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Skeptics in the Pub: Mike Brown – “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming”

Posted on : 24-01-2011 | By : maggie | In : Event, Skeptics in the Pub

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Thanks everyone for braving the snow. It was literally standing room only and it’s a wonder we let Mike stop talking.
It’s a shame we couldn’t video tonight’s event for those who couldn’t come. It was a very engaging talk and Mike is a natural story teller. Who knew that frozen spheres with high albedo could be such fun.

UPDATE 3 (5:40pm): Mike is in a cab risking his life to get to you! But still… we understand if you stay in. That said, we’re still a go for tonight. Hope you can make it!

UPDATE 2 (3pm): Cambridge has declared a ‘snow emergency’ effective 7pm tonight (thanks for the heads up, Jonas). SO, please use your best judgment & keep an eye on the forecast. As of right now we’re still on, but please watch for updates as things could change quickly.

A note about weather 1/26/11: We are still on so far. Mike’s flight left on time and will land well ahead of any snow. That said, we’d like to encourage everyone to take public transport if possible rather than drive as there’s a good chance you’ll be driving home in the snow (if it starts by then).

Mike Brown will be in town to talk about and sign his new Book “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming” and we’re pleased he’d like to do it with us.

This Wednesday the 26th at 7:00pm at Tommy Doyle’s (Crimson Lounge) in Harvard Square.

So brave the cold and come get some warm food and cold beer. And listen to Mike discuss killing the favorite [former] planet of children everywhere.

NOTE: We’ll be in the Crimson Lounge downstairs.

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Boston Skeptics’ Book Club on Saturday!

Posted on : 20-01-2011 | By : Mary | In : Book Club

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Free* Pi Cat to the first five people! (*Note: Pi Cat not included.)

I know the weather has been crazy lately, but Saturday is supposed to be mostly sunny, according to various weather sources. Of course, in weatherspeak, that means that we’ll get three inches of dead apocalypse birds with a snow chaser. (I think that’s actually what the festive-sounding Wintry Mix is.)

We’ll be discussing Jennifer Ouellette’s The Calculus Diaries. Come on down to Harvard from 3-5 pm, in the Northwest building where we met up last time. Even if you don’t know anything about math or this book, come for a lively discussion and get more information than you ever wanted to know about how to use math to be prepared for a zombie outbreak. And if you’re feeling extra warm-hearted, bring a snack (thanks to everyone who does, it’s always very much appreciated).

See you on Saturday, nerds!

Skeptics in the Pub: Andy Lewis “The Persistence of Delusion”

Posted on : 07-01-2011 | By : maggie | In : Event, Skeptics in the Pub

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Join us Monday, Jan. 10th at our usual location and time: 7PM at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square for Andy Lewis, “The Persistence of Delusion: How themes around alt med persists across the centuries”. (Facebook Event Link)

Andy Lewis continues in our long tradition of funny brits talking about serious stuff. You may know Andy as the creator of the Quakometer and he’s also runs the Oxford Skeptics in the Pub. You may have also heard him mentioned if you attended one of the two “lost episodes” of Boston Skeptics in the Pub featuring Simon Perry.

A great description shamelessly stolen from the Swansea skeptics’ site (sorry, mates).

The late eighteenth century was a very creative time for inventing new forms of quackery and many became quite wealthy on the back of their invention. Of these creations, it is perhaps only homeopathy that has survived virtually unchanged into the 21st century. The majority of alternative medicines available today have been invented and developed within living memory, despite claims of their origins in antiquity.

What makes an alternative medicine successful? Why should homeopathy survive when the very popular tractors of Perkins have long since been forgotten? Could you have predicted this in 1800? Today, we have a new industry of quack devices protecting us from mobile phones. Should you invest in such enterprises?

In this talk, Andy will look at the factors that make pseudo-medicines thrive and why consumers and practitioners latch onto them. Importantly, we shall explore the implications of these views for regulation and protecting the public from delusional or fraudulent claims.

Don’t miss it!


* – The lost episodes: Two events which could not be filmed as we ended up in the lower bar instead of our usual upstairs setting for Simon Perry’s and Kemball Atwood’s talk.