A Non-Scientific Argument Against Intelligent Design

I was at Drinking Skeptically on Wednesday, trying to talk to people about how they should write for the Gotham Skeptic, because frankly, I get tired sometimes and I’d like to share that terrifying “it’s Wednesday/Sunday at 9:00 and I still don’t know what I’m going to write about” feeling that has become such a regular part of my week.  I was talking with Mitch, who if you’re a regular member of the NYC Skeptics, you probably know, and he’s telling me about this story he’d like to write all about “what if Intelligent Design was real.”  I’m not going to go into it too much because that’s his thing, but I had a question on it, he encouraged me to write about it here, and that’s what’s been done and what I’m doing. … continue reading this entry.

Drinking Skeptically This Wednesday

What is Drinking Skeptically?
When: 8PM the last Wednesday of every month!

Drinking Skeptically is an informal event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals. … continue reading this entry.

Drinking Skeptically Tonight

dsbanner06What is Drinking Skeptically?
Drinking Skeptically is an informal event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals.

Drinking Skeptically provides an opportunity for skeptics to talk, share ideas (and yes, drink) in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss the issues of the day and whatever else is on our minds. But most of all, we have fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality.

Don’t drink? Don’t let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world’s most famous skeptics are teetotallers and we are happy to have you! … continue reading this entry.

What are YOU doing this weekend?

What are we doing?  Well… we were thinking about co-hosting the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism.  That’s right, Saturday is our second… I’d like to say annual, but last year we held it in September so… semi-annual – NECSS.  Last year was full of fantastic lectures, great panel discussions, a live show by the SGU, a concert by George Hrab, and Jamy Ian Swiss confounding us with magic tricks between just about every single discussion.  And this year?  It’s shaping up to be even better.  Why?  Let’s see… … continue reading this entry.

Thank You, Mrs. Walkman: OR How I Won a Drunken Argument with Seventh Grade Logic

This is what was inside of me

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One of the most annoying questions that can be asked of a middle school math teacher is, “When am I ever going to use this in the real world?” Part of the annoyance is that for most kids, it’s kind of true. I don’t know about you, on a daily basis I find a lot of use for arithmetic, but on the whole I don’t really have to rely on all that much else. Sure, I recently solved a quadratic equation, but I can’t honestly say I needed to.  However! The other day, I discovered a great reason for any kid to learn math: winning arguments with annoying people. … continue reading this entry.

Skeptic Zone In New York – Australians Biting The Big Apple

Mark 'Gravy' Roberts and my friend Dr Mark Henn

One bright crisp August night in 2008, I joined my friend Mark at the Four-Faced Liar Pub to talk to the New York City Skeptics, gathering audio for what was eventually to become the Skeptic Zone podcast.

We’d been in New York for about a week and I was leaving at 4am the next morning to head to Atlanta for Dragon*Con, the science fiction and fantasy convention. We’d walked all over Central Park, I ate more sushi than is probably recommended for one lifetime and got the ‘best interview I never did’ – with Mark “Gravy” Roberts, a tour guide who challenged 9-11 conspiracy theorists on his home turf. That interview featured in full on the Skeptic Zone Episode One. … continue reading this entry.

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