Hose Brew Pub
612 11th St E
Saskatoon, SK S7N0G3
Homework:Race IAT, Native IAT, Gender-Science IATWe can discuss the results. Many people get results they may not like.Lets try a couple of psychological tests.
What you Missed at LogiCONAny issues people wish to bring up.
Archive for April, 2011
The Saskatoon RASC ‘s Astronomy Weekend is May 6th and 7th.
- Sidewalk astronomy from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at the Lakewood Civic Center
- Public Star Night at Beaver Creek, Astronomy talk at 8:00, telescope viewing 8:30 to midnight.
A Canadian branch of the Independent Investigations Group is being formed in Alberta.
The Independent Investigations Group (IIG) is a volunteer-based organization founded by James Underdown in January 2000 at theCenter for Inquiry-West (now Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles) in Hollywood, California. The IIG investigates fringe science, paranormal and extraordinary claims from a rational, scientific viewpoint, and disseminates factual information about such inquiries to the public.
IIG offers a $50,000 prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occultpower or event. The IIG is involved in designing the test protocol, approving the conditions under which a test will take place, and in administering the actual test. All tests are designed with the participation and approval of the applicant. In most cases, the applicant is asked to perform a simple preliminary demonstration of the claimed ability, which if successful is followed by the formal test. Associates of the IIG usually conduct both tests and preliminary demonstrations at their location in Hollywood.
While the IIG conducts scientifically-based experiments, its membership is composed primarily of lay-people. Members’ collective professional experience includes the fields of architecture, archeology, education, electronics, engineering, film making, law enforcement,magic, medicine, psychology, and visual effects. The chair of IIG is James Underdown, Executive Director of the Center For Inquiry-Los Angeles.
The Alberta group is in the initial organizational stage. For more information on IIG Alberta please leave a comment and it will be forwarded to the organizer.
A new forum has been created for Alberta skeptics & secularists: http://rationalalberta.com/
Last weekend I attended the Greater Edmonton Skeptics Society sponsored LogiCON at the Telus World of Science. This is a one day skepticamp style event with some bigger named speakers. One of the things they maintained was minimal costs. The event was free except for the entrance fee to Telus World of Science. Lunch was even included for those of us who pre-registered. The GESS has an interesting blog post on their decision to shift away from the skepticamp model.
Daniel Loxton, noted Canadian skeptic, Editor of Skeptic Magazine’s Junior Skeptic and author of Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be gave the keynote speech on “The Reasonableness of Weird Things” in the planetarium. Daniel’s speech was very polished, interesting and entertaining. It was biographical ranging from his idyllic feral childhood amongst the spiritual tree planting hippies of BC through to his conversion to skepticism. Daniel spoke about his father who constantly challenged him to question and to use logic. Right now, could you prove to someone that the earth is round. Could you do it when you were ten?
I have heard Daniel speak before. He is easy-going and soft-spoken and a little unpolished. I was blown away by how much he has improved. His keynote was very polished and engaging. His pacing and timing were excellent.
There were four points I took away from Daniels talk.
- No one is born knowing science or critical thinking.
- Popular culture is a poor source for science.
- Direct experience is the reason most people believe in the paranormal.
- Shepard’s hooked staffs are useful if you are herding sheep.
LogiCON has two main track, a beginner track and an advanced track. Each session consisted of 20 minutes of talks and 10 minutes of questions. I mainly switched between these two tracks. In addition they had a kids track on the Science Center’s stage and two workshops.
- Critical Thinking in Everyday Life
- Vacc-inaction: Shots in the Dark?
- Sky Hoaxes and Myths
- Science Journalism: An Oxymoron?
- The Dark Side of Deception
- Relying on Each Other: The Importance of the Culture of Science
- Evidence-Based Parenting Panel
- What is Climate Change?
- The Death of Alchemy & the Birth of Chemistry
- Celebration of Human Presence in Space
- How to Convince Your Family and Friends that Science is Awesome Panel
- The Logic of Causal Conclusions
- Daniel Loxton Question and Answer and book Signing
- Manufacturing the Miraculous
- The Scientific Evidence for the Big Bang
- Sleight of Mind: The Magician’s Panel
- Brains on Display
- Ghost Photography
- Which Water?
- Radiation and You
- Magic Man: Behind the Scenes
CFI Saskatoon is having a Great Friday pub night April 22 starting at 7pm at Winston’s.
How to find us: We have the basement pub room reserved @ Winston’s! (21st & 3rd). Go in the front doors, turn left and go down the stairs by the VLT’s.
A regular pub night but with a bit of an added twist…..since we can’t do fundraisers anymore, this will be a buy your own grub kind of night. (Food & drink available)
We’re planning on prizes and ticket draws for general amusement.
Plus, something related to the Stations of the Cross as a drinking game.
We also have a fabulous cake planned, made by a local cake artist! You will have to see this cake!!!! People will be talking about it for a while. For some reason this wouldn’t let me attach the picture, so I guess you’ll all just have to wait!
The next Freethinker Banned Book Club will happen on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Nino’s Fireside Room
801 Broadway Ave.
Our next seminar will be held on April 19th, 2011 at 7pm. The novel of choice for this meeting is the heart-warming, family classic – American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.
This wayward young businessman is torn between his desire to kill innocent people and kill other people. Here is a quick wiki:
American Psycho is a psychological thriller and satirical novel by Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1991. The story is told in the first person by the protagonist, serial killer and Manhattan businessman Partick Bateman. The book’s graphic violence and sexual content generated a great deal of controversy before and after publication.
Controversial bus ads are now rolling through Kamloops streets.
The ads — paid for by a local atheist organization –suggest there is probably no God.
Bill Ligertwood of the Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought says he knows some people may react negatively to the ads – and hopes that doesn’t affect bus drivers.
Ligertwood says he is pleasantly surprised at the lack of flack he’s heard personally which has convinced him Kamloops residents are more tolerant than he thought.
Ligertwood says the ads will lead up to a major atheist convention planned for next month.
The RASC Saskatoon Centre is sponsoring lecture on “High Energy Astronomy”, Monday, April 18, 7:00 at the Frances Morrison Library 311 23rd St E
“High Energy Astronomy—Studying the X-ray Universe From Space: From the Solar System to Stars and Galaxies by Professor Kinwah Wu of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory.