SkeptiCal 2015 - Set Your Calendars

Saturday 6 June 2015 is the date for this immensely popular gathering of scientists, skeptoids, geeks, educators, and activists.

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SkeptiCAL 2015 will be held at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center - close to BART, ethnic restaurants, open-air markets, and colorful pubs.

Join the Bay Area Skeptics (or renew) to receive a $10 discount from the full registration fee.

As per usual, we have a great lineup of speakers and workshops. You can find details at the SkeptiCal Conference website.

No Foolin' with the SciSchmooze

Greetings fellow Schmoozers,

We have another full list of events for you this week. I hope you will be able to attend at least one of them. My picks for the week are:

  1. Healthcare 2024 - 03/31/2015 04:10 PM with former Health and Human Services Cabinet Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, at UC Berkeley
  2. After Dark: Sideshow Science - 04/02/2015 06:00 PM at the ExplOratorium, San Francisco, looking at the science behind carnival sideshows
  3. NanoDays 2015 - 04/04/2015 11:00 AM, a celebration of all things very small, Oakland

If you are an after-school program staffer or administrator,

New ShelShocked Podcast Airs...

Dear Fellow Skeptics:

I'm happy to announce that I've started a new podcast on science and ShelShockedShelShockedskepticism 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

Ohlone Psychology Club Speaker Series Presents - "An Honest Liar - The Amazing Randi Story" screening...

Mark your calendars for Friday, April 3rd, 7pm!Tyler Measom and RandiTyler Measom and Randi

I'm pleased to announce that the Ohlone Psychology Club has arranged a screening of the award-winning documentary, "An Honest Liar" at Ohlone College on Friday, April 3rd, 7pm!

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.

My Magical Weekend With James Randi...

I hope that each person reading this article can, someday, have a weekend like the one I just experienced. It was, as the kids say, epic.An Honest LiarAn Honest Liar

Earlier this month, I got a message from my friend, the filmmaker Tyler Meason, letting me know that he’d be in San Francisco on Sunday, June 15th for the screening of “An Honest Liar,” the documentary he co-created with Justin Weinstein that chronicles the life of world-renowned magician and skeptic, James “The Amazing” Randi. I purchased tickets and said that I would see him there. A few weeks passed, and I got another message from Tyler, this time letting me know that James Randi himself would be attending the screening, and suggesting that I look into asking him to make an appearance for the Bay Area Skeptics.

Acts & Facts & Pacifiers

(Reprinted from the National Center for Science Education.)

Acts & Chelyabinsk meteor. © 2013 Alexandr IvanovChelyabinsk meteor. © 2013 Alexandr IvanovFacts is the monthly publication of the Institute for Creation Research, which equips “believers with evidence of the Bible’s accuracy and authority through scientific research…”

Here at NCSE, we maintain a subscription to Acts & Facts to remain informed of the ICR’s stance on various topics and as a reminder of what we face in defending science education. The May 2014 issue has an article by Dr. Jason Lisle—ICR's Director of Research—that is a case study in avoiding worry and shirking responsibility by donning blinders in adopting a human-centric view of the universe.

"I fear the coming of the Big Stupid"

Jon CarrollJon CarrollJon Carroll understands, promotes, and appreciates science, which we in the Bay Area can be grateful for.

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