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Anniversary in the Studio Part Deux!

Two years ago, Josh and I "met" each other in a public skeptics wave (you remember Google Wave, right? <.<). That encounter sparked my creation of the North Bay Skeptics Facebook group. Little did either of us know that Kernan, a mere three days beforehand, started another Facebook group, North Bay Skeptics in the Pub.

It was obvious to all of us we should join forces so I started this meetup group with Skeptics in the Pub as our first event. We quickly realized it was too noisy and crowded in the Third Street Aleworks, so we moved on to Mary's Pizza Shack. After a few dining room reservation SNAFUs—and general attitudes towards the fare—Kernan generously offered his studio for our use (the original studio was just down the street from the current location).

While I haven't been at many of the meetings this year, I have been truly amazed by all you have done. Kernan's design studio is the agency of record for the James Randi Educational Foundation. Terry and friends organized the first (annual??) TEDxSantaRosa. I've received quite a bit of "here look at this" ammunition from Dixon's "Gospel" series for use in arguments with the gullible. Not to mention all the miscellaneous events organized by others too numerous to name without triggering the Wrap-it-Up Box.

I hope you'll join us in ringing out the old year and setting our sights even further!

-- Matthew "Cogwheel" Orlando

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  • Paul N.

    Aside from a bit of what felt like derailment, it was great to be back among you all again - some evenings after a long day, the thought of driving into Santa Rosa from Bodega and then back again at 10 or 11 at night is just too daunting - but things are changing in my life so that drive may not be the ordeal it can be in the weeks ahead. Looking forward to another year of great meetings.

    December 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought it was pretty much hijacked by one guy imposing religious inferences to unexplainable stuff regarding (supposedly) out of body experiences. It was a waste of time. Think about dreams. Where the hell are you when you dream? It's ridiculous to attribute any sort of significance, ( especially religious ), to all of that. I admire the woman who walked over to "the Guy", offered him a beer and told him that her husband was about ready to kick his ass. Hurray for her.

    December 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    A suggestion - I see that there are expenses exceeding donations. How about at future meetups having a prominent and announced donation box or perhaps a top hat or guitar case sitting open in the classic "donations accepted" position... just sayin'.

    1 · December 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I appreciated the energetic, sometimes heated discussions. It's impossible to get a group of thinkers together without disagreement and it's great to meet with people eager to hash out ideas and viewpoints.

    December 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was one of our largest meetups yet, and we discovered the limits of our more typical, freewheeling, format. In the future, we will know to enter moderated mode before things get out of hand! I was impressed by the group's resilience and enthralled with the discussion that followed.

    December 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah, yes, I'm willing to be convinced by the evidence. Snoopy's skating rink is pretty darned convincing! LOL!

    December 15, 2011

  • Matthew O.

    I offer the two most recent past meetups as evidence in support of Merle's assertion ;)

    December 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I dunno... I'm kinda skeptical about that. ;-)

    December 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Viken, there's a whole continuum of folks who call themselves skeptics, as with anything else. Skepticism is the application of critical thinking and an appreciation of the scientific method. That is what this group is about.

    There is also a fringe contingent of self-described skeptics, and sometimes they attend our meetings.

    Most of us are "true skeptics," as you say. However, though we all appreciate the truth, not all of us actively seek the it on our own time, like me. Who has time? :)

    December 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    As a true Skeptic, I've devoted a lot of time and effort to researching issues that we consider "common knowledge". Whether it is environment, global temperature change, religion, overseas wars, internal politics... there is a great deal the "gullible" believe because it is repeated to them through the mainstream media and talking heads online. Yet, a great deal of it is simply untrue.

    I'm very curious to find out whether other Skeptics are Truth-seekers or simply oppose certain ideologies.

    1 · December 14, 2011

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