Set Your Calendar for the Billion-Year Walk

Billion-Year Walk

The Time Machine will be operational from 9AM - 4PM Sunday July 10

Take the whole family back a billion years and walk forward to the present around Lake Merritt (5 km = 3.1 miles). Follow dozens of signs describing the history of our Earth and its life. Docents will answer your questions as you travel through time around the lake and back to the Rotary Nature Center.

[Millions of dinosaurs and other animals were harmed in the making of this history!]

A Solstice Cuppa Java with the SciSchmooze 6.20.16

A Solstice Cuppa Java with the SciSchmooze 6.20.16
Hello Science Supporters,

What will you be doing at 3:34 PDT June 20? You can start planning on the days getting shorter!

I’d like you to meet Isabella. IsabellaIsabella Every once in awhile I hear a very cool story of a scientist connecting with a young potential scientist. I’d like to thank both Carolyn Porco and Susan Gerbic for all that they do to inspire people to embrace science and reason. We are all about promoting science to everyone and inspiring people to actually pursue a career in science. I love stories like this.

Science is what leads us to technologies that can help us figure out what is going on both here on earth as well as elsewhere in the universe. Certainly what is going on here is much more immediate and important to us since we live here. There are amazing tools and sources of information that help us understand this. In this day and age of science denial, dare I say denial of reason; we really need to be aware of what this fragile layer of life on this planet is experiencing. Here are two links that I hope you will spend some time with as they are both rich and...

"Doing Good in the World - Prosocial Behavior" - Ep. 19 of ShelShocked...

During the holiday season, we usually start receiving messages about good cheer, Belinda CarlisleBelinda Carlislehope for the future, and volunteering to help those less fortunate. Even for those of us who are non-believers, it's a wonderful time of year.

Have you ever wondered what makes people "do good"?

A New Group: Silicon Valley Skeptics

...and our board president is giving a talk there!!!Eugenie Scott, PhD

Please welcome the Silicon Valley Skeptics to our extended community. They have a Meetup page HERE. If possible, attend the talk on December 4th by Dr. Eugenie Scott, board president of the Bay Area Skeptics.

What if 'Intelligent Design' Had Won? Reflecting on 10 Years Since Kitzmiller v. Dover

Ten years ago, the decision in Kitzmiller v Dover determined that

SkeptiCal-15 Speakers on Youtube!

New BAS Channel Announced

Ann Reid at SkeptiCal-15Ann Reid at SkeptiCal-15

Good news for SkeptiCal fans! (Of course you know SkeptiCal – it’s the northern California conference of science and critical thinking, sponsored by the Bay Area Skeptics and the Sacramento Skeptics. You knew that, didn’t you? Good).

BAS now has a Youtube channel and the first PLAYLIST presents...

Guest Post: Obituary for Wallace Sampson, M.D. March 29, 1930 -- May 25, 2015

By Carol and Ben Baumgartner

Wally SampsonWally Sampson It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our admired and beloved friend, Wallace Ira Sampson, M.D., “Wally”, on May 25, 2015 at Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

New ShelShocked Podcast Airs...

Dear Fellow Skeptics:

I'm happy to announce that I've started a new podcast on science and skepticism called ShelShocked. My co-host for this endeavor is the lovely Amanda Devaus, of the Canberra Skeptics in Australia.

New eBook: Magic in the Classroom from JREF...

Hey, all! The JREF announced yesterday the publication of a new critical thinking resource in the form of "Magic in the Classroom - Using Extraordinary Claims to Teach Critical Thinking," a FREE e-book.JREF eBookJREF eBook

Bay Area Vaccination Issue More Nuanced Than Usually Presented

Here's a good piece on Bay Area vaccination statistics, from this morning's SF Chronicle.Mom & BabyMom & Baby

One of the few articles I've seen that explores the nuances of refusal -- it goes beyond "gee, unvaccinating parents are all ignorant/selfish/health nut/California hippies/[insert pejorative of choice here]".

Operation Bumblebee stings psychic medium Chip Coffey...

One of the most annoying parts of the "world of woo" is people who claim to have psychic powers. Although none has ever actually shown evidence of this ability under strict observation, it's a multi-million dollar business, with some in the field becoming quite prominent. Chip Coffey may not be one of the biggest players, but he's had his 15 minutes of fame with A&E's "Psychic Kids" program and a few other television appearances. Operation Bumblebee (San Jose)Operation Bumblebee (San Jose) A group of us wanted to see whether we could trick him into communicating with dead people who don't actually exist. So after a lot of work and planning, we did just that.

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