WHO: Dr. Robert Burton, M.D., neuroscientist and author.
WHAT: A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves
What if our soundest, most reasonable judgments are beyond our control?
Despite 2500 years of contemplation by the world’s greatest minds and the more recent phenomenal advances in basic neuroscience, neither neuroscientists nor philosophers have a decent understanding of what the mind is or how it works. Robert Burton believes that while some neuroscience observations are real advances, others are overreaching, unwarranted, wrong-headed, self-serving, or just plain ridiculous. In his new book “A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind”, he offers a new vision of how to think about what the mind might be and how it works.
WHEN: 8PM, Monday 24 June
WHERE: Downstairs at Kells Irish Pub, 530 Jackson St, San Francisco. [Click for Map]
Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub
If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. Skeptics in the Pub is a group of like-minded people informally discussing the latest in science or pseudoscience over Fish & Chips and ale.
WHEN: 7PM, Wednesday 26 June 2013 (4th Wednesday each month)
WHERE: Fiddlers Green, 333 El Camino Real, Millbrae. A 10 minute stroll from the Millbrae BART & Caltrain station. [Click for Map]
Come join the Bay Area Skeptics in planning an interstellar colonizing project! Barring planetary catastrophes and continued global degradation, Earth will support us for the next 500 million years. By then, to avoid extinction, we had better have robust colonies scattered around the galaxy. Learn about proposed strategies to reach other star systems: which proposals might work, and which certainly won't. Share your ideas in this audience-participation SkepTalk.
WHO: David Almandsmith is an NCSE (National Center for Science Education) staffer, former math and science teacher, and Cal graduate in Biology with a minor in Physics. He analyzed published strategies for reaching the stars and added one of his own. Using his science and math background, he collaborated on the novel, Trillium Project, about our reach to the stars.
WHERE: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. A 6 minute stroll from the Ashby BART station. [Click for Map]