Posted on : 12-10-2012 | By : John | In : Book Club
Our next book is Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow.
Mlodinow is a physicist and coauthor with Steven Hawking of The Grand Design and A Briefer History of Time.
This book is not Physics nor (snacks) is it Sci-Fi. Rather, it is “a startling and eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world” (to quote the Amazon publisher’s blurb.) In a guest review on Amazon, Prof. V.S Ramachandran says:
“This delightfully accessible yet intellectually rigorous book transcends traditional (snacks) boundaries between neuroscience, psychology and philosophy, to tackle the riddle of the unconscious mind.”
This aligns closely with what one of our members said at the SitP yesterday. He described it as more rigorous (snacks) and data-driven than Carol Tavris’s Mistakes Were Made, But Not by Me, which covers similar topics. He said Subliminal is more readable despite being less anecdotal. I think we will all enjoy this one.
We’ll be meeting at our usual location at 3PM on Saturday, Nov 3. You can RSVP at our event page on Facebook, if it is working this month.
As usual, Mary will be hosting a discussion of Subliminal on Skepchick the day after our meeting.
[Subliminal hints about snacks courtesy of me. Remember to bring a snack or at least your appetite!]
Posted on : 02-10-2012 | By : John | In : Event, local
Late breaking news! The October SitP will be 3 weeks early! All contributions will be matched 2 for one, up to a total of zero dollars! Don’t let this opportunity slip by! Think of the Childrens!
Our guest speaker, Caroline Fiennes, has written a new book about using the principles of skepticism to evaluate the effectiveness of charities. It Ain’t What You Give, It’s the Way That You Give It: Making Charitable Donations That Get Results appears to be “terrific and timely”, to quote one of the 2 Amazon reviews (both 5 stars.)
‘Caroline Fiennes explains how to balance heart and mind for serious philanthropy. She emphasises with clarity the importance of evidence and economics for to maximise good deeds per dollar‘ – Simon Singh, science writer
Caroline will have some copies of her book available.
We will be meeting downstairs, in the lounge, at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square on Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7 PM.
RSVP on FaceBook.
Posted on : 01-10-2012 | By : John | In : Event, local
Marian Call will be appearing at the Granite State Skeptics in the Pub in Manchester, NH on Monday, Oct 8 at 7 PM
Shelley Segal will be appearing at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square on Tuesday, Oct 9 at 9:30 PM.
Marian Call will be appearing again at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square on Sunday, Oct 14 at 9:30 PM.
Molly Lewis and the Doubleclicks will be at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square on Tuesday, Oct 16 at 9:30 PM.
And finally, a token non-musical event, the 2nd Skepticamp New Hampshire will be held on Saturday, Oct 27 from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM. I went last year and it was great fun and very informative. Our own Mary Brock is among the speakers this year.
P.S. I missed another appearance by Marian Call, this time in Salem NH on Friday, Oct 12 at 7 PM. And it will be broadcast Live on TV! Way to go, Marian!