Join us once again on October 20th at 6:00pm for a night of lively conversation, delicious food/drinks, and book sharing! Return old books, check out new ones, or even add new books to the library.
Keep an eye out for future Skeptics in the Pub nights! We will meet at 6:00 pm at Brewsters on the third Tuesday of November, January, March, May, July, and September; and around 7:00 pm at Boston Pizza South on the third Sunday of December, February, April, June, August, and October.
**Please keep your receipts from Boston Pizza South, as we will receive incentives based on how much we spend as a group. If you enjoy this event, please consider making a donation to help support us for the bigger and better events which are in the works!**
Archive for the science Category
The next Skeptics in the Pub is Wednesday Oct. 23 any time between 7:30 to 10:00 at Joey’s only seafood. 2100 8th Street East, Unit 101, 8th & Preston, Saskatoon, SK
Susan Gerbic has two of Guerrilla Skepticism projects that anyone can join. These are simple and highly effective projects to foster skepticism.
The most prominent of these is Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. This group primarily has three goals. Improve wiki entries for prominent skeptic personalities. For example, the group created this wiki page for Desiree Schell, Edmonton Skeptic and host of the Science For the People radio show (formerly Skeptically Speaking). They also focus on improving the wiki pages of woo purveyors to include sections critical of their wares. They also translate existing skeptical wiki pages into other languages.
From the SkepticAction blog page
When you are following @SkepticAction on Twitter, you will receive a tweet a day with minimal instructions to follow a task that should only take you a few minutes to complete.
The Smithsonian Magazine has an article on “Where Did the Fear of Poisoned Halloween Candy Come From?“
A newly discovered 1.8 million year old skull may trim most of the human evolutionary tree. Many of the sub-species may just be individual variations rather than different species. Yahoo, Guardian Video
Regina’s Prairie Dog Magazine has this article by Paul Dechene about claimed psychic Chip Coffey confronting Regina’s CFI “educators” while they were handing out information about psychics outside his show.
Chip Coffey sure doesn’t like me. He isn’t a big fan of the Centre For Inquiry Regina either. Found this out when I showed up before his show at the Hotel Saskatchewan last night to take some pics of the CFI crew. They were handing out fliers with information about the methods psychics use in their shows, and I thought a blog post on their action might make a nice coda to our Chip Coffey coverage.
The next skeptics in the pub is:
Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:30 to 10:00 PM
2100 8th Street East
Unit 101, 8th & Preston
Saskatoon, SK (edit map)
There were two horrific events in the US last week. One got by far the majority of the media coverage. Is this just a artifact of the media being on site for the Boston marathon? Or does it reflect something more fundamental? Does media drive this selective attention or merely reflect a basic human characteristic?
Why do people focus on the rare event and underestimate the risks of the mundane? A driver may be afraid of bears or sharks. A smoker may be afraid of spiders.
Planet S has this wonderful take down of claimed psychic and TV personality Chip Coffey:
Which is too bad, because I was curious to find out if his psychic powers would have revealed that I’m a completely duplicitous bastard. Maybe his spirit guides would’ve warned him that I already had an interview in the can with Mark Edward, a professional mentalist and magician.
For the full article go here
Talk by Dr. Kerri Finlay for Darwin Day 2013 at the University of Regina
The first Darwin Day talk by Frank McDougall on the Evolving Landscapes of the Cypress Hills Uplands of South-West Saskatchewan and their effect on the flora and fauna of the area.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:30 AM
906 Central Avenue, Saskatoon, SK (edit map)Head for the side banquet room
We will have a guest speaker to discuss the history of eugenics in Canada. Amy Samson is a PhD Candidate in the U of S Dept of History. Amy’s dissertation examines the relationship between eugenics and gendered organizations and occupations within the context of Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation.
Here’s a brief bio:
Amy Samson is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include medical history, the history of eugenics and sexual sterilization, moral regulation, and women’s paid labour in twentieth century Canada. Amy’s dissertation, which is generously funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, examines the relationship between eugenics and gendered organizations and occupations within the context of Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation.
Amy is an interesting and enthusiastic speaker. In summary:
Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries various North American and European jurisdictions introduced eugenic programs designed to improve the human race by controlling reproduction. These programs ranged from better baby contests, baby bonuses, and the distribution of child welfare literature to segregation, coercive sexual sterilization, and restrictive immigration legislation.
This talk will examine the origins and various applications of eugenic thought, focusing particularly on Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation. In place from 1928 to 1972, Alberta’sSexual Sterilization Act resulted in the sterilization of more individuals considered “mentally defective” than any other jurisdiction in Canada.This talk will also consider the more recent emergence of “neo-eugenics” or “new eugenics.”
The next Regina Skeptics in the Pub is:
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:00pm until 11:00pm at Brewster East.
Bring back the books you’re done reading to give back to the book exchange, brainstorm any topics you would like to discuss, and continue conversations that you weren’t able to finish from last time! New and old members welcome. Please invite your friends! The space comfortably holds up to 50.
$5 donation suggested to add to our advertising and activism fund.
Brewsters doesn’t charge anything to use the room, but they will add a mandatory tip to your bill of 15%, which most of us would have probably done anyway.
Looking forward to seeing you all again! This is a 19+ event due to Brewsters East regulations. For those with diet restrictions, please view the entire menu here:http://sask.brewsters.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/sask_menu_fall2012.pdf.