Eat, drink, learn, and be merry with other skeptics!

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!

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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.)

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  • Ingrid

    Below please find information and links that Bob Blaskiewicz shared with me to share with all of you:

    Contact:
    Email: [masked]
    Twitter: @rjblaskiewicz

    General Skepticism:
    Virtual Skeptics: virtualskeptics.com (live webshow, Wednesdays, 7PM Central)
    CSI's Conspiracy Guy Column: www.csicop.org/author/rblaskiewicz
    Skepticality Podcast Contributor: skepticality.com
    JREF Swift Blog: www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog.html

    Activism:
    The Houston Cancer Quack Website (find out how to help!): thehoustoncancerquack.com
    The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group: theotherburzynskipatientgroup.wordpress.com
    TAM talk about Burzynski (good background): http://bit.ly/1c5eJzX
    The USA Today articles (excellent independent investigation): http://usat.ly/HUhnO6
    Model letter to your representatives: http://bit.ly/1bPGlFO
    The FDA's findings (send to your reps with a letter): http://bit.ly/IpgpsM
    Send Bob an email to get on the Burzynski Action List

    November 25, 2013

  • Elle P.

    I'm sorry, something came up. I really hope to make the next one and meet you all in person.

    1 · November 23, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Hope you'll be able to make the next one, Elle! (More plans are in the works...) :)

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • Peter W.

    Really wonderful, as always. Learned a lot; had fun. Couldn't ask for more.

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Nice to see you again, Peter, and I hope we can keep up the momentum! :)

      November 25, 2013

  • Richard S. R.

    About a decade ago, I put together a semi-scientific paper ("How Rare Is Earth?") that provided a basic understanding of many of the concepts Sagan dealt with in <I>Contact</I>. It was for a science-fiction convention, so it assumed about a high-school level of knowledge and ran to only 8 pages. I've already shared a copy with our presenter, and I'll gladly send one to you as well if you ask at [masked].

    November 24, 2013

    • Richard Gene N.

      Richard, Please send me a copy. Gene Norman

      November 25, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Sure, send one my way as well! :)

      November 25, 2013

  • Nick S.

    Ingrid, thank you for sending the message out to the larger network, which is where I saw it. I look forward to it.

    1 · November 20, 2013

    • Ingrid

      I'll look forward to seeing you there, Nick! :)

      November 20, 2013

  • Deborah Katz H.

    I'm not certain I'll be able to come to the 11/24 meeting. I broke my kneecap and can't drive. I'll try to get a ride, however. How often do you meet?

    November 17, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Wonderful to hear of your interest, but so sorry about your knee cap! :( A group of us is just starting to pull together some meetings after some time of low activity. It's likely we'll have something in December as well, so keep your eyes open!

      As for needing a ride, let me know where you live (generally), and maybe another participant (or I) could possible give you a lift!

      November 18, 2013

    • Richard S. R.

      As a guy with a bionic knee (which came with associated recupe and rehab), I totally sympathize. Drop me a line at [masked], and I'll come get you. And maybe even return you afterward. 8^D

      1 · November 20, 2013

  • dan 'canada' k.

    Would love to be there but its the High Holy Holidays of WI (Deer Season)

    November 16, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Ah, I have a brother who honors that holiday as well. Well, best of luck to you in your pursuits there, and we'll hope to see you at another meeting! :)

      November 18, 2013

    • Richard S. R.

      It's also a Packer game, but fortunately, unlike deer hunting, I can DVR it.

      November 20, 2013

  • Stuart

    first meeting with the group! Sounds great.

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • Ingrid

      Thanks, Stuart! We'll look forward to meeting you there! :)

      November 18, 2013

    • Ingrid

      (Although now that I look at the RSVP list, it looks like to you said you weren't coming... Well, hopefully we'll see you at the meeting soon!)

      November 18, 2013

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