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Peter Presents on the Evidence for the Big Bang

Starting the new year with a BANG!

Time to get your science geek on! Our very own Peter Seiler is going to take us through the currently understood events of the big bang.

Our format is as follows:
Meet and greet from 6:30-7:15
Welcome slides plus "In the News" from 7:15-7:30
Main Presentation from 7:30-7:50
Q&A with presenter from 7:50-8:00
Social breakout from 8:00-9:30

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  • Mariano D.

    Link for the black holes lecture at stanford. Only works in browser.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-7W9Ff6IZs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Great meeting and group. Not a lurker anymore

    2 · January 8, 2014

    • Susan M.

      Delighted to have you emerge from the shadows! Lurking is definitely over-rated. :)

      1 · January 8, 2014

    • Mariano D.

      http://www.youtube.co...­

      it looks their recording was really weird, this link should work for most.

      January 9, 2014

  • Susan M.

    Scot's article, 2013 ACSJ's Year in Review, was tremendously inspiring and made me feel even prouder to be a member. If you haven't read it, it's definitely worth a moment to read: http://sanjoseatheists.com/2013-year-in-review/

    I just love this group. What wonderful people! I've made so many good friends here. All are smart and well read, yet nobody has ever made me feel "less than." ACSJ has become my community. What a treasure!

    2 · January 9, 2014

  • Eddie C.

    Definitely enjoyed Peter's talk. It brought to mind an alternate explanation for the red shift we see in distant galaxies (something a friend of mine posited in an off-hand way that I thought was genius). What if LIGHT ... is not as constant as we think? What if, after a few million years in flight, the wavelength of LIGHT stretches out? Wouldn't that also make it appear that light from distant sources was red shifted (even if the source of that light were not moving away from us). There is so much about light that "we" don't understand (like the fact that it's both a particle and a 'wave w/o a medium'". Can we prove that the wavelength of light doesn't stretch out after a billion year flight? I don't think so. Could it be possible that when light transits through dark matter... instead of being blocked its wavelength stretches out? Believers "know" all they need to know from the words of primitive goat herders, but really, we all have a lot to learn about our universe.

    2 · January 9, 2014

    • Susan M.

      Excellent points, Eddie. Those are aspects I had never even thought of!

      January 9, 2014

  • Invisible Pink U.

    The Neuroscience of Magic presentation from November is now available on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js3-vX8Rmbc

    To those first timers: you're invited to check out my Invisible Pink Unicorn FB feed at https://www.facebook.com/ipuofacsj

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Tim

    It was excellent and I agree that longer would have been better for this one, but I'm a real cosmology geek. Others may nod, but as Kennita said, it's lot better than church.

    2 · January 9, 2014

  • Kennita

    I think it's good to have a short minimum length for presentations so people feel more confident about giving presenting a try, but people who have more to say should be able to reserve a longer time slot. Certainly there was enough time left after Peter's presentation that he could have been given an extra ten or fifteen minutes. Apologies to people who are easily bored, but hey, it could be worse; it could be church. Better to be bored by facts than by bullsh*t.

    2 · January 9, 2014

  • Byron K.

    It would have been nice to have given this more time. I would have enjoyed hearing more about some of the multiverse theories. Some of the questions left open in the Big Bang are potentially explained in other theories.

    January 9, 2014

  • Brian B.

    It is great to come back and see these meetings are as good as ever!

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Larry G.

    I enjoyed it very much. To my mind, the presentation could have been longer. I was sorry that fifteen minutes caused Peter to be rushed. Very interesting topic and good presentation.

    2 · January 9, 2014

  • G-Max

    Definitely worth coming.

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Susan M.

      I'm glad you came this evening and enjoyed it! Hope to see you again soon!

      January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Someone stole my Atheist Community of San Jose car magnet while I was at the meeting tongight. Boo, but fortunately I have another!

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nicely done, Peter!

    January 8, 2014

  • Kurtis R.

    I won't be able to make this meetup as I'm going to the Commonwealth Club of California event that evening where author Eric Schlosser talks about his latest book: "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety". If anyone else is also attending that event drop me a note at [masked] and we can meet up there.

    January 5, 2014

  • Tim

    That should only take 10 to the -36 seconds to cover. Lots of time to talk afterwords.

    January 2, 2014

    • Peter S.

      LOL ... And time to drink some beer too!

      1 · January 3, 2014

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