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Skeptics in the Pub: Trivia

Posted on : 21-02-2012 | By : John | In : Blog Post, Skeptics in the Pub

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Everyone knows Skeptics are a bunch of overeducated know-it-alls. Here’s your chance to prove it with objective data. Join us for a fun evening of discussion, dinner, drinking and knowing more and more about less and less until we know everything about nothing. All answers are final, and remember, this will count on your final grade.

The Seventh Doctor

Who is this person?


This month, we’ll be meeting in the luxurious main level at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square at 7:00 PM on Monday, Feb 27th. RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Book Club: “That’s Disgusting” by Rachel Herz

Posted on : 11-02-2012 | By : John | In : Book Club, Event

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UPDATE: Due to scheduling conflicts, we’ve decided to postpone the next book club meeting until April 7.

Actually, this picture is not disgusting, but disgusted

How we'll look while enjoying our next meeting

In honor of Evacuation Day, March 17, our next book will be That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion by Rachel Herz. Since Evacuation Day is better known as St Patrick’s Day, we will be celebrating by including a fine selection of disgustingly green colored, but delicious snacks.

I usually forget to promote the snacks in my Book Club announcements, possibly due to the fact that books usually involve parasites, corpses, zombies, medical experimentation or nasty chemicals, but they are a highlight of the meetings. Today, Mary brought delicious, low-fat, low-calorie chocolate chip muffins. (I ate four.) Please bring a snack or your appetite or both. We always have left-overs, so don’t feel shy if you just come and eat (and discuss the book, of course. Or just sit in the corner and be amused by the obscure Star Trek references that always sneak in.)

Back to the book… I haven’t started to read it yet[*], but according to the Amazon description, it “tackl[es] such colorful topics as cannibalism, humor, and pornography.” How could it go wrong? The few reviews so far are all very positive. It was just published in January (“That book is so two weeks ago”), so unfortunately there’s no paperback edition yet, so if you are poor, think of it as an opportunity to get up close and personal with your local library.

Date: April 7, 2012
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 (ish) PM
Location: Unless it is spectacularly nice out, the first floor conference room at the north end of the Northwest Science Building at Harvard. (52 Oxford St, Cambridge MA.)

Please feel free to RSVP on our Facebook event page if you’re not socialmediaphobic.

[*] Actually, I have, thanks to Kindle’s instant gratification mode. The 2nd paragraph of the Preface contains a description of the National Rotten Sneakers Contest. I think we have a winner!

Book Club Today!

Posted on : 11-02-2012 | By : Mary | In : Blog Post

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Don't let the snow get you down, come to Book Club!

Don’t let the weather keep you cooped up, come over and socialize with the Boston Skeptics as we discuss Richard Wiseman’s Paranormality. We are meeting at 3pm today in Conference Room 169 in the Northwest Building at Harvard (see last month’s post for directions). Bring a snack if you wish (I’m bringing home-brewed beer and freshly-baked chocolate chip muffins). See you soon!