Featured Posts

SitP: Heina Dadabhoy from Islam to Atheism. [caption id="attachment_2139" align="alignright" width="239"] A ninja warrior welcomes guests to Convergence/Skepchickcon[/caption]Boston Skeptics welcomes our January guest speaker, atheist feminist secular...

Read more

Book Club: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha... [caption id="attachment_2131" align="alignright" width="197"] The Emperor of All Maladies[/caption]This month's book is The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, an oncologist...

Read more

SitP: David Ropeik and the Risk Perception Gap Update! Thanks to Andrea and Francois, we now have a video of David Ropeik's talk available on our

Read more

SitP: Larry Gilbertson on GMOs and Biotech [caption id="attachment_2117" align="alignright" width="300"] Feeding the world[/caption]The population of the earth will exceed 9 billion people by 2050. Arable land is decreasing, dietary preferences...

Read more

  • Prev
  • Next

SitP: Holiday Hooligans’ War on Christmas

Posted on : 13-12-2011 | By : John | In : Event, Skeptics in the Pub

Tags: , , , ,

0

In what is becoming a tradition, we’ll be fighting the good fight against the Christmas traditions by celebrating them to max. Actually, we’ll be doing a Yankee Swap and socializing.

We’re a week early this month (due to the dread “Ch” word), but at the usual time and place, Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub in Harvard Square, 7 to 9 PM on Monday, December 19, 2011. Please bring a small, geeky, nerdy, cheap (under $10) skeptical gift so you can participate in the Swap, but if you’d rather not, then just come and socialize and laugh as the participants try to strategize. (I got an awesome pirate skull mug last year.)

RSVP on Facebook, if that’s your thing.

The Path of Autism Causation Research

Posted on : 09-12-2011 | By : Todd W. | In : Blog Post, Member Post, skepticism

0

Book Club: Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Posted on : 03-12-2011 | By : John | In : Book Club, Event

Tags: , ,

0

Henrietta and David Lacks, circa 1945.Our next book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It is the story of HeLa cells, the first immortal cell line which has been and continues to be used extensively in many fields, including cancer research, vaccine development and testing, AIDS, aging, genetics, and the effects of radiation on living cells. It is also the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American woman raised as a share-cropper on a Virginia tobacco farm who died a horrible death from cancer at age 30 in 1951. It is also the story of her family who only found out about the source of the HeLa cell line many years later. (Informed consent was apparently never sought or obtained.)

The book promises many topics for discussion, including medical history, cutting edge cancer and vaccine research, medical ethics and the exploitation of poor people for medical research, history of the underclasses in America, the importance of science education, and the current health care situation. (Many of Henrietta’s descendants can’t afford to receive the treatments derived from her cells, should they develop those diseases!)

Skloot worked with the Lacks family, particularly with Henrietta’s daughter Deborah to obtain their side of the story and to help them in their personal search for answers.

The book has received excellent reviews, both on-line and from friends, and I am looking forward to reading it.

We will be meeting on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3 PM, most likely in the same conference room in the Northwest Science Building at Harvard that we have used recently.

Video: Mary Lefkowitz – Academic Fictions and Fantasies – Nov. 28th, 2011

Posted on : 03-12-2011 | By : maggie | In : Skeptics in the Pub, video

Tags: ,

0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Lefkowitz
http://www.wellesley.edu/PublicAffairs/Profile/gl/mlefkowitz.html

Boston Skeptics’ Book Club Today!

Posted on : 03-12-2011 | By : Mary | In : Blog Post

2

Come join us at 3pm in the Northwest Building at the Harvard Campus (52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA). We’re booked in Conference Room 169 and if you ask the guards in the front of the building they will let you know where to go. Or you can just follow the directions here.

Come and listen to the various (and true) ways in which the Earth may meet its end as we discuss Phil Plait’s Death from the Skies. Fortunately, the End Isn’t Near! (Now, who’s going to correct all those people with the signs?) Bring a snack if you want and come join us this afternoon.