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New! Boston Skeptics Slack Chat Room We're taking Boston Skeptics to the next level by introducing a Slack chat room for Boston Skeptics to keep and touch, share ideas, and be skeptical in near-real time with each other! Don't have...

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New! Boston Skeptics Slack Chat Room We're taking Boston Skeptics to the next level by introducing a Slack chat room for Boston Skeptics to keep and touch, share ideas, and be skeptical in near-real time with each other! Don't have...

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Boston Skeptics in the Theater & Pub | Bill Nye: Science... Come join the Boston Skeptics at the Brattle Theatre on December 3, where we’ll be attending a screening of a new film about Bill Nye, aptly named “Bill Nye: Science Guy.” We’ll go somewhere nearby...

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October 2017 Organizational Meeting Updates Thanks again to everyone who attended our October 2017 organizational meeting. There were a few items we had drafted and captured more ideas around that we would love to open up for comment and feedback...

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Science Trivia Night, part deux

Posted on : 22-04-2018 | By : Mary Mangan | In : Blog Post, trivia

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Sorry for the late notice on this–but we just came across it. There was interest in our last Trivia night and we’ve heard people want more. Drew has signed up and he’d love to have more Boston Skeptics along with his crew. He helped me with trivia strategy and scoring details that were new to me the last time Nova hosted this.

So if you want to try science trivia, this is a great chance. We especially needed some space nerds last time, we were kind of saturated with biotech and chem nerds.

To go: be sure to sign up at the Eventbrite page. But it would help us if you replied to the Meetup too so we’ll know to look for Boston Skeptics.

Reserve a spot with Nova: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nova-wonders-do-you-know-your-science-trivia-tickets-44421649349

Ping us on Meetup so we can look for you:  https://www.meetup.com/BostonSkeptics/events/250041401/

[Skeptics in the Hub] Dr. Clay Jones on Tourette Syndrome: The Science Behind It and Pseudoscience Surrounding It

Posted on : 15-04-2018 | By : Justin | In : Blog Post

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Come join us at the Humanist Hub on April 21 at 2:00 PM as Dr. Clay Jones breaks down Tourette syndrome for us: its underlying pathology, clinical presentation, and the latest science-based treatments for it. After grounding us in reality, Dr. Jones. will then dive into “alternative” (i.e. bogus) treatments for it, ranging from chiropractic to dental (yes, dental!).

All of this is just one piece of a bigger story about why claims of bogus, pseudoscientific cures for diseases and disorders can fool patients and practitioners alike. There may also be a surprise guest joining Dr. Jones in his talk – more to come about that later!

Clay Jones, M.D. is a pediatrician practicing at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA, and a regular contributor to the Science-Based Medicine blog. He primarily cares for healthy newborns and hospitalized children, and devotes his full time to educating pediatric residents and medical students. Dr. Jones first became aware of and interested in the incursion of pseudoscience into his chosen profession while completing his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital a decade ago. He has since focused his efforts on teaching the application of critical thinking and scientific skepticism to the practice of pediatric medicine. Dr. Jones has no conflicts of interest to disclose and no ties to the pharmaceutical industry. He can be found on Twitter as @skepticpedi and is the co-host of The Prism Podcast (@PrismPodcast) with fellow SBM contributor Grant Ritchey @SkepticalDDS.

[Cross Post] 2018 March for Science Boston: Science Strikes Back!

Posted on : 09-04-2018 | By : Justin | In : Blog Post

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The time has come again for the March for Science in Boston! This coming Saturday (April 14) at 1:00 PM, people will gather at Christopher Columbus park to celebrate science. Check out the Boston March for Science website for more details, and be sure to RSVP!

Boston Skeptics will be meeting at the Armenian Heritage Park at 12:30 PM before walking over. Hope to see you there!