|Sent on:||Saturday, April 13, 2013 8:15 PM|
Suppor these events from the secular community of OC ad LA:
Note: even though this event conflicts with the BYSSouth meetup, they are far enough apart to support both groups.
Wednesday April 17th: OC Freethinkers and Skeptics Supper club, 7:30
Freethinkers, rationalists, skeptics, humanists, atheists, agnostics, pagans, and all other non-believers and inquiring minds are once again meeting for dinner and social discourse!
Marie Callender’s 18889 Brookhurst Street Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (714)[masked] (Near the intersection of Brookhurst and Garfield Ave) map at this URL: http://g.co/maps/hvpv8
Directions: Take the 405 fwy to Fountain Valley.
If coming from the North: Exit at Brookhurst St, go South about one mile and it’s on your right.
If coming from the South: Exit Euclid St, turn right on Euclid (turns into Ellis), then go about one mile, turn left on Brookhurst, go ¼ mile and it’s on your right.
When you arrive, ask for OC Freethinkers and Skeptics
Join the Facebook group here to keep informed of the next event:
Center for Inquiry—Los Angeles, and CFI Orange County Community
Sunday, April 21: Feed Your Brain lecture, Shadows of Science: Pseudoscience and Its Refutation
11 a.m. at CFI-L.A.
4:30 p.m. in Costa Mesa*
Pseudoscience is everywhere, lurking in the shadows of real science. It pretends to be science and uses some of the same language, but betrays itself with an absence of scientific methodology, grandiose claims, a direct appeal to the public, reliance on testimonials, and lack of any connection to published scientific research. Antiscience, a direct hostility to science or at least to unwelcome scientific findings, has several especially pernicious strains in today's public discourse (e.g., antievolution and climate science denial). Both pseudoscience and antiscience confuse the public and impede scientific progress.
Kendrick Frazier, the longtime editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, will survey examples of pseudoscience and antiscience, past and present, and chronicle some of scientists' and skeptics' efforts to counter or expose it.
He is the author or editor of 10 books, most recently the SI anthology Science Under Siege, and is a former editor of Science News and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Inquiy.
Friends of the Center: Free
The Center for Inquiry is the parent organization of The Council for Secular Humanism or CSH, and The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry CSI, publisher of the Skeptical Inquirer. There are a number of events at the Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles. They include: “Feed Your Brain” lectures the first and third Sunday of every month, Café Inquiry the last Wednesday of every month, and various shows and events in the Steve Allen Theater. The third Sunday lectures are usually repeated in the afternoon at the Costa Mesa Community Center. Check this page for other upcoming events. http://www.cfiwest.org/calendar/index.htm Here’s their home page: http://www.cfiwest.org/
Independent Investigations Group (IIG)
This is a group that meets at CFI on the third Saturday every month. The stated purpose of the group: “The IIG investigates fringe science, paranormal and extraordinary claims from a rational, scientific viewpoint, and disseminates factual information about such inquiries to the public.” The IIG offers a $50,000 prize for proof of the paranormal or supernatural under controlled conditions. You can read about past exploits and tests of applicants for the $50,000 prize at the website: http://www.iigwest.org/
Meetings are open to anyone interested. The first two meetings are free, then attendees are expected to pay the nominal fee to join as a member.