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Reminder: Book Club on Saturday

Posted on : Aug-25-2010 | By : Mary | In : Blog Post, Book Club

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Just a quick reminder that the Boston Skeptics’ Book Club is meeting up this Saturday at 3 pm to discuss Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson. There’s been a slight change of venue and we’re going to be in Harvard Yard this time, and here is a map of where we’ll be, with a giant green pepper marking our meeting spot (click to enlarge):

(Yes, that’s a giant green pepper, it was the coolest brush I could find in my open-source photo editing software, plus it’s totally appropriate since we’re having a picnic this time.)

In case you can’t make it out, it’s across from the Tanner Fountain (looks like a bunch of mist rising up from a circle of rocks) between the Harvard Science Center and the Sanders Theatre. There’s a little grove of trees (seen in the background here) and we’ll set up there with our books and our food. Bring whatever food you want–I’ll be bringing some plates, utensils, cups, and probably a fruit of some sort but everything is welcome as long as you bring yourself! We get at least one newcomer per meeting, so don’t be shy. The weather should be beautiful, and who wouldn’t want to hang out with a bunch of nerds skeptics on a Saturday afternoon anyway? Look, I even made it a Facebook event this time so you can RSVP!

Media Bonus: Here is the link of Jon Ronson at one of our Pub events. He starts talking about his extremist adventures at 5:54 and shows a video of the Cremation of Care at 17:00. Enjoy!

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Hi

I googled Harvard Science Center and the MBTA link on their site is broken.

Is this area close to the Red Line Harvard T stop? If so, can anyone give me directions from the stop to the area?

Thanks
T

This non-facebook person will be bringing cupcakes.
— Scott

Is there any parking nearby?

There’s on-street parking nearby, or you can park at Alewife and take the red line a couple stops into Harvard.

You can’t park your car in Harvard Yard (it would get towed) even though that would be super convenient.

Oxford Ave or Kirkland St would be the closest on-street parking, and I think it’s legal as long as it’s not overnight. There are several parking lots near by, but you might need a permit to park there even on a Saturday afternoon.

The T is easiest, just get off at Harvard Square, cross Mass Ave to the southwest corner of Harvard Yard, cut diagonally to the middle of the northern side of the Yard (2-3 minute walk), and its just across Cambridge St (which goes through a short tunnel, so there’s no traffic and it’s all at ground level.)

The Science Center is a good landmark to navigate by… It looks like a giant set of airplane steps to nowhere, like the truck in Arrested Development but much bigger.

An FYI

There is an interview with Mary Roach author of “Spook” on skepticality.

http://www.skepticality.com/

Wonderful to meet all of you!
Sorry September is so busy we can’t meet up (I’ll just be aging, seems to happen every September). Hope you all have wonderful month and I’ll see you in October!
Tressa

PS
Mary: great job keepting track of the high points in the book! Awesome work!

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