Flash Wednesday

SkepticampNYC 2010 is filling up fast. Reserve your spot today!

The latest Rationally Speaking podcast is now available for download featuring Joshua Knobe on Experimental Philosophy. Our last episode has been downloaded a record 20,000 times. Thank you everyone for listening!

Rationally Speaking co-host and NYC Skeptics board member Julia Galef will be moderating a panel [...]

Flash Wednesday

Save the date for NECSS 2011 with keynote speaker Dr. Phil Plait! April 9-10, 2011 in New York City — for the latest news and updates, stay tuned to www.necsscon.org, the NECSS facebook page, and twitter feed (@NECSS).

SkepticampNYC is only a month away! Registration is still open for the second annual “Skepticamp” — an “un-conference” where [...]

Announcing NECSS 2011!

Save the date for NECSS 2011

Next year’s Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism will take place on April 9-10, 2011 in New York City. This will be our third annual conference, and it promises to be bigger and better in every way — with a larger venue, more [...]

Flash Wednesday

In an effort to clear out our remaining inventory before the arrival of the NECSS 2010 DVDs, we are reducing the price of our NECSS 2009 DVD set from $45 to $20 — more than half off! What’s more, we are including free shipping to delivery addresses within the Unites States. This set includes the [...]

NECSS 2009 DVDs On Sale NOW!

Use these nicely edited DVDs to prove to people that YOU were at the very first NECSS. Alternatively, watch the DVD and just tell everyone you were there! To purchase visit this site, with [...]

The Birth of Skeptical Culture

Believe it or not, I believe in cultures more important than this.  Though this ones pretty good...

Believe it or not, I believe in cultures more important than this. Though this one's pretty good...

Scott Stafiej (actually pronounced “Staffey”) has a project that I insist has an end-goal that he disagrees with.  He calls this project “Skeptuality,” and the idea (this is my paraphrasing) is that, although he is a staunch proponent of the rationally based thinking that comes from his skepticism, there are times that he wants to embrace some aspects of spirituality.  Thus, Scott has spent the past few months experimenting with different pseudo-religious activities, just to see if any scratch his meta-itch.  Whenever we talk about it I tell Scott that he’s laying the groundwork for a skeptical religion.  Though he often laughs when I say it, I have a feeling that Scott takes a slight amount of umbrage at these conversations.  My last post encouraged a reader to comment the following:

[Y]ou guys should really think about how your tone affects status.  I think this is a good group, but you won’t convince anybody by making fun of ‘the enemy.’  How about adopting a more intellectual focus? … continue reading this entry.

On PZ and Michael

This is your skeptical movement on Muhammed Ali.

This is your skeptical movement on the Sweet Science.

My first reaction to PZ Myer’s post lambasting Michael De Dora was that PZ was an evil bastard who no longer had a place in polite society.  I’ve since calmed down.  It’s here where I place the obligatory statement that I indeed have a personal relationship with Michael, which is what I think this all comes down to. Since NECSS, I’ve been trying to be a bit more skeptical in my day-to-day life, and part of that is thinking in terms of evidence.  One of the speakers at NECSS and I spoke about the PZ/Michael rigmarole at dinner, and he had some things to say about it.  “The reason you feel that way,” he told me, “ is because Michael is a friend of yours. He is my friend, too, and that was my initial reaction, as well. But the more I thought about it, I realized that if PZ Myers were on the radio, no one would bat an eye.  No one gets shocked when Howard Stern is Howard Stern. PZ’s is a polemicist, and his blog is a persona, to great effect. I generally agree with his point against Michael, but don’t like the way he said it, and generally favor the way Michael makes his points, even if I disagree with some of his points themselves. In the end, I don’t think we skeptics and secularists should scold others for having a different style than we have.” … continue reading this entry.

James Randi is telling YOU to do SOMETHING!

James Randi at NECSS 2010 (photo by Larry Auerbach)

James Randi at NECSS 2010 (photo by Larry Auerbach)

This weekend New York City Skeptics and The New England Skeptical Society held the second annual Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS). The scuttlebutt from the event and Twitter (#NECSS) was that it was even better received by this year’s sold out crowd than last year’s sold out crowd.

After a full day of terrific speakers delving into important topics, the event culminated in one small man, sitting alone on stage with a mic taking questions from the audience. James Randi can be credited with popularizing skepticism, and from his frequent visits on Johnny Carson Tonight Show, he managed to bring rational thought to Americans all over the country. And they love him for it to this day. … 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.

Announcing NECSS 2010: Registration is Now Open!

A packed house listens to John Rennie at NECSS 2009 (photo by Tim Farley)

Saturday, April 17th!

Registration for the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS) 2010 is now open! We’ve kept ticket prices the same as last year: $65 general admission, and $40 for students and NYC Skeptics/NESS members. Space is ilmited to [...]

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