video: What’s The Harm? – Tim Farley – 2/23/09

Posted on : 27-02-2009 | By : maggie | In : video

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Boston Skeptics in the Pub – Tim Farley – Feb 23, 2009 from Maggie McFee on Vimeo.

Monday, March 16: William Lobdell at Skeptics in the Pub

Posted on : 25-02-2009 | By : Rebecca | In : Skeptics in the Pub

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Losing My ReligionFirst of all, please note that this event will be at the Kendall Square Tommy Doyle’s, not the location we usually take over. Here’s the map!

Time:
7:00pm – 9:30pm

Cost:
Free!

Speaker:
William Lobdell, 48, is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, “Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace” published by HarperCollins. The book has garnered glowing reviews and endorsements from such disparate people as atheist Christopher Hitchens and Skeptics Society founder Michael Shermer, and a variety of well-known Pentecostal and evangelical pastors and Christian talk radio hosts. Lobdell started on the religion beat at the Los Angeles Times in 1998 as an evangelical Christian and left it, eight years later, a reluctant atheist. He earned several national awards for his work before leaving the beat in 2006. Lobdell also has been a visiting faculty member for 12 years at the University of California, Irvine.

Facebook Event Page

Reminder! Boston Skeptics in the Pub is Tonight

Posted on : 23-02-2009 | By : Rebecca | In : Uncategorized

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It’s going to be a good one! Here’s the info again:

WHO
This month’s guest speaker is Tim Farley, who runs the web site What’s The Harm?, where he details the injustices caused by belief in superstition and pseudoscience.

WHERE
Tommy Doyle’s
Harvard Square
(top floor)
96 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

WHEN
Monday, February 23, 2009
7pm

HOW MUCH
Free!

Facebook Event Page
(join the Boston-area Skeptics group to get all invites)

Happy Darwin Day!

Posted on : 12-02-2009 | By : Rebecca | In : Uncategorized

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Just a quick cross-post from Skepchick:

Happy Darwin Day, everyone! Obviously you all know it already, and I (usually?) hate to beat a dead and fossilized horse, but there are amusing shenanigans afoot.

1. I’ll be at the Harvard Darwin Day party tonight around 8pm. You should be, too! If you’re not around my neck of the woods, check out DarwinDay.org to find something local.

2. I just published a short Darwin Day post over on Bostonist. Go, read, enjoy!

3. Today’s your last day to enter the Skepchick Darwinian Playlist Contest. Go, listen, compile!

4. If you’re on Twitter, I’m running a mini contest to find the best Darwinian Pick-up Line! Make it short and sweet (or dirty) and include the hashtag #DarwinPickup. You can follow me here, and the Skepchicks account here. Here are previous Skepchick pick-up lines.

5. Finally, check out this great Origin of Species cake made by an SGU listener!

Boston Skeptics Nerd Brunch RETURNS!

Posted on : 08-02-2009 | By : Rebecca | In : Event

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Part one was a huge hit, with more than 20 people showing up and 24 pancakes eaten (total). So, let’s do it again next Sunday! Same time, same place. Be there!

Date:
Sunday, February 15, 2009

Time:
11:00am – 2:00pm

Location:
Asgard Irish Pub
350 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

RSVP on the Facebook event page or by posting below. See you soon!

New on Bostonist: BS in the Metro

Posted on : 05-02-2009 | By : Rebecca | In : skepticism

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Readers of the free daily Boston Metro (slogan: “you get what you pay for!”) may enjoy my most recent Bostonist post, which begins:

Times are tough for magazines and newspapers in need of advertising dollars. That may be why the Boston Metro is raking in the bucks by devoting full two-page spreads to the printed version of the infomercial, cleverly disguised as actual articles with the word “advertisement” printed in tiny font above them.

Though not as endearing as the ShamWow or the ubiquitous Snuggie, the Metro’s ads do have a certain amount of cheesiness. Last month, commuters were treated to HeatSurge’s miracle Amish electric fireplaces. These really are a miracle, considering that the Amish completely reject technology like, oh, electricity. The ads came complete with Photoshop-ilicious pics of Amishy-looking people in a barn, putting the finishing touches on blazing electric fireplaces. “Call this 1-800 number in the next 48 hours only! Hurry!” Sure. As it happens, the Amish only made the mantles and the Better Business Bureau received dozens of complains about the company, which has advertised the heaters as “free”—with the purchase of a $300 Amish-made mantle.

>>read more on Bostonist

Monday, February 23: Skeptics in the Pub with Tim Farley

Posted on : 04-02-2009 | By : Rebecca | In : Event, Skeptics in the Pub

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WHO
This month’s guest speaker is Tim Farley, who runs the web site What’s The Harm?, where he details the injustices caused by belief in superstition and pseudoscience.

WHERE
Tommy Doyle’s
Harvard Square
(top floor)
96 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

WHEN
Monday, February 23, 2009
7pm

HOW MUCH
Free!

Facebook Event Page
(join the Boston-area Skeptics group to get all invites)