WHERE: Café Barrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. A 2-minute walk from the Menlo Park Caltrain Station. [Click for Map]
Speaker Series: Fremont
WHAT: An Honest Liar - The Amazing Randi Story
The Ohlone College Psychology Club is pleased to announce a screening of "An Honest Liar - The Amazing Randi Story."
Winner of the American Film Institute's "Audience Award for Best Feature" in 2014, this 90-minute documentary details the personal life and career of magician-turned-skeptic James "The Amazing" Randi. In it, Bill Nye (The Science Guy), Penn & Teller, Alice Cooper, and Adam Savage (Mythbusters) are among those who help tell Randi's story, and discuss his influence on their lives and careers.
Randi's life mirrors that of the great magician Houdini in more ways than one. Not only did his rise to fame come from performing feats of magic and escape artistry that rivaled competitors, but his later career challenging psychics, paranormalists, and pseudoscientists to prove their claims under proper observing conditions (with the tantalizing offer of the JREF's $1 million should they succeed) has made him the darling of skeptics, and the nemesis of charlatans, the world over.
Writer and director Tyler Measom will be on hand to introduce the film, and will hold a Q&A after the show so that guests can ask him about the making of the film, behind-the-scenes experiences with Randi, and his other award-winning projects.
WHEN: 7PM Friday, April 3
WHERE: Jackson Theatre, Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Ohlone College, Fremont campus [Click for Map]
WHAT: Herding Cats and Teaching Science: What I Learned About the Reluctance to Embrace Life, the Universe, and Everything
When Secular Students Alliance regional organizer Dan Pemberton began his work with secular student groups, he expected to see a battle for science literacy with clean lines of science advocates vs. religious fundamentalists. He quickly learned that in almost every secular campus community exists a recognizable population of students who reject science and the scientific community but espouse other secular values. What's more, he learned that the reasons for this rejection of science are largely ignored by advocates of scientific literacy.
WHO: Dan Pemberton is the Secular Students Alliance Regional Campus Organizer for the Southwest region. He was President of the Secular Student Alliance at Sacramento State University. In his spare time, Dan enjoys all things tech, LEGOS, and Doctor Who. Dan's passion is for everyone to become a better critical thinker, no matter their religion.
WHEN: 7:30PM Thursday 8 April
WHERE: La Peña Lounge, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley [Click for Map]
HOW: Presented as a FREE public service by the Bay Area Skeptics.
WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.
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 good eats & ale.
WHEN: 7PM Wednesday 22 April (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]