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Greater Houston Skeptic Society Message Board › February Skeptic News - Houston Skeptical Society Newsletter

February Skeptic News - Houston Skeptical Society Newsletter

Emily S.
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Greetings and happy February! We are already gearing up for a great year, with lots of events both here and around the country!

General News
As an arbitrarily exciting milestone, we have now surpassed 600 members. This number is only expected to increase as we strengthen our ties with the Houston Freethought Alliance. Sunday’s “Meet the Local Freethought Groups” coffee social was an excellent demonstration of this, and included the attendance of the local High School groups (MARSH, Secular Student Alliance for Austin High School, Clear Lake High School Freethinkers Club). We greatly look forward to supporting these inspiring freethinkers!

Call for Volunteers and Talent
The activity on our social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, and the Blog) is slowly, but surely increasing. Don’t forget to like us, follow us, tweet at us, or whatever it is kids are doing these days.

We are still looking for bloggers to facilitate a full-fledged recovery of the Space City Skeptics blog, so please respond to this email if you have any interest in doing so.

Additionally, we are looking for some adroit graphic designers and/or artists who would be interested in designing some logos for T-shirts. Which reminds me... for the clotheshorses among us, we hope to soon be offering some smart and customizable t-shirts.

Local Happenings
In addition to our monthly Skeptics in the Pub, Brunching Skeptically, and Book Group events, next month (March 14-25 at Liberty Gospel Church) will see the need for a little skeptical activism as the infamous Nigerian witch-hunter Helen Okpabio brings her despicable and dangerous superstitions to Houston. Details as to her plans and appearances are slow to be publicized, but we plan to participate in any protests that do occur. If you have any ideas you would like to see actualized during these protests, please let us now. For now, you can stay informed via the Stand Against Helen Ukpabio facebook page: https://www.facebook....­

Then, on June 23, we will be participating in the Houston Pride Parade. At present, we plan to march in the parade and man a booth to inform participants about our organization. If you have any interest in going above and beyond by building a float, please let us know!

Get Outa Town Conferences
And of course, there are many larger events going on around the country in the months to come. Items with ** have confirmed members of our group attending.

**Feb 18-19: ReasonFest in Lawrence, KS - Some members of the Houston Atheists will be carpooling to this event next weekend, so if you are interested, let us know! https://www.facebook....­

**March 24th: Reason Rally in Washington, DC - Hosted by Richard Dawkins and Adam Savage, and including talks by many prominent skeptics and scientists, this event aims to be the largest gathering of the Secular Movement in history. http://reasonrally.or...­

**April 21-22: Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS pronounced "nexus") in New York City! - Hosted by our friends of the north, the NESS (of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast fame) and the NYC Skeptics (of Rationally Speaking podcast fame). More details to be posted to the website soon http://www.necsscon.o...­

April 21: SkeptiCal in Berkley, CA - Hosted by the Northern California Skeptics, speakers to include Dr. Eugenie Scott, Dr. Bob Carroll, Yau-Man Chan, Mark Edward, Dr. Anthony Pratkanis, and Dr. Peter Gleick. http://www.skepticalc...­

May 18-20: World Skeptics Congress in Berlin!!! - The premiere skeptical conference, with heavy hitters including James Randi, Simon Singh, and many MANY more. Don't let the bad website fool you, this one is going to be a doozy: http://www.worldskept...­

May 26: Curiosity 1729 in St. Louis - "A new conference of knowledge, exploration, and wonder", see:­ for hopefully more details soon

**July 12-25: The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) 10 in Las Vegas - the largest skeptical conference in the US, hosted by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). More details to follow soon.

The End
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, opinions, attitudes, ideas, or states of consciousness that you wish to share with your fearless leaders (Sam, Emily, and Naomi) please reply to this email. We love feedback. Really! And, as always we look forward to seeing you at this month’s events.

That’s all folks!
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