I haven't gone to any of the meetings since I joined the group either (5-6 months or so?) mainly due to the timing of the meetups. Type of venue doesn't matter much to me, as long as the location works. I live in Columbia and work in Falls Church, VA, so you can imagine what my commute is like - a large part of my timing issues, that. So obviously weekends are more likely to be free for me, but getting anywhere around Columbia prior to 8 pm on weeknights is difficult. That's a bit late for most people.
I have a 4 year old that I'm priming for a level-headed outlook on life, and skepticism is part of that. Of course, telling a 4 year old about just how crazy homeopathy is is a bit of a challenge. :) I'm planning to bend another talent of mine to the purpose, however, and create a series of short skit videos with puppets that can bring a scientific outlook to a younger age in an easily absorbable format. (placeholder web page: http://www.fuzzybrains.com
Guest speakers would be wonderful! I'm sure many a celebrated skeptic visits Washington, though getting them involved may take some clout. And filling seats will take some organization and marketing. Landing Richard Dawkins, for example, would be quite an accomplishment, but having him speak to an audience of 6 is a bit of an insult. :)
As for topics, I'd say anything that would fit in the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast would work as a topic for a local group to discuss. After all, one of the basics of skepticism is applying scientific methods to the evaluation of outlandish ideas, so science will always be a major part of skepticism without needing to be the focus. But just as blasting the ridiculous with science can be fun, so can revealing the amazing points of the universe THROUGH science.
I'm not personally big on organized book club-type activities. Recommendations are great, but focusing on a book leaves out those who couldn't or didn't want to read it.
Since I haven't even had time to get to a meeting before this, I put a low probability on my having time to help organize things on a regular basis. I'm always good for my two cents through. (Actual value may vary.)
~ Chris Innanen
On Mon, May 12, 2008 at 8:31 AM, Marjeta <[address removed]> wrote:
I'm willing to step up to be the organizer if there's interest. Please reply to me and tell me about your ideas for the group:
- what kind of venues would you like? (restaurants, private homes, libraries, ???)
- where do you want to meet? (Columbia, Greenbelt...???)
- what timing works for you?
- do you have children that you want to involve with the group? (if yes, what ages?)
- what kind of activities do you want to do? (dinner meeting, discussion on a topic, guest speakers, museum visits, ... ???)
- are you more interested in the SCIENCE or the SKEPTICISM part of the group?
- are you willing to help as assistant organizer?
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