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New Meetup: Skeptics in the Pub with Special Guest Jen McCreight

From: Mike M.
Sent on: Thursday, July 29, 2010 6:11 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The St. Louis Skeptics Meetup!

What: Skeptics in the Pub with Special Guest Jen McCreight

When: Saturday, August 14,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Jack Patrick's
corner of 10th and Olive, downtown
St. Louis, MO 63101

Join us for the St. Louis Skeptics in the Pub. Skeptics in the Pub is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and social networking among skeptics, critical-thinkers, and other like-minded individuals. It provides an opportunity for skeptics, rationalists, and science enthusiasts to talk, share ideas in a casual, relaxed atmosphere, and discuss whatever topical issues come to mind. But most importantly, it's about having fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality. In addition to the fun people, bocce ball, and great conversation, Skeptics in the Pub sometimes features lively presentations from scientists, philosophers, magicians & mentalists, activists, and others who are passionate about the scientific outlook.

As always, our host will be Michael Blanford, President of the The Skeptical Society of St. Louis and Director of Education of the James Randi Educational Foundation. At 7PM, we will have a presentation by Jen McCreight, author of the popular skeptical blog Blag Hag, and creator of Boobquake. Jen created Boobquake in response to comments by Islamic cleric Kazem Seddiqi that women dressing immodestly were causing men to commit adultery, which was leading to earthquakes. She decided to test this theory by dressing immodestly on April 26th, and inviting her friends to do the same. It soon went viral, and over 200,000 people took part in Boobquake. Despite this, there were no more earthquakes than normal that day. Boobquake was phenomenally successful at attracting attention to skepticism, getting covered by ABC, FOX, CNN, BBC, CBC, and the Colbert Report. Jen is a recent graduate of Purdue University, where she majored in Genetics and Evolution and minored in Psychology. Jen is the co-founder of the Society of Non-Theists at Purdue and is on the Board of Directors of the Secular Student Alliance. This fall, she is going to the University of Washington to get her PhD in Genome Sciences. Jen also wrote a section in the soon to be released US edition of The Atheist's Guide to Christmas which also has contributions from notable skeptics like Simon Singh, Phil Plait, and Richard Dawkins.

Jack Patrick's has been a great host to St. Louis Skeptics in the Pub since the beginning. To maintain this relationship we ask that outside drinks not be brought into the event and that we support our host through the purchase of food and beverages.

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