WHAT: Skepticism in the Gym: Exceeding Fitness Goals with Science, Evidence, and Critical Thinking
Pseudoscience is pervasive in the fitness industry, from extraordinary claims to common misconceptions. Bodybuilding, itself a rather extraordinary claim, is often worse. This talk addresses common misconceptions and excuses about fitness derived from the presenter's research and journey to fitness. The central message is that tools of science, evidence, and critical thinking intrinsic to the skeptical movement can be applied to not only live better for longer but also achieve a level of fitness well beyond that accepted by most of society. In the process, rational framework will be proposed for novices approaching this subject based on evidence and research while punctuated with anecdotes. Everyone loves “Skeptics in the Pub” but hopefully this paper will encourage more skeptics in the gym. WHO: Jay Diamond
Jay Diamond is the founder of Reason4Reason – a skeptical activist group based in the San Francisco bay area. He holds dual masters degrees in engineering and business and has managed both startup companies and hundred-million-dollar programs for Fortune 50 companies. Growing up in Canada, he performed magic, studied science, and became aware of the skeptical movement. Jay has lectured around the world on science & technology, business, and skepticism. WHEN: 7:30pm Thursday February 11 WHERE: La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley (Click for map) HOW: Presented free by the Bay Area Skeptics WHY: Because humans are fascinating!
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 24 February (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]