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Boston Skeptics in the Theater 4/26: Amanda Marcotte!

Posted on : Apr-15-2010 | By : Joshua | In : Event, Skeptics in the Pub


If you were at Kimball Atwood’s March Skeptics in the Pub, then you already know this, but for the rest of you here’s the official notice.

For our April event, we’ll once again be back at the Brattle Theater for a very special presentation. Amanda Marcotte, blogger at Pandagon and author of It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments, will be reading from her new book Get Opinionated: A Progressive’s Guide to Finding Your Voice (and Taking a Little Action). While she’s primarily known for her blogging on feminism and liberal politics, Amanda is also an outspoken skeptic who routinely covers anti-vax and climate change denialism as well as atheism, creationism, and other topics familiar to active skeptics. Her talk promises a unique perspective on the intersection of skepticism and politics.

In Get Opinionated: A Progressive’s Guide to Finding Your Voice (and Taking a Little Action) (Seal Press/April 2010/$15.95), Amanda Marcotte — author, blogger, and liberal force to be reckoned with — lays out what you need to know to feel confident in your position on various social issues, and she gives advice on how to get politically involved once you know what you’re talking about. Marcotte is an outspoken advocate for the importance of science, rationality, and respect for the facts when it comes to politics.

In Get Opinionated, Marcotte argues passionately that political activists should prioritize evidence-based arguments, and for a progressive movement that puts real sound science at the center of its platform. She also urges readers to fight for a strong separation of church and state and against the trend of anti-intellectualism in American society.

For this event, Marcotte will focus on political issues closest to skeptical hearts: why science should matter in politics, the political aspects of the anti-vaccination movement, and the creation of scientific “controversies” in the media when they don’t exist in science.

Amanda’s reading will begin at 8pm on Monday, April 26th at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square. As with our Richard Wiseman event, admission will be charged either at the door or in advance through the Brattle’s website. In addition, she’ll have copies of her book available for purchase at the event. Tickets are not available for advance purchase just yet, but we’ll be sure to let everyone know as soon as they are.

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The original text for this post mentioned a “Richard Saunders” event that never happened, and NONE OF YOU CALLED ME ON IT. You all fail as skeptics.

I’m skeptical that Richard Saunders, Richard Wiseman, Phil Plait and George Hrab aren’t all the same person. I *have* seen a photo of them (well, three of them) together, but it was obviously photoshopped.

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