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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!

Skeptics in the Pub with Ethan Brown, the Mathemagician

Posted on : 17-01-2012 | By : John | In : Event, Skeptics in the Pub

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A much better picture of Ethan

The Back of Ethan's HeadIf you attended the Skepticamp New Hampshire last October, you’ll fondly remember being astounded by Ethan Brown, the amazing Mathemagician. If you missed that chance, you can pay the big bucks to see him again at NECCS in April. Or you can see him for free right here in Cambridge this month at the elegant and comfortable Upstairs at Tommy Doyle’s Pub in Harvard Square. Ethan is the author of the popular and mystifying Cool Math Sfuff blog.

We will be meeting at the usual time and place (more or less), Upstairs at Tommy Doyle’s at 96 Winthrop Street (Harvard Square), on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

RSVP on our Facebook event page.

P.S. You can also follow Ethan on Twitter and join his Facebook fan page.

Book Club: Richard Wiseman’s “Paranormality”

Posted on : 15-01-2012 | By : John | In : Blog Post

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Our next book will be Richard Wiseman’s “Paranormality”. We will be meeting at the same Book Time, same Book Place, on Saturday, February 11. I’ll be updating this post with more details shortly.

Boston Skeptics’ Book Club Today!

Posted on : 14-01-2012 | By : Mary | In : Blog Post

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How do HeLas keep in touch? ... Cell Phones. OK, I know that was really bad, but did you know there are a dearth of jokes about HeLa cells?

 

Today we’re meeting in our usual conference room (#169 in the Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St, Harvard Campus, directions here) at 3pm to discuss HeLa cells and the life of Henrietta Lacks.
I don’t have any cell-themed treats to bring, but I will be making some yummy chocolate chip scones to go with John’s coffee! Everyone is welcome, and please bring a snack if you can. Skeptics away!