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2015 Darwin Day Celebration!

Posted in Event, Feed Your Brain, Saskatoon, science with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2015 by saskskeptic

Saskatoon’s Darwin Day Celebration is two weeks away. See the details below or for up to date information see the meetup site.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM

Rusty Macdonald Branch Library – Auditorium 225 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon, SK

February 12th is the birthday of Charles Darwin, and “Darwin Day” is a global celebration of science and reason. This will be the 7th celebration in Saskatoon and the 5th year that the Saskatchewan Minister of Education has recognised February 12 as Darwin Day in Saskatchewan!

The Saskatoon Skeptics and Centre for Inquiry Saskatoon are proud to host the annual Darwin Day celebration in Saskatoon on February 12 at 6:30pm.

Come and celebrate Darwin’s 206th birthday with a presentation followed by a discussion. Our speaker this year isAngela R. Lieverse (pictured below), an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at University of Saskatchewan.

She is a bioarchaeologist who studies the skeletal and dental remains of ancient hunter-gatherers in order to better understand past activity, mobility, community health, and disease. Dr. Lieverse has been working in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia since the late 1990s. This presentation focuses on three unique and remarkable cases from that region in which individual causes of death have been reconstructed from ancient skeletons. As such, they provide intimate glimpses into brief moments—the days and hours before and after death—of lives lived thousands of years ago in central Siberia.

Below is a photo from Angela’s work of a bashed-in skull.

Schedule of Events (subject to change): 

6:30 pm Birthday Cake & Coffee

7:00 pm Introduction & Presentation

8:45 pm Pub Discussion (anyone interested can join us for further discussion & cheer – at nearby Fox & Hounds Pub – 7 Assiniboine Drive)

You are welcome to attend all or any part of the event. Note that the subject matter may not be suitable for young children.

Donations are welcome and appreciated. Suggested donation: $10 (not required). Charitable donations to the Centre for Inquiry Saskatoon are eligible for a tax receipt if contact information is provided.

Come out for an evening celebrating science!

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Public Astronomy for Earth Hour at the Circle Park Mall

Posted in Event, news, Saskatoon, science on March 9, 2014 by saskskeptic

Each year the Saskatoon Royal Astronomical Society and Circle Park Mall host an astronomy night. As part of Earth Hour the mall turns off its parking lot lights and the RASC members bring out their telescopes for a free public viewing. This year this will take place on March 29. None of the other details are available yet but obviously this will take place starting around sunset.

U of S Observatory

Posted in Event, Saskatoon, science on March 8, 2014 by saskskeptic

The U of S Observatory is open to the general public every Saturday of the year. Admission is free. The observatory is located on campus, one block north of the Wiggins Avenue and College Drive entrance. Current events are recorded on the Astronomy Information Line at 966-6429.

In March the observatory is open from 8:30 to 10:30

In April the observatory is open from 9:30 to 11:30

For more Info or the RASC newsletters.

 

2014 Darwin Day Celebration-Survival of the…Happiest?

Posted in Event, Feed Your Brain, lecture, Saskatoon, science with tags , on February 5, 2014 by saskskeptic

Saskatoon Darwin day celebration is Feb. 12, 7:00 to 9:30 at the Francis Morrison library 311 – 23rd St. E., Saskatoon, SK.

February 12th is the birthday of Charles Darwin, and “Darwin Day” is a global celebration of science and reason. This will be the 6th celebration in Saskatoon and the 4th year that the Saskatchewan Minister of Education has recognised February 12 as Darwin Day in Saskatchewan!

The University of Saskatchewan Freethought AllianceSaskatoon Skeptics and Centre for Inquiry Saskatchewan are proud to host the annual Darwin Day celebration in Saskatoon on February 12 at 7pm.

Come and help us celebrate Darwin’s 205th birthday with a presentation followed by a discussion. Our speaker this year is U of S Dept of Anatomy and Cell Biology Professor Julia Boughner:

Survival of the…Happiest? The evolutionary use of happiness, Darwin-style

Human culture is arguably as important as human biology for our species’ survival and success. In an age when a lot of us have more resources than our ancestors ever did, many of us still find it difficult if not impossible to be happy. Based on Darwin’s own suggestion that “the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply” this talk explores the evolutionary benefits of happiness in the 21st century.

Birthday cake and coffee will be available in the foyer following the event. Note that no food or drink is permitted in the theatre.

Schedule of Events (subject to change):

6:30 pm Doors open

7:00 pm Introduction & Presentation

8:30 pm Birthday Cake & Coffee

9:30 pm Pub Discussion (anyone interested can join us for further discussion & cheer – at nearby The Woods Ale House)

You are welcome to attend all or any part of the event.

Donations are welcome and appreciated. Suggested donation: $10 (not required). Charitable donations to the Centre for Inquiry Saskatoon are eligible for a tax receipt if contact information is provided.

Come out for an evening celebrating science!

Regina Skeptics in the Pub and Book Exchange

Posted in Event, Regina, science, Skeptic on October 20, 2013 by saskskeptic

The next CFI Regina Skeptics in the Pub and Book Exchange is 6:00 Sunday Oct. 20 at Boston Pizza 4657 Rae Street, Regina , SK

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!**

Skeptics In the Pub

Posted in Event, Saskatoon, science, Skeptic on October 20, 2013 by saskskeptic

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

Agenda

Guerrilla Skepticism

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.

Susan’s other project is Skeptic Action. This is a twitter based projectwhere each day a new simple skeptic action is tweeted.

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.

Other Item

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. YahooGuardian Video

Saskatoon Royal Astronomical Society Open House

Posted in Event, Feed Your Brain, news, Saskatoon, science on September 30, 2013 by saskskeptic

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada annual open house is planned for Saturday Oct. 5 at the Sleaford Observatory. See the poster below for details.

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