December with Rebecca Watson

This month we're a week early, with a special guest speaker from abroad!

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Watson is an internationally-renowned skeptic. She's the founder of the Skepchick blogging network, and one of the rogues on the top-rating Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.

Rebecca will be speaking on the following topic:

How Girls Evolved to Shop, and Other Ways to Insult Women with "Science"

As skeptics, we often turn to scientific research to inform our worldview. Unfortunately, a lot of research hits the mainstream media regardless of whether or not the science is solid. Evolutionary psychology is a field seemingly tailor-made for newspaper headlines and popular science books, but how much of it is true? Did differences between the brains of men and women really evolve during the Paleolithic? Did cave-gentlemen really prefer blondes? And why do women have sex? Let's look at what some great (and not-so-great) scientific minds have to say.

Rebecca is here courtesy of the New Zealand Skeptics, Inc.

The meetup is free but we'll be encouraging a donation to help cover Rebecca's expenses. Rebecca will also be selling various swag!

Please note that the venue is The Cabana Bar which is part of the same complex as The Juice Bar (The Windsor Castle), but is outside at the rear.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I was so disappointed... poor argument, poor topic. there's crappy journalism out there, there's some poor science... we can all laugh at it... so what? Does anyone really take that stuff seriously?

    1 · December 4, 2012

    • Blair

      Personally I prefer the emails rather than checking back here everyday. If you don't like the emails then just turn off notifications or set up a rule in your mailbox rather than asking everyone else to change their behaviour to suit yours.

      1 · December 6, 2012

    • Regan Music

      that's fine except sometimes people say something that is relevant and useful, meetup.com doesnt have a setting to "turn off trolls and idle banter".

      I can't believe how many emails i've received cos somebody didn't like the meetup. what does one expect aside from what they were told was going to be presented? people could just not go. in any case, i've now contributed towards the blah-blah... fail >.>

      December 6, 2012

  • Chris

    I agree with most of Rebecca's presentation. However Rebecca discredits evolutionary psychology because it's the field that gave rise to some of the silly claims she so rightly denounced. She takes the position that evolutionary psychology makes some silly claims therefore all evolutionary psychology is silly. Sounds like a logical fallacy to me.

    December 5, 2012

    • Chris

      Sorry I don't know. I only know of the one posted on You Tube. http://www.youtube.co...­

      December 5, 2012

    • S

      First she said that she had coped a lot of flack about it after her other presentation (s?) But at our one she specifically said that it wasn't aimed at the entire field.

      2 · December 5, 2012

  • Tania

    I actually enjoyed the talk- it was entertaining.

    2 · December 5, 2012

  • Masoomeh Noori

    It was my first meet up, and I really enjoyed it. Rebecca is a great speaker. She touched the truth.
    Thank you to all of you who organized this meet up.

    2 · December 4, 2012

  • Brendan

    Not what I was expecting, but an interesting subject. Rebecca presented well and I really enjoyed the talk.

    December 4, 2012

  • James McFall

    My first Skeptics in the pub. Rebecca's talk was funny and educational. Some of the stuff people pass off as science is just nuts. No wonder the public can get confused and stop taking science news seriously. Thanks for traveling all the way over Rebecca.

    1 · December 4, 2012

  • Rayna

    Great talk... Very reasonable and informative. Thanks for coming Rebecca :-), I do not have any idea what these guys problems are in the USA but their opinions are unfounded.

    2 · December 4, 2012

  • sally dalhousie

    Awesome to see, hear and meet Rebecca ... Even though I peed her off by getting her to join our quiz team under false pretences. Ha!

    2 · December 4, 2012

  • Hine Kearns

    Fantastic talk. Logical, reasonable, thoughtful and funny. Even had background music ;-)

    3 · December 4, 2012

  • Com N. Sense

    I'm wondering if you have seen this write-up about Rebecca's "Women Evolved To Shop" presentation. It is a great prelude to her appearance and highly recommended http://skepticink.com/incredulo...­
    Skepticism should be practiced by everyone, especially skeptics. I'm sure you all agree

    1 · December 4, 2012

    • Regan Music

      THIS is what I just got emailed a million times about??? time to change some settings...

      December 4, 2012

    • Fred Lunjevich

      Actually Jennie, that wasn't a personal attack but a speculation on who Com N Sense is, given that they obviously have an axe to grind with Rebecca and they just magically seem to crop up here (and Wellington/Christchurch skeptic sin the pub). This Issue isn't new, and a cursory look at the conduct of this Clint character will tell you that "dick" is an accurate term for the guy. PZ's article which has been linked above is a good place to start.

      December 4, 2012

  • Jenni Smith

    Rayna... One possible answer is: ”The true meaning of the word skepticism has nothing to do with doubt, disbelief, or negativity. Skepticism is the process of applying reason and critical thinking to determine validity. It’s the process of finding a supported conclusion, not the justification of a preconceived conclusion.” I'm not saying her opinion is right or wrong, I'm just saying that it appears she doesn't bring a skeptical mind to the subject, one in which it appears she is not really an expert. Have you read the Ed Clint article? I'm not saying it is perfect but does raise some fairly serious issues. That's all I'm saying. And I'm quite happy to be shown to be wrong in my concern without a suggestion that I need stay away. Anyway, I'm gutted now that I have a family commitment and can no longer make it; will be really curious to see what others think after hearing her. Hope you all have an interesting and informative night.

    1 · December 4, 2012

  • Andrey Popov

    Hi there! Not sure of I can make it especially since I'm in the wait list. Is it possible to record the event on camera and post it somewhere? Considering the popularity of our speaker it would benefit many.

    December 4, 2012

    • Craig Shearer

      Hi Andrey - probably won't record the actual event, but the talk Rebecca is giving is already online due to its "controversial"­ nature. See here: http://www.youtube.co...­

      December 4, 2012

  • Com N. Sense

    Actually I'm not Ed. I go by Reap but I was posting by a generic name to avoid any bias. That obviously doesn't work when dealing with people who make assumptions based on whatever they want to be true. I would also encourage you to read PZ Myers' take on things and make up your own mind. His post was not available at the time of my original posting. Those of you who can get it will and those who can not, won't. Since when is posting an opposing argument trolling? Interesting what I've learned here today, very interesting. call me what you will I have no goals except honest examination of all side of the issue. Have a nice day

    December 4, 2012

    • Rayna

      You were not giving an honest examination... You posted one side who vermintly opposes one person. You did not post any other content other than that to give a balanced opinion.

      Also are you this Reap by any chance? http://freethoughtblo...­

      December 4, 2012

  • James McFall

    Is the 90 person limit a limit of the bar? or will us late to sign up people get a cheeky chance to sneak in?

    December 3, 2012

    • Craig Shearer

      I would say turn up anyway - chances are you'll get in, but we will have to assess the situation tomorrow night.

      December 3, 2012

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