If you're a fan of science, reason and critical thinking, please consider joining other like-minded folks on Sunday, Nov. 24th, at The Coopers Tavern!
We'll kick things off a bit after 2:00 with some announcements, and will then have a speaker present a program about Carl Sagan. Bob Blaskiewicz (bio is at the bottom) will discuss the ways in which the world in Carl Sagan's Contact not only serves as a model for a type of skeptical utopia, but also illustrates how science would handle a truly extraordinary claim. (And Bob says he "grooves" on Q&A...)
Also, if you have any old issues of Skeptical Inquirer, Skeptic Magazine, Discover, or similar periodicals (or even books) that are gathering dust now that you've read them, bring 'em along and swap out with others.
Finally, bring an appetite as well, as Coopers has food and beverage menus that can definitely sate any hunger or slake any dry whistles. :) (Order on your own.)
Hope to see folks there!
Bob Blaskiewicz teaches college writing at UW-Eau Claire, and is making a name for himself in the larger (national) skeptical community. He writes the CSI's "Conspiracy Guy" web column, contributes a monthly essay to the Skepticality podcast, co-edits Skeptical Humanities, appears every Wednesday as a panelist on the Virtual Skeptics podcast (7 p.m. CST), and edits features on the James Randi Educational Foundation Swift Blog about critical thinking in the classroom. He is also a writer for The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group, where the stories of patients who sought alternative cancer treatment at the Burzynski Clinic are collected from around the web. (He told me he can also give us an update on breaking news in that arena.)